My name is Rakita, I am the PROUD Owner & Head Chef at Lady Jays Catering! I am blessed to have an amazing family Keith Ames (of almost 8 years) 2 wonderful children (Maddison 6yrs and Malachi 3 yrs), amazing parents and siblings. I am honored that God chose ME to share His love through food with you all! I look forward to creating memories and bringing back warm memories of family through our food! Established in 2019. I learned about love while cooking alongside her grandmother, who was always happy to help whenever folks were hungry in her Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Familiar comfort foods — fried chicken, grits, collard greens, macaroni and cheese — were favorites with family members as well as neighbors. It was a way of filling bellies and touching hearts, Ames said. “People call this soul food, but I saw for myself how it really was food for the soul and that’s stayed with me all this time,”
Lady Jays Catering brings bespoke catering to the Martinsburg WV area with private and corporate events that will delight and inspire. We focus on quality and flavor, and comfort! Our food is designed with all diets in mind! We offer our SOUL FOOD Cuisine, Gluten Free options, Vegetarian options, Keto friendly, etc. We also provide, family meal options and our version of “meals on wheels”, directly from our kitchen to yours!
|I grew up in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and am a recent resident of Martinsburg, WV. I love traveling throughout my state to explore its rich natural beauty. I’ve always enjoyed planning adventures in places like Alaska and Arizona as well, and after years of booking solo trips and family vacations, I realized that I wanted to help everyone enjoy their dream vacation!|
I specialize in the great outdoors. Natural attractions and wildlife viewing destinations. I work with independent and private travel in the US and abroad. I design truly unique experiences that are personalized exactly to your interests, and I’ll help you travel freely to any destination.
I love the spontaneity of traveling, but I also understand that you need a well-planned itinerary to truly enjoy those unexpected moments. I’ll make sure you can enjoy your trip at your own pace by preparing all flights, transfers, and bookings in advance so you never have to worry about a thing while traveling. With my help, you’ll arrive at your destination with total confidence so you can travel without rushing or missing out on anything important.
I’ll help you balance your itinerary with both activity and leisure, and I’ll make sure you have ample time to see the greatest sights and enjoy all of your desired activities. I’ve created everything from road trips around National Parks to Alaskan adventures and explorations of the beaches and jungles of Central America.
Some of my favorite destinations include:
One of my favorite trips was in Alaska, and it featured stops at Glacier National Park, tours of historic towns and natural monuments, a visit to the Wildlife Conservation Center, plus unforgettable views of wild bears feeding on salmon and the Aurora Borealis.
I want you to have an unforgettable time on your next vacation. With a lifetime of booking experience plus a strong passion for traveling, I have the tools to make your trip a dream come true!
Community Involvement/Special Interested/Hobbies: Children’s Education and Interests, Being Outdoors
As President and founding member of the Junior League of the Eastern Panhandle, Richele holds over 15 years of experience in program management and grassroots volunteer coordination, which she intends to utilize throughout her tenure as JuLEP President. Richele is a 2000 graduate of Hedgesville High School and a 2004 graduate of Washington and Lee University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Post-college, Richele worked as a Presidential Campaign Field Director/Volunteer Coordinator for the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Following her time on the campaign, Richele worked as a Special Assistant to the General Counsel and the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. During her time at Treasury, Richele also served as the Agency Coordinator for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). In 2006 Richele departed Treasury to join a new team at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she worked as a founding member to establish the Screening Coordination Office (SCO). Since leaving SCO in 2009, Richele has worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a Program Management Analyst within the Office of the Commissioner. In her free time, Richele enjoys horseback riding, live music, photography, and creating social media content on a freelance basis.
Community Involvement: Good Samaritan board member, Panhandle Home Health Puttin’ in the Panhandle Committee member, active in church events and committees.
Community Involvement/Special Interests/Hobbies: trying new recipes, reading, hiking and being outdoors, Leadership Berkeley Class of 2018, spending time with husband and dogs
A WVU graduate with a background in advertising and a masters degree in Public Administration, I have worked in many fields including tourism and non profit advertising and public relations. As the Director of Education at the Allegany County Historical Society, I built an education program and wrote grants while making history fun for local students. Recently, I was an instructor and the Journalism and Communications Unit Coordinator at the WVU campus of Potomac State College where I renewed the journalism program, built a new computer lab and redesigned the college paper. In August I accepted the Internship Placement and Alumni Outreach Coordinator at BlueRidge Community and Technical College where I am building an internship program.
I have recently moved to this area, and I am getting involved in community organizations such the Spring Mills High School Soccer Team and the Eastern Panhandle Boys and Girls Club.