I was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, and spent my earlier years running through the fields on her family’s small farm and woods, streams, mountains, and lakes of the Treasure State. Farming, raising animals, fishing and hunting were a fact of life that helped instill core values and appreciation for seasonal and local ingredients that have stayed with me in my culinary career. I grew up in a culinary-focused family, and I sharpened my knives while helping my family run their businesses. These experiences solidified my passion, and I enrolled at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. Culinary school led to an internship in celebrated Portland, Oregon, and an apprenticeship with famous Italian butcher Dario Cecchini in Panzano, Italy. Later I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to work for Ford Fry Restaurant Group at St. Cecilia. These next few years exposed me to a world’s worth of techniques, flavors, and styles. In late 2015 my husband and I moved to Seattle, Washington, searching for new challenges while exploring the diversity of the Puget Sound and Northern Cascades. I joined the team at Manolin and cannot imagine a better place to draw upon my experiences with local and sustainable farming, whole animal butchery, freshly caught and conscientiously harvested seafood, and the incredible seasonal bounty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. With an insatiable appetite for learning, traveling, and exploring, you can find me at the helm as Executive chef of Manolin, Rupee Bar Old Salt, and co-owner of Cascadia Meats. When she isn’t in the kitchen, look for her on top of a mountain, wading through a stream or lighting a campfire somewhere in the great Pacific Northwest.
What do you love most about working at The Cycling House?
Working at The Cycling House is always a fantastic experience. First off, the desert, what a magical place! Coming in and seeing the hard-working crew put together an unforgettable week together for the guests is very inspiring. One of my favorite things is meeting new people. Having dinner together has always been something that I think is very important for everyone. It is always a special time at The Cycling House—listening to everyone's story from the ride that day, learning about people and their lives, and creating long-lasting relationships. It's like a big family dinner every time we sit down and nourish our bodies.
What is your favorite ride?
I am a commuter cyclist in Seattle. I don't ride many miles or very hard ones at that, so I always enjoy riding around the city, taking in all the beautiful views that Seattle offers and people watching. But, one of my most favorite rides would be the time I climb Mt. Lemmon to windy point. It was a huge success for me and so much fun. Mt. Lemmon is such a special area with so many things to do and see.
What's your most memorable day on a bike?
My most memorable ride would have to be when Owen and I went on my first single track mountain bike ride. I was probably 14? He took me to the Rattlesnake in Missoula and taught me how to ride a single track. He's the best big bro anyone could ask for.