Since we have just launched Bellisari’s, I thought I would tell you a little about myself and how I came to be a “foodie.” I graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Retail Administration. Throughout my early career, I worked for The Limited here in Columbus and Target Stores in South Florida.
In 2001, I went out on my own and opened a small gourmet retail shop in Old Downtown Upper Arlington called Bellisari’s Italian Market. We offered gourmet prepared foods, wine and cooking classes for both adults and children. It was at Bellisari’s that I could combine my experience in retail with my passion for food. Growing up in an Italian American family, food was such an important part of our culture and our lives, and it still is today. Food to me means bringing family and friends together for any occasion. While teaching cooking classes, it is the importance of these “occasions” that I cherish. I try to encourage others to gather as a family for a meal or around the island simply to be together.
In 2012, I began this role of Director of Product Development for the Annette James Group. As a single mom of two young boys this role was a natural progression in my career. I spend the day doing something that I love, creating gourmet products and recipes. What busy mom wouldn’t love this job? Through the sauces and spreads we're creating, I get to remind our customers that just because we are busy, doesn’t mean it can’t be gourmet. That is why we truly believe in our mission of “Gourmet Convenience.”
We are the Bellisari's- a family that has always been about food and fun. Growing up in a large family, my memories are filled with the camaraderie, laughter, storytelling, and, of course, great food. Looking back, growing up to love food and family has inspired my professional dreams and goals. Today my dreams are coming true with the creation of Bellisari's gourmet convenience. I am so excited to share our delicious products with you and the world.