Lisa’s Story and Mission

Lisa’s Story starts in NYC. Growing up there, with its melting pot of food cultures, she always got excited about eating. Blessed with a southern nanny cooking up her magic, and parents frequently entertaining and dining out,  Lisa learned early on the power of good food and importance of gracious hospitality. As a serious athlete she also understood the necessity of fueling herself well. Back and forth from tennis court to kitchen she went as a teen and studying food & nutrition & interior design while on a college tennis scholarship. Always cooking, giving parties or traveling with the team and eating her way through Texas and Louisiana. Alas, a torn retina from a tennis match incident (she’ll still sometimes duck at the net) curbed any big pro dreams and her culinary career took centre court.

“After stints since the age of 15 at gourmet shops – one notably Eli Zabars EAT – and restaurants, I joined a prestigious New York catering firm and found my calling. I then incorporated Personal Taste Caterers in 1984 in NYC. In those first 20 years, I food styled, catered many films such as Crocodile Dundee, fashion and video shoots and was hired for hundreds of corporate and private events. All the while taking classical French technique and catering courses at Peter Kumps New York Cooking School and learning from great guest chef luminaries  Jacques Pepin and Marcella Hazan. Additional cooking classes while home and away from Sheila Lukins of The Famed Silver Palate, Joe Randall and Roger Vergés Ecolé du Soleil in Nice intensified the passion!”

Vermont had always been a sweet retreat for her family skiing vacations but in August of 2002 it became the family’s home. Housed in what was once a tack room on the property in East Calais, she created a café to hone her skills and introduce her new Vermont catering business….. thus The Farmhouse Café & Catering Co. was born in July of 2003! After three short years the catering business shifted into high gear and the café was a venue for small private bookings and is now the workspace and meeting room for appointments and tastings. Lisa enjoyed hosting and producing a weekly food radio show, “Food For Thought” on WGDR, which aired for 5 years and inspired healthy, mindful eating and cooking.
“Clients have more global tastes – AND they demand more local ingredients, and that’s what keeps me on my toes and excited when crafting ‘GLOBALOCAL’ menus and collecting unique wares for my different tablescapes to evoke the different moods of each event. Traveling is an important component to this to truly understand the different food cultures.”

In the past few years, aside from traveling, Lisa’s been giving more of her winter time and skills to the organizations who feed the food insecure and also consulting clients with their home and commercial kitchens.

“Whether catering an event or feeding people in need or helping clients to create an enjoyable, more efficient environment – the art of cooking and great design – and being of service – is at the core of what I passionately do.”