Twenty-six year-old Colorado native Shaun Reed makes the magic happen at Epicurean, though you would never know it. As the Director of Operations. Shaun’s the one who oversees all event logistics and custom builds our gorgeous design and décor pieces. He also makes sure that the trucks include the food, and the ice, and the ovens, and even those teeny tiny teaspoons used for espresso. Yes, he’s the one that does all of that.
But here’s a little secret, just this week Shaun was asked to split his time between operations and sales. As usual, sales gets everything, even the incredible Shaun. Consider this a formal informal announcement about our newest sales designer, a guy who knows how to do it all and more.
When we asked Shaun about his favorite meal after an event, he answered “my pillow,” which makes sense considering this guy works long and hard for Epicurean and he’s too tired to eat at the end of the night. And, he works for a catering company for goodness’ sake– wait till the chefs hear this! Still, if he thinks he’s tired now, the sales/operations role will only add to his already busy schedule. But we have a feeling he can handle this, because he can handle – well – anything.
It depends on the time of day but Maker’s Mark, Orange Gatorade and coffee are all on the list, for obvious reasons.
What is the one thing you always keep in your fridge?
Way too many condiments.
Ice cubes, of course.
What is your favorite meal from childhood?
Bacon and “Yegs.”
What is one restaurant that we will never find you at?
“Oysters, Oysters, Oysters” if that even exists – I’m allergic to oysters.
What’s your favorite time of day?
Before 7am or after 10pm, good times to start and finish work.
Do you have a lucky something you wear for a big meeting?
US Constitution tie or bike messenger gear, depending on the meeting.
Do you wear that tie to work?
Oh no, no. I am more “mountain business casual” – working in these elements requires flannel and a decent winter vest.
What’s your favorite meal after a long event?
Do you have a go-to meal for company?
Taco bar, lettuce wraps or steak.
Do you have an Epicurean favorite?
Beef short ribs and shrimp duo – isn’t that everyone’s favorite?
What’s your favorite thing to make?
Beef tenderloin with roasted asparagus, both rubbed with a blend of olive oil, sea salt and cracked peppercorns. Love.
In this past couple years, what was your biggest professional accomplishment?
What’s been your favorite event of your career and why?
I’ve actually been hanging around the Epicurean family since I was nine. Back then I volunteered at the International Golf Tournament at Castle Pines. But the Winter X Games in Aspen is definitely a favorite; I love that Epicurean can be part of a global event hosted in our home state.
What do you know now that you wish you had known then?
Time does heal all wounds.
How did you learn to do what you do?
I learned to do by doing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is the one thing you’d like to accomplish in life – big or small?
Participate in national politics.
What’s something you’d hate to live without?
The 1970-1980’s TV show MASH!
Do you eat breakfast?
Is 6 cups of coffee breakfast?
What is your favorite celebratory meal?
Scallops paired with the just-right bottle of white.
What is your favorite comfort food?
UDI’s gluten free chocolate chip cookies.
If you got to visit the kitchen of a famous person, who would you choose?
Gordon Ramsey or Tom Colicchio.
What foods do you think are overrated?
What do you consider your biggest personal accomplishment?
What is your personal motto?
“I can do it. If not I can learn to do it. Either way it will get done.”