Getting My Networking Legs

Yesterday morning was a milestone for me. I participated in my very first panel as a business owner! The panel was hosted by Jill Schlesinger (what a presence!) and was about how to use social media to grow your business. The whole morning was fun and thrilling, and most of all, it was an amazing chance to meet a lot of smart and passionate people.


Some of my fellow panelists. Pictured: Osiris Hoil of District Taco, Kurt Roberts from RP3 Agency, Katherine Kennedy, spokesperson for Prevent Cancer’s “Save Your Skin” campaign and principal at Availor Partners social impact fund, and “The Social Media Swami” and Director of Social Media for, Shashi Bellamkonda.

The benefits of attending events like these is exceptional. Nothing compares to engaging with people face-to-face and being your business’s best spokesperson. I’ve also found, as a young woman attempting her hand at entrepreneurialism, I often have moments of insecurity and doubt, as do I’m sure entrepreneurs of all walks of life. Doing this panel, getting feedback and the encouragement of my peers was an amazing boost for my confidence. Leaving the event, I couldn’t have been more enthused or inspired.


After the “main event”, the panelists sat down for their breakfast and enjoyed some ‘Chups with their potatoes and mini egg frittatas!

WNEW Small Business Breakfast – Using Social Media to Grow Your Business

Tomorrow morning I will be partaking in a coffee drinking contest WNEW’s Small Business Breakfast panel about using social media to grow your business! Sorry for the last minute notice, but if you are in the Washington, DC area and are interested in joining, grab a ticket.

If you make it, fair warning: I love moving my hands when I talk.


WNEW Small Business Breakfast – Using Social Media to Grow Your Business

Shrimp Po’ Boy – ‘Chups Style

It’s Fat Tuesday! And no, that doesn’t mean it’s okay to eat a whole package of raw cookie dough (because that’s okay every day, obviously).

It means it’s time to pretend like you are straight outta ‘Nawlins! And it’s the last day to indulge in whatever it is you may be giving up for Lent. 

So, to celebrate, we have a Shrimp Po’ Boy, ‘Chups style recipe coming at ya today! Check it out: 

Shrimp Po’ Boy, ‘Chups Style

  • 10-12 medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup cracker crumbs (captains wafers or saltines)
  • 1 Tbs Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 egg, whisked with 2 Tbs water
  • 8 in loaf of crusty French bread
  • Iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Dill pickles
  • Mayonnaise
  • ‘Chups sauce (recipe below)

Heat peanut oil in a cast iron skillet (enough to float the shrimp) to 375 degrees.

Bread the shrimp in three steps: first coat with flour, then dip into the egg wash, finally dredge in a mixture of cornmeal, cracker crumbs, and Old Bay seasoning.

Fry shrimp for 2 minutes. Depending on the size of the skillet, fry in one or two batches, allowing enough space for each shrimp.

Once frying is finished, drain shrimp on a paper towel.

To assemble the po’ boy, slice the bread lengthwise, spreading the mayonnaise lightly on both sides. Arrange dill pickles and lettuce on the bottom side, and top with fried shrimp. Finally, drizzle with ‘Chups sauce.

‘Chups sauce:

  • 2 Tbs Cherry ‘Chups
  • 3-4 shakes worcestershire sauce
  • 3-4 shakes Tabasco or Crystal hot sauce

Mix together!

And hey, who ya callin’ PO???