I have now spent two years in the hospitality industry. Hardly anything at all in the grand scheme of things, and, the whole time, while certainly in customer-facing positions, in situations that are far less rigid and structured than much of the industry. I struggled early on. Balancing my natural inclination to correct (err…educate), with […]

Two and a half years ago, I talked my parents into a dinner. They were coming to visit me in Italy, we were going to spend a few days in Bologna, and so, I figured, we should probably take a short train ride down to Modena and dine at Osteria Francescana. I’m no star chaser, […]

Housemade farro pasta, housemade walnut pesto, hand-pulled burrata (in house of course), and heirloom cherry tomatoes from our friends up the road. $5 of delicious bites.

As a member of the greater customer service field, one of the most simultaneously entertaining and frustrating activities in which I participate is the occasional reading of online reviews. At Foodshed we have been lucky enough to receive an overwhelmingly positive response on Yelp and whatnot, and while there are always gems within the friendly […]


Last November, I arrived back in California with three years in Italy, a Masters in Food Culture and Communication, and a few extra wine and pasta-fueled pounds under my belt. My thought process and passions that had led me to¬†pursue a degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences were still intact, but I was floundering […]


I’m sitting at my kitchen counter right now, eating some bread and buffalo camembert. It’s delicious. Really quite tasty, a particularly unique cheese I first discovered at the Bra Cheese Festival nearly two years ago. It has the tang and light funk that you find in a proper mozzarella, but housed in that toothsomely buttery […]


A few weeks ago, I overheard a customer inquiring after the line of fancily wrapped chocolates that we have for sale at the front of the store – you know, our version of the Snickers bar and US Weekly you’d impulse grab in the checkout line at Safeway. In the case of Foodshed, it’s hand-rolled¬†taralli […]

Yeah, I'm not sure why anyone would want to eat this. Super not normal.

So we opened a pizza shop a few months ago. Well, it’s a little more than that. Take out restaurant, pizza by the slice, and a full beer, wine and spirits shop that I’ve had the pleasure to stock. But in the end, like most things in life, it’s really all about the pizza. And […]

Last month at the La Cocina Food + Entrepreneurship Conference I moderated a discussion on the Future of Buying Food. We gathered together a panel featuring reps from two models of online grocery shopping, the culinary director of a local good food market, a buyer and product scouter for Whole Foods, and a rancher. The […]


“You know what they say, girls, blemished in the uterus, blemished for life.” And so began our tour of the Miglioresse Farm outside of Soverato, during a grand Calabrese adventure last spring. This declaration came to to us in a large warehouse and processing facility on the farm, but not from the farmer and owner […]

I’ve been thinking a lot about restaurant reviews lately, what they mean, and about the writer’s role and responsibility. When I tell people I recently graduated with a degree in food culture and communication, and that I’m interested in writing, the common response is “so, you want to be a critic.” But I don’t. Or […]


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