2021 Entrepreneurial Awards

A Q&A with Deanna Ray of Everything is Cheesecake

A one-on-one with Deanna Ray

How did you start Everything is Cheesecake?

It started with my family. They really liked my baking, and it has progressed from there. In 2017, I left my job to start baking cheesecakes full time. It was just me out there with a cooler full of cheesecake under a blue tent. Now I have my own food truck that I sell my cheesecakes out of. I use the kitchens at Jackpots Bingo Hall to bake them, but I am looking for a space to open my own place.

 

Tell us about your product and what makes it so special?

I think what makes my cheesecakes so special is the crust. We do different types of crusts depending on the cheesecake, including cookie crusts. We get so many compliments on the crust of the cheesecakes. We also do special orders; people will call and ask if we do stuff like peanut-butter-and-banana cheesecakes.

How has the pandemic affected your business?

We took a couple of the first months off from baking, and during that time we provided lunch for kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays. After things became clearer as to what we could do, we opened following all the guidelines of cleanliness and social distancing.

 

What are you most excited to do when this pandemic is over?

I am most excited to see all my customers and get everything back to normal. People have told me to take some of the time to relax, but baking is what I love to do.

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