LATOYA RODRIGUEZ – Deep Love Picnics, Birtinya A passion for picnics and a flair for creativity has seen Latoya Rodriguez and her fiance David Thomson unveil a unique business venture capturing the beauty and relaxing atmosphere of the Sunshine Coast. Sharing a mutual love for an elaborate picnic, romance and the outdoors, Latoya and David decided to launch their business Deep Love Picnics in September, with the hope of offering a new experience for the Coast’s residents. “We love food and we love the ocean, so we would regularly pack a massive platter and set up a picnic. We would often get people walk by and give us compliments, so we thought, ‘Let’s share this’.” Providing each customer with their own custom designed private gourmet picnic, it is an idea that has proven to be a hit with locals. “I love seeing the look on our customers’ faces when they show up and see a gorgeous spread catering to their individual wants and needs, and it’s a great feeling when people share their photos with us too. “It’s something where people can create memories and relax and unwind while enjoying what we’ve naturally been blessed with here on the Sunshine Coast.” Having spent their first few months of business setting up, catering and packing away custom picnics for romantic dates in various locations around the Coast, Latoya says Deep Love Picnics is now turning its attention to special occasions, with packages available for proposals, hen’s and engagement parties. Partnering with Izba Espresso for delicious platters and going above and beyond to create the perfect picnic, it’s no wonder they’ve built such a great reputation. “People’s responses have been fantastic and that makes us want to keep going and expanding – it’s a dream come true.