This year, I celebrate my 30th anniversary at Delicious! Food has always played an important role in my life: growing up, I was in the kitchen every day. While earning my degree at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington (B.S. in Biology, double minor in Chemistry and French), I worked in the school cafeteria. I managed a meal shifts, keeping everything running smoothly. After graduation, I waitressed at Victoria Station in Greenbrae.  My coworkers’ best friend was the daughter of June Buckner, co-founder of Delicious. In February, 1985, I began working as part-time kitchen staff at Delicious, and have been here ever since.

Throughout the years, I worked my way through every part of the company, from kitchen and event staff to event planner to staffing manager and now as bookkeeper and office manager. My current duties include bookkeeping, HR, managing website content, writing these quarterly newsletters and website blogs, database programming, and serving as project manager for our kitchen/office build-out at 3241 Kerner Boulevard. On May 8th we officially moved in to our new location!

Just as food and food service guided my professional life, so food has influenced my personal life as well. I studied abroad in Ireland and England for one month in college, followed by three months in France, during which I was exposed to many cultural and culinary influences. In 1989, prior to the dissolving of the Soviet Union, I visited Russia with Slavyanka, a Bay Area-based Russian Men’s Chorus in which my father sang. They performed in venues not normally open to visitors, singing tradition Russian songs unheard in public for decades. Seeing the emotional reactions to these performances gave me a new appreciation for other cultures and for the freedoms we have in the U.S. Since then, I’ve travelled to Mexico, China, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, heli-hiked in Canada, as well as many U.S.-based trips, with my husband and twin daughters. Eugene and I are celebrating our 23rd anniversary this July (I’ve been with Delicious longer than I’ve been with him!) and the girls are rising sophomores at Bates College and Colby College, both in Maine.

Throughout the girls’ school careers, I volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader for 11 years and was very involved with the school PTA. I spent eight years organizing hospitality and staff appreciation events; including donating ten wine tasting/food pairing auction items for school fundraisers. When I’m not working or volunteering, you can find me cooking, hiking, camping, or splitting wood in my front yard.

I am looking forward to celebrating more anniversaries with Delicious in the coming years! The opening of the Kerner location marks our 40th year of business – we hope to continue our award-winning service to you for many years to come!