The Significance of Desiderata

While deciding on a business name, Chef Finley ran across a poem she found in her brother’s backpack after his sudden death. The 1920s prose poem, Desiderata, spoke volumes and mimicked her brother’s life as if he had lived directly off of the poem’s page.

Desiderata means things highly desired, wanted, required, or essential. What better gift to give than that of food!
Read the full poem below: 


GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, 1927


Going Forth With Purpose:

Chef Finley focuses on meticulously selecting, cleaning, prepping, and cooking the freshest and minimally processed ingredients available.

“My commitment is to provide ingredients that are of the freshest, highest quality therefore offering you food that is exceptional in taste and that meets your hearts desires.”


By doing so, it’s her way of saying “You matter to me!” Chef Finley caters with a spirit of class, service, love, and purpose.