I grew up immersed in food culture. Throughout my childhood, I worked alongside my grandmothers in the kitchen and was captivated by stories of my entrepreneurial grandfather and his 1950s food truck. Between spending time at my family’s fruit and nut orchard and visiting my grandparents’ small-town grocery store and pasta business, it was only natural that I caught the food bug. From homemade ravioli to tamales, the cultural influence of both grandparents cultivated my passion for creating and sharing memorable meals with family and friends.

My love of cooking inspired me to take food classes in San Francisco, Napa Valley, and New Orleans. Food classes led to food careers, and I began catering weddings and corporate events and working in the restaurant industry.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking Tahoe trails with my goldendoodle, paddleboarding, and seeking out farmers markets and locally owned health food stores.