So…. in April I hosted by third food-tasting event. Third food-tasting! I still cannot believe it. To be honest, it was more like a mini-food fair, but I will go with food-tasting for the sake of consistency. In case you are new to this blog or my foodie activities, let me give you a quick elevator pitch about what my food-tastings entail.
My food-tastings, known as The Culinary Boutique by BBR, are a chance for me to host you (blog readers) at a swanky, relaxing location while serving you with all the BitesbyRenny that I have blogging about for years. My intention for this event is to show the world how delicious my creations are, while allowing people mingle and make new friends.
Now that you are caught up on what I am talking about, I will carry on with the point of the article: I can’t believe I did it, I have been doing it, and I will keep doing it.
The first food-tasting I hosted was attended by 50 to 70 people and I remember being so grateful that people who weren’t my friends or associates trusted me with their stomachs. Then, the second event came around and 75 to 80 people attended, and this time people came from out of town. I was beyond grateful; I felt completely lucky and honored. More people believed in my vision and showed great support. And now the third event recently commenced and the best way to describe how I feel is: GRATEFUL.
Just so you can understand my thrill, for the first time, tickets sold out six days before the day of the event. I was so used to people buying their tickets the night before the event and the day of, so when a friend asked me to please save her a ticket, I was confused. Alas! When I checked for the number of tickets left, I saw the magic words: SOLD OUT.
In total, 125+ people came to dine with me. 125+ trusted me to feed them with all my concoctions.
Additionally, I decided to include guest chef demonstrations at the last minute. So for the first time I invited three guests: a professional chef, a home chef, and a mixologist to come treat the VIP guests to extra treats.
But, let’s not get it twisted. It wasn’t easy. It has never been easy. I plan and produce the events and of course, I cater the events. This means that for a month, I am obsessing over logistics (music, audio/visual system, finding an MC, rentals etc). I work with all meat and produce suppliers to get all the right ingredients. And then, I begin cooking the night before and at the wee hours of the morning. I transport the food, set up the hall, smile and greet guests, make sure the trash is emptied on the regular, smile some more, remember to eat, find the extra Jollof rice, make sure the food is re-stocked on the regular, pose with competition winners etc.
It is never easy. However, with each event comes more work and greater rewards.
Thank you to all who have supported me through following this blog, telling friend about the recipes or stories, and/or attending. This culinary journey has been quite humbling and amazing. It all started with curiosity about flavors, capturing my experiments via blogging, displaying them via Instagram, and now demonstrating them to the world. I could write a whole essay about the power of perseverance and goal executions, but for now I will just repeat my thanks to you all.
Cheers to many more events!
Chef Renny Vonne
P.S. – This event was ONLY POSSIBLE because of the help of my mother, who used her professional cooking experience in helping me prepare the food, my awesome BBR team, and my wonderful friends who played multiple roles: bartenders, MCs, videographers, clean-up crew, microphone set up, etc. I will be writing another post about the importance of a support system in executing your goals.