I'm a recovering real estate development professional whose industry was hit hard in the years since 2008. With 22 years of marketing, advertising and merchandising expertise, I decided to chart a new course through the waters of the food and wine world. I started my blog in 2008 and a new marketing company that focuses on the food and wine industry called Gourmet Media Group in 2009. It's been a fun transition from one industry to another... and it's made me just a little grateful. Something positive came out of the recent economic downturn. I've found a wonderful community of food lovers and an enjoyable way to make a living.
It's hard not to love good food, shared with good friends, when you grow up in the Wine Country of California. My hometown of Mendocino on the oceans edge of Northern California has been on the leading edge of natural and organic farming practices for many years. The result was a fresh selection of interesting regional ingredients and a love for delicious recipes.
My mom was one of the best cooks ever. Her love of food and entertaining continues to inspire me to not just cook - but to create memorable culinary experiences. I am not a professional chef and have not had any training. I just enjoy cooking and entertaining friends and have been known to receive a good review or two!
My husband and I now call the mountains in Colorado our home. Some of our best moments are shared with friends while smoking roasts, cooking Thanksgiving or throwing football parties. I've never been one to just throw some burgers on the grill for friends... instead I enjoy cooking memorable meals that make their drive up the mountain to our home worth while. The recipes on my blog - LaurasBestRecipes.com... are not all my own... but a collection of our favorites - both mine and other friends, Chefs and restaurants who have been kind enough to share.