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Have a Hearty Southern Meal at K'Lynn's Southern and Cajun Fusion

By Marina I. Jokic

Karen Johnson-Bey started cooking at the early age of nine, and she hasn't stopped since. Her passion for creating traditional Southern and Cajun dishes is deeply rooted in her upbringing and heritage, so much so that she trained herself to become a professional chef. Inspired by her parents' love for food and their ability to cook with absolute ease, Johnson-Bey decided to walk in their footsteps.

"The love of creating, cooking, and eating makes my profession seem anything but a job," she said. She initially started working in catering, but later on decided to raise the stakes by opening her own business. And so, K'Lynn's Southern and Cajun Fusion, the restaurant, was born in 2016, 20 years after starting her catering business.

Southern-Cajun fusion is the ideal comfort food with rich and bold flavors, smothered in decadent sauces. K'Lynn's has really nailed the home-cooked feel with their recipes and fresh, local ingredients bursting with flavor. Traditional, homegrown recipes abound on the menu. Southern, delectable favorites like fried catfish, collard greens and plantain, etouffee, gumbo and Po' boys join the ranks of jerk chicken and Jambalaya. The refreshingly cooling Norma grape ginger ale and the sparkling peach soda will quench your thirst after a hearty and full-flavored meal.

"With my family's Caribbean history, I could not resist adding jerk chicken to the mix as well," Johnson-Bey said. "Our food is always delicious and made with the best ingredients possible."

When it comes to the catering business, Johnson-Bey and her staff have one goal: to provide a flawless and memorable experience for their guests and delicious food.

"We will work with your vision and budget so you can be a guest at your next event," she said. Aside from their signature cuisine, K'lynn's also serves American, New Mexican, Italian, Asian, and Mediterranean foods through its catering business.

Additional catering services available through K'lynn's include servers, New Mexico-certified bartenders, valet parking attendants, and linen rentals. Whether you are looking for a place to dine in or to cater your next event, K'lynn's has all the bases covered.

When asked what sets K'lynn's above the competition, Johnson-Bey simply points to its delicious food and outstanding customer service. At the end of the day, what motivates her is the satisfied customers, her cheerleaders of sorts.

"There is nothing more rewarding than having awesome, positive feedback from my clients and their guests," she said.

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