Last week, I was walking through the Union Square Greenmarket and I swear… I saw Rachael Ray. Of course, I was too hesitant to say “Hi” because she was incognito with shades on and speaking to a friend. But, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! I’ve been thinking about what my 2 year reflection post of SCBD should be about, since the anniversary of my start up of SCBD is October 19th. After seeing Rachael Ray I realized I never got to say thank you, so here is my public thank you to Rachael Ray.
Dear Rachael Ray,
I’m Sara and I interned for your daytime show in the Fall of 2011, during my senior year of college at Fairleigh Dickinson University. I met you in the elevator a few times after taping and you were always sweet to me– you even introduced yourself to me after I said “Hi” when I first started interning. It was a moment I will never forget and I wanted to thank you for being so genuine and kind, it made a huge impression on me.
I also wanted to let you know that I am thankful for your having that daytime show, The Rachael Ray Show. It was a great opportunity for me to be an intern for it and I learned so much from your awesome, dedicated staff. I truly enjoyed every morning I had to get up and commute to intern there, even on early tape days. Seeing even the little things that I helped with as an intern, whether it be going for a prop run or being in the field with the field department was always priceless. I am also thankful for your show because by interning, I found out I was a foodie. I knew it was love at first bite when we were able to try one of the leftovers from a segment. My favorite to this day was the Italian Shepherd’s Pie from the people’s choice segment; I enjoyed it so much I ate three pieces and didn’t feel the least bit guilty. I still can’t find the recipe on the site, think you can help me with that?
Last, I am most thankful for your show because without it, this site I started, smallchickbigdeals.com wouldn’t exist. Growing up I loved your shows– The Rachael Ray Show, 30 Minute Meals and $40 a day. I still avidly watch your shows today, like Rach vs. Guy, etc. While working as an intern I kind of gave myself a $40 a day style challenge, well more like $10 a day lunch challenge and most days I succeeded. My goal was to find a meal that could last two days that was $10 or less. I also would tell my fellow interns about the deals I found on my lunch breaks in Midtown East, which they got used to. I’ll never forget my stops at 696 Deli, Blarney Pub, and more. Also, the stops at Potbelly with the field department after shoots.
Thanks to you Rachael, I have fallen more in love with New York City and have been able to know all of its neighborhoods, villages, boroughs, and more. If it wasn’t for those runs that got me comfortable with navigating through the subway system, I definitely wouldn’t be as comfortable as I am today.
Thanks to you Rachael, I’ve had the opportunity to interview and meet famous, known chefs and dine at their restaurants. I’ll never forget saying “Hi” to Guy Fieri one day when I interned on the show but that’s just the beginning. Since my site started, I’ve been fortunate to work with brands and people I could only dream of including Daniel Boulud, Jose Andres and more.
Thanks to you Rachael, I’ve started something that is bigger than myself. At age 23, I have Small Chick Big Deals, my company and website with an audience, a staff of writers and interns. If it wasn’t for me having the idea spring into my head that Thursday after finishing my work in the field department, it would not exist.
Thank you Rachael Ray and thanks to your staff at The Rachael Ray Show for giving me the opportunity to be an intern at the show and constantly inspiring me with my website, Small Chick Big Deals.
Hope I can meet you again and interview you for the site one day. If not, maybe I’ll run into you again at the greenmarket.
Sara Monica aka The Small Chick
*Disclaimer: All art/graphics are fan art associated with Small Chick Big Deals and not the Rachael Ray brand*