Tasty Tuesday: Alma Foods & Catering

Robin Brown-Wood owns Alma Foods & Catering. Alma means 'soul' in Spanish- perfect for Robin's preferred cooking style of fusion soul food.

"I speak Spanish, and so I found the name alma, and it meant soul, and I thought, 'oh my gosh, this is perfect'!" Robin told me.

Robin has cooked professionally for more than 30 years.

"I grew up in a line of great cooks, I mean, you know, starting with my grandmother and my mother and my sisters. And just grew up loving to eat," Robin told me.

Alma Catering's fusion soul food comes from Robin's childhood in the South.

"I grew up in the South, but I grew up in a very diverse neighborhood with a lot of ethnicity, and so I just grew up loving food from other cultures," Robin said.

Alma Catering serves up a variety of dishes, from breakfast to dinner to buffet-style eating. But Robin's preferred method of cooking is tapas-style dining- smaller appetizer bites, like mini cheesecakes or collard green dip.

"Food for me has always been more than something that I stick in my mouth. I really like the connection that one makes with food as medicine, as something that feeds your soul," Robin said.

Robin's business continues to expand with her own line of spice mixes. But for Alma Catering, it's not just about the business of food- it's about the soul.

Alma Foods & Catering

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