LAST DESSERTS

Roberto

Name: Roberto Maria Clemente 

What city were you born in?  Casale Monferrato, Italy

What decade where you born? 1960's 

Three things you remember most from the first decade of your life?

1. First time in a new apartment which I was living for the following 25 years of my life.

2. Playing archery trying to use cauliflower as a target for the pleasure of listening to the full sound when the arrow would hit the cauliflower.

3. Me in the box of a racing car circuit. They built a racing track in my village which remained for 10 years and my father had access to this circuit. 

What is the dessert?  Frittelle of Bread & Chocolate

Who would you want to eat this dessert with ?   A group of friends not defined.

Where would you want to be eating this last dessert?  On the terrace of my house.

What comes to your mind when I say the word FOOD?

Something about the word is really attractive to me - but i'm not able to get into it - something in me is resistant.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

Normally intelligence will win before ego, but very often ego wins. 

Profession:  Art Director

What is your favorite object I can find in your kitchen?

Timer in the egg shape and the powerful hand vacuum.

Favorite quote?

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion - Francis Bacon

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I'm pretty sure I'll be in a place with no light. 

Three most important things in your life?

1. Friendship

2. Love

3. Ethics

* pictured with Robi, is Chiara Costa - his business partner of 6 years.

Mihaela

Name: Mihaela Vlad

What city were you born in?  Manglia, Romania

What decade where you born? 1980's 

Three things you remember most from the first decade of your life?

1. I remember I loved to stay with my mom when she would be making her holiday cakes. 

2. Going away to boarding school at 10-yrs-old and feeling very alone. 

3. Getting in a fight with my brother when I was 8 and he was 6 and him punching me and knocking out one of my teeth and for my revenge I punched him back and knocked out three of his teeth. 

What is the dessert?  

Diplomat with Frutti di Bosco

Who would you want to eat this last dessert with and why?  

My love, Luciano, because he deserves it. He's the only one I think in that moment. 

Where would you want to be eating this last dessert?

Outside in the mountains.

What comes to your mind when I say the word FOOD?

When I think to food I think it's my life. I don't live without food. I don't live without having a cake. 

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

I have a lot because I listen. My mom always said to me, "take care what people you choose to have around you". That is very important because I have had a lot of wrong people around me. 

Profession:

Domestic worker

What is your favorite object I can find in your kitchen?

A teacup that was my uncle's who is no longer alive. He used to have his coffee in it every morning. 

Favorite quote?

I don't have one. I don't believe in that or depend on those for inspiration. I live how I think to live. I'm very simple. 

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I want to see myself in my home far away from Torino, Italy - back in my house in Romania with my child and with my yard full of flowers.

Three most important things in your life?

1. My parents

2. My child to be

3. Luciano my love

Shelly

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Name: Shelly Eversley

What city were you born in? Chicago, Illinois

What decade where you born? 1960's 

Three things you remember most from the first decade of your life?

1. My big wheel that I used to spin out with!

2. I remember making bread with my grandmother - she used to make it on Sunday. She'd give me a piece and I'd make a smiley face with the dough -- but by the time it was out of the oven the shape would have disappeared. 

3. Summers with my cousins in Baltimore.

What is the dessert?

Blood Orange Margarita

Who would you want to eat this dessert with ? 

My BOO, capital M - capital B !  (Her nickname for her husband)

Where would you want to be eating this last dessert?  

Right here at home with my Boo on the sofa that I hate. 

What comes to your mind when I say the word FOOD?

Good food, simple and delicious.  Food that I make, not food that I buy. 

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

It's a long race, pace yourself!  - My mentor Priscilla told me this. 

Profession: 

Professor of Black Studies, Women Studies and Literature

What is your favorite object I can find in your kitchen?

I love my Bullet Blender.

Favorite quote?

"If God can't make us freer and more loving, it's time we got rid of him." - James Baldwin 

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

In St. Lucia at the beach --  minding my own business with my dog, my Boo and a cocktail.

Three most important things in your life?

1. My books

2. My Boo

3. My dog

 

Veronica

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Name: Veronica M.

What city were you born in?  Turin, Italy

What decade where you born? 1980's 

Three things you remember most from the first decade of your life?

1. My room full of Barbies.

2. My very first day of school when I forgot to bring my snack and my friend who offered me half of her cracker. 

3.  When I broke my tooth and my parents and sister asked me how I did it and I answered I didn't know and I was just standing there with half of a tooth! 

What is the dessert?  

Jefferson Pie

Who would you want to eat this dessert with and why?  

My sister because she is my best friend and if I would want to share something I really enjoy - I would choose her. I would choose her for my last everything. 

Where would you want to eat this last dessert?

In Berlin because it's my favorite city in the world and my first grown- up experience abroad and I had lots of particularly beautiful experiences with my parents and sister there. 

What comes to your mind when I say the word FOOD?

A moment of coming together and sharing.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

 You have to follow your heart so that you can fly light - which means without heaviness of regret. My father said this to me. 

 What is your job? 

Sales Engineer for an Automotive company.

What is your favorite object I can find in your kitchen?

My whisk for my cakes.

Favorite quote?

If there is no price to be paid it is also not of value - Einstein

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Hopefully in front of a Jefferson cake with my kids.

Three most important things in your life?

1.  Time well spent

2. Love, laughing, fun and joy

3. Family

hannah

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Name: Hannah Spengler

What city were you born in? Munster, Germany

What decade where you born? 1970's

Three things you remember most from the first decade of your life?

1. Peace marches my parents took me on. They were in the Communist Party and Flower Power Party. My father was a medical doctor, and he built a large cart on wheels. When they'd take us on the marches protesting the war, all of the children would ride on it. When the marches would turn violent, the cart would open up and turn into a medical station with all of my Dad's supplies so he could help people that were being injured.

2.  I remember the English military bases, and when we would pass, them my parents would say, "Girls pull down your trousers and we would put our bare butts to the window and my mom would yell, "FUCK THE ARMY!"

3. My father grew up in East Germany and escaped when he was 15 to West Germany. Until 1989 when the wall came down, every Christmas and Easter we would go to visit my grandmother and aunts. I remember at the border control it was really scary because we would always drive at night so that we could sleep. The car would always be ripped apart. We would try to bring a kiwi or bananas for my grandmother and every time they would find them. One time, I succeeded in bringing a Deutsche Mark for my cousin. I remember these trips at my Grandmother's house - singing for Christmas and everyone would learn a poem. Very simple life. Very beautiful. 

What is the dessert?  Mousse au Chocolat

Who would you want to eat this dessert with and why?  

I wouldn't want to share it. The last spoonful would be mine. I would never give the last spoon of dessert to anyone else -- not even my husband.

Where would you want to eat this last dessert?

Right here in my house in Monforte d'Alba.

What comes to your mind when I say the word FOOD?

It makes me think of my husband Massimo's love because he expresses a lot of his love through food. He often asks for my forgiveness by making a wonderful dinner for me. 

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

I don't know if it's the best, but is the one that has resonated the most within me. If you know who you are, you can grow roots everywhere, even in the air. This gave me the way to discover the world. 

Profession: 

Coordinator of Academic and Register Office at The University of Gastronomic Sciences

What is your favorite object I can find in your kitchen?

First thing, the kitchen is not really mine - it's my husband's. But, I'd have to say my steamer. 

Favorite quote?

"Love All, Serve All " - Sai Baba of Shirdi

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I would love to be back in the yoga and meditation retreat center where I met my husband 14 years ago. The center is called Ananda and it's in Assisi. Ananda means inner joy in Sanskrit. Our dream is to open a little yoga and meditation center. 

Three most important things in your life?

1. My husband and daughters

2. Yoga because it keeps me healthy and balanced and giving a sense to life

3. Traveling