Vera Stewart is a Southern cooking show host, entrepreneur, caterer, mail order aficionado, and mentor.

She was named 1997 Small Business Person of the Year by the Augusta/Richmond County Chamber of Commerce and is one of two women named a CSRA Business Hall of Fame Laurette. Other accolades include two-time GABBY Merit Award winner, Emily Quin Pou Professional Achievement Award winner, and UGA FACS 100 Honoree. She has been featured in countless publications over the course of her career, including two separate runs in Southern Living, O, The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Town & Country, The New York Times, and Veranda.

When Vera received her Home Economics Education degree in 1974 from the University of Georgia, she was full of ideas, goals, and the determination to see them through. She took her love of teaching to the classroom, spending 4 years enriching high school students with culinary knowledge and the skills to be successful adults. Motherhood brought Vera out of the classroom and into the home, where her catering business was born. The event that put her business on the map was the inaugural luncheon for Governor Joe Frank Harris in 1983, and in 1984, the VeryVera brand was crafted. To continue the company’s growth, she diversified into a multifaceted catering and mail-order business with national sales.

Vera’s love for teaching opened up another opportunity for diversification when she started a summer cooking school. VeryVera Cooking Camp, which sells out yearly, enters its 15th year in Summer 2018. 2017 brought VeryVera’s inaugural camp franchise program, in which franchisees in Columbus, GA and Aiken, SC held their very own VeryVera Cooking Camp for the first time. Due to the success of this franchise program, four franchise locations held VeryVera Cooking Camp in 2018.

Since 2012, Vera has deepened the relationship with her fan base through The VeryVera Show, a cooking and lifestyle show with national sponsors Sub-Zero/Wolf, Hershey, and The Fresh Market. Each week, tens of thousands of fans tune in to watch her put a twist on classic Southern recipes and introduce new ways to entertain. The VeryVera Show is dearly loved for Vera’s take on Southern cuisine, prized giveaways, and well-known culinary figures from the south and beyond, including Tyler Florence, Nathalie Dupree, Virginia Willis, The Lee Brothers, and Rebecca Lang.

Throughout all eras of her career, Vera has found her true passion in mentoring young people. As an homage to those who helped shape the person she is, Vera takes pride in seeing her employees flourish under her guidance. In recent years, this has manifested in an emerging internship program at VeryVera that has a 100% hire rate for interns. Since 1997, Vera has also given college scholarships to high school students on her staff that exhibit a strong work ethic and determination.

Vera is easily recognized by her winning smile, contagious enthusiasm, and visible passion for her work. Vera’s home is in Augusta with her husband, Andy, an attorney, and her growing family.

Timeline

    • 1984

      Started in Vera’s home kitchen and spread to mail-order.
    • 1993

      Shipped first cake
    • 1995

      Southern Living Magazine

      Made a sale in every state in 10 days.

    • 1996

      Launched VeryVera.com
    • 2001

      Begin selling on gourmettogo.com
    • 2002

      Café opens in Augusta, Georgia
    • 2004

      Cooking Camp Launched
    • 2007

      Begin Selling on Saks.com
    • 2008

      Begin Selling on NeimanMarcus.com
    • 2009

      Begin Selling on Costco.com
    • 2010

      Appears on the Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay
    • 2011

      Begin Selling on HSN.com
    • 2011

      Begin Selling on Bloomingdales.com
    • 2012

      Fresh Market Becomes Sponsor
    • 2012

      Premiered live on HSN

      Featured cakes and casseroles

    • 2012

      The VeryVera Show Premiers

      on TV26 WAGT Augusta

    • 2013

      New Home for the Cottage

      Wheeler Rd, Augusta, GA

    • 2013

      Very Vera Show wins Merit GABBY Award
    • 2014

      VeryVera Show wins 2nd Merit GABBY Award
    • 2015

      The VeryVera Show is syndicated

      WSAV – Savannah, GA
      WRBL – Columbus, GA

    • 2016

      The VeryVera Show up three more markets

      WMAZ – Macon, GA
      WCBD – Charleston, SC
      WBTW – Myrtle Beach, SC

    • 2016

      SubZero / Wolf becomes the appliance sponsor
    • 2017

      VeryVera camp has first franchise locations
    • 2017

      Hershey Becomes Sponsor
    • 2017

      The VeryVera Show picks up new markets

      WWAY – Wilmington, NC
      WISH – Indianapolis, IN

    • 2018

      VeryVera Cookbook Released