Before I had kids, I wanted to own a restaurant and cook likeAlice Waters – straight out of the garden, preferably one in Provence or Italy (so far that plan is still in the Dream Phase).
I talked myself into my first restaurant job working with chef Melissa Kelly, whom I consider my cooking mentor. Her restaurant Primo, in Rockland, Maine serves rustic, Mediterranean-influenced food, my kind of soul food, with many of the ingredients grown or harvested very nearby.Over the years, I’ve worked as a wine consultant and cheesemonger, catered dinner parties, entered cooking contests , and these days I also teach cooking classes.
As of November, 2007 I am in business! I’ve launched DinnerStyle, my personal chef service. I’d love to come and cook for you in the St. Louis area.
My FamilyStyle Food blog is about sharing what I love – cooking, eating and entertaining – with a fresh, seasonal sensibility and simple recipes.
I hope you visit often and find something that makes you hungry or inspires you to gather around the table – there’s nothing better.