On the road again....... So I have been down in South Florida for the last 3 months working a food truck, Pulled Pork Project, and sharing my food from Palm Beach to Miami. The plan was to be here until the end of July, then head back up for the football season and TailgateJoe. But, just as Mike Tyson put it, "everyone has a plan until they get hit," things can change up and life is really just a bunch of unforeseen twists and turns. To that end, an opportunity up north has been offered to me, so I am going to put my Florida plans on hold for now, head up north to dive into something that may end up leading to great things, and also get my house in order ahead of the 2017 football season and TailgateJoe.
It has been a LOT of work the last 3 months, but also a lot of satisfaction with all the positive feedback from everyone who has tried my food. I have definitely learned a bunch, and being in FL and getting into the local latin food, I have definitely expanded my culinary knowledge. I take inspiration from many everyday places, I always have, and I can say I have had some true inspiration from my time here and have come up with some great ideas and concepts in the food/hospitality area.
My life has really been a bounty of experiences, more than most people get to have in their lives. My time here has been one of those experiences that I think will have a very strong longterm impact. I think the last 3 months has definitely changed me, both professionally and personally. Like I said, profesionally I think I have gained some knowledge and insight and the seeds of some great ideas. Personally, I think I figured out what I want in life, as much as anyone can really figure that out, and now I just need to work to set myself up in a way to have it the way I want it.
I was lucky to make some new friends, connect with some old ones, and share some moments that will stay with me for a long time. To everyone I met or spent time with down here, this is not goodbye, just bye for now. I'll be back down to chill like I always am, so don't be a stranger!
I am really looking forward to the next great adventure. Follow me at @tailgatejoe to see what comes next!!