Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandy Axelrod.
Hi Sandy, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I have loved cooking since I was a little girl, cooking with my Mom and Grandmother. In high school, I would prepare very formal dinners parties for friends. Wanting to learn as much as possible about cooking, I got a Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu London.
My husband and I would throw huge parties for our friends and I did all of the catering. It’s when I realized that I was a control freak (LOL) and needed to be in charge of every detail of a party. Then at a New Years’ party that we had for 150 guests, a friend asked me to cater her son’s Bar Mitzvah. I told her that I was not in the catering business. And she said, “You will be”.
And in 1989 I became the Chef/Owner of Affairs to Remember Catering in South Florida and never looked back. During that time we catered parties as small as a romantic dinner for two all the way to events for 2,500!
I was asked by a local paper to write an entertainment column, which is how I fell in love with writing.
Sadly our business closed in 2006, due to Hurricane Wilma. But my husband and I bought an RV and began traveling. I had started making one-of-a-kind jewelry and we did Art Shows on the weekends in 23 states. After our 6 months of living in an RV, we knew one day we would travel in one full time.
In 2009., at my daughter-in-law’s urging, I started writing my blog. And in 2015 my cookbook/memoir, titled Affairs to Remember, was traditionally published.
As of June 1, 2020, my husband and I have been traveling full time, in a new to us RV that we completely renovated. I have so much to share with my audience about all of the fabulous places that we have visited and the food we have tasted, that I can’t keep up to date with my writing. This country is amazing and stunningly beautiful.
After traversing the country I have 1,000s of gorgeous photos of the food and attractions that we have visited and I share them on my blog twice each week. In the near future, I’ll be adding another post per week that will be focused on RV maintenance and renovation ideas as well as recipes I develop while cooking in the RV.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My biggest struggle has been driving traffic to my site in order to earn a living while we are on the road. Covid-19 had made most people stay to themselves. But it seems like people are starting to sit outside more and interact. That’s making it easier for people to learn about what we do.
The other struggle is balancing sightseeing with work. We want to experience as much as possible on the road, so finding time to write and edit photos is sometimes difficult.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I love creating! I’m an artist at heart. So whether it’s jewelry, clothing, writing, photography, or food, I’m always doing something creative.
One of the things that I am most proud of is an event that we catered to in 1991. It was the Grand Opening of Saks Fifth Avenue at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I created artistic food stations throughout the entire store. Each station was decorated to evoke a theme and the food matched that theme. Before the store opened there was a huge brunch buffet for the Media. The event was the first, of what would turn out to be many, events for 2,500 guests. We employed 150 staff for the event and it went off without a hitch. And to rave reviews.
What always set us apart from other caterers was attention to detail. I treated every single party as if it was my own. And handled every detail from food to music, to rentals and flowers. Nothing was left to chance. Our clients felt like guests at their own parties.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
Having only spent a week in St. Louis it would be hard to say what I like least. But I have a tie for what I like best. First is the incredible feat of engineering, The Gateway Arch! And the other is the fabulous Zoo.
My husband and I go to zoos wherever we can. The St. Louis Zoo is one of the best ever And it’s FREE!!!
- Email: Sandy@TheTravelingLocavores.com
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