I grew up in Northwest Indiana, about 40 miles south of Chicago. (I’m a huge Chicago fan - Bears, Cubs
Bulls, and Blackhawks). I was the second oldest of
seven children, the youngest being the only girl.
father was a dentist and my mom was a stay-at-home
mom. She didn’t have much of a choice with
seven kids. We all attended a Catholic grade school. I’m sure my parents enjoyed the additional
discipline! My first introduction to the food and
beverage industry happened when I was 15. My
friend’s family owned a restaurant and I started out washing dishes, and eventually learned how to prep
food and cook. I worked there on and off through the years. Seems many of us in the business share a
In high school, I took a job as a line cook at McDonalds. The fast food industry was somewhat different
from what I was accustomed to, but it still was a great learning experience. In addition to line cook,
I worked midnight shifts during the summer cleaning and maintaining the equipment, performing general
maintenance on the building, unloading supply trucks, and taking inventory.
After graduation, I enrolled at Indiana University.
(Go Hoosiers, although they are quite pathetic when it
comes to football.) Both my parents and a couple
of my siblings attended there. Socially, I had the
of my life for two years; however, my scholastic achievements at that point were somewhat uneventful,
as was my attendance in class. Needless to say it
was strongly recommended that I take a break for a
while and decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. Would you like to read more?