VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Travis-Lee Moore with Functions Event Group
This month we’d like to introduce you to the fabulous Travis-Lee Moore. The guy has incredible artistry and talent, not to mention a personality you’ll fall in love with. You can contact him and check out more of his work here:
Q: Tell us about yourself… Did you always want this to be your career or did you stumble upon your talent by chance?
A: Are you kidding? My poor mother would come home from work at the hospital all day and I would have rearranged all the furniture. But there was dinner that I found in Southern Living, on the table, so it kinda balanced out.
Q: How did you get started in doing this for weddings?
A: I started on the other side of the stove, in the kitchen. Graduated from the Culinary Hyde Park, NY in 1990 and was Chef de SautÃ© at the Fairmont Pyramid Room (the older, amazing one â€“ not the thing thatâ€™s there now) and then moved upstairs and did a lot of pastry work. Spent two years as Sommelier for the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. Came home and got involved with a shady group of people called â€œOff-Premise Caterersâ€ and felt way at home. Itâ€™s a good fit for how ADD I am â€“ creative, fast paced, always a different location, changing menus, and once the client loves you, they want you to design everything else too. So, Iâ€™ve spent the last fifteen plus years designing party experiences for groups from 2 to 1500.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Doing what I love and getting paid to do it for really great people.
Q: Whatâ€™s your best wedding story or your most memorable event?
A: I have really great memories of flying down 29th Street in Austin, behind the box van, in my black Camaro convertible, both packed to over-flowing with waiters, wedding cakes, canapÃ©s and columns. Not that that was the pinnacle of anything, but it was just fun and kinda Priscilla Queen of the Party.
Q: Whatâ€™s been your biggest accomplishment to dateâ€¦ personal or professional?
A: Living past 30? I dunno â€“ achieving some sort of balance between work and life. I have a really sweet family and am glad that I know that and that we all make time to hang out together.
If you want my â€œpageant answerâ€ â€“ the year that I swept the NACE national awards at a glamorous supper party in San Diego!
Q: What words do you live by?
A: â€œIf itâ€™s worth doin, itâ€™s worth over-doin.â€ Paraphrase from Mick Jagger