PHEW! Last week was a whirlwind, to say the least. I'd just like to share that this year has definitely led me to more opportunities than I can count and I'm blessed to even keep doing what I love to do.
Special shoutout to my number one collaborator/bestie/mentor/most inspirational woman, Yana Gilbuena of Salo Series. Every single time she's back in Texas, we link up to host a pop-up dinner and it's nothing short of a rush. As soon as she arrived in Austin, we hit the ground running and we don't stop until the party's over.
Thanks to all the familiar faces that have come out to support us and we're so grateful for the new friends that have decided to join in. Sharing our food and culture is especially what makes the Salo Series x Flavor and Bounty collaborations important. There's nothing more than I'd love than a bigger platform for friends, old and new, to experience these kamayan-style dinners. Rest assured, Yana and I will be at it again soon enough. There's always a next time.
I also had the opportunity to moderate a panel for the ever inspiring, ##BBATX. If you haven't heard of Boss Babes and you live in Austin, look 'em up right away. They've given a platform for women all over the spectrum to connect and network. Their new speaker series, SHE TALKS: Food and Feminism, builds on a panel discussion to for professional development and a platform for women to answer hard-hitting questions. The panel was a thoughtfully curated group of amazing women that are killing the game: Deepa Shirdhar of Puli-Ra, Priscilla Jerez of Cool Beans Eatery, and Stephanie Scherzer of Farmhouse Delivery. This isn't the last you'll hear about these women, too.
And yes, you guessed it, food and feminism? Of course I wanted to be a part of this conversation! Two subjects that are near and dear to my heart plus meeting a slew of inspiring women in the industry? I'm happy to report that my voice only cracked once during my introduction and I was able to touch on the issues of sexism, race, and sisterhood all in one sitting. Does that sound like a win-win? You bet your ass it does.