When I was ten and whining for lunch, my exasperated mother reappropriated a famous JFK phrase to be a little more self-serving: “Ask not what your mother can cook for you — ask what you can cook for your mother.” She taught my brother and me how to make a simple angel hair pasta with garlic, shrimp, and tomato sauce. I didn’t know it at the time, but this marked the beginning of my culinary education.
Despite the many life changes and transitions in the ensuing years, cooking continued to be a mainstay of my life. I baked cookies to destress from finals, made chicken soup to nourish myself and others when we were ill, crimped together dumpling wrappers for our family holiday meal, hosted friends for numerous dinner parties, and eventually cooked breakfast and lunch a few times a week for coworkers at my startup. From time to time I flirted with the idea of eventually opening up a coffee shop or a cafe, but never did anything about it. Until now.
After six years in the tech world, I’ve decided to switch gears to focus on food and cooking. I want to help nourish people’s bodies and minds. Meal by meal, bite by bite, we are truly what we eat, and I believe that extraordinary food can help us live healthier lives, feel gratitude for what we’ve been given, and build a sense of community.