When I first found out I was pregnant, a panic set in. I couldn’t conceptualize the actual act of giving birth. I would say to myself, “How is this baby going to come out of me?Read More
For as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from insomnia. I was a child that was filled with worry about the state of our household and I would roam the halls to make sure my Mom had not taken off in the middle of the night.Read More
"I move, therefore I am."
“Well, we're moving on up, to the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Moving on up, to the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.”
I’ve been humming that song in my head all week as I wrap, pack and throw away.Read More
My usual Saturday routine is to get home from the restaurant and – for some unknown reason I – heat up a can of soup. Just like an orphan out of Oliver Twist, I sip it slowly and relish it.Read More
"The grass isn't always greener."
“Hi! This message is for Jennifer Wisniewski. May or may not remember me, we went to Regina together – it's 'Susan'. I'm sitting in a waiting room and ran across some intel on Bread & Wine.Read More
People often ask me, “What made you decide to open a restaurant”?” and I respond: “Because my business partner and I wanted to put an elevated dining experience in an underserved area.” That sounds great! We sound like real pioneer ladies. It’s not a lie – but with every reason behind an action, there is often a deeper motivation leading one to do something that involves so much risk.Read More
In life and in business, I learn as I go. Some skills come naturally – and others are lessons I've been taught. When thinking upon my “education” in this business, there are three men that come to mind. Each has been in my life for over 20 years and they embody the character traits it takes to thrive in the hospitality industry. The following story is an ode to them – well: an ode and a thank you.Read More
Once upon a time, I used to model for a living. The modeling business and the restaurant business are similar in many ways. One similarity is that the fashion business fosters its own carnival of eccentrics, much like the world of hospitality. There is one lady, in particular, that taught me so many survival skills. Her name was Nena Ivon – and she was the fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue. Ms. Ivon also had rules:Read More
Every Tuesday morning, I get into Bread & Wine early. Last week, I walked in to find Tano (our dishwasher), with the wet-vac out. This could only mean one thing: there’s been water. A lot of water. I immediately start assessing the damage.Read More
"Prison's not that bad."
When I was seven years old, my father was sentenced to five years at Allenwood Correctional institution in Pennsylvania – a low-security federal correctional prison. He made his living as a bookmaker and was sent to prison over shaking down a “customer” that owed him $30,000.Read More
f William Shakespeare owned a restaurant, I think he'd approve of me tweaking his soliloquy. I’m sure your workplace is volatile and stressful, just like mine. Now add to it this imaginary scenario: You have a well-stocked bar and a bartender at your desk. When something goes wrong – and your anxiety starts to build – that handsome bartender pops out and pours you your favorite cocktail.Read More
Even if everyone thinks she’s now the vegan Cruella Deville, I think about her and wonder how she gets out of bed in the morning, after reading such things. Does she dress in a wig and big, black sunglasses to visit the grocery store? (Oh wait, no – we have Instacart for that now.) I know her two daughters and wonder how they are affected.Read More