We had the good fortune of connecting with Viktoria Tabak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Viktoria, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
For years, my work life was always go-go-go. The only responsibility I had was that of my relationship to the work itself. I always pushed harder, picked up the second (or third) catering event, etc. However, when I had my son, Jack, my universe shifted, because it had to. Children force us to slow down, and force us to pay attention to something that will TRULY make an impact in forty years. Will the dinner I cater tomorrow make an impression on the people who experience it? Absolutely. But, will the boy I raise into a man possibly change the world? Could be. And I’ll work my butt off trying to find out!
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.
I am a private chef and caterer. I work in intimate, private settings of four people, or anywhere to weddings up to 150 persons. I was always involved in the restaurant industry, but chose to pursue the culinary arts and wine expertise as my focus in college. After cooking on a kitchen line for a year, I found that I sincerely missed the guest connection! Having been a server and bartender prior, I landed on catering as a perfect in between; I got to build personal relationships with my clients, while still getting to blow them away in the kitchen! It was never an easy road, especially moving while building my clientele. However, it was always worth it; it always is when you truly love what you do. I now have a trusted circle of amazing clients, and I love the fact that they trust me to express my passion for food and share it with their loved ones.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Valencia…what can I say? Being a girl from big cities (New York, St. Louis, Miami, Los Angeles)…Valencia is a sleepy little town. However, if you know where to look, there are actually a few hidden gems! For brunch, Egg Plantation is must! Their Plantation Mary is killer, and breakfast items are to die for. Happy hour is always a hit at spots like Salt Creek Grille and Slater’s 50/50, and a great, intimate dinner can always be found at Piccolo Trattoria (their fresh pasta is amazing) and The Old Town Junction. Valencia is also a day trip away from Santa Barbara, with its ocean views & great wine tasting. And don’t forget Pocock Brewing & Wolf Creek Brewery for some great, locally brewed beers!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My gratitude goes to everyone helping my raise my son, Jack, and therefore helping me succeed as a business owner! As always, Jason, thank you for being on my team; I’m so happy we can continue to help each other professionally succeed while raising an amazing kiddo. Also, the entire community that supports us no matter what, specifically Aunt-Tee & Nanny Anne. You guys are the real MVP’s!