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EAT. LEARN. EXPLORE. INSPIRE.
 

SHARON GRAVES

founder and owner of BLVD Kitchen

 First, a little about Sharon:   Sharon is the founder/proprietor of two new culinary ventures, BLVD Kitchen and Mom in the Mail. Before taking the leap into the world of virtual cookies and local shop-keeping, Sharon was VP of Operations at Phorus, the wireless audio division of DTS, Inc. and prior to that was a Venture Partner with Ascend Ventures. Sharon also served as CEO of PhatNoise, a digital audio company, and before that was a Principal at the boutique merchant-banking firm Metier Capital Group. (I'm exhausted already, bowing down to her background!). She began her career working with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. Sharon lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and has a son and a daughter, both away at college on the east coast.

First, a little about Sharon: 

Sharon is the founder/proprietor of two new culinary ventures, BLVD Kitchen and Mom in the Mail. Before taking the leap into the world of virtual cookies and local shop-keeping, Sharon was VP of Operations at Phorus, the wireless audio division of DTS, Inc. and prior to that was a Venture Partner with Ascend Ventures. Sharon also served as CEO of PhatNoise, a digital audio company, and before that was a Principal at the boutique merchant-banking firm Metier Capital Group. (I'm exhausted already, bowing down to her background!). She began her career working with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. Sharon lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and has a son and a daughter, both away at college on the east coast.

I sat down with my dear friend and boss of me and asked Sharon a few questions that will reveal to you why she is so INSPIRING and amazing (and why I love working with her so much).

KIDDOC:  Sharon, what's the last thing you had EAT that stuck with you?

SHARON:  I love to try new foods when I travel, and have been lucky enough to hit some great eating towns in the last several months since my husband and I have become empty nesters.   One of the most memorable dishes was from a crowded, low-key neighborhood place in Montreal, Canada, where we ordered the house specialty: Portuguese Charcoal-Roasted Chicken, Spicy Garlic Sauce, Chorizo, Fries (OMG!) and a Salad -it cost $15 Canadian, and one plate fed 2 starving people. I cannot even begin to describe how happy that plate of food made me. See it here.

KIDDOC:  What have you LEARNed that stays with you daily?

SHARON:  In terms of learning, I recently figured out that I still know how to drive a stick shift car, after not having done so for almost 25 years. Sometimes remembering you already know something is almost as valuable as conquering something new.

KIDDOC:  I couldn't agree more. What will you EXPLORE next?

SHARON:  I'll be heading to Denver in March, and I'm definitely looking to explore there...it won't be my first time in the city, but places, like people, are always changing, and I'm sure I'll discover some exciting spots to eat, new neighborhoods to roam around, and hopefully a cool cookbook or two from a local shop. Those are my favorite souvenirs, by far. Plus, the mountains are sure to be gorgeous at that time of year.

KIDDOC:  Well, one place you should definitely dive into is the Mercantile within Union Station in Denver. Their seafood pasta is one of the best dishes I have ever eaten.  Lastly Sharon, define what INSPIREs you. What inspired you to change course and open BLVD Kitchen?

SHARON:  Inspiration? I think I'd characterize it more as having the guts to take a big risk. I wasn't trying to emulate anyone or achieve anything in particular, it was more that I was faced with a strange and completely intriguing opportunity, and I just jumped in, almost without thinking. Who knows where it will take me, but I have to say I am inspiring myself a little bit every day by just how far I've been able to bring this crazy idea along, thanks to the support of a whole group of people (like you!) who've decided to leap right into this with me.