From Rummaging through Trash Cans for Food as a Child to Restaurateur and Successful Business Woman
Jessica Ann Tyson –
Businesswoman and philanthropist, Jessica Ann Tyson, owner of the successful Public Relations firm, JA PR Group, LLC, and The Candied Yam – Delightful Southern Cuisine.
As a child, Jessica Ann did not always have fresh food but instead had to rummage through trash cans to eat. At the age of eight, along with her identical twin sister, she was adopted by a loving family who taught her how to garden, harvest, and sell at the local farmer’s market. The most important lesson she learned is that food was meant to be cooked with love and shared with family, friends, and community. In August 2016, Jessica Ann brought her skill set to the restaurant industry and established one of the Top 50 Places to Eat in Grand Rapids, The Candied Yam – Delightful Southern Cuisine. This rustic boutique restaurant serves food rich in heritage made from scratch with the freshest ingredients and love. Over the past twelve years, she has been able to award over $115,000 in scholarships for high school and college students.