Member Spotlight: Sweetwater Cuisine

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Member Spotlight: Sweetwater Cuisine

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Sweetwater Cuisine Catering Company is a full service on-site and offsite catering company and restaurant offering 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, and holiday Sunday Brunch along with a new pop-up dinner series.

Sweetwater offers both familiar comfort foods and amazing chef-crafted cuisine that will have your guests raving for years to come!

They pride themselves on beautiful food displays which incorporate themes their clients have chosen for their event. Their stations and buffets are carefully designed to enhance events and capture their vision.

Keeping up with the trends by listening to their clients’ dreams and wishes and creating the clients’ vision is the best way to be successful. “We strive to make each event unique. We believe it’s about ‘Your Vision. Our Artistry. The perfect marriage.’”

For 14 years, Sweetwater Cuisine’s mission has always been about giving back to community. In 2005 after a 5-year battle, Sweetwater Cuisine owner, Jodi Newland’s husband Daniel, died of colon cancer at 28. Following this life altering event, Jodi created The Daniels’s Grace Charitable Foundation.

As a small non-profit with a growing retail line, the Ability Center of Virginia is challenged to dedicate the time and resources needed to propel the ArtWorks program to the next level. Ever present in their minds is the mission to improve the lives of those with disabilities in our area.

The challenge they currently face is balancing their dedication to Artworks and their efforts to grow a retail presence for the good of the program and those they serve, because they fill such a unique opportunity in the market. Although there are countless card manufacturers, the ArtWorks Program offers something unique, because all cards are hand crafted by those with different abilities. The proceeds are used to directly support the program and the artist.

The Ability Center of Virginia is proud to offer a product that is not only beautiful but meaningful. They have big dreams and they are working to grow into them as their ultimate goal is to be present in the retail card market, and to grow the ArtWorks program into one that services as many participants that are interested in participating. They would also like to have an online presence and hope ultimately, the revenue generated from the card line will allow the Ability Center of Virginia to grow their space and program.

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For the past 5 years, this 100% all volunteer organization has given back to Hampton Roads families to help them get through difficult financial situations, so the families could focus on healing.

Jodi’s foundation’s mission is to provide a way to give back in the same way so many gave to Daniel and his family during his fight with cancer. Sweetwater Cuisine is the primary “sponsor” for Daniel’s Grace signature annual fundraising event, The Roast on the River. The funds raised go directly to support cancer families with daily living needs.

Jodi is also the co-founder of The Full Circle Project. Entering its second year, The Full Circle Project provides a one-year life skills platform for children from underserved areas.

Selected children spend one week at “summer camp” at Sweetwater Cuisine with the Full Circle team where they learn invaluable life skills such as basic cooking and hospitality skills.

The group meets monthly for field trips, that include specialized guest speakers and guests who teach the children additional life skills such as financial management, housing, first aid, nutrition, to name a few. “The key is to expose our youth to a world they would otherwise not see,” states Full Circle founder and Sweetwater Cuisine Chef AJ Hyman.

Jodi recently opened Sweet Magnolias at Sweetwater Cuisine. There she has opened the venue space to local non-profits twice a month to book the space to fundraise and Sweetwater Cuisine receives no profit.

The Sweetwater staff overlaps into all three non-profit areas and we have created a sense of community working tirelessly giving back. The Sweetwater staff’s mission includes participation with our two non-profits. To their company, community impacts looks like so many things but mostly it’s about making the community a better place by changing lives and leaving a legacy that others may shape their giving in the future. v

Contact Sweetwater Cuisine at:

4216 Virginia Beach Blvd, Ste 140, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
askus@sweetwatercuisine.com

(757) 403-7073
sweetwatercuisine.com

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