Lutunji Abram, Lutunji’s Palate (Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Radio, Episode 22)
Lutunji Abram, CEO of Lutunji’s Palate and founder of Voices for Effective Change, has a passion for infusing her business with purpose. As an entrepreneur and accomplished pastry chef, the sales of her gourmet desserts support youth and adults in the community with work experiences and mentorship, enabling them to thrive. She and host John Ray discussed her work, her journey, the bakery, and much more. Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Radio is produced virtually by the Minneapolis St. Paul studio of Business RadioX®.
Lutunji’s Palate is a social enterprise fueled by love and built with purpose. Back in 2018, Lutunji Abram, M.A. met with the Pastor of a historic church in South Minneapolis to discuss the Charter School for teen parents she developed in partnership with her organization, Voices of Effective Change. Lutunji blessed him with her signature peach cobbler as a sign of respect and gratitude. He took one bite, and Lutunji’s Palate was born.
He loved it so much he insisted she use their commercial kitchen to create a line of gourmet desserts and that his team would provide all the support she needed. This was the divine order manifested. In that powerful moment, Lutunji knew that her passion for delicious treats, and the joy they bring, would be the catalyst for her mission to bring effective change to our community.
Every scrumptious bite of Lutunji’s Palate Gourmet Cakes, Cobblers and More, contributes to youth development, teen parental support, and transition assistance for Men returning to society from incarceration, providing the space, education, resources and experience they need to grow and thrive. Click here to learn more about Voices of Effective Change.
Lutunji’s Palate Gourmet desserts are available at Lunds & Byerly’s (Downtown, Northeast, Uptown, Nokomis and Golden Valley) North Market, Minneapolis Farmers Market Annex, Seasoned Specialty Market, Handsome Hog, and Pimento Kitchen. Brick and mortar bakery and cafe coming first quarter of 2022.
Lutunji’s Palate: built with purpose, fortified with love.
Lutunji Abram, President & CEO, Lutunji’s Palate and Founder of Voices of Effective Change, Inc.
Lutunji Abram is CEO and Founder of Voices of Effective Change, Inc. (a community advocacy and Public Relations company) with the mission to send an effective voice to the masses, stand with young children and their parents using the tools of personal empowerment and community development. She is a gourmet Pastry Chef and, the founder of Lutunji’s Palate offering her famous Harriet’s Escape Buttery Butter and Vegan Peach Cobbler layered with organic coconut oil crust and other gourmet goodies.
Lutunji is a renaissance artist and socially impassioned diversity and inclusion community activist with an eclectic repertoire of works spanning the spectrums of theater, music, education, and civic engagement. Lutunji is armed with a B.A. in Community Development and a minor in Performing Arts Management from Metropolitan State University, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University, and a DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative fellowship alumnus.
Her skillful blend of arts, education, and advocacy has a far-reaching impact on varying fronts including being a John Lennon Songwriting finalist, an opening act for the late Tupac Shakur, The Goodie Mob, and others, volunteer teaching of poetry to elementary through high school-aged students at Metropolitan State University; penning the theme poem for the 2014 and 2015 City of Minneapolis Peace ceremonies, adjunct professor, and tireless contributions as a former legislative aide and recurring political campaign volunteer.
Lutunji is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Iota Zeta Zeta Chapter, and proud mother of one son, Aaron Lamar Abram, Esq.
Questions and Topics Discussed in this Episode
- Lutunji’s Palate journey
- How did Lutunji’s Palate come about?
- What is the mission of Lutunji’s Palate?
- What’s happening right now?
- How is Lutunji’s Palate evolving as you open your facility?
- How can someone get involved?
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Radio is hosted by John Ray and produced virtually from the Minneapolis St. Paul studio of Business RadioX® . You can find the full archive of shows by following this link. The show is available on all the major podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, Amazon, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, TuneIn, and others.