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Meet Sharlla Amaradio of The Gathering Table in Temecula

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharlla Amaradio.

Sharlla, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was coming into the empty nest chapter in my life. I had worked in the local school district for ten years and felt it was time for me to use my talents elsewhere. Problem was, I just didn’t know where. My husbands company would send out box of donuts to clients and insurance companies. I always thought that was such a boring and not to mention unhealthy thing to do. I offered to create a better snack box and immediately decided to create a beautiful little charcuterie. A few months later, I was gaining interest and people were asking for my company name and how to order more.

From there, I started to grow and starting offering boards and grazing tables. I decided to take a leap of faith and create my company The Gathering Table. Now two years later I’m catering large events and weddings. Mainly focusing on the larger more popular grazing tables. But I still make the occasional little charcuterie box. I definitely found something I love to do and a fabulous way for me to use my creativity and share my love of entertaining.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been more like a roller coaster. I’ve have learn so much in a little amount of time. I think I have struggled most with believing in myself. Some days I would be confident and feel accomplished, and then the next day I felt like an imposter. I usually don’t compare myself to others, I believe in doing your own thing. But when you’re navigating a business all on your own I think it’s easier to get inside your own head. I also have found it extremely hard to find products and source them wholesale. Being in Temecula, I am not close to a big city and my resources are limited. I don’t think some of my clients realize that I’m buying some items retail and don’t make a good profit from this sometimes. I have also had to be careful with my pricing. Temecula is a commuter town and most families here don’t have money to spend on lavish party and event catering. So I have spent a lot of time on making my product affordable and giving my clients the best quality.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Gathering Table – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
The Gathering Table creates artfully handcrafted charcuterie boards and grazing tables. I am known for my beautifully designed grazing tables. Thoughtfully curated displays of cheese, salami, fruits, veggies, antipasti, nuts, rustic breads, and dried fruits are arranged on tables ranging from 4-9 feet long. I am very proud of the quality and service I provide for each of my clients. I believe what sets me apart from others is my ability to plan and create every table with such detail. I take client’s ideas and turn them into beautiful displays of fresh food. My favorite words to hear when I finish a table are “its to beautiful to eat.”

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
As of right now, I don’t know what the future holds. I have learned life changes quickly sometimes and I am enjoying being flexible. I am loving what I’m doing, and I’m keeping my heart and mind open to new ideas.

Contact Info:

  • Email: gatheringtableco@gmail.com
  • Instagram: thegatheringtable.temecula


Image Credit:

The Wooden Anchor Creative

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