My husband Gregorio and I are a Chef team, who fell in love while cooking and eating together in Southern Italy.
I had recently completed my culinary studies in Italy and Gregorio, an Italian native, was continuing to learn his craft from family members, who had been teaching him ever since he was tall enough to reach the counter. When Gregorio and I met, neither one of us could speak very much of the other’s language, but lucky, food became our universal language. We formed a strong connection in the kitchen--learning from each other, one dish at a time. After just a few weeks, we were inseparable as we shared our passion for creating large family meals from food grown right outside Gregorio's doorstep--milk from his cousin’s cow, orange juice from his orange tree, eggs from his Aunt's chickens, and vegetables from his sister's garden.
These relaxed, alfresco family dinners on the Southern Coast of Italy inspired us to return to my hometown of Richmond and share our experience with the people of VA. Each Dinner in the Field event is focused on cooking from the ground up. First, we find the local seasonally specific ingredients, then we find the breathtaking location, and lastly we create a menu to compliment the entire experience.
We hope to see you at one of their family tables this summer.