My Story

I was born and raised in Rome, Italy. My Father is from Naples and my Mom from Tuscany, both regions known for excellent cuisine. I learned the traditions of authentic homemade Italian cooking in my grandmother’s kitchen on Sunday mornings, while she prepared our family meal.

Fast-forward a few years: I travelled and lived in different countries as a diplomat’s wife. Exposed to many cultures and languages, I acquired a flair for sophisticated, world-style entertaining.  I remembered how important food was in my happy childhood years. I started using food as the core element around which to entertain and surprise the many distinguished guests who came to our house. Curious by nature, I love to explore tastes from around the world – from French to Middle Eastern to Thai. Many politicians, artists, directors, musicians and diplomats raved about my dinner parties convinced it was prepared by some notorious chef …I loved to keep the secret!

While appreciation of the food is key for a successful party, there is also a magic element in entertaining – it’s the soul, the spirit, something indefinable you cannot provide only with perfect food. Your guests, regardless of nationality or culture, can tell when an event is organized with heart and warmth, giving the hospitality that special magic. And you will also know it was a success when the end of the evening arrives too quickly, when you will think it was fun and worth going through the preparation, when people don’t want to leave.

I treat my clients as my guests. I want them to relax and enjoy their event, whether it is an exclusive dinner party or a cocktail for a crowd or a private catered celebration for three hundred or a grand opening for one thousand.

I use my experience in world class entertaining, my strong organizational skills, my attention to detail, and my dedicated staff to ensure a sophisticated, distinctive and successful event.

Elisabetta Ciardullo Criel

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