Kathleen O’Brien Price, a California native and Chopped champion, found herself at ESSENCE Festival in 2017 to celebrate love. While there, she ended up finding it.
She was in New Orleans, her very first EFOC, looking to help her best friend celebrate her bachelorette party. It was the same year that Girls Trip came out.
“We were just trying to live our best girl trip life,” she recalls.
Christopher Coy was in town to have some fun. He’d moved to Atlanta from DC a month before the Festival. Fresh out of a long-term relationship, his only plans were to people watch with his friends and to continue to “sow my royal oats.”
“I was down there with everybody that goes out to ESSENCE,” he says. “So we were there to hang out, see pretty Black women.”
He saw the prettiest woman of all, Kathleen, when Christopher and his friends decided to stop by the Dragon Den after a night of bar-hopping.
“I’m walking past the bar and I look back and I’m like, ‘Oh, she’s pretty. I should go talk to her.’ And I had been drinking tequila, so I had some liquid courage,” he recalls. “I went up to her and she had just ordered a shot at the bar and I knocked it over. And I was like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. Can I buy you a new one?’ And she was like, ‘Yeah, as long as you buy my best friend one.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, absolutely. And what are you guys here celebrating?’ So, it was a great segue in. And by the way, I knocked her shot over on purpose.”
What could have been a nuisance — a man knocking over your drink to get your attention — ended up working for her.