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All about fun and a love of playing with knives & fire, Lynette James created The Étouffée Café, a personal chef and catering company that provides high-vibrational cuisine smothered in love.  Chef Lynette, the head-chef and owner, was born and raised in Southern California. Her first job in high school was working at That Pizza Place in Carlsbad, CA, creating the best pizzas for her community. After receiving her Accounting and Marketing degrees at Palomar College in San Marcos, she got a job with a start-up internet kiosk company. From there she worked as a paralegal in Immigration Law and then move to Information Technology for 17 years. While having these office jobs, she always worked extra part-time jobs in the food and hospitality industry. She worked in both the back and the front of the house in various restaurants, as well as being a professional hostess/representative for Tupperware, Pampered Chef, and Princess House. All of these experiences fueled her love of feeding people amazing food. While working as a Business Analyst, she attended the Art Institute of California, Orange County, and was inducted into the Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society.

With her passion about food and healing, she made the work she loved into her full-time endeavor. She has learned from both books and personal experiences, that food can be a powerful tool in healing. Food can not only help aid the body in healing from physical ailments but also spiritual and emotional ailments as well. Our food in the U.S. has become littered with GMO's and chemicals both in processed food and in our processed food which blocks our body from functioning properly. One of these aspects of food as a healing tool is how bad food negatively affects the balance of our chakras (energy centers in our body). The mission of The Étouffée Café is to create the ultimate nourishment to allow our chakras to work in harmony with each other which will allow the body to function at its best while providing joy for the taste buds. To achieve this harmony, we infuse our cooking with love and positive energy to help provide balance and harmony to your meals. 

As everyone has different tastes and dietary needs and restrictions, we specialize in on treating each customer as an individual and catering to the specific needs of our clients. We are excited to hear from you soon so we can create a fabulous culinary experience that will make both your taste buds and your chakras sing.

Here is a brief list of just some of the foods that will jump start balance for your chakras:

Root Chakra - Located at the base of the spine, this chakra is said to facilitate movement within the body. Eat more proteins, root vegetables and minerals, such as red meats, red potatoes, eggs, carrots, beets, and paprika to aid this Chakra’s functionality

Sacral Chakra - located just below our naval, this chakra represents creativity and self-esteem. Eat sweet fruits, nuts, and spices for this Chakra.

Solar Plexus Chakra - located right above your navel and controls your emotional life. Consuming foods like ginger, flax seed, sunflower seeds, yogurt, and cheese will help keep all your emotions balanced.

Heart Chakra – located in your chest and where your soul resides. It controls the emotions of tolerance, empathy, and forgiveness. For a healthy heart chakra eat food like spinach, kale, broccoli, squash, cilantro, and parsley.

Throat chakra - controls communication, judgment, and powers of expression and is located at the base of the neck. Soup, sauces, juices, and seaweed are the best foods to help you express yourself the best.

Third-Eye’ Chakra - located in the middle of your forehead, this Chakra controls spiritual direction and wisdom. This is also where the diseases of strokes, seizures, and blindness originate. Keep it healthy by eating more red grapes, black berries, blueberries, lavender, and red wine.

Crown chakra- keeps the whole body purified so that it may work in harmony and is located in the top of your head. Eat detoxifying foods will help keep your body as a whole in tune.

Professional Certifications


Nationally Certified Food Safety Manager (SERVSAFE)

Nationally Certified in Food Allergens 


Nationally Certified Alcohol Server (SERVSAFE & ABC)

Member of the

Vista Chamber of Commerce

Member of the

Oceanside Chamber of Commerce