We had the good fortune of connecting with Evelyn Aguilar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evelyn, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Being a mother, impacted by the pandemic and working in the hospitality industry, has been a real challenge. I decided to change careers and bake dog, cat, and horse treats.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Selling animal treats have been a real eye opening. It’s hard to bake and your biggest critics have four legs, fur and can’t speak human. So not only do I need to convince my four-legged friends but their parents as well. With a lot of research and constantly learning about pet nutrition. I am trying to bake more than just dog biscuits. Constantly finding recipes that are healthy, delicious, and out of the ordinary. From Barkuterie boards to grain-free Onigiri treats, always changeling myself. Creating pet friendly treats that are delicious enough, people would want to eat. Each treat is carefully inspected to meet our fur babies standard. They are made to order in small batches, so it stays fresh and to accommodate most allergies and sensitivities. I make everything preservative and xylitol free. Not only do I constantly challenge myself, I even started to host my own “pop-up” events called Howlin Summer Nights.
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.
If I had a week to show my friend everything it would be all the new pop-ups around Los Angeles and Orange County. So. many independent businesses. The one thing that brought this pandemic was bringing out the creativity amongst people. It’s such a great experience, that I know my friend will enjoy. Also, taking my friend to bars! No, it’s not about getting intoxicated but to showcase the craft behind the bar. From Death n Co. (LA) to the BlindRabbit (OC). It’s the atmosphere and watching the liquid chefs working their magic.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate all my efforts to my family, my two little girls always showcasing how proud they are. and my mother supports and helps me with my girls. My girlfriend Erin, putting up with me on my crazy moments and making sure I stay on path. My friends, (Kristel, Christian, Ej, Gyzelle, Tesha, Ty, Diego, Lovelin) always listening and giving me advice, helping me with my logos, social media content. When I am in my dark moments, they always find a light to bring me back.
Image credits: Ricardo Mora, r. moraphotography Kathy Garcia, ByKathyG@gmail.com