I’m not sure if it is innate or learned, or a combination of both, but I have a deep desire to care for others through food. I grew up in the kitchen. Teetering on chairs with large spoons in hand, wearing aprons far too big for my tiny frame. The foundation of my cooking skills was learned from the matriarchs in my Italian family. We never followed recipes – cooking with our hearts and tasting as we went along.
My childhood was spent roaming through upstate/western New York, and the St. Lawrence River Valley. After earning a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies in 2005, I immediately moved to Denver. I needed to go west. I needed to be free. I stayed in Colorado for five years. I was young and restless. I worked in the service industry. I stayed up all night and slept all day. I took a lot of unnecessary risks. I didn’t care about the food I put in my body or my own well-being. For most of my twenties I stayed out of the kitchen, and struggled to stay well.
In 2010 I moved back to the east coast, to Philadelphia. I got married. Was diagnosed with celiac disease. Went through a radical lifestyle change. I went back to school to study nutrition and became a Health Coach.
I found my way back into the kitchen, and my health began to improve through a naturally gluten-free and largely plant-based diet. In 2013, I started With Food + Love to share my passion for wellness, food and drink, storytelling and photography. Here I share entirely gluten-free/vegetarian recipes and mostly vegan recipes.
I’m based in St. Louis. I create content and develop real food recipes here on my blog and for like-minded brands elsewhere. I host an inspired plant-based dinner series called, Of All The Places I Call Home every last Thursday.
Click here for more information on how you can attend one.
I’ve created content for brands and publications like Absolut, Better Homes and Gardens, Chobani, Driftless Magazine, Mowellens, FEAST Magazine, Food52, LaCroix, Livestrong, SELF Magazine, Urban Outfitters and Vegetarian Times amongst others.
If you’d like to work together in any capacity please, send me a message.
Awards, features, podcasts, tv spots, etc.
Meet St. Louis Podcast | 08.2018
Alive Magazine | 07.2018
Imbibe Magazine | 06.2018
We Eat Stuff Podcast | 11.2017
Healthfully Ever After | 06.2017
The Health Bloggers Community | 5.2017
Chopped Podcast | 5.2017
Driftless Magazine | 4.2017
Olio City | 04.2017
Olio City | 02.2017
Barre3 | 11.2016
Nourish Atelier | 11.2016
SELF Magazine | 10.2016
St. Louis Magazine | 06.2016
KMOV St. Louis | 03.2016
Pure Green Podcast | 09.2015
Pure Green Magazine | 08.2015
The Dinner Special Podcast | 05.2015
Cordella Magazine | 04.2015
Zeit | 03.2015
Philly.com | 10.2014