By Ayana George
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (DPI) – Following the implementation of the emergency measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, several eateries and catering establishments have adjusted their operations to meet the needs of customers.
Head caterer and owner of Edible Treats by Georgie, 21-year-old Dionne George told DPI the current period has allowed her to create new ideas to meet the tastes of her clients.
“I have developed a mindset where I see opportunities in crisis. So, we began creating packages to target customers who are at home. I created a package that caters for five persons, consisting of four types of finger foods along with a cake for families who are stuck at home and still want to celebrate milestones throughout this pandemic,” George told DPI.
She noted that since the introduction of these packages her home-based catering service has seen an uptick in clientele.
Cognisant of the health guidelines George and her two assistants practice safety measure, such as washing and sanitizing of hands, wearing their masks and observing social/physical distancing.
George or an assistant will deliver orders by taxi if requested.
The young entrepreneur related that armed with a diploma in catering and hospitality management from the Carnegie School of Homes Economics, financial backing from her parents and partner and self-discipline and perseverance she set about developing her business in 2019. She is pursuing a diploma in Business Management at School of the Nations.
George believes that situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic can be the catalyst for persons to retool and transform with a little determination.
“For those who are at rock bottom, such a phase can provide us with lessons on how to reach the mountain top and what we grasp at the bottom of the mountain to begin our climb will determine whether or not we become successful,” she said.