Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley DelRosario.
Hi Ashley, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.C
Call me Chef Ash! I’m a small-town girl at heart who loves the city! Grew up in the great Pacific Northwest and moved to Arizona in 2010 to attend culinary school! I have grown up in the hospitality industry, my dad owns two restaurants so it has always been in my blood. I have always been a creative person, always making something and working with my hands, cooking… never really knowing what, how or when, but I wanted to work for myself! I knew there was never a right time to start, I could never get my website perfect, etc., but I made the jump and launched “delRo cater co.” February of 2020 Personal Chef Experiences. I specialize in creating custom meals for women’s Retreats + Masterminds. Bachelorette parties & Birthdays are my other favorites to cater! I have made so many connections and have had amazing business opportunities throughout the last year, especially with Lindsey Schwartz and the “Powerhouse Women”, and Raquel & Maria with the “Wildly Wealthy Tribe” catering their incredible retreats, Wildly Wealthy Tribe was in Turks and Caicos Islands and changed my life forever! Saying yes to the unknown is one of the best personal growth moves you can make. 2021 has had several retreats and bachelorette parties on the books, and I’m hungry for more. If you put your whole heart into something, people see it and feel it.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
This has been a learning experience in several different ways. Your priorities become different, the business and all the moving parts that come with it become your children. I have so much to learn and keep up with behind the scenes of cooking the food and making it look pretty for my clients! It’s difficult to be a one-person show all the time, social media, posts, emails, taxes, etc… its a LOT. I’m learning that you can’t do it all forever! I always make sure to make time for me, meditate, journal, and I have one weekend off a month. It’s easy to burn yourself out, but I always remind myself to rest!! If you aren’t 100%, the business will not be either.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in creating custom meals for women’s retreats & masterminds! I also make custom bachelorette and birthday menus as well. I love getting to be the person to nourish someone’s soul. When people come together and eat, it is magic. I know I am one of the most passionate chefs out there, no doubt. I get excited over the smallest things, like putting flower petals on everything…thats THE HOT JAM for me. Find me with local edible flowers everywhere I go, haha I put my heart into everything and you can see it with my plating….details details details!
What do you like and dislike about the city?
Phoenix is an amazing place, I love all the farmer’s markets we have around town, thats really important to me to be able to support the local farms. Hard to point out negatives here…but…wish we had more mom and pop type drive-up coffee stands! Too many Starbucks. Lol.
- Website: www.delrocaterco.com
- Instagram: DelRocaterco & ChefAshDelro
Ashly Shae Photography