Born and raised in upstate NY, leaving Ithaca in 1996 with my cat and husband in tow for a warmer climate. We both decided it would be nicer to drive to the snow vs. living in it! We arrived in California thinking we’d be here for maybe 10 years – now 25 years later we’re still here!

I love cooking for an occasion, any occasion, and planning the menu. Nothing better than a delicious meal, good wine (and dessert) and dining in our back yard with friends. Such joy comes from a meal shared with those you care about.

When not at Mattson, hiking, biking and gardening, along with volunteering at the local animal shelter keeps my life interesting.