Gina D’Orazio Stryker
Gina just loves feeding people. Coming from a long line of Italian chefs, she learned to cook at an early age and always knew that was what she was meant to do. At 17 she said goodbye to her family and her small Idaho home town and headed off for culinary school in Italy.
She spent years honing her skills, using all of life’s opportunities to perfect her particular brand. Early on she created sauces and soups for a small basket business in Los angeles, later, being a small town girl at heart, she married and moved to Carbondale, CO with her husband and twin boys. A second set of twins made their appearance, and she has been cooking for a crowd ever since! Her husband a renowned Yogi, has trained yoga instructors and run yoga retreats for decades, about 11 years ago, Gina started catering for them. Gina Cucina is the culmination of cooking for 1000’s of yogis and 100’s of toddlers over the years. Both sets the most discerning of customers!
Make her a part of your family dinner, and taste the love in every bite!
No matter how many places at the table, Gina has rules: use only the freshest, local ingredients… season judiciously (light on the salt!) and let all of the natural flavor shine through. This love of cooking coupled with a sense of responsibility to those she feeds, to give them only food that nourishes and supports, is what started off her Gina Cucina line of soups. While feeding the retreat guests, Gina started putting her homemade soups in a jar, and after some suggestion she took a car load of them over and sold them at the local farmers market. They were an instant hit. The orders grew exponentially every day, and Gina's kitchen has grown to keep up with the demand. Her cooking now reaches out as far as she can get her fresh food to travel, but with global demand, she's looking at a whole new level of expansion while keeping her feet on the ground. She wants to feed the world the way she feeds her family, so the love is tasted in every bite!