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Rising Stars: Meet Shenise Foster

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shenise Foster.

Hi Shenise, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Like everyone in the food and travel content creator space, my origin story began with posting my pictures on my personal social media pages and quickly evolved into my friends and colleagues asking for recommendations of where to check out the up-and-coming restaurants & attractions.

Travel and food exploration has always been my passion. I had always dreamed of becoming a travel guide writer for DK Publishing or possibly working on the Anthony Bourdain production team. After many years of toying with the idea of actually formulating my vision into something substantial, I finally dared myself to execute my dream after signing up for a mandatory leadership course I had to attend for my job.

So, in 2018, I launched The Munch Travelogue, which provided me with an avenue to showcase my love for all things food, travel, and African American history & culture. This platform has evolved from a blog that offered curated travel guides outlined in my motto of learning, see, do to an online show that The Zebra Press is producing.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As with any new venture, the motivation to continue with your passion without receiving feedback or knowing if it is making an impact can be a struggle. The mantra I would constantly repeat to myself is to stay in it for the long haul and that all good things come to those that work hard.

This mantra has rung true for me because I made sure to always  stay focused on what the purpose and intention of the Munch Travelogue is about. Within the past year, my platform has started gaining traction. Due to this success, I have embarked on doing freelance writing work with a local news outlet, attending a travel & tourism press trip, and collaborating with restaurants on promotional events.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
My work centers around food, travel, and African American History & Culture. I aim to shine a light on those hidden gems you would not always encounter on your travels. I have always been a curious explorer and love doing the research before taking any trip I plan. I transitioned these interests into my blog, The Munch Travelogue, with my curated travel guides. I am super proud of my blog and how it has morphed into a quarterly online show. This show has allowed me to showcase my interview skills and irrepressible energy to explore innovative restaurants and businesses in the area and introduce these establishments to the public. I believe it is my calling to use all forms of media to highlight the throughlines to showcase the achievements of BIPOC people, places, and establishments.

What’s next?
My plans for the future are to continue to grow The Munch Travelogue and incorporate more overseas travel into my itinerary. The pandemic allowed me to explore what was in my backyard, but now I am itching to jump on an airplane and start exploring the world again. The next step is to transition The Munch Travelogue into a lifestyle brand where I can continue collaborating with fellow content creators to highlight products and companies that align with my aesthetic. In addition, I look forward to embarking on new partnerships with those in the tourism & food industry and bringing my flare of learning, seeing and doing to all my endeavors.

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