Local Celebrity Spotlight

Local-Celebrity1Where are you from?

I am from Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Florida to open a restaurant company.

How do you relax?

By riding my mountain bike at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park.

Do you have pets?

Yes, a dog. At one point I had four rescue dogs. Now I have Thelma, a 14 year old, 120lb sweetheart.

What gadget can’t you live without?

My Garmin G.P.S. for my bike.

What is your favorite beauty product?

Got 2 Be Glued, it’s a glue for my hair.

What is in your fridge?

Coke Zero, fruit, tofu and carrot juice.

What has your best financial investment been?

My best financial investment has been people. I do not have millions in the bank, but I do have some very special people that have been with me in my professional career since my arrival in Florida 14 years ago… Elana, Blake, Justin and little Rick.

Do you have a favorite quote?

When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you!!

What is your favorite clothing store?

Nordstroms, Gap and the Loft.

Who inspired you as a child?

My Nana Deneno who was Italian and taught me how to cook.

What was your first job?

I was a Roll Girl, I passed out bread rolls and butter at a high end restaurant. It was my first job in a restaurant. (We do not mean family or education.)

What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville?

A long bicycle ride.

What type of music do you listen to?

Classic Rock, I love The Beatles.

What is your favorite movie?


What drives you crazy?

People that don’t listen…and germs.

What was your first car?

A maroon Karmann Ghia, I loved that little car.

What is your favorite meal?

An arugula, kale salad with crasins and red wine vinaigrette and a little shaved parmesan cheese and pan saut?ed coconut crusted tofu on top.