I started in the food industry at the age of 13 working as a waiter at Tranquility Summer Camp in upstate New York. After that summer ended, I found myself always offering to help my mother in the kitchen. As a kid growing up, holidays were the best. Most of my family (including myself) were from Brooklyn. It wasn't uncommon to cram 15 or 20 people into her apartment on Ocean Avenue for some of my Grandmother's great home cooking! Dinners always turned into parties.
As years passed, I went to college to study to become an Architect, while still working in restaurants. I figured this was my calling. I then headed out west to California, San Diego to be exact. While going to school in San Diego, I continued to work my way up in a few restaurants.
After heading back to the east coast in 1993, I decided to continue my culinary education in New York while again working in several fine restaurants. I went corporate for about 8 years, where I became one of the top Executive Chef's in that company. But soon realized how much I was held back on my creativity because of corporate policies and programs I had to strictly follow. So, I went out on my own. Over the past few years, I've been in Westchester Magazine several times and was featured in the Journal News, as well as the New York Times and Hudson Valley Magazine. Our last venture was Moonlight Cafe in Brewster NY. We were voted Best Vegan Menu, Best Trivia Night, Best Girls night out and top 5 tacos in 2019 and 2020 in Hudson Valley Magazine. We also won Best Cupcakes and Best Cookie in the 2018 Brewster Fall Festival. In 2020 we received the New York State Empire Award which was presented by State Senator Harckham for going above and beyond during Covid for providing almost 150 meals to Nursing Home front line workers. However due to tight Covid restrictions, we were forced to close the Cafe in late December.
The travel I've done in and out of this great country has inspired my new endeavor. Whether is was in Australia, Sweden, San Diego, Mexico or New York or any other location, I always ventured out of the tourist areas to hunt down where the locals eat to get the best authentic grub.
I've brought those great local flavors from all over the world, put them in a taco and now I'm ready to share some good eats!
For me a Food Truck has been in my sights for quite some time now. And with the current state of this country a “brick and mortar” just isn’t on my list...for now. With our Moonlight Mobile Kitchen, I can still put out great food and still have the passion to continue on. This is my 24th year catering and we will continue to do more catering as things start opening up again. I love our new menu and can’t wait for new and old customers to check out what I’ve been working on. We have a lot planned for this coming year, and little by little we will share that news with you. Make sure you check out where we will be during the week. We hope to see you all soon!
Food inspired by Travel!