WACO, Texas (KWTX) – A Central Texas woman with a lifelong passion for cooking is bringing a new concept to Waco and it’s one she says will offer an experience and food unlike anything else in the area.
Natasha Jarmon has been a cake decorator since 1991 and for the past four years has cooked privately for customers in the Waco area, but she’s getting ready to share her skills and knowledge by opening a business called The Heir’s Table, which will offer not only unique food, but cooking classes as well.
“Really to be honest, it’s always been a dream of mine. It’s the only thing I could think of,” Natasha Said.
The Heir’s Table is not a traditional restaurant where customers come in, order and sit down.
Natasha, rather, likes to call it a food emporium.
The business will offer prepared meals-to-go consisting of Southern and Creole cuisine, but will also offer private dining experiences as well as the cooking classes.
The menu is vast and will include everything from New Orleans style seafood and crawfish to rice, okra, buttermilk biscuits, country ham, fried chicken and collard greens.
“It’s mainly southern, the food we grew up on,” Natasha said.
“Not soul food so much but southern cooking.”
It’s something the trained chef has dreamed of since she was a girl learning how to cook and enjoying the homemade foods prepared by her grandmothers, one in Oklahoma and the other, Annie Bonner in Waco.
Bonner taught cooking classes at Camp Fire Girls in Central Texas throughout the 1950s and 60s.
She also helped with a program that taught low-income families how to cook with commodities and meal planning.
“This has been a dream of mine come true to bring to you the things that were passed down to me from my grandmothers to you so you can have the same experience bringing back those childhood memories I hope that you’ve had with your family as well,” Natasha said.
On Tuesdays The Heir’s Table will sell Mexican food to go and on Wednesdays, Italian.
Thursday will be earmarked for American and Friday for seafood.
Saturday will be reserved for cooking parties and private events and Sunday will be deemed Southern Sunday.
“Say you get out of church and don’t want to cook,” Natasha said.
“You can get meatloaf, fried chicken, smothered pork chops, corn bread, black eyed peas and collard greens, things like that.”
Natasha will be hosting classically trained chefs from all different culinary backgrounds at The Heir’s Table and will offer a variety of cooking classes which can end in private dining.
“You can bring a small group of friends and cook with me or I can cook for you,” Natasha said.
“I like the intimacy and the smaller groups. With COVID I didn’t want the thing of a big restaurant. I like to cook in small quantities where you can still have that home taste.”
Natasha is a master cake decorator, graduating from Douglass Woodard School of Cake Decorating in Waco in 1998.
She also opened Sweet Embellishments Bakery in 2008, but closed it when her son, Hunter, began his high school football career at Midway High School so she could have the time to attend all of his activities.
The Heir’s Table will have a soft opening on Friday at 121 North Hewitt Dr. Suite C in Hewitt.
She hopes for a formal opening on Jan. 15, after which the business will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
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