Many of my best memories from childhood to adulthood have centered around food, friends and get togethers. Whether it be spaghetti and movie night with friends or just sitting around the table with a glass of wine and a cheese plate with the girls. To me, food is memories – so let’s create some new ones together!
I fell in love with cooking at a very young age. When I was young, I would watch my mother cook dinner, from scratch, every single night for all 4 of us kids and a father who was typically on some sort of diet program. His biggest complaint was that the programs always tasted like “diet” food and left him cheating. This comment has stuck with me ever since.
I entered the food industry about 15 years ago. I started as a hostess at a restaurant in college so that I could start learning about every single position in the food industry; as they all must work together to be successful. I eventually made it to the back of the house. This is when I really knew I wanted to be a chef. Much to family’s chagrin, I walked away from my impending graduation with degrees in History and Criminal to enter culinary school, where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management at Le Cordon Bleu. After culinary school, I worked as a private chef for several years. During that time, I also expanded my wine knowledge by studying and becoming a level 1 wine sommelier.
As a private and personal chef, my focus was mostly on cooking healthy food that tasted nothing like health or diet food. It taught me to understand the importance of each ingredient and how they will build on each other to create flavor without added fat. This way of cooking became even more important as I became more involved in cycling and running. Much like me, other athletes had become tired of mediocre food post event. This is what eventually led me to start a catering company called Endurance Zone with the sole purpose of catering for athlete’s and athlete events.
Susan’s Table is an extension of Endurance Zone. With my move to Bend, Oregon from Asheville, North Carolina, I’ve decided to expand my athlete focused catering to a broader clientele. Along with a continued support and desire to cater to athletes, I’ve become a full service catering company. I enjoy parties, I enjoy entertaining and sure do love to cook great tasting food.
This is my passion, the best food, the best service; it’s what I do.
Put your feet up and take a look around.