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Check Out Sarah O’Kane’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah O’Kane.

Sarah, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started working in restaurants at the age of 14. Arcobassos was my first job as a bus girl and I loved it. I’ve always loved food and if you know me, I not only love to cook and eat, I love the experiences with food the most! I love the way food brings together family and community. Growing up in an Italian/Sicilian family, food was everything. “Are you hungry? No? Well here’s just a small sandwich… eat it anyway!”

I started serving at the age of 18 and wanted to go to Culinary School but had a soccer scholarship to a university so I went that direction. I graduated with a marketing and business degree and then earned a hospitality degree all while working in all kinds of environments- serving food and cocktails, cooking in dive bars, you name it.

I started a managing position at JBucks at age 23 and knew I needed more, so I pursued a career in catering (where I met my husband). I loved it! I worked at Villa Farotto in Chesterfield for five years catering and serving. While working there, I started “Sansone Catering” where I established a clientele base catering for corporate events, family functions, weddings, showers, baby showers, and so on. I’m now a work from home Mom of two beautiful, fun and crazy daughters. I manage our household while catering & cooking family meals from my kitchen. I’m also a co-coordinator of the Moms + Munchkins ministry at St. Joe and co-coach my daughter’s soccer teams and a few other things… you know, #MomLife. I also help my wonderful, supportive, Dad take care of my Mom who suffers from dementia.

I started this business to help with the craziness in your busy weeks of trying to feed your family a decent home-cooked meal while juggling everything else. There are some of you having babies, moving, going from sports to piano, etc! I’m happy to be a part of your week and I’m looking forward to you and your family enjoying the meals and the convenience!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
We’ve been very fortunate actually. We are carry-out, fully cooked, made-from-scratch business model so when we opened in February of 2020 (right before Covid hit our area) O’Kanes became a home staple for those tired of grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning up and of course fast food. Struggles? Of course. I had to balance a new business during Covid (a huge, scary stress for everyone), working 70+ hours a week, and taking care of my two young girls at the same time (homeschooling in a kitchen is not ideal!)

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m probably most proud of my staff and our customers. Since I’ve opened this business, I feel like our customers have become friends and some are now great friends. My employees are all extremely hard-working and talented. Everyone has a specific job they’re good at, but we all pitch in to help with what needs to be done whether it’s organizing shelves, washing dishes, deep cleaning, answering phones, etc.

What sets us apart is the quality and variety of our food. Everything’s made from scratch and portioned to satisfy every busy family with easy reheating instructions labeled on each box.

What’s next?
I would love to expand, but it’s been hard to find another “me”. We’re trying though!

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