April Aviatra of the Month: Mavis Linnemann-Clark, The Delish Dish


Mavis Linnemann-Clark graduated from culinary school in 2011. One year later, she decided she wanted to take her skills and bring globally inspired dishes and artisan jams to her hometown. That’s how her business, The Delish Dish, was born.

The Delish Dish is a full-service catering and events company located in Covington, KY. Food inspired by the cuisines of the world is their passion, and they cater events from 10 to 500 guests. Their mission is to create unforgettable events and celebrations for their clients with outstanding food, exceptional service, and unique presentation.

Mavis’ business got off to a strong start, but she knew she needed some resources to help her grow. She learned about Aviatra Accelerators in 2010, enrolled in the program in 2012, and was a finalist in the spring of 2013. During that time, she learned how to work on her business rather than in her business—and her hard work has paid off immensely.

Now, The Delish Dish recently celebrated 10 years and is thriving with 12 full-time employees and 20 part-time employees. In addition, in 2018, Mavis and The Delish Dish team were awarded the Small Business Administration’s Kentucky Woman-Owned Business of the Year and the Small Business Development Center’s 2018 Pacesetter Award. And in 2019, Mavis was awarded the Next Generation Leader Award in the Entrepreneurial Category by the Northern Kentucky Young Professionals branch of the Northern Kentucky Chamber, and in 2020, she was awarded the Kentucky Small Business of the Year by the SBA.

We are so proud of Mavis and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next!

“Going through Aviatra was transformational for me and my fledgling businesses. The program helped me learn how to work on my business rather than in my business, and after I graduated I moved my business out of my home and into a commercial kitchen. Since then, I’ve grown my company from a one-woman show into 3 businesses with a full-time staff of 12 and a part-time staff of 20.” – Mavis Linnemann-Clark, The Delish Dish

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