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Rising Stars: Meet Terrence Gatlin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Terrence Gatlin.

Hi Terrence, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve always had a passion for cooking! As a little girl, I can remember all the women in my family surrounded in the kitchen, playing music, prepping meals, enjoying good conversation and libations.

So when I was laid off from my job back in October of 2016, it was the perfect opportunity for me to pursue my passion. It took a few months for me to map out my plan and get all the proper licensing and permits in place but once I did, I never looked back!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Like most starting a business, you may always come across a few bumps in the road, but nothing I couldn’t overcome.

I’ve had to adjust my approach especially when the pandemic hit but I’ve managed to work out the kinks along the way.

I started out as a delivery service, but after the Pandemic hit, I was no longer able to deliver to schools and other businesses due to them closing down. So I started a curb-side pickup service. That turned out to be a success!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a caterer and personal chef! I specialize in a one of a kind culinary experience. If it’s my weekly lunch menu, you can expect something new each week with my customer’s favorites frequently revisiting the menu. When I cater private events, I pride myself on carrying out the theme of their choice and making sure their cuisine is made with lots of love. The ambiance is always something all their guests will rave about.

I’m proud of myself for stepping out on Faith and pursuing what started out as a hobby but has become my career.

What sets me apart is my Pop up Cafe that offers fine dining, beautiful decor, and live entertainment.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I would love to take my Pop up cafe/ restaurant on the road where I can rent out nice venues. My clients would be able to purchase tickets to a dining experience like no other. A food truck would also be a nice touch to Brown Sugahs Café.


  • Taco Bar starts at $500 for 50 people or less
  • Hibachi experience starts at $650 for 10-12 guest

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