As anyone who has come up with a brand name knows, so much to consider.
I wanted a word after ‘Makeup’ that meant expertise.
Three words became finalists.
Connoisseur • Maestro • Gourmet
Although being a good speller, I had trouble spelling connoisseur. Out.
Even maestro felt a little tricky to spell. Out.
The only word left was Gourmet. Turns out, also tricky to spell. Too bad. In.
As Gourmet traditionally applies to food, this is most appropriate for me.
I love to cook and over the years, just like with my makeup, I keep getting better.
Cook a Look
When producing my TV show Makeup Gourmet, the tagline; ‘Each episode we cook a look’, fit like a pot holder.
I relate the logical steps of applying makeup to the logical steps of a food recipe.
I worked with an intuitive business coach for one year to strengthen and grow Makeup Gourmet.
Her strongest advice was find your passion first, then learn to monetize it.
As I love applying and teaching makeup, this was a good fit.
However, in the back of my mind was the truth that I am also passionate about food and cooking.
Friends and family have often reiterated; ‘You need to open a restaurant’.
After working in restaurants, both in the kitchen and on the floor, nothing interests me less than having a restaurant.
I love the food part. No interest in the restaurant part.
Then came Running Fork, my alter food ego.
My inaugural day of attending the New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2000 was an overwhelming, and yes, life changing experience. With over 100 southern foods at a small plate portion available, I nearly lost my mind.
I know. There are 10 stages of music. I could not get past the food. I kept buying small plates and asking people who had something else if they wanted to share. Even strangers. I try theirs and they try mine.
I was running around with this plastic fork in my hand sharing bites with anyone who would put up with me. My friend (now known as Big Chief Jam Catcher) called me ‘Running Fork’ in reference to a Mardi Gras Indian tribe name. The name has stuck and grown into our group’s jazz fest lore. We have not missed attending jazz fest since year 2000.
My passion for wanting to try and share tasty food only amplifies every time I make the opportunity to cook.
I volunteered to prepare a couple of dishes for a wine tasting food pairing. One of the attendees approached me and asked if I cook for other types of events. I unhesitatingly replied yes.
I was hired and catered what I suggested to be a Mardi Gras theme as their party took place the Saturday before Mardi Gras.
They asked for 3 types of gumbo and red beans and rice along with some tasty appetizers.
The reviews consisted of ‘delicious’ and ‘devoured’.
Running Fork Comfort Catering
Finally a concept that makes sense to me.
What I offer you is incredibly delicious ‘family style’ fare.
Pans and pots full of goodness that can be served as you wish.
Plate it • Pass it • Eat it.
In-home Cooking Classes. Make awesome Thai food for example.
Low on Pretension • High on Satisfaction.
BBQ CRAZY • BEST STEAKS EVER (sous vide) • BRUNCH MADNESS
COMFORT CREATURES • ITALIAN NIGHT • SOUP & SANDWICH
SOUTHERN AT IT’S BEST • THAI NIGHT • ETC
I decided to make RunningFork.com my internet home for Running Fork Catering. Thank you Monkey Tom!
Chris Scott aka Running Fork
CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades. He designed the course and taught Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure everyone has access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare made in the USA. Chris is the author of the International #1 Amazon Bestseller FACE WITH A HEART: MASTERING AUTHENTIC BEAUTY MAKEUP (2014), as well as COSMETIC COUNTER SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO BUY THE RIGHT SKINCARE AND MAKEUP (2003).
Favorite saying that I think I made up: The grass is always greener where you water it.