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Life and Work with Bre Patterson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bre Patterson.

At a young age, Bre was encouraged to explore food and the different ingredients that make a dish. She hosted cooking shows for her mom at their kitchen island and attended Friday fish broils and fries with her dad every weekend to critique the different dishes from restaurant to restaurant. She had a camera to always document her food adventures whether at home or a restaurant.

Bre’s passion has always been in the food and beverage world. She earned a Bachelors of Food Science at Colorado State University and quickly moved her way through hospitality management roles after college. At the age of 25, she became a General Manager and would upload photos of the new restaurant menu on her Instagram (around 2015). It was just a fun and creative outlet to share food. By the age of 27, she felt she hit the ceiling of her career in the restaurant industry. She switched to a role in Catering Sales at Protein Bar. The entrepreneurial spirit of the Protein Bar corporate team was inspiring and Bre shifted her personal Instagram into Bites with Bre. Quickly after she launched her blog and started to be recognized as a new outlet for sharing food by PR companies. She remembers the first time she was invited as a guest to The Broadmoor, she felt like she had made it. What that meant, she didn’t know because an “influencer or blogger” was still an unknown term. Eventually, her friends, family, and colleagues encouraged her to take her Bites with Bre full time in 2017.

Bre loves unveiling the stories behind the dishes from the chef’s stories, the farms, and purveyors of the ingredients, to the inspiration behind the design of the interior. She loves finding the neighborhood gems and untold local stories. Bites with Bre has evolved into something much bigger than it started out. It is always evolving as the technology and algorithms change for social platforms. What started with Instagram evolved into a blog and has grown up to be a full-time brand. Additionally, Bre consults to help restaurants and food brands elevate their voice in the social media world.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There are always challenges. My partner, Neil, introduced me to my favorite quote: “a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. – Franklin D. Roosevelt.” It is something I remind myself every time I feel I am presented with a challenge. I take a moment to breathe and find the best possible outcome.

One of the biggest obstacles is staying true to yourself. I lost long-term friendships. It made me second guess my priorities and the other people around me. However, at the same time, I gained a circle of the most amazing and supportive friends who stepped up when I needed them the most. I have been told by people that I’m overcharging but I realized those people aren’t valuing me for my work. I have seen other people copy what I am doing and try to pass it off as their own (i.e., other influencers copying my food styling or brands stealing my photos as their own). I try to stay true to what I believe and like, even when it seems like I need to adjust to fit with what is popular.

The best advice I can give another woman is to be yourself and surround yourself with other successful women. Don’t compete, empower other women. Value your work and your self. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Bites with Bre – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Bre specializes in social media. Her Bites with Bre Instagram focuses specifically on the local dining scene, the chefs and purveyors behind the dishes, and sprinkles tidbits of her life in there too. She was one of the first three influencers of Denver. Bites with Bre is a blog focusing on food and beverage, lodging, home, lifestyle, and mental health.

Bre is most proud of the opportunities she has been given to represent Colorado. She is one of the 20 influencers around the nation to represent Denver through her Jameson Irish Whiskey partnership. She showcases the Denver lifestyle through local bars, brewers, musicians, events, and artists. She has also represented Colorado for the Capital One Venture Card at multiple events around the city. As for her local reach, she is proud of her connection with fellow Denverites. Who knew that social media would bring people together and build relationships.

Bre is very proud of the response from her followers when she shares her mental health journey. She has found a positive outlet with the hope that it helps someone else. She has had several people thank her for sharing her experiences and finding ways to talk about mental illness openly. She hopes to help break the stigma.

Bre loves sharing her knowledge and expertise. She speaks about entrepreneurship and living your passion. She has spoken at Denver Startup Week, LadyKillas, Fox31 News Denver, General Assembly, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Life wasn’t meant to be a journey by yourself. Joining a networking group like Women of Denver, Girl Boss Denver, or SheFactor can help elevate your life, not just your career. I’m a member of all three of these groups because they each offer me something different. What they all have in common are the women who are eager to mentor or offer their knowledge.

Networking should be a part of your weekly schedule. I network everywhere I go whether it’s at my yoga class, during happy hour or at a meetup. The best part about networking is making connections with people you might not have expected.

What’s worked best for me is having mentors in different areas of expertise. Someone offering me advice on finances might not have the best advice on work relationships or marketing. I also find that have a second opinion might benefit you when making a big decision.

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Rebecca Durigan, Bre Patterson

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