“SLBDC Helps Spice Up the Local Cuisine”
For food enthusiasts in Sarnia-Lambton, the choices just got a whole lot bolder. With a recent trend towards more ethnic foods and variety for the palate, Dolly’s Jerk Joint brings a unique flavour and crisp attitude to Sarnia’s ever changing restaurant and catering business. In business for less than a year, Dolly Boyce has taken a gift for cooking and creating and a passion for food quality and created a wonderful recipe for success.
Dolly grew up in St. Lucia where she found herself in the family’s bakery from an early age, watching and learning from her mother. Since the earliest days, she has always dreamed of opening her own restaurant and sharing her passion for food with others. After attending culinary school at the CARE Institute in St. Lucia, she found herself working at five star hotels, whipping up delicacies for discerning tourists at a Sandals resort. She was so passionate about learning her craft, that she used her work-free time to work – for free- at other resorts where she was able to hone her skills for pastries and other delicacies. All of that extra effort certainly paid off as Dolly found herself managing a five-star kitchen by the age of 25. Her specialty can only be described as high quality food, created to a high standard and complemented by quality service.
Dolly’s Jerk Joint currently operates out of Dolly’s home as both a catering service and a provider of pre-made delicacies. She features most items on Caribbean Fridays and can have almost any dish or quantity prepared for catering with two days’ notice. One of her busiest days to date was as a result of a “game day promotion” on homemade Jamaican patties. In addition to her wildly popular patties, Dolly has also earned a strong reputation for her signature Curried Oxtail and Curried Goat dishes. The menu is complimented with homemade soups (think corn soup or pea soup) as well as specialities such as Bacon Saltfish and Fish Fritters . She also sells her mouth-watering Jerk Wraps and Roti – all homemade, from scratch, with mostly organic ingredients. But she doesn’t just make the obvious; she also uses her home made jerk seasoning and jerk sauce, giving it a truly authentic flavour. If you’re looking for a treat in a pinch, Dolly’s Jamaican patties are also available to purchase from Pure Local Organics in Point Edward.
While food creation has always come naturally to Dolly, running a business was a new adventure. She has benefitted from hours of preparation and instruction from the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation, intended to provide her with a solid foundation that has included the creation of a business plan, basic reporting and organization. Additionally, when seeking financing for her bold idea, she was particularly drawn to the financing options offered at the SLBDC. Taking a loan from a bank meant committing to debt over the long haul. Choosing to use the SLBDC means she has the freedom to pay off that debt quickly and without penalty. When asked about the experience Dolly is unabashedly positive “they taught me everything. I would definitely recommend their services and support to anyone wanting to go out on their own”.
Dolly can be seen selling her product at many local events throughout the warmer months -If you are interested in trying Dolly Jerk Joint’s menu, you can find her on Facebook, or place orders by phone (519)490-8210, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.