Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabriela Reyes.
Gabriela, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As someone with a planner/organizational personality, adult life quickly taught me to not dare give it a strict timeline or path. Goals and drive are essential, but so are lessons and unforeseen opportunities you stumble upon if you’re willing to take them. Determination, knocking on doors of opportunity, and food allergies started and continue to develop Feed Me.
Growing up alongside my immigrant, teenage mother, I learned a lot watching her work ethic, resilience, and determination to be successful despite every obstacle. Knowing her passion to help others, she put herself through nursing school by attending evening classes after her full days at work. I was taught through words and actions that nothing is to stop you, not even fear. I took on my mom’s life lessons that we experienced together and to this day apply that attitude and level of determination towards every client. Their success and happiness is my own and, furthermore, an extension of me being my mother’s daughter.
Prior to events, I had a career in marketing and enjoyed the emotional responses I could invoke through my imagery, design, and interactive product experiences. Nothing, however, prepared me for when I stood on the stage at an event I had helped organize, and I watched the joy people felt using all of their senses including eating, dancing, listening to a live band, etc. with friends and strangers alike as one community. At that moment I felt an alignment between every direction life had veered. I knew recreating the joy in the crowd was exactly what I wanted to dedicate my career and company to.
At 23 years of age, I was unable to eat without getting sick, and unintentionally where Feed Me started. In my fear of not being able to eat anything, I started eating EVERYTHING! My excitement of no longer ordering solely from the children’s menu led me to post every meal on my personal social media. Eventually, I started hearing that I was overdoing it. So after a few months of living in Denver, I decided to start an IG: feed_me_denver that my friends could optionally follow along my food journey in a new city. I didn’t know about “influencers”, but PR companies began approaching me to go try out restaurants. OK, I accept, I open this door to yumminess! And this is how allergies grew my connections in the culinary field that led me to knock on doors to assist with events, that fueled a fire in me for my new found passion and allowed me to practice my determination to establish my own events company.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I believe most entrepreneurs would agree that the risky road has some smooth areas but also sharp turns. I have been lucky to have knocked on some really great doors in the industry that have helped me launch and gain the necessary experience to expand Feed Me organically mainly through references.
There have been and continue to be learning moments, but I feel very optimistic heading into 2020 with an abundance of new knowledge. I think the largest struggle is taking the first step. There are so many “what if’s” and coming from corporate marketing into an entirely new field, was stressful and hard. Sometimes I question my decision but remind myself about what it is I’m doing and how much I love it. I know I’m headed in the right direction and continuing to build upon my expertise.
Feed Me – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Feed Me is an event production and management company, specializing in the culinary arena. We are hired to assist with every stage of the event process from logistics, to rentals, set-up, entrances, load-in, load-out, etc. Most of the industry would be familiar with our work in procuring festival line-ups for different food competitions or events. My previous personal event management experience includes a large range from private to corporate events, weddings, and large scale festivals.
I take pride in the quality of service that is provided at every event. The caliber we provide as a company consists of a great attitude – stress levels run high especially during important life events, highly adaptability – fires will undoubtedly present themselves and you have to think of quick solutions, like using a centerpiece to decorate the cake when the wedding planner forgot the topper and well-rounded knowledge that I have built thanks to mentors and event industry training. It is very rewarding to provide both the client and their attendees with a great experience. That is what we do, we create experiences that feed your senses and soul.
Who else deserves credit – have you had mentors, supporters, cheerleaders, advocates, clients or teammates that have played a big role in your success or the success of the business? If so –who are they and what role did they plan / how did they help.
The first door I knocked on in the events realm was Jeff Suskin’s of DiningOut. It was Jeff who told me to get on the stage where I experienced my revelation. After participating as a judge at one of his culinary festivals, I felt I could be a great asset to the team using my skill set. Jeff’s trust in me is what influenced me to create Feed Me and his constant support with expanding is what allows my continual growth. (DiningOut Events Team Photo)
In my journey, I also met Dawn Williams, creator of VenuHub, and every one (because she literally knows everyone) can tell you what a blessing she is. At the start, I felt maybe I was in over my head, maybe I had a little too much confidence in what I wanted to accomplish. Dawn believed in me and helped guide me to where I could gain more knowledge and experience in order to be successful. Even if we don’t talk regularly, I feel Dawn’s love and support every time we communicate.
- Website: feedmellc.com
- Phone: 619.729.8760
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/feed_me_denver/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FeedMe303/
Angel Banales – Professional Photo