My interest in the world of food and beverage began at an early age because my family was in the hospitality business and encouraged me to experiment in all phases of food and beverage.
Feeling frustrated with corporate life, I decided to jump in the car and travel throughout the United States. After traveling for 5 months in all regions of the US and Canada, I was enthralled with the tastes, sights and sounds encountered on this wonderful journey. Realizing there was life beyond the US, I traveled to Europe visiting coffeehouse and tea salons to better understand the culture of tea. This trip then lead to spending time with Julia Child and Simone Beck in southern France. Their influence imbued the love of food and preparing food with fresh ingredients and integrity. This journey also sparked ideas of using tea as an ingredient in cooking. After experimenting, tasting and developing recipes it continues to be a delightful experience.
Today, I am president of East Indies Coffee and Tea Company, specializing in the tea division of our company. Thanks to my husband’s belief that evolved women have a naturally developed palate, he has become the “wind beneath my wings”. Tea is a great connector to many peoples throughout the world. In today’s world, tea calm’s and lifts the spirit as well.