Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Kelly Valentine. Kelly Valentine is the Founder of Femmes in Food where she is a consultant + champion for #ladyowned Food & Beverage brands. She also has a decade of experience designing, curating + operationally executing pop-up dinners + events ranging from intimate gatherings to multi-day experiences. She's worked with street vendors to James Beard award-winning chefs and lives for the magic that's created when you bring strangers together to share a meal at a communal dining table.

Check out episode 886 with Dina Samson as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out episode 896 with Steph Sellers as mentioned in today's episode.

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."
  • "I can do hard things."

In this episode with Kelly Valentine we will discuss:

  • What is a pop-up?
  • What are the different varieties of pop-ups?
  • When should someone try their first pop-up?
  • What is branding?
  • Taxes and legalities
  • Menu design and sized best practices
  • How to market a pop-up
  • How do pop-ups benefit the host location and the pop-up operator mutually?
  • Track everything
  • What is Femmes In Food?

Today's sponsor:

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Contact info:


Personal: @kellyjvalentine

Business: @femmesinfood


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Huge thanks to Kelly Valentine for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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