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Who is Kevin?
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Who is Kevin?


I was born and raised in the New Orleans area (ok, so I was born in Metairie and grew up in Kenner) and except for a few years, have spent my life in this great city.  Those few short years were spent in Lafayette, attending and graduating from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), now known as The University of Louisiana - Lafayette (ULL).
After returning from Lafayette, I moved Uptown (hence the name - more on that later) in a house (the legendary 1300 Milan St.) with a lifelong friend of mine.  Why UptownKevin?  Well, one of my best friends shares the name Kevin, and it is hard to talk to two people at once; so our friends named us.  He was originally from the westbank, so he got stuck with Westbank Kevin (thank gawd I got "Uptown").
After graduating with a degree in Finance, I spent over five years in two different areas of the financial field; one was working in financial planning and the other was in retail banking.  A couple of years ago I decided that one thing I wanted was to be a bartender.  So while I worked at the bank during the day, I bartended a couple of shifts each week, starting at Sugar Magnolia, then at Allegro for the New Orleans Saints games and finally at Vaqueros on Metairie Rd, all now defunct as a result of Katrina.
The banking career wasn't fulfilling, and after a lot of soul searching and advice gathering, I made a career change and accepted the job as the bar manager at The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue.  In one of the best times of my life, I was thrilled and proud to be the manager of one of the most well known bars in New Orleans. 
Which brings me to the next chapter of my life.  A nasty little storm named Katrina struck New Orleans on August 29th of 2005.  I had worked at The Columns on that Saturday night and closed up shop early, as many had evacuated.  I evacuated on Sunday and didn't return to New Orleans for almost six weeks.  During my travel, I went to Chicago, Hammond, LA and finally Tampa, FL, where I landed a job in sales with a massive computer distributor.  I've settled in Tampa with a fresh start and a new perspective. 
Early last year, I realized another dream and was able to become a business owner, opening the doors to Good Food Catering Company, here in Tampa.  Our mission is to provide superior culinary experiences for events and weddings in the Tampa Bay region.  Business has been great and allowed me to transition into the business full-time. 
Although the blog portion of this site is rarely updated, I continuously add new content and keep up with the recipes and food culture that comprise my Louisiana heritage.
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