Ever since I can
remember, I grew up around delicious food.
We gathered for dinner every night, and Mom's weekly menus would
range from quail eggs, sophisticated salads, pressed duck a
l'orange, salmon mousse and so on. Instead of Oreos and milk, my
after-school snacks were chocolate truffles and freshly baked
As I got older, Mom begged me to come into the kitchen and learn
the basics, but who had the time?
Once I got married, and dinnertime rolled around in my own home,
I started calling mom for culinary tips. I started taking
cooking classes once in a while and became a voracious reader
any and all industry related materials. Baking became a hobby
and I started selling cakes to friends.
In 1987, I entered the Kalhua baking contest where you had to
use their liqueur in a cake. There were over 500 entries and
wouldn't you know it, I won first prize! I decided to put the
money I received it into good use and off I went to Ecole
Lenotre just outside of Paris for a month. It was an intensive
course that was hard work but I learned so much, it was one of
the best experiences ever!
My confidence grew as I applied to Mark's Place where I worked
pastry for about a year and at various restaurants as well. I
taught cooking classes and soon enough everyone knew my name and
connected it to food. Friends asked me to cook for their parties
and a couple of years later I was catering full time.
Two and a half years ago a storefront became available and I
We are quite unusual because we offer such a variety of
services. Of course we do catering for all types of events
including rentals of linens, tableware and staff. We also have
ready prepared foods, wonderful baked goods daily, and offer
special menus for the holidays. We have evolved into a lunch
restaurant during the week, with our menus changing daily. We
email our clients on a weekly basis, so it's a very personal
relationship we have with most of the people who walk through
our doors. Needless to say, we have met so many new people; plus
we are lucky enough to have repeat clientele whose loyalty and
appreciation is beyond belief.
The cooking classes we offer on a monthly basis are a lot of
fun! We take pleasure in teaching people easy, healthy recipes
that they can prepare at home.
My mom has since passed, but she left me a legacy of her
personal recipes of her 40 years of cooking which I cherish and
enjoy each and every day in my kitchen. I am blessed to have had
parents who came from Eastern Europe and who passed on to me
their ethnic cuisine they knew when they were growing up. They
immigrated to South America and I was brought up with Latin
recipes added to the mix. Living in South Florida for so many
years, my cooking style can only be called international. We
have roots from so many places in the world that one dinner can
have dishes from several different continents!
At the end of the day it’s all about sharing great food with
family and friends!
will cater to your requirements with a range of foods from modern
Latin, Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisines.
Our aim is to provide quality home-cooked food and excellent
service both at our restaurant and at our catered events.
We will be honored to create a special menu to suit your special
occasion. We cater family and private functions,
corporate events, conferences, weddings, birthdays, christenings and all kinds
of special functions.
Please contact us for more.
18685 W. Dixie Highway.
North Miami Beach,
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