We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqueline Abad and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jacqueline, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is necessary for growth. You attempt these visions that you have inside your head and if it comes out great, that’s fantastic. If you fail, you begin to analyze the areas that you need to practice in. There is no easy way to perfect your craft, it takes hard work, dedication, and the ability to recognize your failures. I don’t want to cheat my self out of my full potential, so with that I do have to take risks. It is intimidating but the idea of me missing great opportunities because I was scared, doesn’t sit well with me.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I honestly knew some things behind opening a business, but not everything. I had this one idea then it was like “okay how can I make this a reality”. I began researching everything that had to do with the food industry. For seven months I gathered my information and figured it was time to do my first introductory post. The anxiety that I felt before posting was overwhelming. I really was scared of failing and the actual judgment of people. But I just did it. I took that leap of faith and haven’t looked back since. I feel that the passion and respect that I have for food will be shown through my work. I have always wanted my career to be food related. And that’s why I love the concept of charcuterie. You have all these elements to create that perfect bite.

It brings me joy to bring other people joy through food.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ouuu girl you want the tea! Well first of course deciding on brunch. First Watch, Stirr and Whistle Britches are my top brunch spots. And nothing says brunch like MIMOSAS, great quality and they even have pitchers. Company it with a stack of hot cakes, or a classic eggs benedict, the day is off to a great start. Lunch definitely has to go to La Ventana in Dallas. Great taco spot that has great skyscraper views. The outside environment gives off the laid back vibes. Tacos, margaritas, and a Dallas view 10/10 would recommend. Time to explore DFW! Of course our different shopping plazas are a great way to shop till you drop. Needing a pick me up ConAmorCoffee Co. in Arlington,tx has a great selection of unique coffee flavors. Their horchata latte is a home run for me. After winding down the day and thinking about a dinner spot. My favorite area is the Bishop arts district. The area is located a little south of Dallas, and have endless shops, food spots, and live music. Dallas has honestly won my heart with it’s diversity, and it’s endless possibilities of adventure.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For sure my close family and friends that have had an ear full of me talking about cheese. They just overall believed in me before Jack n’ Cheese was a thought. I appreciate them being on this journey with me.

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Image Credits
Brianna Gonzales

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