Always in search of…
Record players, vinyl records, old love letters, mixed tapes, old journals, cast iron pans, good music, passionate people, a good time.
What sparked you to be passionate about cooking?
When I was young my grand mothers were always in their respective kitchens. Connie (my moms mom and Trudy, my dad’s mom). There was no comparing one cook to the other. Both were had their own unique style.
Gramma Trudy went into full on beast baking mode on holidays. She was an incredible baker and would make 5 or 6 different pies, piles of cookies, pastries and rum balls. Oh gosh, her rum balls were out of this world. I remember being in awe of her constantly moving through the kitchen, placing giant bowls of steaming veggies or piles of saurbraten on the table.
Gramma Connie made the best Spanish rice, cheese sammiches and Mexican hot dogs. She got me to love Brussels sprouts. I always judge restaurants on their rice, if it tastes like my Gramma’s, I’ll be back.
I’ve had several ah-ha moments over the years when I knew the power of cooking. Once making brown rice and steamed brussels sprouts for my best friend who had been sick. It was the first solid food she had eaten in a week. She loved it. I knew the power of food.
I once made chicken and mushrooms with too much red wine vinegar and my friend still ate it even though it was terrible because he was that hungry. He still teases me about it that.
What dish have you created or eaten has influenced you?
Learning how to make my moms lasagna made me a hit at parties. Lasagna is a great thank you gift when someone helps you move, or watches your kids for the weekend. I use lasagna as currency.
I once had a homemade olive tapenade that started my love affair with olives and pickled everything.
I have a story about some eating some tiramisu in San Francisco once that still gives me goose bumps when I tell it.
What are your goals or vision for the company?
I want to use my passion for cooking to help people eat delicious, healthy food on a consistent basis.
Go to comfort snack?
Popcorn popped in coconut oil with salt and nutritional yeast. Or mashed potatoes with gravy and corn.
Who has a standing invitation to your dinner table?
Éric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. And of course my mom because she has been working for the Postal Service for over 30 years, I admire her dedication.
I got my first pair of drum sticks on my 5th birthday, so anything with a beat seems to be my cup of tea. I listen to a lot of Jazz,
Dreams for the future?
To help my community eat seasonally, locally, and deliciously. To develop, long lasting relationships with clients, local businesses and members of my community through the sharing of food, recipes and the bounties of beautiful land. (JFC Im a cheeseball.)
Open a Brewpub in Loveland and give my community a gathering place, families a place to bring the kids, and friendly dogs.
I also want to travel the world, learning recipes and techniques from people’s loved ones who can’t cook. I’d like to meet a wombat, learn to make pasta from Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and swim in every ocean.
In my free time I like to lift heavy things at the gym, hang out with my dog and my children, tend to my garden and at night I fight crime as a masked crime fighting ninja. No really. Don’t sneak up behind me, I can’t guarantee your safety.