As a young woman, Johanna maintained a garden with her Papa. Together, they would prepare meals using their home-grown produce. The opportunity to travel both cross country and to Europe on several occasions influenced her love of food. On these trips, itineraries were built around meals, which further emphasized how food enhances an experience. Inspiration from the famed chef, Alice Waters, and her “Slow Food” movement, also fueled Johanna’s blossoming culinary interest. In contrast to fast food, meals are prepared lovingly and simply to showcase the flavors of the food. In 2008, Johanna graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She relocated to the Outer Banks where she co-owned and operated Café Lachine from 2011 to 2018. Today, she is the proud and successful owner of Johanna’s Events & Catering, located on historic Roanoke Island in Wanchese.

Johanna’s is a woman owned local business, where every meal is memorable. Specializing in both on-site and off-site catering, from small in-home personal chef events to large and extravagant weddings, Johanna’s excels at providing custom tailored menus. The team of dedicated staff at Johanna’s lovingly prepares all of their food with fresh, and often local ingredients. Making meals from scratch allows the perfect menu to be crafted to fit the personality and needs of each event. Catering to a variety of tastes and dietary needs, Johanna’s will cook up a mouthwatering meal made with love. You will find the flexible and caring staff intimately involved and accessible from the initial tasting, to creating a menu, to the “day of” food preparation. Memories of that special occasion will be made with the deliciously fresh food prepared by Johanna’s.