We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Sellers and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Julie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Honestly, if you would have told my younger self that I would have started a catering business with my dad at 26 years old, I wouldn’t have believed you. Sure I loved to cook and have a passion for great food and customer service–but my life was on a different path. I was born into the restaurant business. My parent’s had an upscale Mediterranean restaurant in Amarillo, then when we moved to the DFW area and they opened a more casual Greek and Italian restaurant. They were open for five years before we had to close for a while so my Dad could recover from surgery. When he recovered, they decided to give up the restaurant life and pursue other careers. Being a teenager at the time, I too closed any thoughts of culinary ventures. My life led me into a career of medicine, as I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree in pre med and had aspirations of becoming a Physician’s assistant. I was working for a doctor that was offering tuition reimbursement, as well as a job by her side in her practice, once I graduated. I thought my life plan was set. Until one day my boss came and said that she was closing her practice to teach medicine. I suddenly found myself at a crossroads to make decisions about the next chapters of my life that I thought were already written. My mom had been suggesting for years that my dad and I open a catering company to cater to pharmaceutical reps. They bring lunches into the doctors offices for lunch and learns. We both told her there is no way we can do that. My life was already planned. Now that I was at this cross road I started to really consider it as a new venture. I had a choice to make; stay the course and go on to PA school or start a business was my dad. After some discussions with my family, we decided to take the plunge. It was scary and first but ultimately prove to be the best decision we have every made.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Starting a catering business has been an absolute blast! From testing out new recipes to setting up elegant spreads for events, I’ve had so much fun with this venture. The best part has been the joy that comes from seeing happy customers enjoying my food. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve helped create a special moment for someone. Plus, I’ve gotten to meet some incredible people along the way, from clients to fellow vendors. It’s been a journey full of surprises, challenges, and opportunities, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If you’re thinking about starting a catering business, my advice is to dive in with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, and you’ll be sure to find it just as rewarding as I have!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Are you ready to eat and explore your way through Dallas like a champ? Start your weekend by heading to the Bishop Arts District for brunch at Oddfellows – trust me, the chicken and waffles will make your taste buds jump for joy! For something sweet, make your way to Emporium Pies, where you can indulge in some of the most delicious pie you’ve ever tasted. The only thing better than their crust is their sense of humor – just take a look at the pie names on their menu! After all that eating, it’s time to walk it off. Stroll through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, where you can enjoy the beautiful flowers and scenery. Finally, finish your weekend off at The Rustic, a restaurant and music venue where you can enjoy live performances while you nosh on their Texas-style fare. Dallas has got it all, from amazing food to fascinating history to killer tunes – I absolutely love it here!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom, dad and husband have always inspired me to push creative boundaries and have been an instrumental support system that I couldn’t imagine my life without. In addition to my family, I’m incredibly grateful for the way the DFW community continues to support us and make us feel loved.

Website: mediterraneancreations.com

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