Born and raised in the Bay Area, I moved to New York City when I was 17. I spent the next 13 years studying, working, and finding the path that eventually led me back to California. Like all good adventures, my path has varied widely.
After receiving my B.S. from NYU Stern School of Business, I worked in PR for Comme des Garcons for a number of years, before pursuing my Masters in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute. I was able to devote more time to my passion - being creative and working with my hands. After Pratt, I was a textile designer at Ralph Lauren Home, until a twist of fate led me to move back to San Francisco, when I was able to make the leap into hospitality and opened Beacon Coffee & Pantry with my cousin. Together, we designed every element of the shop - the space, the offerings, and the experience.
It laid the groundwork for my next adventure - Dad's Luncheonette. My partner Scott worked in fine dining for several years, but soon after we welcomed our baby into the world, we were looking for a way to bring our experience together and create something that would allow us to spend more time together as a family. Hence, Dad's Luncheonette was born - a historic train caboose on scenic Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay, serving American roadside classics with a California focus.
Creating with my hands and engaging the senses will always be my passion. Whether its a hamburger sandwich at Dad's, a cappuccino at Beacon, or hand-dyeing textiles, I will always love transforming basic materials into something special.