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Vonda's Kitchen

Contemporary-Casual Dining

Vonda McPherson discovered first-hand the successful nuances of professional catering in the high-pressure environment of corporate America. During her career transition, Vonda experienced an epiphany of sorts, and a restaurateur was born. With a leap of faith, she left the security of her successful corporate career for the uncertainty of entrepreneurship in the risky and sometimes volatile arena of restaurant ownership to pursue her own dreams and not those of others.

In 1998, Vonda McPherson opened her very first restaurant venture, Shacks BBQ, in the bustling downtown business district of Elizabeth, NJ. Shacks quickly became a destination for traditional Southern BBQ cuisine and a neighborhood haven for a community in desperate need of quality food. The sheer demand prompted Vonda to expand both her menu offerings as well as her client roster, and the makings of Vonda’s K Catering & Events Inc were meticulously fashioned into a formal corporation. Vonda has always kept very close ties to the community, serving a vibrant congregation of over 700 members as Director of the Culinary Arts Ministry of the Shiloh Baptist Church of Plainfield, NJ.

Vonda McPherson launched her second restaurant venture, The Greenhouse Café, in partnership with Newark Housing Authority in Newark, to reinvent the common cafeteria by introducing healthier, yet equally delicious options. After the success of the Green-house Café and the inevitable evolution of Vonda Catering and Events, Vonda launched her third restaurant venture, Vonda’s Kitchen. Nestled in the heart of Newark, word of Vonda’s Kitchen groundbreaking cuisine quickly spread throughout Newark and its surrounding areas and landed Vonda an opportunity to serve as an official VIP NFL caterer for the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII.

As the first African American-owned jazz supper club in the City of Newark in nearly 40 years, Vonda McPherson launched her latest venture, Duke’s Southern Table Restaurant. Draped in the sophisticated swag of urban elegance, Duke’s offered a musical and culinary experience that embodied the soulful sounds of jazz in an upscale restaurant experience. Duke’s made a deep impact in the city of Newark in the few years that it was open, it created a place for all to come together and enjoy good music and great cuisine.

Vonda has appeared on various Food Channels and has been a fixture throughout the NJ/NY metropolitan region showcasing her talents. She continues to work within the community, ensuring that there is an emphasis on quality, healthy food and great entertainment.

Vonda's Kitchen

183 W. Kinney St. Newark, NJ 07103


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