We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucille Banks and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lucille, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’m a very impulsive person. I’m currently working on that lol. But anyways, in this regard my impulse to take risks actually helped me. I wanted to be self employed and I knew I had a talent/passion. I could cook! I’m good at it too! I looked at it as, what do I have to lose? I have everything to gain. And I did. It was only when I began to take risks that I started seeing success. Of course I was nervous, but once I got past the Initial risk of just doing it without caring about what anyone had to say I think everything got better and now I don’t even think too hard about it. If it makes sense, I’m going to do it. I could only fail, but then I’d try again and not give up until I get it. I rather take a risk then sit around wishing I did but didn’t.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a caterer and the owner of Homestyle Kitch’n out of Cincinnati,Ohio. We specialize in unique and gourmet comfort foods. Some of our most popular dishes are jerk pot roast, stuffed chicken and Nana puddin!

I take the foods that people love the most and make them different. Even simple things like pot roast I created a unique version of it that people cannot get anywhere else. That’s what sets me apart from others.

It took time to get where I am now. I started with nothing. No money, no organization, no clients, just social media and a passion of cooking. It wasn’t easy. It made me develop tough skin. I would sit and think to myself like okay I don’t have anyone booking me I’m sad about that but if I keep posting and making food maybe that’ll change. And it did. I had to get over that initial fear.

A few things I’ve learned over time is to always have a contract, always record content no matter what because that’s what people want to see, And to practice! I’m spend a lot of my free time just making different meals so I know I can do certain things.

I want people to know that working for yourself isn’t easy, it’s actually harder than a regular job. But with discipline, passion and organization you can do it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hm, this is a good question. I would definitely take her to the Eagle downtown. It’s an American restaurant with fried chicken and Mac and cheese. It’s pretty good! I would also go to Teranga, it’s an African spot over in Hartwell. One of my favorite places to eat. Another place is house of Bangkok, I love my Thai food! Definitely one of my favorite places to eat. We have a rooftop bar downtown over the AC Marriott we would have to go to too. Really chill vibes, and I love the views.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give credit to my boyfriend. He’s one of the people who helps me with my business. One of the main people that told me I was talented and to just go for it. He spends countless hours with me creating sauces, ideas, consulting with me about any and everything with my business. He invests financially and mentally. I couldn’t thank him enough. My mother, she always invests and consults with me about my food service business.
And my daughter because she gave me the drive and motivation to even start my business.

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