I have always expressed my creativity through cooking for others. Seeing a recipe come to life in the kitchen as I listen to friends or family kibitzing in the other room ... feels like a gift to me. I read cookbooks, food magazines and food blogs like they are great short stories. Spice stores, grocery stores and farmers markets are like little getaways. I am energized when I get to have discussions around food, prepare meals and organize gatherings. Ever since I can remember, “What are we going to have for dinner” has been and remains the question of the day.
My new venture as co-founder of Savor Flavor Dining allows me to combine my skill at teaching with my passion for cooking and throwing dinner parties. In my professional life, I have spent the past twenty years as an educator in universities and corporations. Along with following roller derby, my personal time is spent taking cooking classes wherever I have lived or travelled… New York, London, Chicago, New Orleans and now California. I earned a professional cooking certification at the New School of Cooking in Culver City in June 2011.
Since moving to California six years ago, I have learned a great deal about local, seasonal and organic ingredients from those who are working to build a food community that is good for the environment. Living in Southern California has changed the way that I cook and eat. I look forward to sharing this with you.
If you want to enjoy a custom made dinner with friends in your own home, I would love to cook for you. If you want to enhance your own culinary skills, it would be my pleasure to cook with you.
My parents instilled in me at an early age a deep appreciation for the value of a shared meal. Our family ate together nearly every night, each of us sharing the story of our day. My upbringing taught me that dining should be a celebration — an opportunity to fill our souls, as well as our stomachs.
As a kid I spent a good deal of time in the kitchen, largely because it was (and remains as co-founder of Savor Flavor Dining) my chore to do the dishes. While many people perform this task after everyone has eaten, I was taught to “clean as you go”. This meant I got to spend weekends with my dad in the kitchen, watching as he worked his magic. The art of putting meals together was, and is, his passion. I see that same love and reverence for food in Karen’s eyes today every time she steps up to the stove.
It is gratifying to help Karen prepare feasts for all types of gatherings, allowing everyone to actually have time to spend together. Each dinner party we cook for has its own tale and it’s an honor to have some small part in it. I love great stories — a passion fostered early on by my mother’s own voracious appetite for reading — and hope one day to write my own. Agatha Christie once declared, “The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” If this is true, you may find that a great novel is concocted in your kitchen at the same time a wondrous meal is prepared for you and your guests.