Well, I get my love for food and cooking honestly…my whole family likes to cook and they are really good at it…my grandmothers always had big family dinners, my mother is a great cook and even my dad made pizza on Sunday nights for us. All our family gatherings revolve around a large meal…
I didn’t think I’d be in the restaurant business as a career, though. It just sort of happened when there was a need to have someone run the café here in Canaan Valley, WV. So the seasonal restaurant for the winter works well and then I fill in with catering when it is available. Running a restaurant makes one keep an incredible pace during the winter at the White Grass Café. I like to make our foods from scratch (“slow” food)…it just tastes better that way. Cooking “slow” food also takes a little bit longer to prepare, but the end result is worth the effort.
I like menu planning and the creativity that is necessary for the job. Also,
working with others who enjoy creating good food and get excited about a recipe is really fun! Customer satisfaction is also rewarding. Just having great smells coming from the kitchen when people walk in the front door, has a certain satisfaction to it…cookies fresh from the oven, sautéing butter and garlic, bread baking, a fresh pot of clam chowder…all have a memorable smell. And there’s nothing like a healthy appetite that comes along with cross country skiing to make a meal taste absolutely incredible!