Originally from Montgomery, AL, our Executive Chef, Alanna M. Dennis, is a 2004 Cum Laude graduate of the International Le Cordon Bleu program. She is also a 1998 graduate of Alabama A&M University, which is where she was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Alanna has worked in a number of professional & pastry kitchens across Central Florida including the UCF Radisson, & Gaylord Palms Resort, also working with various catering companies at major events, such as the Disney Golf Classic.
As a child, Alanna spent her free time in the kitchen with her mother and grandmothers. They each enjoyed baking biscuits, cakes and pies from scratch, as well as, cooking fresh produce from her grandfather's garden. She is most inspired by memories of how, in their own ways, her grandparents fed their respective communities.
Growing up, her mother was “the cake lady”. Every year during the holidays their house was always overrun with a variety of cakes. One of Alanna's favorite memories is stealing her mom's cake batter to bake her own cakes in her Easy Bake Oven! Alanna's maternal grandmother was the first lady of a traditional southern baptist church located in an under-served community. Under her guidance, they cooked meals each week to serve after church service or even sell plates on the weekends to raise money for the church. Alanna's paternal grandfather grew a variety of produce in his back yard that he would distribute to family members and neighbors alike. Growing up in such a caring and giving environment has embedded not only the importance of good food, but also a sense of community. Because of her "roots", Alanna strives to offer traditional “southern hospitality” served with fresh, farm to table, nutritious gourmet foods.
Alanna's Gourmet focuses on producing the highest quality product possible utilizing locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Gourmet foods demand higher quality ingredients. As an experienced chef, Alanna employs a variety of cooking and mixing methods to carefully layer a variety of flavors to create mouthwatering deliciousness! Our products demand a certain level of care, which means more time is spent doing things by hand and crafting the final product to meet professional grade standards.