Simply put, I love to cook. It relaxes me – which, for those of you who know me at all – is really saying a lot!
As the chef and owner of An Epicurious Lifestyle (AEL), an event-based commercial kitchen and dining space located in the heart of Santa Cruz, California, I am inspired to create menus using seasonal, sustainable and local ingredients based on produce that is at the peak of season.
I was born and raised in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA where I live today with my husband, Peter and our little man, Pierce. Peter was born and raised in Ireland, where we had the opportunity to live for over a year, and to spend time traveling across Europe. The sights, sounds, and tastes of those trips inspired me in ways I never could have imagined. Whenever we would return home, Peter would have me re-create our favorite meals and you will find this inspiration in my recipes on this blog and in the AEL kitchen.
Through this site I hope to share my love of cooking, my spirit of adventure, and my passion for entertaining. I hope that you will enjoy my blog and that most of all you have fun (and relax) while doing so!
From our table to yours, we wish you the best of Food, Family & Vino.