I have been a writer since I could form words, then my dream came true, and I worked at a national magazine and several other freelance publications in Toronto. Skip ahead…I married my best friend from high school, Ivars Rasa, chef extraordinaire who graduated from Stratford Chefs School, and now 20+ years later, here we are. I create Food Lovers healthy, gluten free sauces, soups and dressings for those of you who love fresh, wholesome high quality food. It’s fast, its easy and it has the “WOW” factor. No need to mention it’s not yours! Anything a girlfriend can do to help out.
Since I married my husband my world has been immersed in the food industry in one capacity or another. Restaurant Owner, Event Manager, General Manager for a start-up cultural centre, Marketing Manager for a buy-local food organization in Simcoe County and now a wine rep for Rosewood Estates Winery and occasional caterer. I’m borderline a crazy perfectionist when it comes to events, ok and everything else. Yes me, not the chef husband!
I’m an all-in kinda gal, so healthy, nutritious and mainly gluten free food has become my passion/obsession to write about. (5 years and counting on the gluten free. And I’m Macedonian – bread is my life.) It only makes sense that I share my recipes, experiences, thoughts and very cool finds about my food world and the world of the hospitality industry.
My friends call or text all the time asking “What should I cook with this?” or “How do I cook this?” and especially “What wine would pair well with this?” The latter one of my other passions. Hence the blog.
There are so many out there that live the hospitality life and it’s a crazy, difficult, messed up wild world but if it’s in your blood – you can’t help yourself – you’re hooked for life. It’s also the most gratifying profession to provide a decadent meal for people who love your food. It’s the adrenaline rush. We laugh about it at events – “Hurry up, get ready…ok now wait… then GO!”
That said – I hope to entertain, educate, feed and make you laugh through my journey of creating tantalizing posts you will share with others who may wonder what it’s like to live this life, or chef wives/girlfriends and chefs looking for some reality in a somewhat lonely profession.
Little secret – I’m chef obsessed!
Cheers! And enjoy a life of good food.
AKA – @FoodCouple