I recently wrote about learning to relax and to build off of that post, I thought I would share a unique way I was able to combine “work” with “fun” this weekend.
As a “momtrepreneur”, which I have written about here and here finding a way to include the kids with my work is always a plus. I definitely have been ramping up my business presence on Staten Island with appearances at job fairs and CareerCon along with many other meetings and presentations/pitches to various schools and more. I am positioning myself and my company as being entrepreneurial expert with my small business consulting and teaching capabilities as well as being the college and career readiness expert. It is not by accident that the four books I have written all tie in to these subjects.
Which is all my way of saying that there is a lot going on and sometimes, you need to take a “break” for at least a weekend to refresh your batteries. This weekend, I was lucky enough to do that while still “working”. I was given press passes to attend Uncorked at Historic Richmondtown and I was honored to be there representing The Next Step (in a way) while getting to support local businesses (oh and taste tons of great food).
The event, in its 8th year, is an amazing combination of history and cutting edge culinary tasting experience. Multiple local restaurants and businesses around food have tables and lots and lots of delicious samples to try. (Blogger’s Note: There is also tons of wine for tasting BUT this blogger is one who gets drunk on orange juice so I kept it real by skipping the wine glass on check in and getting the “kid’s cup”. For those of you with more adult palettes, the wine tasting was definitely a huge hit – not only am I not a big drinker but I was driving as well.)
The "Kid" Cups
My children happen to be big “foodies” – I know, it is strange putting that sentence together because for most parents, the struggle to get kids to eat something other than chicken nuggets and french fries is real but lately, with my Netflix subscription came the fact that my kids love to watch cooking shows. When this opportunity came up to go to Uncorked, my kids were in at the mention of “food festival” and “taste testing” – though they secretly hoped Bobby Flay and Chef Anne would be there, they were thrilled to see the tables and food at the event.
Some Photos of the event...
The food was amazing – every table had something unbelievable and my youngest recently had his class trip to Historic Richmondtown and found it exciting to run into the re-enactors that he saw during his class trip. With new additions of Not Just Bagels (spoiler alert – my kids love their bagels and had fun ordering one at the event) and Cheech A' Cini's food truck whose creamy sundried tomato and bacon pasta was a favorite for me AND my kids, there was food for every different taste. And not a chicken nugget or french fry in site.
We got to try cookies, pastas and steak sandwiches. It was amazing – everything was delicious and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many families there – I had thoughts my kids might be the only ones there but I was really wrong on that - there were actually lots of families with kids, tons of adults and a bunch of puppies walking around too!
Overall, it was an amazing way for us to spend a Saturday together while I was “working”. I even mentioned getting a table at the event last year joining the financial services firms and other businesses that took tables to promote their services and my kids were all for it – even said they would work the table with me – but I am sure I would be working the table and they would be eating the samples!
Did you go to Uncorked? What did you think of it? What do you do as an entrepreneur to make sure your life has balance? Happy Hunting!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen