After many re-incarnations of careers and proud successes along the way, there came one of those life-changing birthdays. The kind where everyone tells you how great you look while inquiring when you’re planning to retire…
While retirement never entered my mind, a change in direction and the proverbial reinvention theme were definitely in consideration as this birthday aligned with far more serious life changes.
While there are many reasons for redirecting one’s career and life choices, the most prevalent and important for me was the loss of my son in 2008. If there was ever a time to find a “new-normal” and search out stimulating challenges to help bring joy back into my life, this was that time.
But what else could I do with my corporate executive, teacher and professional speaker background? Nothing I thought of seemed to light the fire needed to lead me in the right direction. Then it came to me. Why not do what everyone tells you you’re great at doing and the thing you enjoy the most? For me, that is cooking!
I’ve been an at-home chef for decades. Cooking was the one thing that got me through the darkest of times. There was the cooking for friends’ gatherings, having dinner party after dinner party, catering a friend of a friend’s cocktail hour, catering events for my charities, etc. There were many such happenings over the years and especially during 2008-2009.
Every event or at-home party were met with rave reviews. Again and again I was told, “You do this so well.” “Your food is amazing.” “I wish I could put together a party as beautifully as you do.” “You should do this for a living,” etc. When the world continually sends you the same message, one ought to be there to receive it, and this was the perfect time in my life to answer the call!
Juste Hors D’Oeuvres was born of my love for cooking and the desire to share the joy it brings to me with others!
”Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many!” M. B. Schwartz