The Background; The Girl:
I love food and I’m Italian. My family and I are dual-citizens of Italy.
I was raised with the notion that food is to be shared in large groups with family and friends, a lot of laughter, wide arms, many chairs around the table, and food that endlessly goes on. No one ever left my house hungry. And I genuinely love to eat.
I believe that over food we connect, find common ground, share, and love. It binds us together.
My parents are consciously healthy and infused, “You are what you eat,” to me while I was also raised vegetarian. My mother and grandfather have always gardened and brought fresh food to the table from their backyard. I never have owned a microwave and by age 10 I knew what high fructose corn-syrup and genetically modified food meant.
In 2018, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease (among other health issues) so I started eating Paleo to reverse my symptoms and the health challenges. I healed my body through food, reversing the disease (in remission!) and mentally and physically feeling better in my 30s than I have in my whole life. I’m now 100% gluten-free, and largely try to avoid dairy, grains, sugar, and coffee (but let’s be honest, it’s called balance). This is my new normal, but the goal is to feel good and that’s what I’ll keep going for.
I love travel and explorations and uncovering hole in the wall restaurants that make my heart flutter, telling stories, happy hours on rooftops, food trucks, all things Italian, belly-clutching laughter, hiking, mountains, snowboarding, Colorado, sunsets, my big, loud family, learning new things, reading, yoga, wine, farm dinners, giving back, and spending time with my fiancé and our two dogs.
Grace(full) Plate is a labor of love. A ‘jobby’, I like to joke. I always say the moment this stops being joyful, I’ll stop. I’m still here.
I’ve been blogging since 2008. Since then, it’s taken many forms as it ebbs and flows.
I live just outside of Boulder, Colorado and am the Senior Director of Business Innovation at the National Restaurant Association. It’s rewarding to marry my hobby and job by staying on top of food trends, innovations, and technologies that propel the foodservice space forward, all while delivering forward-thinking value to our restaurant operator members.
I run the Facebook page, Boulder Food News. I can’t share or write about every food news item in the Boulder area on the blog, so this is a place for the all food news in Boulder, Colorado.