As an adolescent, I grew up in my parents’ restaurant, “La Dolce Vita”, in San Jose in the late 1980’s. Upon entering college, I decided I wanted nothing to do with the food industry (obviously that was the rebellious teen in me).
At the age of 21, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS). At that point, I was very focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and found myself back into food, perfecting my cooking skills and knowledge of food structure.
By 2000, I started il Cucina Italiana Catering, began teaching cooking classes and was a regular monthly guest on KCRA for four and half years.
Recently, I graduated from CSUS with my Bachelors of Science, Nutrition Degree. I continue to teach cooking classes at the Sacramento Food Coop, appear on Good Day Sacramento, as well as volunteer at various food banks and adult institutions and recovery.
I currently live in Woodland, CA, with my husband, Bill and daughter Savanah on our family almond farm where we raise chickens, rescue cats, dogs and any other animal that needs a home. I still face challenges with MS on a daily basis but with a healthy diet and my faith, I believe I am on a healthy path.