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Business Profile: Wholesoul Eatery

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Some of Wholesoul's menu. Left: Wings and More; Top Right: Fried Mac and Cheese Balls; Bottom Right: Soultadas

Wholesoul Eatery started in 2014 from Kathleen Johnson’s family long time mission to better health and eating habits. She and her two daughters cook and serve soulful recipes for all cultures and ages, such as Veggie Mac & 8 cheeses, Wholesoulified chopped house salad, Wings That’ll Make You Sing, and their signature Katfish menu items.  
Kathleen’s knowledge of the music industry translated to Wholesoul Eatery by bringing her food to live music events and artists. Thanks to the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), a provider of the City of Minneapolis’ Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP), Wholesoul received assistance via an entrepreneurs training course, securing a small business start-up loan from the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), and partnering with the Black Chamber of Commerce (BCC) to cover half the amount of the mobile unit.
Among her notable accomplishments, Kathleen was a back up vocalist at Paisley Park and on tour with opening act for Prince who was respected and impressed by her talent and Wholesoul. In return he also allowed Wholesoul as the official cooks for ‘Paisley Park after dark” and VIP caterers for his sold-out release performances of “Piano and a mic” at Paisley Park.

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Last updated Jul 26, 2016