Our Story

Gals That Brunch (GTB) is the remarkable community of diverse women from all walks of life who embrace femininity, style, grace and (of course) BRUNCH! Our mission is to create a positive, authentic and empowering atmosphere where women can connect with each other and find community within their city.

GTB began in June 2015 at a popular brunch destination in Virginia Beach. Founder, Tiffany, had recently moved cross-country from Colorado for a job opportunity and was looking for a way to make new friends in a city where she knew no one. After waiting two hours to save a table for the first brunch pop-up, she began nervously thinking, ‘What if no one shows up?’ Sure enough, 30 young women came together that day! They all met as complete strangers with one common goal: to find the best brunch spots in their city while making new friends, networking and establishing community amongst each other.

At every brunch, we see an incredible mix of women from all stages of life. From young professionals to industry leaders; single sistas to supermoms. Some are new to the city and others are just looking to get out, enjoy a mimosa (or two) and meet new faces. While we begin each brunch as strangers, acquaintances, and friends – we end each brunch with a full belly and a full heart.

Since the first event in June 2015, GTB has quickly grown with over 5,000 young women, mostly in their 20’s and 30’s. From east coast to west coast, Gals That Brunch currently spans across 29 cities in 24 states and is continuously growing. Our core values lie within 1) the heart of community, 2) the feeling of belonging, and 3) finding the best brunch spots across the globe!

Leadership Team

Tiffany
Founder – San Diego, CA

Friends! I’m so glad you’re here. My name is Tiffany and I’m the ultimate advocate of people. I’m a farfetched dreamer, business woman, higher education professional, ENFP, leadership coach and (of course) a passionate foodie. I’ve spent the majority of my life in Southern California; however, for the last five and a half years, I’ve been a young professional in Denver and Virginia Beach – where Gals That Brunch was born. Since then, I’ve returned to San Diego and continue to explore our local brunch scene with a greater outlook and perspective.

I have lived my life to make a bigger impact in some way, shape or form. My passion is to see people thrive and walk into everything that they were meant to be. I have the greatest family and friends – I love Jesus, people, singing, wine & beer flights,  my chocolate lab, Milo and I LOVE to celebrate – every person, event, holiday, fake holiday and truly cherish the moments and people each occasion brings! Favorite Brunches: Bay Local & Commune (VA Beach), One Fold, Denver Biscuit & Rootdown (Denver), Queenstown Public House & Fig Tree Café (San Diego).

Hey there, I’m Cheryl! Born and raised in Southern California, I’m the girl who’s the first one on the dance floor…even when there is no dance floor. I work in the corporate world as a project manager, in the real world as a mom & wife, and in my creative world as a wedding & portraiture photographer. To say I’m a multitasker might be an understatement. Nevertheless, I’m a simple girl that has simple tastes. So, when it comes to brunching, I have high standards for the basics. I’m a sucker for a delicious mimosa flight, which means Cafe 21 and Stella Public House here in San Diego are two of my favorites. My GTB motto: Let’s work hard and brunch harder! Cheers!

Cheryl
Editor in Chief – San Diego, CA

Cheryl
Editor in Chief – San Diego, CA

Hey there, I’m Cheryl! Born and raised in Southern California, I’m the girl who’s the first one on the dance floor…even when there is no dance floor. I work in the corporate world as a project manager, in the real world as a mom & wife, and in my creative world as a wedding & portraiture photographer. To say I’m a multitasker might be an understatement. Nevertheless, I’m a simple girl that has simple tastes. So, when it comes to brunching, I have high standards for the basics. I’m a sucker for a delicious mimosa flight, which means Cafe 21 and Stella Public House here in San Diego are two of my favorites. My GTB motto: Let’s work hard and brunch harder! Cheers!

Francesca
Sr. Contributor – Norfolk, VA

Francesca “Fancy Schmancy” – I’m an optimist who believes there’ s a silver lining in everything, even when it’s not yet in sight. I love to shop, preferably with a coupon or promotion code, for everything from produce to shoes. I also love food combined with adult juice! My favorite TV show of all time is “The Golden Girls”. If I could be cast in a remake, I would play Sophia Petrillo. My favorite Sophia line is, “ I always wonder why blessings wore disguises. If I were a blessing, I’d run around naked”. Hehehehe! Okay, in all seriousness, I will bring you useful tips and/or advice that could potentially save you time, money, your sanity, and/or all three. Ciao!

Hi everyone, I’m Amber. I work as a Sr. project manager and lead our Gals That Brunch – Charlotte! My loves include food, dogs and all things pink! One of my favorite things to do is meet new, fabulous women and Gals That Brunch has helped me do just that!

Amber
Sr. Contributor – Charlotte, NC

Amber
Sr. Contributor – Charlotte, NC

Hi everyone, I’m Amber. I work as a Sr. project manager and lead our Gals That Brunch – Charlotte! My loves include food, dogs and all things pink! One of my favorite things to do is meet new, fabulous women and Gals That Brunch has helped me do just that!

Elizabeth
Sr. Contributor – Los Angeles, CA

My name is Elizabeth, a Latina, California grown, new mom, wife, career woman with an affinity for all things that make me happy, food being on the top of the list. I enjoy both savory and sweet brunches, but especially love it when they’re combined. Best brunch so far has been a Maple Bacon Crepe, technically a dessert, from Pop Champagne in Pasadena, CA. I say, if we only have one life to live, let’s make it a quality one, one brunch at a time.

Hey there! I’m Tessa…a dancer, road tripper, and lover of all things culinary. I’m the one you’ll find swooning over freshly baked artisan bread, Humboldt Fog cheese, and Wüsthof knives. While I have taken culinary classes, I consider myself a self-taught cook. It’s my artistic outlet. Out of all the meals of the day, brunch is by far my all-time favorite. I enjoy both savory and sweet brunch dishes. Whenever I’m out for brunch, my eyes tend to gravitate to grits and anything with a modern take on southern cuisine.

Tess
Recipes – Virginia Beach, VA

Tess
Recipes – Virginia Beach, VA

Hey there! I’m Tessa…a dancer, road tripper, and lover of all things culinary. I’m the one you’ll find swooning over freshly baked artisan bread, Humboldt Fog cheese, and Wüsthof knives. While I have taken culinary classes, I consider myself a self-taught cook. It’s my artistic outlet. Out of all the meals of the day, brunch is by far my all-time favorite. I enjoy both savory and sweet brunch dishes. Whenever I’m out for brunch, my eyes tend to gravitate to grits and anything with a modern take on southern cuisine.

Danielle
Recipes – San Diego, CA

Hi, friends! I’m Danielle. As a veggie lover and native San Diegan, I’ve been spoiled by so many great dining experiences. As a full-time working professional and a full-time student, I find myself eating out quite often. One of my favorite places to brunch is the Big Kitchen, located in South Park. This small but MIGHTY restaurant has been serving hungry patrons since 1980. Stop in! You may make a new friend while dining at the bar.

Hello! I’m Sarah, but don’t be afraid to call me Hersh. I consider myself a quirky woman with a bonfire heart, and there are so many things that set my heart a flame such as animals, movies, music, recipes, and books. When it comes to food, it is my love language! As for brunch, crepes are my weakness. But if I am in charge of the menu, Giada’s Sweet Italian Sausage Egg Bake is my winning go-to recipe. For words to live by, my favorite motto is, “Love life and it will love you back” …and cheese is always a good idea.

Sarah
Recipes – San Diego, CA

Michelle
Contributor – Virginia Beach, VA

If Gals That Brunch was a “Search for the Best French Toast Club,” I would be just as happy. I love anything outdoors – hiking, frolicking in fields, biking, beaching, stargazing from my extremely puffy sleeping bag, eating brunch al fresco – the list could go on and on. I enjoy seeking out exciting things to do off the beaten path wherever I am. I’m a fairly eco-minded gal and am excited to share some tips on living a healthy, happy, sustainable life (I promise I won’t suggest that you cut out bacon!). I think one of Albus Dumbledore’s sage pieces of advice is particularly fitting for this group: “We can’t choose our fate, but we can choose others. Be careful in knowing that.” Never forget that the people you choose to be with can lift you up! Gals That Brunch has introduced me to some incredibly special people that I know will be lifelong friends. “Wherever life takes you, brunch will bring you together.” – Me. I’m sure this quote will go down in the history books.

As THE Cravings Queen, I believe that few things in life are as good as a good meal. When I’m not cooking or eating, I’m writing about my favorite recipes or a good restaurant. My Instagram (@ariepatts) is almost entirely dedicated to some of the delicious meals that I’ve eaten. I firmly believe that everything is better with bacon, and I take great pride in the fact that I can eat an entire pound in one sitting. When I moved from Baltimore to Virginia Beach in 2016, I never thought I’d find a community where I could eat at different restaurants and make a ton of amazing girl friends at the same time. Gals That Brunch has not only given me the opportunity to make lifelong friends, but also an outlet to write about my favorite meal, brunch.

Arielle
Contributor – Hampton Roads, VA

Ivy
Contributor – Denver, CO

Hi, my name is Ivy and I live in Denver, CO. I’m a new mom of an active little boy, so getting out for Sunday brunch with my girls is something I definitely look forward to! I had a short stint in culinary school which helped me hone in on my palate. However, I’ve always had an appreciation for delicious food with a creative twist! I would say that I’m more of a savory person, but I now have a little bit of a sweet tooth after having my baby. My favorite brunch combination is sweet, savory and spicy. The Denver Biscuit Company has to be my favorite brunch location in Denver, CO so far. My go-to dish is, “The Franklin” which is fried chicken, cheese, bacon, fried egg (optional), sandwiched between a huge buttermilk biscuit and covered in a spicy pork sausage country gravy. Then, of course, I like to add their honey butter for a sweet factor! Where can you go wrong with this dish? Food is my passion and I believe getting together with family and friends over a scrumptious meal is one of the best ways to experience life together.

I live for adventure and the excitement of traveling to new destinations with wonderful friends. My first career was spent as a flight attendant. Since then, I have transitioned to life as a physical therapist assistant. It is always nice to see the improvement you have made in someone’s life. I truly believe life is too short to live the same day on repeat and I try to have has many new experiences as possible. Gals That Brunch is a great way to try new places and meet people from all walks of life. Although it is a brunch group, I venture out and throw in local events, festivals, and game nights!

Stephanie
Contributor – Hampton Roads, VA

Stephanie
Contributor – Hampton Roads, VA

I live for adventure and the excitement of traveling to new destinations with wonderful friends. My first career was spent as a flight attendant. Since then, I have transitioned to life as a physical therapist assistant. It is always nice to see the improvement you have made in someone’s life. I truly believe life is too short to live the same day on repeat and I try to have has many new experiences as possible. Gals That Brunch is a great way to try new places and meet people from all walks of life. Although it is a brunch group, I venture out and throw in local events, festivals, and game nights!

Melissa
Contributor – San Diego, CA

I’m happily married to the love of my life. Proud San Diegan, born and bred. Absolute travel addict. Dog lover. Harry Potter fanatic. Breakfast foodie. Coffee enthusiast (translation: coffee snob).

I’m your go-to gal for all things carby and/or sugary. With that said, it should be no surprise that my current rave is with The Great Maple’s signature Maple Bacon Doughnuts! These aren’t just your average run of the mill doughnuts, people. These will literally change your life!

Judy
Contributor – San Diego, CA

Hi, I’m Judy. My loves include God, family, pets, and FOOD. I’m a passionate believer in natural, nutritional healing. My mantra is the same as Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Oh, and did I mention the founder of Gals That Brunch, Tiffany, is my granddaughter ♥ ♥ ♥. Need I say more?

Hi! I’m Jennifer Grace Lopez, blogger and mental health enthusiast. I am a Los Angeles native, who now resides in San Diego with my husband, Victor, and two cat-children. Some of my passions include: podcasts, personal development, brunching and beach jogging. You can find more of my work on my website, https://bonitabrown.blog/

Jennifer
Contributor – San Diego, CA

Sophia
Contributor – Phoenix, AZ

Shannon
Contributor – Virginia Beach, VA

Jennifer
Contributor – Virginia Beach, VA

Johanna
Contributor – Virginia Beach, VA

Emily
Contributor – Los Angeles, CA

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