When I Met Food: Living the American Restaurant Dream
People often cite financial independence or the desire to become "masters of their own destiny" as reasons for starting their own businesses. These two reasons, as well as financial hardship after her divorce, pushed Kathy Sidell into the restaurant business following a successful stint as a film producer. After working as a cook in her sister's restaurant, Sidell went into business on her own and launched a Boston restaurant empire providing sophisticated, upscale cuisine to casual diners. When I Met Food offers glimpses of her tony past and a love of food passed down from her father, a restaurant financier who backed some of Boston's most renowned celebrity chefs, including Todd English, Jasper White and Steve DeFillippo.
Sidell's self-promotional personal history also contains many revelations about her success--from her sage business acumen and a discerning eye for great hospitality to the ability to anticipate trends before they happen. (There are also recipes culled from family, friends and her restaurants' menus.) Confident, bold and with a strong sense of self, Sidell offers the most obvious, but often forgotten, tips and tricks on the art of managing and growing a business while describing how she preserved her personal and artistic integrity in a male-dominated profession. In her brief stint as a restaurateur, Kathy Sidell has managed to create her own take on the American Dream. --Nancy Powell