Why is your blog called Footbridge to the Feast?

For numerous reasons I prefer to explore the world by foot and bicycle. As such, I’ve grown particularly fond of footbridges. I like footbridges because of their accessibility and function. And feast? Well, feasts just come naturally to me.

Who takes the photographs for Footbridge to the Feast?

I do. Unless noted otherwise. For example, the photo in my “about” section was taken by my friend Ashley Forrette. She is an inspiration (and one of the only people to get me out from behind the lens).

Can I use one of your photos on my site or in my magazine?

All content on this site, including text and photos, is protected by copyright. If you see something you would like to use I urge you to contact me directly. In short, please give credit where credit is due.

Can I advertise on your blog?

Thank you for the inquiry but Footbridge to The Feast is currently not accepting ads or offers for link sponsorship.

Are you a professional travel agent?

It depends on what you mean by “professional.” Am I a licensed travel agent? No. I would never want to give people that impression. However, I do enjoy assisting people with making travel arrangements. We agree on an appropriate compensation for time spent, in advance, so that there are no surprises in the end. I also do not work on commission, therefore all recommendations are either made out of personal experience or are based on an exhaustive (though exhilarating) research campaign on your behalf. I do it because I love it. I do it because I want you to fall in the love with the world.

How much do you charge for your services?

This is probably your most burning question, but one that’s impossible to answer without specific details about the project. Every client is different, so quotes are tailored to meet your individual needs. If you need help creating a menu, putting together an event, assistance with making travel arrangements, or if you are looking for someone to help tell your story, I encourage you to get in touch with me. The more specific you are, the easier it will be to price out your needs.

Do you have a culinary degree?

I never went to culinary school. There, I said it. I double majored in English and Comparative Literature and Gender and Women’s Studies. I have always preferred to study my hobby (food) by surrounding myself with natural-born teachers. My first teacher was Mom, whose southern comfort foods, like cream-cheese banana cake and chicken fried steak with gravy are second to none.  Then there’s my uncle Tim, the pastry chef in the family. He makes five desserts for every family function. (No, really, he does.) My favorite is his coconut cream pie. Someday he might even let me share the recipe on this site. As a teenager it was trial-by-fire, beginning when I propelled myself into the kitchen of a luxury eco-resort in Central America. There I was introduced to all sorts of new flavors, farming philosophies and cooking techniques, and as one could say, it was “hook, line, and sinker.”  From then on, my obsession with making a living by working with food became the only focus.  Whether it is the art of learning how to toss the thinnest pizza dough, or how to stuff the perfect sausage, I have had the great fortune of working and staging in some amazing kitchens, with some amazing talent.  As a server, pantry and line cook, and manager I have experienced some of the most graceful of chefs as well as some of the most hardened. I have also been privileged enough to know what it feels like to have my own kitchen, make my own rules and run my own line.

The only thing I really feel I missed out on was the checkered-pants.

Where is your favorite place to travel and why?

This is a tough question and one I take very seriously. I’d have to say the one area of the world I can see myself vacationing the most in life (as in returning frequently) is SE Asia; specifically Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. (No, I cannot just pick one country). I am fascinated with the ruins, obsessed with the food, charmed by the people I’ve encountered and oh how I love a good rain shower.

That said, we aspire to own a home one day around Lake Atitlán in Guatemala and an apartment in Amsterdam.

Where do you like to eat?

How much time do you have? No, seriously. I’ve been asked this question a million times and my conclusion is that there is never enough time to answer this one properly. For a rough guide, please refer to my series on the blog affectionately known as “Compliments to the Chef.” These posts outline (in detail) places that have captured a special place in my heart, and why I want to share them with you. In case you’re planning a trip to my hometown I also made a list of my favorite places to eat in Portland. You’ll find that under the “links.”

What kind of dogs are those?

Well, the jury in our house is still out as to whether or not they are actually dogs. We feel it is more probable (and much safer) to assume they are both aliens. That said, Zeus is registered with the county as a pug. And contrary to popular belief, LaLa is actually a French bulldog and not a “tiny red pug.”

Describe your last meal…

One involving fingerling potatoes shared with friends and family. (Preferably made with my own hands.)

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