We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Montanez-Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Victoria, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My work life balance has gotten better within the last few months. My first 2 years of business I was working my full time job as a teacher, catering and preparing homemade meals for Shef and now Door Dash. So my life was work. Since 2023 started I have made it my goal to make time to myself to relax and enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle. I found that this is so important because it allows me to find peace and reconnect with new and fresh ideas for my business, which is essential for growth and to prevent burnout.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The name of my business is Island Hop. Island Hop was established because I wanted to highlight my Puerto Rican and Haitian roots and culture through my food. I always loved cooking for my family and friends and always received great reviews. My concept is different because it brings flavors from multiple islands, which allows my customer to experience a plethora of culinary experiences at one time.

It wasn’t easy starting my business because I am self funded and I didn’t have a mentor, and no background in business management. It has been a learning experience every step of the way. Once I learn a lesson I was able to make changes and apply what I’ve learned. If I had to do it over. I would’ve have raised funds and probably got a mentor and partner before starting.

I want the world to know that Island Hop is your one stop shop for Caribbean Cuisine! From the delicious food to the cooking based and seasonings your tastebuds will thank you for the Island Hop experience!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting I would definitely be cooking. For place to visit and eat I would take her to breakfast at First Watch, Dinner at Rouxpour in Sugar Land. Another night we would grab some Italian food from Magianno’s. I’m not sure of hot spots in Houston since I’m a New Yorker and I haven’t really explored Houston like I should. Maybe a Basketball game and music and the vibe at 5015.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to acknowledge the Nichole, Owner, of the Caribbean Women’s Expo and The Barbados Association of Texas for believing in my culinary skills and providing me with the opportunity to cater their Annual Gala my first two years in business.

Website: Www.eatislandhop.com

Instagram: Www.instagram.com/eatislandhop

Linkedin: Www.linkedin.com/victoriamontanezroberts

Facebook: Www.Facebook.com/islandhopcatering

Yelp: Www.Yelp.com/islandhopcatering

Youtube: Www.YouTube.com/eatislandhop

Image Credits
Island Hop- Victoria Montanez-Roberts

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