Minneapolis native, Tobota Seyon, established Right on Thyme Catering & Event Planning in 2011. The North Minneapolis-based caterer started catering in 2004 and is dedicated to providing her clients with local, organic, and fresh cuisine. Tobota is an artist and you can taste it in every bite of her delectable hors d’ oeuvres, dips, and desserts. Tobota creates everything from scratch and uses a variety of spices from different regions of the world. “I think of it as painting on plates,” said the artist describing her method of creating new recipes.
Formally a career councilor, Tobota decided to start Right on Thyme Catering to stay true to her passion. “I was supporting others to follow their desires for fun, fulfillment, and passion in their careers, and I too felt it necessary to follow my own desires, to start my own business,” said Tobota.
Tobota always knew she would own her own business as she comes from a family of entrepreneurs including, “farmers, bakers, and real estate tycoons.”
Tobota was born in South Minneapolis, however, she has decided to raise her children, worship, and start her business in North Minneapolis. “I feel very connected to this community,” she said.
Tobota works out of Kindred Kitchen, a commercial kitchen on West Broadway in North Minneapolis. Community resources including, Kindred Kitchen and the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) have been instrumental in motivating Tobota and providing her with the skills to start and grow her business. “Why not support our colorful community by showing our creativity and sharing our gifts? We need to work together to provide an inviting and thriving environment for our future leaders. We need to transform the Northside into a thriving economic community,” she said.
Right on Thyme’s delicious fare is spicing up events all over Minnesota. The variety of menu selections is perfect for small lunches, intimate cocktail parties, large weddings and everything in between. The menu has something for everyone including vegetarian and gluten free options. Tobota’s mission is to grow her business and eventually open a sit down, family-oriented restaurant on the Northside that offers healthier choices for the community, “an inviting place for people to congregate and enjoy themselves,” she explained.
Tobota understands how the food we eat contributes to our physical and mental health. In addition to opening the restaurant, Tobota plans to implement, “Recipes for Success,’ a healthy cooking education program for teenage mothers, women in recovery and ex-offenders teaching life skills through healthier habits, by increasing consumption of healthy foods to improved nutrition and reduced levels of obesity, stress and other chronic diseases.”
Tobota is interested in teaching others how to create healthy meals that are flavorful. Contact Tabota to cater you next event.
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