Giving Back - Community work helps small business grow.
Joe's Homemade contributes much of its success to their local community involvement. Chef Ted "Joe" Paskevich has donated thousands of dollars of specialty Gourmet Dining Packages to local Savannah nonprofits. "This is our home and we feel we need to be good corporate citizens", stated Chef Ted "Joe" Paskevich, owner of Joe's Homemade Cafe & Catering. After winning the Ronald McDonald House "Battle of the Bakers" award, Ted was besieged by requests from local charities. "We've always said 'YES' when asked. There is always some way we can help, from gift certificates to a Specialty Cake to an exclusive Gourmet Dining Package for 4, depending upon our resources", says Don Holland, Co-Owner and Director of Community Outreach for the cafe. Recent donations of goods and services have included; The First City Network, the United Way of Coastal GA, the YMCA, and The Telfair Museum.
Waters Avenue = Restaurant Row - Joe’s Homemade Café & Catering is part of a growing trend: restaurants opening along Waters Avenue.
Chef Ted “Joe” Paskevich & Don Holland’s cafe is sandwiched in between a Filipino restaurant on one side and a Jamaican eatery on the other side. “It’s an international village over here”, stated Chef Ted who is a 2nd Generation Belarusian American. Just across the street is Saigon Bistro – Asian fusion restaurant and down the block you’ll find a Chinese restaurant, a Japanese place, and several casual eateries, including the Savannah community’s longtime Sunday Brunch favorite – Barnes restaurant. “We’re part of Savannah’s growing reputation as a FOODIE destination” stated Don Holland, Co-Owner and Director of Community Outreach. What’s causing all of these culinary delights? One factor is the presence of two major hospitals (Memorial and Candler) and the resulting specialty medical practices. Hungry nurses, doctors and patients make for a steady stream of food patrons for Savannah’s newest Restaurant Row!
BUY LOCAL - Café uses local ingredients for successful business plan!
Helping the local economy grow is a passion of café owners, Chef Ted “Joe” Paskevich & Don Holland. “Every dollar we spend with local companies helps them and helps our business grow” states Chef Ted. “We are proud members of Buy Local Savannah, the business organization for companies who are locally owned” added Don Holland, Joe’s Homemade‘s Co-Owner. Local products regularly used in the café include Savannah Bee Honey, Savannah’s very own Fonderific’s Fondant (icing for cakes), Georgia Grown Pecans, & Wild Georgia Shrimp.