Hi! This is me, Vivica. I will share my food journey with you.
was born in Italy, at a time when small grocery stores still existed. I
grew up buying veggies at the "verduriere" and meat at the
"macellaio". For the first 6 years of my life my parents had a
restaurant and hotel in a small resort in the mountains of Northern
Italy. There I spent a lot of time playing in the kitchen, and in the
pantries. I visited herds of cows out on pasture and drank fresh milk,
and ate cheese made over a wood fire.
Those memories shaped my future taste and understanding of food in a deep manner.
I left Italy at 19. Lived in Germany for 5 years then in Spain.
moved to California in the early nineties, and decided to become a
photographer, a food photographer! Working for national and local
magazines gave me the chance to visit (and try) many amazing
restaurants. I ate and photographed my way around Los Angeles.
for 10 years I lived between LA and Brasil, changed career, opened a
new business. But in the meantime I was always around food, helping my
chef friends with catering jobs, cooking, taking pictures.
In 2009 I moved to Northern California with my husband, cats and dog.
This has been the move that close the circle. I am back in the landscape of my childhood, mountains and pine trees!
the last 3 years I have been realizing an old dream of living
self-sufficiency. Growing my own food, being connected to Nature and the
My passion for food and the desire to help others has also
found its ultimate calling: Nutrition. I am now certified as a
Technician in Whole Food Nutrition. I intern/work with Dr. Deborah
Penner at Chico Creek Wellness and study for my Clinician certification.