Business Person of the Month: Darryl Johnson

Darryl Johnson

General Manager, CEO

Socially Yours Inc.
SYI Food Services

7227 Exchange Place
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Darryl Johnson, General Manager CEO, Socially Yours, Inc

“Teamwork makes the dream work.”
Socially Yours Inc. is a locally owned and operated catering service and facility in Baton Rouge. For over 14 years, the Johnson Family has been dedicated to treating their customers as family…with care and commitment to quality preparation and on-time delivery.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
    Philippians 4:13

“No weapon formed against thee shall prosper…”
    Isaiah 54:17


Offering quality catering services for business, conference, and social events, SYI also has extensive experience in contracted food service delivery for schools, allied health facilities, and local corporations unable to provide daily meal services. Working with the USDA to prepare nutritionally balanced meals has encouraged the owners of Socially Yours, Inc. to re-launch its services with new menus that meet the balanced meal requirements of a healthy individual, but with the flavors of home.

Able to cater any function from as small as a light office lunch to a fully catered and managed reception for thousands, Socially Yours features exotic displays and food stations, from Mexican to Asian, with presentation designed to impress. Their catering facility is available seven days a week, but they are also a licensed contractor at a number of the area’s other finest catering facilities. With reasonable prices to meet any budget, Socially Yours offers extended services, including photography, set design, decoration, audio video equipment, cakes, and event coordinators.

Johnson got into this line of business indirectly through his church work. “As a minister of Music, I was taking the choir on trips and doing banquets. People started asking me to organize events for them, so I got into Food Service and catering.” He’s not a chef; his focus is on the business side where he can put his accounting experience to work. Johnson’s wife and children work with him in what is definitely a family business.

What Johnson likes most about the catering business is how it brings people together. He works with all segments of society, providing food for college campuses, rehab centers, private parties, BREC concessions, charity organizations, etc. “It’s a pleasure to be able to satisfy people’s nutritional needs as well as help them to socialize with each other.” In his business he’s also able to provide opportunities for others.

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Johnson sees growth in the city’s future. His civic memberships include the Downtown Kiwanis club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Black Chamber of Commerce. Believing that people should give back to their community, the Johnson Family operates a nonprofit organization which provides meals for children during the summer.

In his spare time Johnson likes to travel, fish, and read. He mostly reads books on leadership and business, and thinks our library system provides good resources for all age groups. And of course he loves music and still works as Minister of Music for two churches.

Because his faith is such an important part of his life, Johnson named two scriptures along with his personal motto as his favorite quotations, which appear at the beginning of this profile. He operates under his own Golden Rule – “Treat other people how you want to be treated regardless of how they treat you.

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