Updated: Aug 27, 2019
Last week I was a guest on The Geoff Moore Show, a radio variety show dedicated to all things Treasure Coast, and all I can say is, "Wow, that was cool!"
I've never been on a live talk show before and didn't really know what to expect, but Geoff was amazing. He's warm, kind, and funny and he made sure I felt comfortable for my first time live. I won't be switching careers to "live talk show host" anytime soon, but it was still super fun. The video is down below.
What you don't see on this video is all the people in my corner and if you're reading this, you're one of them! That may be my smiling (and a wee bit nervous) face on the screen, but Garden of Esther is thriving because of all the helping hands that surround me.
I've got a great team of hard-working people who have helped me build this business from the ground up: Nicholas Chung does all my product photography; Jennifer Walker built and manages my website; Susan Chapman is my right hand "man" in the kitchen and at the farmers markets; Alberto Tonizzo is a loving and supportive partner with a head for numbers. Thank you.
Without an audience, though, there's no point in making a product. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the individuals who purchased fresh pasta from me at the farmers markets. One by one, packet by packet, you said to the world that you wanted high quality, local, sustainable food on your dinner table. Each and every customer voted with their dollars for fresh pasta, a thriving Vero Beach local business community, and a healthy planet. Thank you.
Those happy individual customers made it possible for me to start providing local restaurants with fresh pasta. Vincent's was the first, and we remain on their specials menu today. They took a chance on us and we will be forever grateful. Other restaurants soon followed: Vinz in Vero, Joey's Seafood Shack, Citrus, Cobalt/Heaton's Reef, Southern Social, Sealantro, and Citron Bistro. If you'd told me a year ago we'd be in that many fantastic restaurants . . . . Thank you.
For all the people that wanted our pasta even after farmers market season closed, we began offering it in a handful of local retail stores: Carmine & Lucia's, Rhonda's Seafood Market, Alimentari, and deLITEful Kitchen. Just like shopping at the farmers markets, spending dollars at these establishments benefits all of us in Vero Beach. Thank you.
It has been immensely gratifying to meet and form relationships with all of the individual customers as well as all of these small business owners. We are all so committed to keeping our dollars right here in our own backyard by producing and buying locally - it's beautiful and inspiring to watch it unfold and to get to be a part of it. Thank you.
Please, please patronize these businesses. Yes, they sell our pasta, but there's so much more to it than that. They are all invested in the community. We help one another. We are all neighbors. Their continued success means you get to live in one of the most fabulous places on the planet. It's a win for everyone involved. Thank you.
I've only got one thank you left: Mom and Dad! Who would thank all these people and NOT thank their parents, right? My parents are my biggest cheerleaders, even from halfway around the globe (they still live in Malaysia). If you ever visit our Facebook page, you can see my dad comments on practically everything - how sweet is that?! They taught me to be strong, ethical, honest, and kind and instilled in me the importance of hard work - all key attributes for any entrepreneur. Thank you.
Can't wait to see who I'll meet next that winds up in my corner - it has become quite a crowd. How lucky am I?