A true lover of healthy, gourmet cuisine and a big "Eat With" believer.
Coming from a family of natural cooks I thrive on natural, healthy foods that fill the heart and soul.
While pursuing a culinary career, I became a "Spotlight Chef," and Grand Prize winner of the National Potato Board Recipe competition for my vegetarian Poke Potato Salad recipe. Featured on Martha Stewart Show.
Living in Kona, Hawaii for 12 years, I learned to embrace the food, culture & spirit of aloha.
I composed a lot of Ahi Tuna pokelicious dishes. , winning several competition awards.
I am now based in Calistoga, CA, north Napa Valley, creating many beautiful, natural dishes using local and organic ingredients and a culinary instructor at the local Jr. college.
So while you're in the wine country, let's share and enjoy a fun, delicious and healthy dining experience together
Great host couple, great food, lovely location. Just that directions need to be available early on and more exact.
Jan 22, 2018
Ilona was so lovely, so gracious, and clearly enjoys entertaining. She put a lot of thought into preparing something special, delicious, and healthy for each course. And the setting is quintessential Napa Valley - just beautiful. I left feeling relaxed and happy.