I’m so glad you’re here, and I’m honored to share a little bit about myself with you:
I’m an identical twin and one of eight siblings. I didn’t go to culinary school, but was trained by someone just as good, my Italian mother, who often took our lessons into the garden. Our roots heavily influenced my cooking: fresh, simple, seasonal. I take this philosophy with me everywhere, especially around the campfire.
My husband and I cofounded Firelight Camps, a glamping destination in Ithaca, New York, where I’ve been able to bring my experience as a self-taught chef and cooking instructor, food blogger, and adventure trip leader under one tent. I competed as a top finalist on Food Network Star season 10 and opened my first hotel and restaurant in Nicaragua—La Buena Onda—with my husband, Bobby. As a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador, I worked to build healthier, farm-to-city food systems with mountain communities and launched a crowdfunding platform, Peaks, for climbers to support those efforts. I’m a founding member of Groundswell International, a global community of small-scale family farmers. At the University of Maryland I trained as an outdoor guide, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Food Studies. Currently, I live in “gorges” Ithaca, New York, with my husband, Bobby, and daughter, Ayla, who’s spent some time on the trail nearly every day since she was born.
I’m beyond excited to be writing my first cookbook with Ten Speed Press, Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins and The Great Outdoors. Stay tuned for updates via my newsletter!
For more fun facts, read this short interview.