Amber Weaver

by Terry Watson | November 15th, 2019
Amber Weaver (Photo by J. Bella Photography)

Amber Weaver (Photo by J. Bella Photography)

Good food and good time. Those are two things that are promised by Thandie Catering, LLC of Richmond, Va.

Amber Weaver is a go getter and what she puts her mind to she accomplishes. She is also a young woman that has traveled a lot and learned different languages. She has took college courses and even excelled in school as a child but was still found herself lost with no idea of what she wanted to do with her life. She has a huge heart and is the kind of person that would give someone the shoes off her very own feet if they needed them.

Despite the struggles and pain she dealt with growing up, she still managed to remain humble and keep a smile. The passing of her parents made her stronger, and she regained her confidence and purpose after realizing who was really there for her during those difficult times.

Amber always had a passion for cooking and putting a smile on others faces. She has allowed her passion to evolve into a food service business, Thandie Catering LLC. Amber had been catering for friends and family for over six years until people kept asking her “Why are you doing this for free?” In October 2017, Thandie Catering officially was born.

Thandie Catering LLC Amber says is not your typical catering company. It focuses on eating healthy, but not by cutting out foods you love. “We focus on creating a diet to fight high cholesterol, diabetes and kidney issues. We also teach you that food can be healthy and tasteful,” she shares. “We sell all freshly homemade products with produce that is locally grown and picked. We use fresh, never frozen meats and an array of low sodium herbs and spices, including non-GMO seasoning and foods along with homemade dips and sauces.

The name Thandie means “Loving One” which originally came from Thandie Incorporated, which was created by the Amber’s mother. It was a women’s self help organization for single moms but after the passing of Mrs. Weaver, the business sat dormant until it re branded into what is now Thandie Catering LLC.
Amber shares that her business has been mostly impacted by her late mother, who was known as the “Neighborhood Mom.” “All the children came to our house. She fed everyone, every child and parent. They looked up to her. She was well respected in the community and a teacher herself. She passed away in 2009 and people still remember the good times with her,” Amber says.

Though there have been challenges with running her business, Amber still finds enjoyment. “I love to see the smiles on people’s faces when they are pleased and happy with the service they receive. I also love being able to work for myself, set my own pace and have that one on one time with customers. I am a people person and I love meeting with people. Building this business has been a long and tedious process. A lot of blood, sweat and tears has gone into this but I would not have it any other way,” she says.

Amber says some of the biggest challenges in business has been acquiring clientele and marketing. “Eighty percent of my business comes from social media and the rest comes from word of mouth. However my largest group of clients are Caucasians. I would love to work with more African Americans and I am currently working on ways to increase these opportunities,” she says.

She says her spouse is her biggest inspiration and pushes her to keep going, no matter what. “He is there with me when I am tired and ready to throw in the towel,” she shares.

For those who may follow in Amber’s footsteps, she offers a bit of advice. “Don’t second guess yourself. If you are going to take the step to be a business owner, make sure you are ready to put your all into it,” she said.

There are plans to grow Thandie Catering, LLC in the future. Amber also hopes to offer other services such as meal prep and eventually have a space with a full team which will provide her the capability to cater to events and other parties.

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