Who We Are
What started out as a social gathering where friends would meet to sample some culinary ideas of one young woman named Jorrae, would turn out to be the launchpad of an amazing product line of culinary delights which naturally progressed into catering and restaurant ownership. From that evening Joyce’s Soulful Cuisine, a Veteran, Woman and Minority owned business was birthed and continues to this day to be an award winning catering company that specializes in gourmet sauces, specialty dishes, and unique recipes such as Joyce’s Lulu Bang Sauce, Seafood Fried Rice, and our award winning, Lulu Bang Wangs (wings) that have people driving hundreds of miles to enjoy.
The name “Joyce’s Soulful Cuisine” was chosen as a memorial for the mother of the owners, Kelly Beard and Jorrae Beard. At that time, no one had any idea that not only would this dynamic duo create culinary masterpieces, but that they would perfect an amazing sauce that would be labelled by all who taste as “one of the best sauces they have ever tasted."
Our award winning, Lulu Bang Wangs (Wings) were given the name in memory of the sisters’ eldest brother, Michael “Lulu Bang” Beard, a Veteran who served more than 20 years in the Army National Guard. The masterpiece, Lulu Bang "Wang" originated by taking a simple family recipe of their mother (Joyce Amanda Beard) frying chicken wings in a simplistic fashion with limited seasonings, but then fusing the wings with Joyce’s Lulu Bang Sauces. One only has to taste it once before reciting the famous line “Oh taste and see…”
Because our sauce is not merely a BBQ sauce, we had to develop a name consistent with the numerous ways in which the sauces are used. On one occasion, a customer came into the restaurant and ordered fish. Unlike with chicken that automatically received a side of Bang Sauce, we failed to put the sauce in with his order. He immediately returned to the restaurant and demanded that we give him bang sauce, which we willingly obliged. His parting words were… “Never forget that I Bang EveryTHANG”, and from that one statement, History was in the making…..
Try anyone of our four flavors and you too will be convinced that Joyce’s Soulful Cuisine has a wonderful taste that is like none other.
Kelly L. Beard, CEO
Jorrae S. Beard, COO
Creator of the LuLu Bang Sauce
Ashley M. Beard, CFO
Neffertari Nobles-Jordan, Director, Image & Event Planning