Lutunji Abram had no plans of making a business out of something she loved.
But after a conversation with her pastor, it became clear that the world had other plans.
After years of selling her now famous Harriet’s Escape Peach Cobbler at local farmers markets and restaurants, she finally has her own kitchen and cafe space.
“It’s absolutely amazing to walk into your own commercial kitchen and just bake when you feel like baking. You’re not limited,” she said.
It’s a feeling that carries into her vision for Lutunji’s Palate. This is not just a cafe offering cobblers, baked goods and coffee — it’s a social enterprise that she hopes can bring community healing and cultivate purpose.
“[At Lutunji’s Palate], it’s not business as usual,” Abram said. “I'm very fortunate to partner with amazing organizations that provide job leadership development skills for youth and I also partner with programs that provide second chances.””
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Even though she couldn’t share all of her cobbler secrets with us, she did share that the most essential ingredients are, “nutmeg, love and peaches.”
But not fresh peaches — canned peaches.
And if made right, Abram says a peach cobbler should feel like family, joy and togetherness.
To hear the full conversation with Lutunji, click play on the audio player above.