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Hidden Gems: Meet Omayra & Akeem Talton Vazquez of K.O. Events & Catering

Today we’d like to introduce you to Omayra & Akeem Talton:

Akeem and Omayra Talton are high school sweethearts and natives of Lancaster City, PA. The husband & wife duo of 10 years are the founders and owners of K.O. Events & Catering. With years of experience, K.O. Events & Catering have mastered the art of curating one-of-a-kind knockout events that create memories to last a lifetime! Omayra, of Puerto Rican descent, learned her passion for weddings and events at a young while watching shows such as A Wedding Story on TLC and Bridezilla. The rom-com movie The Wedding Planner starring Jennifer Lopez inspired Omayra to become the Certified Wedding and Event Planner she is today.

Akeem, of African American descent, found his passion for cooking at age 11. Akeem would spend time in the kitchen with his late grandmother Ms. Dot, learning to make Southern-style soul food. Akeem would cook alongside his grandmother, preparing meals for events in our local community. Akeem believes he is leading in his grandmother footsteps.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
Akeem and Omayra started their family at a young age. Caring for children, learning to pay bills and becoming adults quickly put a lot of dreams on hold. Akeem preparing meals at a local college and Omayra working as a teacher assistant in a classroom, knew these were not the jobs they wanted forever, nor the jobs they dreamt of. In December 2017, they decided to take leap of faith and try out the Events and Catering industry on their own. They started with word-of-mouth referrals and some social media. Quickly they both learned there would lots for them to learn in the events and catering industry. Akeem & Omayra learned this road would take a village of support. The duo has found that a slow cook-is the best, meaning there’s no need to rush the business; the duo has learned to work together and have honest conversations about what is working and what is not working for the business.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
K.O. Events & Catering truly have a passion for bringing people together. Watching families smile and laugh together for a joyous occasion is why they do what they do. Akeem & Omayra host almost every holiday at their home. Bringing their family together for a time of laughs, dancing, and food is happiness for them. It’s important to the duo the love of family and joys of friendship—making room for those who don’t always have a seat at their family table.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: events_by_ko
  • Facebook: K.O. Events & Catering, LLC

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