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Meet Sara Mallord and Carlos Dominguez of SJ Kitchen Table in Red Oak

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Mallord and Carlos Dominguez.

Sara and Carlos, please share your story with us.
Sara: Born in Honduras, Central America. I have always had love for cooking. I was only 7 years old when I started to help my mom to prepare meals for the family. I Went to school to study Hotels and Tourism with emphasis on Restaurants. I was so devoted to my studies and my willingness to work and learn everything about the Hospitality industry took me to work for a Family owned Hotel in Honduras ” Saint Anthony Hotel” back in 1994 where I started as a Hotel desk agent, shortly after helped in the reservation department little by little I was able to help with the events and catering. Quickly at the beginning of 2001, I moved to the United States where I begin my Journey with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. being foreign didn’t stop me from being successful. I moved to this country with nothing but love and passion for what I do. I did clean floor, help in the kitchen, supervised associates, managed a large Food and Beverage Team in a large Convention Hotel in Dallas. All my professional life has been serving other and helping people to create memories that will last forever. I helped my team to drive top line revenue for Food and beverages. This long journey made me dream of having my own business. That dream is now what we call SJ Kitchen Table. I create heathy new recipes for my clients individual health needs. Cooking a meal is one of the most personal and intimate things you can do for someone. As human beings, eating is essential, a common bond that connects all races, nationalities, and backgrounds. Even if you are following a recipe, you picked the recipe and planned the meal, didn’t you? A good cook produces a good dish and there is something about that dish that encourage people to relax, seat down and talk about life.

Carlos: Born and raced in Veracruz Mexico. I was the only child of a single mother. Since I remember, I helped my mom to cook in her small Finger food shop or what we call Antojitos Veracruzanos. I found myself helping in the kitchen or delivering meals to our neighbors. My mom came to the U.S looking for a better opportunity and I was only 7 years old when I stayed with my grandmother. My grandmother made cheese almost every day to be able to provide for the both of us. that’s the reason why I love cheese so much. When I was 18, I moved to the U.S and started my journey in Hospitality where I learned so much from great chefs. In 2017, I was called to be part of this new adventure that now we Call SJ Kitchen Table. I work side by side with Sara and to me is a privilege to work with this amazing human and mother.

Has it been a smooth road?
I have always wanted my own business but starting a business from scratch can be difficult however I love cooking and all my background in hospitality has been beneficial to the foundation of our business. It has been a great journey. Like everything in business the beginning was a bit stressful with so many things, you have to have in place in order to provide topnotch service to our clients. I am a perfectionist and so is Carlos when it comes to food quality, food presentation and services we want to do and have the best for our clients. Nothing is easy but you have to do what you have to do when you know is worth it. Don’t matter the time and effort you have put to make something work. The most important thing is to deliver exceptional service and high quality and unique presentations that are inspired by your own clients for their own events. We just make things happen!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with SJ KITCHEN TABLE – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are private chefs and Caters. We seat down with our clients and create a menu based on their needs/ wants. Most of our clients are working parents who try to follow a healthy lifestyle. We work also on monthly menu options to make it easy on them. we email out our menus at the end of the month and we also post our menus and dishes on social media @sjkitchentable on Instagram and Facebook. We cater to kids parties, family reunions, small friends gatherings and also have catered up to 500 people events. We try to make it fun, simple and unique for our clients. All thought now that I remember. Once one of my clients asked me to Describe Simple? I said: Simple is to be able to have everything in place for your event and that to your eyes look as amazing and fun as possible.

We enjoy what we do and that’s the reason why our clients keep ordering dinners and meals to take home. Some of our clients love that we are flexible and go to their homes and cook meals for them while they are at work. sometimes we go twice to the same house to cook meals for the week. Or sometimes, we just pack our signature action stations to do the live cooking at their houses on a Friday or Weekend for family and friends. anything you could possibly want to do in a kitchen and cooking food we are here to help and to make it happen.

We have a great team of servers and greeters that we contract for special events or large events and feels amazing to be able to help other to bring an income to their pockets.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I have the fortune to travel across the U.S. been pretty much in 47 States and I can tell you that I love Texas and I love Dallas, We have so many cultures present in our city. Dallas is a very friendly City. This city is growing so much and providing so many opportunities for everyone that is willing to take a chance. I have been in Red Oak for 12 plus years and I work in Dallas. I love bishop art and surrounding areas. I love how the city is becoming so modern and driving big companies to come, stay and open for business here. A small company like ours can be difficult to stay strong as we can get lost in this large city. There will always be a bigger company that might be able to do it for less. However, I don’t believe the larger companies can offer the same quality an attention that we provide. We use fresh and local ingredients in our food and that’s why word of mouth has been our best friend since the beginning of our journey.

Pricing:

  • We typically charge $20-$40/ Per servings but pricing depends on the type of meal and diet our clients are looking for. The ingredients are typically what will influence the price the most.
  • We offer Kids Cooking classes or camps that can go from $30 per hour or $300 for a whole week of 3 hours per day with a certificate of accomplishment at the end of the camp.
  • Our catering menu could serve from 25 to up to 1000 people

Contact Info:

  • Address: SJ Kitchen Table
    106 Harvest Hill Ln
    Red Oak, Texas 75154
  • Phone: 469-879-3457
  • Email: sjkitchentable@gmail.com
  • Instagram: SJ KITCHEN TABLE @sjkitchentable
  • Facebook: SJ KITCHEN TABLE

Image Credit:
Joy Smith @wefoursmiths

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