We had the good fortune of connecting with Khara Pechtes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Khara, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
The single most important decision that I made that contributed to my success was being able to choose who I wanted to work with. I am able to create relationships that go beyond the business aspect as we both get to know each other better and align.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I produce cannabis-infused dinners and other cannabis-related events that offer more than the meal itself. We’re setting the table for a more intimate way to connect to our community with meaning and purpose. Food Flower Future sets us apart from others as we partner with several cannabis brands that understand the importance of a conscious lifestyle, producing innovative products, believing in regenerative practices, and those who are truly passionate about plant medicine. I’m most proud of our community, having our guests meet the owners of these brands and being inspired by their stories. I’ve worked diligently to get where I am and taking the business to the next level by keeping good company and seeking out brands who are like-minded. It has not been easy, but gladly accepted the challenge. If you want to be successful you have to be 100% dedicated, persistent, focused, and be optimistic. Over time, while managing the business, I’ve learned that it’s important to get everything in writing, even when you think you and a vendor or sponsor are on the same page, always have contracts for clarity and your relationships will be stronger. I want the world to know that Food Flower Future is an experiential events company that encourages education, provides a safe space with a genuine community where women support women, and features boutique brands that are primarily women-run & owned, providing quality products made with love.
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.
We would drive up PCH from LA, spend a day laying out on the beach, drink smoothies, order a drink and delicious sushi at Nobu in Malibu, and stay in a few hotels along the way heading north to San Francisco. Stopping in Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Cambria (to see Hearst Castle for the day), Carmel by the Sea, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, and finally San Francisco. The most fun things to check out would be anything near the water, landmarks like Coit Tower, The Golden Gate Bridge, any hotels or tall buildings with a view. Make sure to eat seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf, grab some authentic Italian food and a glass of wine in North Beach. Perhaps find a place to dance with great House music or Funk & Soul – Prince all the way! Stopping at a few art galleries, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Palace of Fine Arts, lots of walking in the city, Haight Ashbury, and the Golden Gate Park, Lombard Street, The Marina, Pier 39, Embarcadero, ride a trolly just for fun etc.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give a shoutout to all the women in the cannabis industry who are working hard, raising children, working on the farm, making decisions daily about how they want to run their business and how they want the industry to see them. Women are often the backbone of the brand from the look and feel to vision and goals they set forth, focused on certain partnerships that lean more toward using sustainable products and caring for Mother Earth.
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