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My name is Abbi Gibson, and I was raised in San Diego, CA. I currently work in the event planning and corporate travel industry. My love and passion for events and food eventually lead me to create One Board Gal!
My junior year of college, I studied abroad in Granada, Spain. It was in Granada that I began to develop a much deeper appreciation for food (including cheese) and wine as an art form. In Spanish culture, meals are eaten very slowly and meant to be a time to reconnect with friends and share the day with family.
After college, I began working in the golf industry with the Ladies Professional Golf Association. I learned a lot about large events and eventually came to Iowa for the Solheim Cup in 2017. Although I enjoyed the tournament, I did not think the Midwest was for me. However, it only took being back in CA for about 8 months for me to realize that Iowa really was calling more.
Before I knew it, I was back in Des Moines, IA – the place I now have called home for three years and have since recruited my brother, mother, and father to live as well. While Iowa doesn’t have the same beautiful beaches as CA, the people and pace have made this place feel like home.
While COVID 19 slowed down the travel and event industry, it also opened a door to discovering new skills and dreams I never knew I had. I first started One Board Gal with the hopes to bring cheese and charcuterie into the homes of Des Moines residents. Throughout the past 6 months, however, it has turned into something much more than I ever could imagine. While I continue to learn more about the cheese, charcuterie, and wine industry, I hope to inspire and bring knowledge to all who are ready to learn.