table setting ideas

About

I love the stories, the history and culture behind recipes and menus that transport you to far away places in a simple bite.

Gathering around the table—whether for a cup of coffee and a slice of Victoria 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.

For 15 years I worked in the hotel and restaurant business with adventures in Italy, France, California and New York.  After receiving a master’s degree at Cornell’s Hotel School, I landed a job in marketing strategy for a hotel company eventually leveraging my skills into the beauty industry.  I left the hospitality business but my love of restaurants and food never waned.

In 2004, London became my home where living and working in a buzzing city, I was able to travel extensively, take numerous different cooking classes, and find a diverse group of interesting friends who also shared my love of food.

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– chopping onions and stirring sauces with friends who share their stories as we cook together.  It is a way to discover more about their past and understand how family meals shaped who they are, where they’re from and what they love.

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

Buon appetito!

Barbara