A Confectioner at Heart
My story begins where so many others do — doing something else entirely. The first 15 years of my career were spent in Manhattan as a graphic designer. In 2000, dreams of becoming a chef led me to culinary school, and, eventually to Eleven Madison Park, one of Danny Meyer's crown jewels at the time. At EMP, making confections became second nature to me. And when something becomes second nature, I can’t help but tweak it until I make it my own.
Fast forward to La Petite Occasion (LPO). From September through June, LPO sells caramels + toffees made from the local goodness of the region surrounding New York's Hudson Valley. Kriemhild butter, Hudson Valley Fresh heavy cream, maple syrup from Crown Maple, apple cider from Harvest Moon Orchards and Bourbon from Berkshire Mountain Distillers, — we always prefer local.