6•22•18 what a special day! You see Cetra had pushed for months to breathe to life her vision @truarkeat
I met her around 2 years ago when my favorite foodie introduced me to the then #SouthernGourmasian that she was assistant managing. I fell in love because the team’s concept was a Southern flare with Asian inspired twists!!! I was hooked!
It goes without saying that for most food is emotional, a conversation starter and it brings joy! Plus, I adore human exchange and learning|sharing stories with people I encounter. I watched her navigate different roles in that 1st restaurant as a lovable hostess, food prepper, cashier, menu planner etc. and before long we would share a story or two that revealed a common thread. I, also discovered that she had been on a food network competition show with her partner Josh and they did really well! Then I realized that there was struggle in this story. Starting off as just a food truck and then taking on a brick and mortar brought on a lot of challenges. The producers of the show that they were on felt they should move their vision to the big city, but for some reason their heart for Arkansas kept them here in spite of the fact the eatery closed its doors only a few short months ago.
With this heartbreaking news I ended up reaching out to “CC” and we ended up actually encouraging and sharing life on a personal level. You see I, too had a part of me missing! CC’s love for crafting unique food has gotten me through some challenging times more than she knows! It’s not often that people are that tangible these days so I am very grateful for her! Again, I watched her work in between jobs, rebrand the concept of a new restaurant, want to give up, but continue to push through.
Of course I cannot tell it all here, but she has gone against the grain, beat the odds and created something even greater with her team! TAE!!! The connections that brought us together and the little God winks crack me up all the time. Months before she announced the new Restaurant location I was in there filming a commercial to promote another #WOC vision and on this day I sit to enjoy the delicious tastes of the “CC” I’m so proud!