Meet the Member: Flavors of Your Palate
Jonil Casado : Flavors of Your Palate
In your words... Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
Flavors of your Palate's mission is to unite folks from all walks of life in a food centric environment. I'm a personal chef that provides traditional household and private party services. I also host events called Dining with Strangers (DWS). I created these events to encourage a connection amongst people. DWS gives us an opportunity to learn about one another's culture, interests and communities. The hope is that we cultivate relationships through the love for food. How? Personal Chef Jonil creates dishes, while moderating conversations on topic discussions among "strangers".
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
I started Flavors of your Palate because I'm passionate about food and social services. Since the age of seven, my relatives have been teaching me and encouraging me to prepare delicious dishes. My Dominican heritage and culinary experiences from around the world show up in each of my dishes. I grew up in NYC and Miami! These two melting pots were my hands-on culinary schools. I'm motivated by the taste, texture, smell and colors of food! My curious palate keeps me innovative when it comes to the type of cuisine I create. My expertise is fusion cuisine.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
My business plays a small role in supporting a more creative community because it can help people find their love for creativity in the kitchen. I do not use recipes, I just create and I teach people just that! DWS is an innovative event that helps people find their culinary creativity, friendships and self love.
What was the last book you read that made an impact on you?
The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
I didn't attend a formal culinary school, I do not utilize recipes, I can only study if I'm listening to loud music, I have no food allergies.