Still hungry and also exhausted.
So, Hungry is taking the summer off.
We’re going to walk barefoot in the grass.
Eat some delicious things from farmers’ markets.
*Perhaps* a trip to Cabo with the girls.
We’ll let you know when we’re back in action here.
Have a beautiful summer.
Today I’m going to write about a different kind of hungry.
The hunger for depth and breadth and meaning.
It is from this hunger that CRAVE and Urban Campfire was born.
Melody Biringer, a serial entrepreneur from Seattle, was hungry for deeper, more meaningful conversations in her life – both personally and professionally.
She started CRAVE 12 years ago, having spent over a decade being a cheerleader for entrepreneurs.
Bored of the traditional networking arenas, Melody created Urban Campfire.
It’s been hosted in a few cities so far, and the Studios at Overland Crossing, in south Denver, was where our city was host to its first Urban Campfire last week.
An open, loft-like space was the perfect external environment to open the possibilities of exploration of the internal environment.
This is what we were there to do, though they smartly lure you in with cocktails and cuteness.
Around the space were beautiful touches like glass jars with tealights, cheese platters, and colorful journals at each place setting.
Rounds of tables of 8 encircled an open space in the middle, mimicking a campfire set up.
Each of the speakers – who told their stories in a TED-like format for 10 minutes – took this ‘stage’ to speak.
After each set of speakers, we enjoyed dinner and a more intimate conversation at our tables – led by facilitators Melody had hand-picked and trained – on topics like what had been our greatest failure and what gets us excited about life [in campfire language – What is your Marshmallow?].
There were tears, there was laughter, there was revealing and revelation.
And thankfully, to add some levity, there were actual marshmallows.
Chocolate chip stuffed, no less.
The goal, as it is at any good campfire, is to gather around and share stories.
It lends perspective.
Melody feels if you can see yourself in the other and they can see themselves in you, then a meaningful conversation has been started that can result in all kinds of possibilities for connection, liberation, and wholeness.
This process naturally results in reciprocal business too, but it’s a more humane manner than the stiff networking events we’ve all [sadly] experienced.
Connections are made that are truly authentic and powerful, with the opportunity for longevity and sustainability that aren’t typically present when you’ve shaken hands and made small talk over a runny drink in a staid ballroom.
Friendships are sparked as well.
Already, from just that one night, I met two women who I know will be lifelong friends.
Special acknowledgment to:
Brit Stueven / Owner of Pollinize Media / For serving as the emcee + event planner for this particular lovely evening.
Denver-based Water For People and Demetrio Tequila have developed an important partnership from which a portion of profits from each purchase of Demetrio will go toward Water For People’s mission to bring safe drinking water to communities across the globe.
Water For People brings together local entrepreneurs, governments, and communities to establish innovative, collaborative solutions that allow people to build and maintain their own reliable, safe water systems.
Significant amounts of water are used throughout the process of making tequila. From the cleaning of agave, to the steam that hydrolyzes it, to the distillation.
Each 750ML bottle of Demetrio contains 27% water.
“Water is essential to tequila, and to life. We wanted to make a real impact in the lives of people around the world, so we chose to partner with an outstanding non-profit that does just that,” said Demetrio Managing Partner Marion Mariathasan. “This is our first exclusive giving partnership and we’re so excited to be working with Water For People.”
The Water For People team is equally excited about the partnership.
“Water For People is proud to partner with Demetrio to help bring safe drinking water to people in developing countries,” said Water For People CEO Ned Breslin. “The road to permanent water coverage is challenging, but the outcomes are easy to root for — more children are in school, more individuals are employed, and more families are healthy and thriving. We’re glad to see companies like Demetrio participate in our efforts.”
About Demetrio Tequila
Demetrio Tequila is a three-time award-winning single-estate tequila made in Jalisco, Mexico. With a history of over 60 years, Demetrio is a premium quality, competitively priced tequila created to capture the taste buds of the most sophisticated tequila aficionado, as well as the casual consumer. Demetrio Tequila is committed to social responsibility efforts and making a positive impact on the world.
Just Be Kitchen is a gluten-free eatery, bringing farm-fresh food to the public at fast-casual prices, while celebrating individual well-being.
: No gluten
: Paleo friendly
: Healthy fats & oils
: Completely sugar-free
Conscious cooking to Just Be Kitchen means a completely gluten-free and largely grain-free kitchen, using nut or coconut flours, squash, pumpkin and other “safe” starches. Only healthy fats & oils like butter, coconut oil and avocados. No refined sugar – only natural sugars such as maple syrup, agave and natural fruits. Grass-fed meats with no hormones or antibiotics.
The visionary, Jennifer Peters, is taking a special approach to getting this off the ground – while building community, which she deeply values – by crowd funding the initial capital.
Denver is one of the best places to launch a concept like this and in this manner.
If it interests you, please consider supporting.
If you’re so inclined, please share with others in your circle you feel would be excited about it.
Just Be Kitchen participated in the recent BruFrou event here in Denver, and their meatballs were one of the biggest hits among the attendees.
Even press couldn’t get enough, and kept circling the table for more!
How do I contribute?
Visit the campaign page and view the video about the birth of Just BE Kitchen and its purpose, along with the list of perks you’ll receive for your contribution:
More information about Just BE Kitchen:
Check them out at http://www.justbekitchen.com
“Like” their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/justbekitchen