Gathering around the table—whether for a cup of coffee and a slice of Victorian Sponge cake or for an elaborate pasta lunch—is where we learn, share, laugh, joke and remember. It can bring about some of the best moments in life while creating our strongest memories.
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.
I went on to work in the hotel and restaurant business both in Europe and the United States where long hours of hard work taught me to focus on the finest details. After finishing a hotel school master’s degree at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business, I worked in marketing strategy for a hotel company eventually leveraging my skills into the beauty industry.
But my love for food and entertaining and the crazy production of it all remained embedded in my heart. My passion and experience is now funneled into feeding my own family and continuously entertaining friends. I love the stories, the history and culture behind recipes and menus that can transport you to other places in a simple bite.
Taking the best ingredients and serving “whole” food is interesting ways is my way of living healthy in both mind and spirit. I hope what I share with you inspires creativity and develops your own sense of place around the table.