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1. Has cooking always been a part of your life? What are your earliest food memories?
I come from an Italian father and a Swedish mother who both loved to cook. I cannot remember a time that I didn’t want to cook, I am pretty sure my first stand-alone dish was Cacio e pepe, but back then it wasn’t a hip restaurant meal, it was just what we cooked for comfort.
2. How would you describe your food philosophy? What elements/values go into your menu construction and cooking style?
My food philosophy is “keep it simple” I have found over the years that people don’t want fancy food; they want good quality food that they can identify.
3. Can you tell me more about your meal program you offer customers?
We offer several different meal plans: healthy gourmet, gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, etc. In May we will be merging with a company that specializes in doing meals for athletes and at that time or soon thereafter we will also offer a Ketogenic plan as well.
4. What are the foods you loved growing up?
It is hard to say what my favorite food was because we were always trying something new. I was lucky, my parents were the original ‘foodies’, they were willing to travel miles to try the best ‘jerk chicken’ or the most amazing Mexican food. We ate everything and everywhere, from hole in the wall restaurants to fine dining.
5. Why is cooking and healthy eating so important to you?
It is what I love to do. It is truly a gift to hear someone love what they are eating and not feel like they are being restricted. We have been able to touch so many people over the years; I often get messages about how they no longer have to take medication because they started eating right. Or how our meals bring fond memories of home. It is messages like those that remind me why I do what I do.
"Just WOW. No words to describe the food today. In love."
"The Sriracha fried rice is heavenly. Can we have this everyday?"
"Your GUEST STAR today FREERANGELA was AMAZING, really the best fried chicken sandwich ever and the coleslaw, please load up the jalapeno coleslaw."