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Joyful Treats Catering Has Creative Confidence And Custom Menus

By S. Mathur

For anyone planning an event in Ypsilanti, MI, whether it be a bash at the zoo, a speakeasy 1920's themed party or a pamper me girl party with edible favors, Joyful Treats Catering (JTC) is the place to go for the food.

Founded by Khadija B. Wallace in 2001, the catering company is going strong with a list of clients that includes National Football League, Google, University of Michigan and the United Negro College Foundation's Empowerment Tour. Smaller orders like a meal for a family dinner or picnic get the same attention to detail and quality. The hospitality and catering business comes naturally to Wallace, a Southern Belle who grew up helping out with the University of Alabama events, as her grandmother was staff there as part of their presidential concierge team.

"The competitive advantage of JTC is our creative confidence in creating premium food innovations as our clients' request," she said. "Our hospitality is the foundation of JTC services."

The JTC difference is fresh ingredients and proper planning. Menus are customized for each client, for events ranging from a quiet Sunday family dinner to a black tie gala, and matched to the themed vision for each event. Breakfast can be served to go in boxes or come with a full set-up including fresh fruit, omelet station and gourmet coffee.

The brunch menu includes temptations like quiche and buttermilk biscuits with southern style sausage gravy. The JTC commitment to healthy eating means that there are always fresh fruit and vegetables to accompany every meal.

Wallace feels that the best part of her job is helping people to enjoy their events by taking the burden of food prep and serving off their shoulders. Clients find that Wallace and JTC live up to this goal, handling all details so that the event goes off smoothly.

"We truly enjoy allowing people to be in the presence of now so they can enjoy their guests and the food, lol," she said.

Wallace is also the Founder and Executive Director of Joyful Treats Community Development Corporation, which is a national 501c3 tax exempt organization. Its mission is to develop future food industry leaders, by offering 15 to 25 young adults with a catering curriculum to promote sustainability globally. The CDC also hosts parties for kids, where they can learn about healthy eating choices and dining etiquette.

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