Hi my name is Alisha, more affectionately known by some of my friends as Lish the dish!
Growing up, we always had guests in our home, whether for a meal or to spend the night. On any given Sunday after church there were almost always friends joining us for lunch and sometimes for dinner, too.
My mom was amazing at finding ways to feed extra mouths in our house. She made everyone feel like honored guests. She always created a sense of togetherness for anyone around the table. You couldn’t help but be drawn to her heart for others; it was contagious and I loved it.
Most major holidays we invited people to our family gatherings and treated them as if they were our own. We made them a part of everything; gave them gifts, invited them to play games and just be like family with us.
It allowed me to appreciate people and the value they brought to our lives. It gave me a love for hospitality, more importantly a real love for people and making others feel special.
From a very young age the love of entertaining and cooking was in my veins. I would coerce my sisters into being guests at pretend dinners. On sunny days we’d venture outdoors and eat pretend mud pies.
As I got older, I bribed them to sit on barstools overlooking our kitchen while I pretended to host a TV cooking show.
By 5th grade I started my own cake decorating company. I worked so hard to make the perfect cake with no detail left out. Back then stenciling cakes was the “in” thing.
I was good at convincing my parents of any and every opportunity to have a game night or party at the house. I was ready to cook up something unique and have fun. This passion grew all through high school and into college.
For me, EVERYTHING is in the presentation. My family are always laughing at the lengths I go to create the next masterpiece – even with basic food!
I want to create a community of kind-hearted people who want to express themselves by loving on others through the gift of hospitality. In a society where many are so very lonely because many are buried in our phones more than we should be there is a desperate need to belong, to be accepted and valued by those around us in a live person to person setting.
Authenticity should be at the heart of all you do in your home, you do not have to be someone you are not, just be you! This can start by a simple meal where friends are gathered around, conversations are had and memories are made. Whether you are a beginner or someone who has been cooking and entertaining for years there is something here for you!
Let’s be a company of people who encourage one another to connect, enjoy life’s journey and each other! Join me as we explore new ideas, hands-on how-to guides, a dinner party planning guide from start to finish, food creativity, hosting overnight guests and so much more. Grab a cup of coffee and join the table as we grow in our love for others.