Today we’d like to introduce you to Marlhy Jeudy and Jahiem Robinson.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The first thing my mom taught me how to make was eggs and from there on I couldn’t stay out of the kitchen when my mom cooked. I had an Easy Bake Oven as a child and loved the way my cakes turned out in that little oven; that inspired me to start baking cakes and cookies for my family. Fast forward to the present, I started off as @Stovetopgwalla, selling chocolate-covered strawberries in 2018.
When I moved from Miami to Tallahassee, I needed a side hustle as a college student attending FAMU. The strawberries were a hit for a couple of months but I knew I wanted to do some savory items as well. I had a conversation with my cousin Philipp Cheron and he suggested that I sell plates. He said, “Nobody is selling the style of food that you make here in Tallahassee and that’s just what they need.” Soon after that conversation, I started to sell plates ranging from $10-$12. Every week I had a new menu ready for my customers. I wanted to bring my culture to Tallahassee and introduced the city to Pate Kode and, believe it or not, I thought they wouldn’t like it but it was a hit! They wanted it every day. Stovetopgwalla was booming and I was so happy I made the decision to switch it up.
As time went by, I wanted to change the name to something that sounded more sophisticated and really described the food I was producing. I wanted to give Stovetopgwalla a facelift. I also couldn’t do it all alone anymore. I met and built a business relationship with JahThePoet and it was one of the best things I ever did. Jah is a serial entrepreneur and I am so inspired by his work ethic. He is an artist, photographer, and chef by trade. We decided to change the name to Palatebomb once he joined the team. What is a palate bomb? It’s the sensation of having your palate in a frenzy after a bite of our food. We specialize in bold, fresh and layered flavors. The flavor profile truly embodies Haiti but make it gourmet.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road but nothing worth having has ever come easy. We just feel as if everyone could do it, what would be the point? The biggest struggle was to stay consistent and engage our audience amid the pandemic after being on a roll and consistently building our platform. We have survived and are extremely motivated still to birth our creations into the world. We will not let our work ethic be in question if, God forbid, we don’t succeed.
Palate Bomb – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are Palate Bomb, a private chef and catering duo based in Tallahassee, Florida. Our style of cooking would be an infusion of Southern/Haitian Homestyle and Traditional Gourmet. From chocolate-covered strawberries to jerk chicken pasta to open face plantain sandwiches, our food will literally attack your tastebuds. We are most proud of our versatility and the spin that we put on traditional dishes and ethnic dishes from around the world. We are constantly trying new recipes and expanding our own palates. What separates us from others would definitely be our flavor profile and choices of dishes. We are most known for Pate Kode, the Haitian Pattie but trust me, never mistake it for a Jamaican Pattie. It’s in a league of its own. While Jamaican patties are flaky and soft, Pate Kode is golden crested and resembles an empanada.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
We define success as waking up every morning and doing the things we love, on our own schedule and for ourselves. Success is having something more than debt to pass down to the next generation. Success is a legacy. Success is changing the world and our community and paving a new path for the next generation. We are here to inspire, lift up, assist, empower, and encourage all who look like us and come from where we come from into something better, whatever that may be. Success is being able to take care of our obligations while still having TIME and ENERGY for ourselves.
- Private Dining starts at $350+
- Catering starts at $150+
- Phone: 850-270-7471
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/palatebomb/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/PalateBombTally
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm_TIA7vmFmqrTQCZrJ0fBQ?view_as=subscriber