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Inspiring Conversations with Tessa Cardwell of Urban Grazing

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tessa Cardwell.

Tessa, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I have always loved to do themes when having parties. I love bringing people together. I love all things art. I started with doing candy boards and had many people asking if I do charcuterie and if I ever would. I honestly didn’t think anything of it because my sister does it in Abilene and I didn’t want to take something from her. Obviously, after talking with her and many requests, I started Urban Grazing. It wasn’t something I had planned on having for an option, but so glad I changed my mind. Well, my customers changed my mind. I absolutely love the creativity that goes into it. It truly is a work of art. It took lots of research and shopping to get where I am today. I am blown away at the many amazing customers that believe in me and keep ordering from me. We now have our individual boxes available at Grape Creek Winery in Georgetown, Texas. We have grown a lot in the past year, and I can’t wait to see where we are in the next year.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I would definitely say there is never a smooth road when owning a business, let alone starting a business. I think that is the beauty in it all. You learn so much not only on the business side but about yourself as a person as well. Finding your pricing and what you bring to the table would have to be a struggle. Another was making sure everything was done to be legally ran in Texas. It is a lot of information and research and I am thankful to those that were such a big help.

As you know, we’re big fans of Urban Grazing. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
We make charcuterie boards, boxes, cones, and grazing tables.

We work out of a commercial kitchen, have all permits, and are insured as well.

Food is something that brings people together and that is probably my top favorite of what I do.

We love being able to provide yummy products that you get to enjoy and want more.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I think I have learned that I can handle anything and get through anything.

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