DeVine Handz is a local catering company, servicing the DMV area. DeVine Handz specializes in wine jellies made from premium fruit wine produced in Maryland. I am Lakesha Veney, Owner/DeVine Handz, and a native of Washington DC. Guided and inspired by my southern parents, I began experimenting with cooking at the age of four. My philosophy is that the best cooking begins with having passion and respect for quality ingredients and ends with a imagination and desire to delight the palate. I favor an experimental approach to culinary education.
A career changer, I left the field of physical therapy after a decade and decided to step behind the stove to put my heart and skills to work. I began preparing family meals for relatives and friends who had been asking me to do so for many years. In 2009, I decided to pursue my natural passion and start my own small local business. During the same year, an opportunity presented itself to cater a year-long series of events for a major organization.
Described as "a fresh contemporary edge" word of mouth and "taste of food" has been the catalyst for DeVine Handz. Word spread about the unique blending of flavors at tastings and events that potential clients were lining up. I catered events for wine festivals and wineries, weddings, parties, corporate events, and even repasts...wherever good food was requested! I have had the pleasure to delight a diverse clientele with my passion for cooking.
In September 2014, I was asked to be a vendor in a bridal expo to prepare hor d’ourves for their upcoming cocktail wedding reception. My intentions was to “WOW” 30 brides with my selections and keep their palates dazzled with a trendy, sophisticated and edible favor to take home, and hoping I would be their selected vendor. I combined my passion for food and admiration for wine together and created DeVine Wine Jelly. At the time, I was doing wine tastings for a local winery and thought it was a unique idea. I instantly began to experiment with jelly ingredients and the premium fruit wine, instantly the perfect recipe and consistency was created. Unfortunately the event was cancelled, so the jellies were given to family, friends and customers at local spirit stores. It was well received from those whom tasted it. Many insisted that I present this to markets, wineries and retailers. My entrepreneurial juices started to flow and the DeVine Wine Jelly journey began. I am extremely proud to have created a unique product that is enjoyed year 'round among family and friends. A true blessing in disguise.
In October 2014, I proudly launched my new product! Four fabulous flavors of wine jellies, Blackberry Merlot, Peach Chardonnay, Cranberry Shiraz and Jalapeno Green Apple Riesling. I am excited about the partnership with il Dolce Winery and "The Knot" in the gifts and favors category. DeVine Wine Jelly is currently available at the AC Marriott Hotel at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md, and Edgewater Liquors in Edgewater MD. DeVine Wine Jelly tastings are held periodically at Williams-Sonoma in Annapolis Md, and various wine festivals throughout Maryland. In March 2018, for National Women's History Month, Cuisine Noir Magazine reviewed DeVine Wine Jelly Blackberry Merlot as a food, wine and travel must-have. I am looking forward to the continuous growth in the community and retail opportunities.
DeVine Handz has a passion and imagination for food and wine. DeVine Wine Jelly is unique, and brings a fresh new edge to food and wine enthusiast, and as a venue to mindfully enjoy life. I feel, ultimately everything a person seeks is a mean to feel happy and fulfilled. The enjoyment of good food and wine nearly always offers a very simple yet wonderful route. I enjoy entertaining people's emotion through the art of combining food and wine. I am ambitious and confident that through my natural creativity, I will capture the hearts and palates of many. Taste my creations and taste the LOVE! Take the journey with me, as DeVine Handz continues to blossom and become recognized as "one of the up and coming establishments in our area!"
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