Woman 'cooks up' unique path from corporate world to restaurant kitchen

October 06, 2017 10:58 AM

The book title says "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man." The book is talking about finding love, but a local woman prefers to think like men when it comes to owning a business and her strategy is working.

Aneesa Waheed is never more comfortable than when she's cooking at her Troy restaurant, Tara Kitchen. The decor is colorful and the Moroccan dishes are aromatic.

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However, her beginnings in the kitchen growing up in India and assisting her mom were not so successful -- so she chose a career in the corporate world and headed to New York City. She soon found all that glitters was not gold.

To deal with the frustration, she turned to the Food Network. Unwittingly down the road, it would serve as a teacher as the corporate world continued to fail her.

She started plotting her own destiny, doing street fairs. Then, an opportunity presented itself in Schenectady to start a business. She jumped at the chance and first opened a craft store, then a food market. In 2012, she opened Tara Kitchen on Liberty Street. The Troy location is her second but not the last.

Waheed says she wants this to be national and international. She wants her sauces to be as common as marinara sauce.

That moxie is not arrogance but confidence in her product. It's a confidence she saw in predominately male corporate board rooms. It's one she encourages women to adopt without a hint of hesitation.


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