I have worked with Chef X of Xclusively Kissed at several events over the years. When I asked her to work with me on a show a few years ago she committed to it immediately and beyond impressed me and everyone there with her work. Since then she and her brand have grown even better working with professionals, using amazing displays and knowing the importance of protecting her brand in addition to just being an amazing chef.
Last year she asked me to host her annual Mother's Day Brunch and it was a beautiful honor. Held on the river in downtown Jax the food was exquisite with live performances and she gifted the mothers there with a tea cup set to take home. My husband and I were asked to come out as guests to her Father's Day Dinner as well and he hasn't stopped talking about Xclusively Kissed food yet. I reached out to her a few months back and offered to assist her with any upcoming projects she had and she mentioned her annual benefit tasting so I jumped on board.
Each year Chef X holds this Xclusive Tasting for the next year's menu only opening the event up to a limited number of people. The night is filled with entertainment, delicious food and usually she packs in a few surprises as well. The proceeds are then used to fund her annual Need One, Feed One Mission, feeding the homeless on Christmas Day and toys collected are given to underprivileged children in the Jax community. So not only is it a fun night, but it's a night full of PURPOSE!
I assisted Chef the last few weeks in locking in the entertainment as well as the location of Manifest Distilling and finding a few awesome sponsors like Digital Miss Designs and Los2k Films. I will not be hosting this event as I will be busy helping her day of the event and playing the role of event coordinator but there will be some interviews from hubby and I as well as lots of pics and videos from the night that you guys can look forward to checking out here and our social media pages so make sure you have subscribed to my blog and are following hubby and I on our pages (links below) to stay updated! There will be live performances from Chris Williams, Kia Nicole, Terry T. Harris and will be hosted by MissEP_Ciara.
Last check there were only 5 tickets left so I am positive this event will book out before the day of the event so if you didn't get your tickets for this year, make sure you get them next year because this is one Chef who sells out events and you don't want to miss her food or the good times that's included! Follow her Instagram & Twitter pages for info on upcoming events or how to book her for your private event and stay tuned for the follow up!
I worked an event.. I am always working.. helping coordinate a yearly brunch for my friend Chef X I was gone from about 8am until we got home about 6pm. I had been in communication with the two kids still at home throughout the day. They are 14 and 15.. generally mature and great at keeping in touch with me. Until 7pm that evening. Then 2 and a half hours went by where we had absolutely no idea where my daughter was. 14 years old and it was all silence. More than a few minutes is already scary, this was unlike ever before.
I am a mother to five, yes five, amazing kids. They are far from perfect, but I was far from a perfect parent, we managed. Being in the arts and entertainment industry there is sometimes a fine line between what is private and what I talk about. Most of the time though I know I am not alone. I know there are other moms, parents, loved ones who are experiencing some of the things I go through and talking about it helps. It helps me ge…
I just got back from a five day vacation to Orlando... While there is so much about this trip we will keep to ourselves because it was all so special I did want to briefly talk about it as a whole.
About six months ago my best friend in Virginia hit me up. Her oldest daughter was turning 21 in July and she really wanted to do something special for her. My oldest had just turned 21, who also happens to be her Goddaughter, and our girls had known each other since birth as we were there for the birth of each other's firstborns. Her idea was to come down to Orlando, stay at a nice resort or hotel and have the four of us hang out a few days at the pool, maybe a bar or two and hit up an amusement park.
This sounded amazing and it was before the car accident my youngest was in, as well as a few other things to recently hit our family. When the accident happened she asked me if we should cancel. I asked her please not to, I knew by the time it came around I was really going to need a few …
I post some pics of these from time to time and almost always people ask me what the heck they are.. I have tweeted how to make them before but I thought why not make a blog and fill you guys in on all the yummy details. Since being diagnosed allergic to gluten in October 2017 I have found it VERY hard to eat. Yes just simply eat. Gluten is in EVERYTHING! So from time to time I'll share some fun recipes you can make from home that are super safe because I break out in hives with even the tiniest amount of cross-contamination and I want to help anyone out there struggling with the same!
This is called Pika Tacos because a friend of mine named Pika used to make something similar after making spaghetti. She'd make a HUGE pot of sauce and when all the noodles ran out she would make tacos with the leftover sauce. I have not found a safe spaghetti noodle I like yet and I love these so I just skip the whole making spaghetti part, my kids and hubby don't even mind, and go straight…