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Meet Rasheedah Pamilton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rasheedah Pamilton.

Hi Rasheedah, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
As a little girl, I always saw my mother in the kitchen cooking and making food for dinner all the time after she got off from work; and always cooking for every holiday. However, once my sisters and I got older; she took a break from cooking for us so much. My mother began to follow her calling more. She started cooking for her church and her job a lot more. She took the lead on her church’s weekly BBQ and Fish Fry dinner fundraisers. At her job, she was in charge of cooking for every potluck, every holiday, every co-worker’s birthday, LOL. We’d get up in the morning smelling all kinds of food and think we were having breakfast. But to our surprise, my mother would say, “Oh no this is not for you guys. This is for the (church or my job), you guys are old enough to cook for yourselves now.” My mother loved cooking; and I always wanted to help her in the kitchen. I would go to my grandmother’s house and she was always in the kitchen cooking as well. My grandmother would always tell me the stories about how she would sell dinners out of her house to all her neighborhood friends. As I got older, I would be the kid that’s in the kitchen with my mother or grandmother never going outside to play with the other kids. I was always in the house until my mother passed.On January 19th,1998 (a week before her 40th birthday January 25th) we lost my mother to bone marrow cancer. I was 17 years old at the time and it was the worst day of my life, then my grandmother passed. I am so grateful to have been blessed to inherit both my mother and grandmother’s special talents when it comes to my cooking. As I continued cooking and taking on all their traits in the kitchen; my sisters and friends always told me that I’m always “throwing down” in the kitchen so that’s how Throwdown Soulfood came into existence. But it was just a side hobby because I worked so many hours at the post office until I became really sick and was taken off work for a couple of years by my doctor. During that time, I would bake cakes, cookies, and brownies and go to different grocery stores and sell them from the trunk of my car. As I continued doing that, people started recognizing my car pulling up with the baked goods. Fast forward, I ended up meeting a customer who suggested that I participate as a food vendor in an upcoming pop-up event; this led to me doing my very first pop-up. I continued doing pop-ups in between going back and forth to my doctor appointments and hospital stays. During these pop-up events, I was able to meet and network with different people. I was able to cater my first wedding. I continued cooking and was able to cater my second wedding. Then had to take a break and was scheduled for (brain surgery on June 11th, 2019.) After having brain surgery, I stayed in the hospital for three weeks. I was then transferred from the hospital to a convalescent home to stay there for a month and a half. I had to go through rehab and physical therapy to regain my ability to walk and have mobility again.

After coming home with a team of nurses to assist me with my day-to-day living; my doctor told me that I couldn’t go back to work. I was unable to drive, and I was barely able to resume normal day-to-day tasks. But I kept pushing myself to get stronger and better day by day. Through that traumatic experience, the one thing that has been therapeutic for me is my passion for cooking and the love shows in my food. As I continued to get better, I started getting back into doing pop-ups. Then I started selling plates in LA on 83rd and Vermont. LOL…. literally in the street on the corner. Soon my pop-up restaurant idea began to take off. I had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people. I ended up landing my first food service contract with the city. I was responsible for preparing, cooking and delivering daily meals for 80 residents staying in a halfway house. I would provide breakfast and dinner, six days a week. I continued providing this food service for several months; all the while the world was shut down by coronavirus. Then I became ill again and had to have another surgery. Because I am so determined, as I began to recover, heal and get better; I started back selling food from my home. I would have Sunday Brunch, Taco Tuesday, Soulfood Thursday and BBQ Fridays or Fish Fry Friday. And I have had nothing but blessings on top of blessings till this day!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My challenge is my health. Having to go back and forth to the hospital. I’ve had to undergo multiple surgeries and go through recovery several times. I find myself having to always start over. Because I do everything myself; when I am down, everything has to stop. But I won’t let any of these obstacles stop me from getting back up. Along with these adversities came the coronavirus and the world being shut down. Which in turn causes me to have challenges with obtaining the food, essentials, and supplies that I need for my pop-ups and catering events. However, as long as I have the strength and will power in me; I will continue to push forward. One day my dream of having a food truck and/or restaurant will come true.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Throwdown Soulfood is a home-based business that offers catering, meal preps and weekly meals, also in-home personal chef that is homemade for your soul. I specialize in soul food, but I can prepare all types of food. Throwdown Soulfood is a dream of mine and I want to bring the love and joy of home cooking to Bellflower and the surrounding communities. Not everyone has the luxury of a home-cooked meals and I’m working to change that through my business and volunteer efforts. I have a passion for cooking, and you can tell with your first bite.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Hard work and dedication. Never giving up no matter what obstacles you face. I made sure to allow my life experiences to strengthen me and make me more determined to continue to strive to succeed. Also, you have to love what you do. It’s my passion, I enjoy getting up every day preparing a meal for someone, it’s not a job for me.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: Throwdownsoulfood
  • Yelp: Throwdownsoulfood

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