Innovation and Mentorship at This Year’s Next Level Conference

ARI RABBAN • FEBRUARY 02, 2016 Last week, I participated in the eighth annual Next Level Conference, hosted by the New Jersey Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) and the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark CEDC). This incredible event is geared at helping Newark’s small-business owners innovate and grow their businesses. IFEL is an organization […]

Tailgate touchdown: N.J. Caterers Prepping for the Biggest Game of Their Careers.

By Vicki Hyman/The Star Ledger If Demaryius Thomas and Richard Sherman think they’re training hard for Super Bowl XLVIII, they should check out Vonda McPherson’s regime — rolling out enough homemade puff pastry to feed thousands. The caterer and chef-owner of Vonda’s Kitchen in Newark has been at it for days already, grimacing as she mimes working the […]


by Barbranda Lumpkins Walls If you’re celebrating National Soul Food Month and Juneteenth this month, you’re probably well acquainted with crispy fried chicken, ham hock-laden collard greens, smothered pork chops and gooey macaroni and cheese. Restaurateur Vonda McPherson supports healthy soul food. But what about wheat sautéed tilapia salad, grilled salmon cake panini, black-eyed pea dip and roasted […]


When you think healthy food, you don’t necessarily think soul food, but Vonda’s Kitchen has changed that. Located in the historic Lincoln Park Section of newark, Vonda’s Kitchen offers soul food with a fresh and healthy twist using produce that is often locally sourced. In addition to soul food classics like fried chicken, smothered turkey wings, oxtails […]

Cook for 10,000 People: Bring It On

Article by Liz Titus Taken from the Business Connect Newsletter Volume 4 On Super Bowl Sunday, Vonda McPherson is going to be a busy woman. Her business, Vonda’s Kitchen, was awarded a contract to provide food at the tailgate party at the Meadowlands racetrack that day. She’s got quite a few mouths to feed – […]

Vonda’s Kitchen Secures Contract for Services at MetLife Stadium for Superbowl 2014

“I am proud to announce as a member of the NFL NJ/NY Super bowl Host Committee, that the following AACCNJ member organizations, have secured Contracts for Services at MetLife Stadium through Business Connect: MZM Construction, Sharpened Image, and Vonda’s Kitchen. When the playing field is level, AACCNJ members know how to close the deal”, stated […]