‘We want to give back to our community’: Black-owned restaurant wins $25,000 from Discover card

HOUSTON – Discover is helping Black-owned businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The credit card company recently awarded a Cy-Fair food truck business $25,000.

The company is called “Masterpiece Desserts.” It’s located in the heart of Cy-Fair at Rosehill Beer Garden. A life-changing event prompted the business owner to start the company.

Near-death experience leads to delicious new business venture

Six years ago, Kenneth Brooks said he almost died when he went into cardiac arrest for more than four minutes, which left him in a coma for three days.

“I woke up and had a taste for cheesecake,” Brooks said.

Brooks’ taste for cheesecake after his near death experience led to a delicious new business venture.

“I didn’t want to taste an original cheesecake, so I went ahead and started brainstorming and I came up with our signature sweet potato cheesecake," Brooks said.

That’s how Masterpiece Desserts was born. Brooks, who’d been working in the medical field for 10 years, started by baking cheesecake for his colleagues. They were such a hit, he decided to leave the medical field and focus his time and energy on his dessert company. He and his wife, Winsome, first ran Masterpiece Desserts out of a tent at Rosehill Beer Garden before the owner sold them a trailer.

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