People have often asked me, "how did RosieJo get that gig?"
My answer always starts the same way, “I have said yes to many things that most people would say no to.”
One of the best things about CrossFit, is that it is always about community. That has continued to be the case for as long as I have been in this space. Since I started RosieJo meals years ago, I have been fortunate to develop some amazing relationships in the CrossFit space.
RosieJo had been a vendor at the CF Games in Madison, WI for the past three years and we loved being a part of the competition and atmosphere of the Games.
When we heard reports that COVID was shutting down large gatherings, we knew the chance to go back to the CF Games in Madison was slim. A friend of mine, Scott Nemeth, the owner of SuperBowls Acai encouraged me to reach out to some athletes I feed to find out who at CFHQ I could offer my services. This was still early 2020 and no one knew if the Games would even happen. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
The worst that could happen is they could say no.
I asked Tia (yes, that Tia) if she could help put me in touch with someone at CFHQ to discuss food operations for the Games. After a lot of conversations, I was put in touch with the company who has been working the logistics of the CF Games for several years. We visited, we made plans, traveled to California to find a kitchen, and then we crossed our fingers...
There was always that small chance that California could put back in place the social gathering restrictions so it’s still quite amazing that the 2020 CF Games even happened. We can say that everyone, from the Staff to the Vendors did an awesome job on all fronts! There were sleepless nights and stressful days building up to leaving Texas and heading to California, but it was all worth it! Logistics were important, feeding everyone, delivering to multiple locations, working in a new kitchen, dealing with new vendors, hoping there were no traffic issues........
We were also thankful to have had a huge support group! My husband, Ran, and I drove from Texas to California, where he managed all the delivery logistics, a BIG job! Our friend Dave Newman, CEO of RX Smart Gear came for the week and brought his van and his hard work ethic to help us pull it off. My staff from Texas jumped in and worked long hours across the country. One of our friends from Power Monkey Camp, Romel Melegrito, came from NY and busted his butt alongside us.
All this support allowed me to focus on food, my joy.
It went as well as we could have dreamed! The successful prep and delivery of the food was all due to strong relationships built over years, planning, and preparation.
It is a testament to surrounding yourself with like-minded people, who continue to encourage you. To be a part of such a unique once-in-a-lifetime event, especially in a year where so many things didn’t happen, was truly AMAZING. Frameworks was a pleasure to work with and we were able to forge a new relationship with them.
This really is the most kind and gracious community to feed and we look forward to feeding more of you in 2021 and beyond!