I am often asked about my inspiration for starting the Food is My Classroom brand. I would say that starting this new journey in my life is a culmination of activities over the past few years.
The groundwork for Food is My Classroom began years ago when I would hang out with friends at local restaurants. Loving to explore the city, I preferred to visit newly opened or independent restaurants. Luckily, many of those restaurants were on popular discount websites. To my friend’s chagrin, I would take pictures of everyone’s food and write a blurb to post on Facebook. Instantly, I would get tons of questions from friends requesting menu recommendations and asking me about my overall experience.
As a classroom teacher, I write comprehensive lesson plans each week. So composing reviews detailing my experience from start to finish wasn’t that much different. Eventually, I began posting my restaurant reviews and photos on Google Reviews. I even received inquiries from people asking for restaurant recommendations in various locales. Afterward, I started receiving emails from Google announcing that over 100,000 people saw my reviews and pictures! I even received invitations to attend conferences hosted by Google.
With posts on Facebook, Yelp, Google Reviews, and some still on my phone, I always wanted a centralized place to host all the pictures, reviews, and recommendations I’ve made. Many friends kept telling me to start a blog or website. Unfortunately, I knew very little about blogging or running a website. Nevertheless, I brainstormed ideas for a name just in case I did start something. Staying true to my profession, the name Food is My Classroom stuck out. I loved the name as a classroom is a place of learning, and exploring food and restaurants is a learning experience for me and others.
Food is My Classroom was launched on July 4th, 2019, to celebrate independence from my fears of starting this new journey. It hasn’t been a month yet, and Food is My Classroom is already exceeding expectations. Not only did I start a blog, but the brand has expanded to Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Each like, comment, and share on the posts are a confirmation to my dream of starting this brand. I appreciate every one of you for sharing in this process with me. Without your support over the years, I would not have the strength and stamina to do this awesome work.
Greater works are coming! Stay tuned for the next chapter in this adventure…