VFA Reunion Weekend — 7/7/16

I know it’s been like two weeks since I last wrote and that’s kinda a problem. If I want to only write 5 minutes a day then I have to write every day because now I’m going to sit here for like 30 minutes giving updates instead of a day-by-day. But alas, this one won’t actually be too long because there hasn’t been a whole lot of movement, just a lot of getting things set.

After I last wrote, I didn’t do much else for the rest of that week. I sent a few emails, one was trying to set up a showing with one of the food trailers I’m friends with in Pittsburgh. Turned out he was at a festival that was kinda far away for the week. Also, I was gone for most of the next week so we will probably meet the week after this one.

I left Pittsburgh on Wednesday, June 29th so in the first couple days of that week I did some research about specific cooking items I’ll need in the trailer. I also researched other ways to brown meat and veggies because I really don’t want to have a stove in my trailer. I could just get like 4–6 crock pots and brown the meat in them which would take up WAY less space. I also was able to set up a meeting with the nutritionist lady I mentioned last time. We are meeting next Tuesday and can hopefully nail down some recipe stuff.

I left for New York on Wednesday, June 29th and stayed there one night with a friend from UVA. And then I moved on to Providence, RI to start my five day bender… I was in Providence for the Venture For America reunion weekend and I FUCKING LOVE hanging out with VFA kids. I was also able to do a shit load of marketing about the truck and get them all excited for me and the launch party on October 1st (astonished face emoji). I told everyone October 1st but it might be a little bit later in October depending on the construction of the trailer. Another Fellow is also starting a food business so I was able to talk to him for about an hour about what he’s been through and what I should do. He was really validating of the idea and told me I’m doing all the right things which was awesome. It made me feel really good about what I have been doing and the steps I have been taking to get Revival Chili started. I also told some VFA Team Members and they were all super pumped for me too.

There was definitely a little bit of drama in the weekend but I won’t go into detail about that. However, what can you expect when you drink all day for 5 days straight with around 200 like-minded people that just wanna fucking dance?! It was still an amazing time and I had the chance to hang out with, and get to know, the kids I will be living with for the next year which was great. I’m so excited to live with them and they are so excited for me and Revival Chili so I’m sure it’ll be an amazing experience.

I spent the 4th of July there and then drove the 10 hours back on the 5th. On the 6th I got caught up on all the shit I should’ve been doing. I choose to go with my friend from high school for the logo design so I followed up with him and he’s getting back to me early next week with a few different samples and then we will choose what to move forward with. I also wrote the job description for the two types of positions I will be hiring for — Trailer Manager and Chili Expert. I sent those over to 068 and they will let me know the next steps for that. Did some other email catch up — followed up with the food trailer viewing to set that up, followed up with Cropolis (the startup that’s my connection to local farms). So that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to. I have a call with 068 in about an hour and that should be able to move me forward on some other things. We ended up not having the legal meeting when it was originally scheduled so hopefully we can get that set up again. And when I get the logo set I can start doing the website, social medias, t-shirts, etc. So that’s about it for now, I’ll have a few more updates tomorrow :)

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