Lazar Oglesby, co-owner and chef of Honey Catering & Event Planning, was recently named Ogeechee Technical College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni winner at the annual alumni reception held at the College. This award is presented to an Ogeechee Tech alum who graduated prior to 2005, excelled in their chosen field, attained prominence, and has had a positive effect on the local, regional, or state level.
Lazar enrolled in Georgia Southern’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program to pursue a degree, but soon found that she spent most of her time wishing she was in the kitchen, cooking, testing and inventing recipes. She then decided to enroll in the Culinary Arts program at Ogeechee Technical College where she fell in love with the hands-on cooking courses. Lazar graduated from Ogeechee Tech in 2006.
Through the knowledge and skills gained in the culinary program and the experience working in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Lazar has built one of the most successful and sought after catering and event planning businesses in the area. Honey Catering & Event Planning is a family owned business located in Millen, Georgia that includes Honey Café, Dolan’s BBQ, Honey Cheesecakes, and Honey Catering.
Honey Café was the recipient of the 2016 Best of the Boro contest in the catering category, was the 2015 Millen Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, has been featured on The Dish, a culinary TV show, and has been featured in Statesboro Magazine. Lazar’s trademark is her signature southern cheesecakes which are known for their light, fluffy consistency and slightly sweet flavor. Lazar dreams of making Millen the “Cheesecake Capital of the World.”