We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Getz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Candidly, it was never a thought really at least in the beginning – I mean I was simply doing what I enjoyed most, which is eating, then critiquing my experience and sharing thoughts with the online communities. Then once this pandemic hit, I saw an opportunity to use the following I grew and leverage that to help raise awareness for those local & small businesses who were impacted.
Since then, I’ve been able to partner with others, collab with & highlight businesses whom may not have the reach that I do! Being able to both monetize my appetite while helping others improve their reach and grow business via a social media presence is truly a win/win.
Look forward to creating several success stories 🙂
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My “art” stems from an early age with an innate ability to draw & sketch which I slowly started to get away from as a got older – that creative ability transitioned for me into Marketing as an undergrad and haven’t truly been able to fully tap my potential there. Working in the IT industry brought me down a different path which is why I’ve since found a unique way of sharing my artistic side…. through food.
What started as having a couple glasses of wine, taking photos of food & reviewing via platforms such as Yelp started to bring out the enjoyment I get from sharing experiences with other. I think what sets me apart here is my acquired skill of photographing food (which may sound easier than it is, but there’s a complexity to it). Capturing the audience with aesthetic pictures combined with witty yet informative reviews I believe is what kicked off the organic growth of my page — people & places appreciate integrity!
I mean, come on, who doesn’t love food… portraying food & experiences in a manner which others can relate to and use when looking for that next meal can go a long way!
It has not been easy & didn’t happen overnight, which people fail to recognize. Building a brand takes time & consistency without sacrificing quality or losing your vision. If there’s one thing I’d like someone to take away from this… appreciate the journey! Never worry about the destination, make the experience a lifestyle.
Being able to geek out & have a career in technology while blogging about food & wine on the side has been amazing and keeping those balanced is important to & for me!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For me, it’s 3 things to have a good time :: FOOD, WINE & GOLF and there’s no better place to do all three without compromise!
You have to go big & treat yourself, especially if you’re a particular area for the first time.
My trip includes at least one round of golf & fine dining at a steakhouse and for that I’m going with TPC Scottsdale followed by a Cabernet and steak dinner at none other than Dominick’s Steakhouse.
Now I usually pop into new places for an extended weekend trip but if you’re somewhere for the greater part of a week+, you need to do those “touristy” activities – see the area & eat the local food that wouldn’t be able to do anywhere else.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I honestly couldn’t do any of this without the support system of local foodies such as myself! While it’s a very large community, we tend to gravitate into pods and turn what starts as a virtual acquaintance into long term friendships – I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a whole bunch of people in my area with similar interests and have since been able to host charity events, do group collab dinners and expand our engagement with the help from one another… it’s truly amazing what can come of total strangers with similar passions for food 🙂
Other: TIK TOK : @thetipsycritics