LAST DESSERTS

Claire

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Name: Claire Lawton

What city were you born in?  Fort Collins, Colorado

Decade born? 1980's 

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

1. My curly coat Golden Retriever named Daisy - she looked like a golden sheep.

2. My marble collection that I had when I was about 8-yrs-old.  I played them with kids in the neighborhood. I even had a fanny pack for them!

3. My Dad's cake decorating.

What is the dessert?  

Mango & Cucumber Lime Sorbet.

Who would you want to eat this dessert with ?

My Uncle. 

Where would you eat this dessert?

In the grass.

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

Conversation.

Profession:

 Producer & Writer 

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

Make yourself useful! --one of my mom's favorites.

Favorite object I can find in your kitchen?

A vintage cocktail glass. 

Favorite Quote: 

"He who knows nothing, loves nothing. He who can do nothing understands nothing. He who understands nothing is worthless. But he who understands also loves, notices, sees....The more knowledge is inherent in a thing, the greater the love. Anyone who imagines that all fruits ripen at the same time as the strawberries knows nothing about the grapes." - Paracelsus

Where do you see yourself in 20 years ?

In a happy place with people I love. 

Three most important things in your life?

1. Light

2. My "person"

3. A really good pen

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