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FEAST RVA

Co-Founded in 2011, Feast RVA was a non-profit in Richmond, VA, established to bring people together to foster greater collaboration and promote creative and community-focused ideas.

A running theme in my projects is an emphasis on bringing people together. When we created Feast RVA, we figured food would be a good excuse to bring people to the table (pun intended), but then realized that we could support fledgling businesses and creative projects at the same time. I built Feast RVA as an organization to support ideas, partner with local restaurants, artists and galvanize creative energy and enthusiasm across Richmond. In four years as Director we awarded over $10,000 in grants and served over 500 guests

FEAST RVA

NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURIALISM, EVENT PRODUCTION, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

 

BRINGING THE RICHMOND CREATIVE COMMUNITY TO THE TABLE

Feast RVA — 2011 - 2016

Formed in 2011, I co-founded a non-profit, Feast RVA as a hypothesis to a common complaint: "the local creative community is too siloed." Richmond has long been home to creative-institutions; VCU & the Brandcenter, The Martin Agency & Capital One, not to mention endless musicians, chefs and small-business owners, all working in the same town but traveling in small circles.

The idea, inspired by elements of communal dinner programs in cultural hubs like Brooklyn and Detroit and tweaked for Richmond, centered around a dinner, catered by one of Richmond's rising restaurants, and 50 diners from across the city. All in attendance, including the chefs, volunteers and musicians would elect which of three presentations of creative projects were deserving of the profits from the evening.

I served as Executive Director from 2011 - 2015, during which time we held 18 dinners, awarded over $10,000 in cash grants to support local projects, events and non-profits, and moved hundreds of folding chairs.

Recognition

Style Weekly — 40 under 40 recipient, alongside my co-founder Josh Epperson. 

Richmond Magazine — Power In The Pages 

Richmond.com —Feast RVA Aims to Fund Artists Through Dining

Richmond Grid

Beer + Design — Beer + Design 9: Gather- Featuring Feast RVA

CBS 6 — #UntoldRVA Wins Feast RVA

RVA Mag — Throwing Dinner Parties To Support Creativity

RVA News — Feast RVA Looks For Help ToKeepBringing Ideas To The Table

RVA News — Feast RVA: People Helping People, People Eating Food