​Chef Yvonne's Achievements

Mentor and Dining Room Teacher to Culinary Students at Renaissance High School

 

Boise Rescue mission gets all tips from Fairview location, and extra food left from caterings-currently located on the BRM warehouse parking lot

 

Consultant for Capital Christian Church’s kitchen

 

Chef’s Affair 2012 and 2013 participant, donated complete backyard BBQ to benefit the Boise Food Bank

 

Member of the Food truck Rally group

 

Hospitality committee for Football teams at Lowell Scott Jr. High and Centennial High school

 

Soup Tweet participant 2011,12 ,13,14- Charity event – {4 gallons of soup donated each event}

 

Regular cooking demo appearances on Channel 7 KTVB and KBOI channel 2

 

Voted 2nd Best BBQ by the Boise Weekly

 

Winner at Eagle BBQ Competition 5th Place out of 50

 

Women’s Business Center panel speaker on Customer Service-Entrepreneurship Day in Idaho March 2012

 

Selected to be a Highlight biz for the Women’s Biz Center- 2014

 

Winner Trailblazer award, Woman of the Year from NAWBO 2013

 

Member of Buy Idaho

 

Member of Local Impact Zone

 

Participant in Idaho Business league functions

 

Participant in Meridian ETC workshops

 

Donate Easter eggs and Candy to Capital Christian Harvest festivals and Easter egg hunts

 

Mentioned in Published articles in:

 

Idaho statesmen

 

Boise Weekly

 

Idaho Magazine

 

Treats and Tragedy’s review

Urban Liaisons Magazine

 

Idaho Business Review 

 

Voted Best food truck 2013 Idaho Statesmen

 

Feed military troops at Gowen field and Mt. Home Air Force Base June thru October- 2011, 2012 2013

 

Sing once a month for Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village Retirement Chapel service

 

Participant in several Festivals each year, some entry fees paid go to local charities such as:

 

Soul Food festival

 

Music Festival

 

Baker, Oregon Miners Jubilee

 

Beer Festival

 

Idaho Business League Shows

 

Food Truck Rallies- Boise

 

 Food truck Rallies –Nampa

 

Emmett Cherry Festival

 

Green Expo

 

Eagle Island festival

 

Hell’s Canyon Motorcycle

 

Hyde Park Street faire

 

Took food truck to prison in Kuna to feed security workers

 

Catered Love Inc. Annual Fundraising Banquet

 

Catered Sterling Savings Bank annual picnic

 

Catered for the SBA SCORE annual picnic- 2011,12 and 14 

 

Zoo Zoo Winery

 

Treefort Music Festival

 

St.Chappell Winery grape harvest

 

Bittner Vineyard-Sunny Slope wine fest

 

Williamson Winery

 

Payette Brewery

 

Slanted Rock Brewery

The reason I fit the Zion Bank award category is that the food truck industry and chefs in general are predominantly men. There are few, women food truck owners in the United States. I am an African – American female, living in Idaho, serving soul food from a food truck. You really can’t get any more out  of the box than that? But that is my personality. I have never been a follower. There is less than .9% African American living in Idaho. I feel at home here now because everyone here is nice and I have lived here since 1997. Idaho is also a great place to raise kids. My son was 4 when we moved here and Idaho is all he knows.

 

I graduated from Okaloosa Walton College in Niceville, Florida with and Associates degree and Northwest Nazarene University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences. I actually finished 2.5 years of nursing school before figuring out food was more of a passion than care giving I am the first in my family to go to college and actually get a degree. 

 

I am a single parent to a 20 year old boy named Daniel. He is attending college at CWI and works part time at BSU. My parents moved in with me 6 years ago and I have a dog named Beethoven Deuteronomy Thomas. So besides running a business I am juggling a lot at home as well.

 

After being married for 20 years to an Air Force soldier, I got a divorce 7 years ago. One thing I learned over that time is that with my ex being deployed quite often, it taught me to be independent and stand on my own two feet. I learned how to handle situations as an Air Force wife that most spouses never have to deal with. Deployments, moving often, changing jobs and schools when the military member gets orders to another base, always making new friends, and being away from family etc are all drawbacks. The perks are that I have traveled the world and visited over 30 countries. I lived in New Jersey, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Iceland, Germany and Idaho. I love to travel and look forward to the days when I retire and will take an around the world cruise. During the summer, usually June through October I set up my concession stand at Gowen field and I go to Mt. home Air Force base for special events as well. It warms my heart to get the troops good food instead of MREs when they are in field  training, I come from a family rich in military history. My father was a Marine, My ex husband was Air force and my step dad is Navy.

 

I volunteer for many events and to many organizations. I am open during the week at the Boise Rescue mission warehouse parking lot on 24th

help them out as well. I donate food to the shelters, especially City Light for Women and Children because women’s issues are near and dear to my heart. I hired and mentored a young lady from the shelter last year as well who could not be employed because of her criminal record. During the holidays I donated over 500 dinner rolls for the Thanksgiving dinners given to low income and homeless that BRM feeds each year. The enclosed list states several charities I have donated time and /or food to. I believe that I am blessed to be a blessing.

 

I am also mentoring the culinary students at a local high school. I recently went there and taught them how to prepare soul food and we came up with a menu that they served to the public. It was a huge success. I came back a second time when they prepared it and the head chef said my menu brought in the largest amount of guest for any menu he has ever had! 

 

In the food truck business I have learned that being mobile has its advantages and disadvantages. Such as not having insulation in the winter that my pipes froze up, no stationary store space, and having a smaller kitchen are the disadvantages. But, being mobile is a huge advantage because I can go to the crowds if they don’t come to me and I can take the truck most anywhere. Another advantage is the cost to start up; it is much lower in cost to do a food truck than a full restaurant. I feel like I have succeeded in letting people know who I am. Showing them my integrity and keeping my quality and standards high and Fairview. They allow me to sit on their property and I in turn have enabled me to gather an extensive clientele base. Repeat customers are who I want to have. Once you make them happy with service, a smile and offer good food at a good price, you have gained a long term client.

 

 

In conclusion, I believe if your give of your talents, time and tithe all things will fall into place. Put God and family first and the rule,” do unto others” are very important principles for me. I have an excellent support team of friends, family and mentors. Especially META, SBA and the Women’s Business Center, Local impact zone group and many others who have invested time and energy to help me succeed.

 

Thank you in advance for consideration.

 

Yvonne Anderson-Thomas

Brown Shuga Soul Food

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