Yeah! We had our third birthday on September 1st. It’s been a very busy year so far, and I am so grateful I was able to make my long-time dream of cooking for a living a reality. Grazie Mille to all of those who have offered support, love, good karma, positive thoughts and taste buds throughout this journey; especially to Bruce, my husband, without whom I couldn’t have done any of this.
We’ve done the usual mix of wedding, birthday, anniversary and other types of celebrations. The most memorable was a lesbian wedding we cooked for back in April on a miserable Thursday afternoon at a boy scout camp in the forest north of Pacific City. The family and friends in attendance didn’t care that it was pouring down rain; they were there to celebrate the special day of two special people—a beautiful event.
I’ve increased the number of cooking classes I teach, both privately and at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City. My ultimate goal is to become a full-time cooking instructor and I believe that I get closer to attaining it every year.
We implemented a mobile website in June, so we have a smartphone presence now; obviously an important investment with the myriad of smartphones and tablets in use on a daily basis out there.
We also continue to give back to the community as often as we can. I’m lead chef for a farm to fork fundraiser dinner this upcoming Saturday in support of the Siletz Community Food Program. 90% of the food we are serving is coming from within a 50 mile radius—pretty cool!
I am excited to see where this journey leads over the next year; I haven’t missed my old corporate life yet!