Nicole Aloni has enjoyed an exciting, diverse career in the culinary arts. In her teens, she opened a small catering business. In her twenties, she completed the diploma course at La Varenne, Ecole de Cuisine in Paris and stayed on to work as a chef at chateaux in Burgundy. In California, she owned her own natural foods restaurant, directed one of the country’s most prestigious catering operations and produced a line of gourmet food products. Ultimately all of this had provided her with plenty to talk about, so Nicole began to write books. For six years, Nicole was the Director of Catering at the Los Angeles Music Center where she catered the Academy Awards four times, prepared a state luncheon for HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and produced galas in honor of three American presidents, foreign dignitaries, divas and Julia Child. For 12 years, Nicole owned and directed operations for Nicole Cottrell Productions, Inc. Her company catered elegant events for clients such as the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, the Tournament of Roses and the Kirov Ballet. Her company also manufactured packaged foods for fine grocers like Vons/Pavilions, Gelsons, Trader Joe’s, Larry’s and Neiman-Marcus. And then the writing took over. Nicole’s first book, Secrets From A Caterer’s Kitchen, published by Putnam in 2001, received rave reviews. Her second book, Cooking for Company, was published in September 2003 to the delight of her students and fans. Her third book, The Backyard Bartender, was published by Clarkson Potter in May 2007 and will be getting a big national push in the spring/summer of ‘08. Nicole talks about cooking and entertaining across the country on television and radio and teaches at schools like Sur La Table, Draeger’s, Central Market, Viking and L’Acadamie du Cuisine. Nicole has also served as spokesperson for Sam’s Club, The California Almond Board, Gevalia Kaffe, and E. & J. Gallo Wines. She contributes many articles every year to national magazines like Bon Appetit, Better Homes and Gardens and the SAM”S CLUB Source. Nicole is currently at work on a cookbook for the environmental idealist in all of us, and a memoir. Nicole is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), Slow Food, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), and the Society of Professional Journalists. She lives and cooks in Seattle, WA. Her website is, www.nicolealoni.net
Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
Susan Ginsburg, Writer's House, NY
Sierra Club, Heifer Int'l, Humane Society, SlowFood
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