About

I love the stories, the history and culture behind food and finding beautiful items to adorn the table.  You can be transported to far away places in a single meal.

Growing up in a large family consisted of long Sunday lunches at my Italian grandmother’s house with at least 20 people feasting on an endless array of dishes.  My grandmother orchestrated it all without a great deal of fuss, and those memories formed the foundation for my love of food and entertaining.

When I was 12 years old, my father bought an old, historic inn in Montclair, New Jersey.  The endeavor took on a life of its own (becoming his new career), and I spent most weekends and summers working in all areas of the hotel.  Though hard work, what I enjoyed most was the creativity in putting together birthdays, weddings and special celebrations for guests.

I moved on from the family business to work in hotels and restaurants in Italy, France, California and New York working in much larger places with some very cool people.  I left the operational side of the business after receiving a master’s degree at Cornell’s Hotel School, and finally moved into the beauty industry…but my love of hotels, restaurants and food never waned.

In 2004, London became my home where I worked and traveled extensively, took numerous different cooking classes, and found a diverse group of interesting friends who also shared my love of food and getting together.

Now I live in San Francisco with my husband and three boys but spend summers in England and Portugal, where my passion is funneled into feeding my family and entertaining friends.

I love to cook and learn new recipes, share ideas with friends and moreover find wonderful ways to make a table top more beautiful.

I hope what is shared here, inspires you to become a more confident host, sparks your natural creativity, brings you together more often with friends and helps you discover your very own sense of place around the table.

Buon appetito!

Barbara