“Everyday is a learned lesson and a blessing”
Dawn Frazier affectionately known as “Ms. Dawn” has had her share of lessons as well as blessings. Through them all she has survived the challenges of life and thrives impart because of her tenacity to work hard and persistence is relentless.
At an early age, young Dawn met the hardships of being raised by a single mom. Although her early story isn’t the nostalgic laidback childhood...Dawn did receive a valuable skill during these years. She learned to cook at the tender age of 8 years old. Little Dawn learned from her great aunt the art of cooking as well as how to be enterprising. Not only did this family female duo prepare for big family gatherings and holiday celebrations, but they also lit up the kitchen of Dawn’s aunt’s restaurant. Way back then, the spirit of ambition was instilled in Dawn Frazier.
As an adult, Dawn set her mind to work professionally in business administration. As her career unfolded she worked for notable corporations such as the McDonalds Corporation, Ernest & Young, LLP, Campbell’s Soup Company, and Aramark Corporation. During her tenure within these organizations Frazier honed business competences in the areas of administration, organization, and planning. She has coordinated projects and events for corporate executives and their subordinate staff. One of Dawn’s corporate career highlights includes her planning and execution as a Campbell’s event planner for the annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. While she was tapped as a rising star at these companies, Dawn managed to continue to demonstrate a glimpse of her true self, entrepreneur. While Dawn had been a corporate success tale, the thought of one-day establishing her very own business always lingered.
As Dawn maintained her “day job” status in corporate America, she garnered side business beyond those glass ceilings. Dawn had positioned herself as a respectable and reliable event planner so much amongst her fellow co-workers and friends, that they became some of her freelance clientele. On a regular basis Frazier could be found executing a social event such as a weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries and baby showers. As her freelance career began to take on a life of its own...Dawn began to realizer her calling as a true entrepreneur and left corporate America, never to look back. Dawn exclaims, “There’s a freedom in the realization that I have a bigger purpose in life, and I’m going to pursue it at all costs.”
In 2008, Dawn left her Fortune 500 company gig, to work as her own boss. Her catering/event planning business Leave the Details Too Me (created in 1995) took up residency. Dawn put on her hat as the in-house catering contractor for Freeway Golf Club in Sicklerville, NJ. Here she oversaw all operations of the bar and grill establishment. From hiring staff, to ordering supplies, as well as creating the delicious eats for the club’s patrons. Dawn was responsible for bringing in new guests as well as retaining the original crowd of foodies. For two years Dawn held her position, until her spirit of ambition spoke yet again. This time Dawn Frazier knew exactly what she had to do...open the doors to her very own eatery, Ms. Dawn’s Kitchen. In 2013, Dawn and her business partner relocated her culinary and business expertise to Burlington, NJ where her down-home styled café now plays host to hundreds of patrons per week.
Since the inception of Ms. Dawn’s Kitchen and the success of Leave the Details Too Me, Dawn's businesses have gained local and national publicity and recognition. Dawn has been named 2016 Woman of The Year by the fine ladies of Zeta Delta Zeta (Burlington Co Chapter) and also the distinct gentleman of Kappa Alpha Psi (Burlington/Camden Co) Chapter named Dawn as one of their 2014 Women of the Year for Community Service. Ms. Dawn’s Kitchen and Leave the Details Too Me were given huge accolades by being voted the 2014 Taste of South Jersey Best of Show and placing in 5th Place for the Steve Harvey hosted 2014 & 2015 Neighborhood Awards for Best Soul Food Restaurant in the nation. Ms Dawn’s Kitchen was also selected as one of the select caterers for the 2015 American Cross Red Ball and will participate again for the 2016 Red Ball in April 2016. Dawn's culinary sensations have also been given much acclaim by the iconic Philadelphia radio talk show host and food critic Patty Jackson. Additionally, Dawn's enterprises have been featured in regional newspapers such as the Courier Post, and the Burlington County Times.
Dawn Frazier, the daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, chef, and business woman has learned many lessons and been very blessed over the course of her life. She understands with determination, perseverance, and faith she can accomplish all that she sets her sights to attain. Dawn readily shares her wisdom with other aspiring individuals. “Make sure you are absolutely ready to give your business your all. Some days I can barely keep my eyes open but I know it all pays off in the end. Build a great network; you’ll need your circle to help you get to the next level. Secure great mentors who don’t mind sharing information if you have a question. Always take time to talk to your customers they love when you give them attention.”