Annie was born and raised in the fine city of Chicago, although her and her husband have spent the last decade trying out different cities and tiny mountain towns. They have recently, finally, settled on the Pacific Northwest as their forever home, and along with their two young kids are putting their roots down here in SE Portland.
Annie grew up in a food-loving family with serious wanderlust, and has been fortunate to travel the world beginning at a very young age. When not in school or traveling with her parents, she would spend holidays and summers with her grandmother in rural Ohio. It was from her grandmother- a WWII refugee that knew hunger and the importance of a good meal that Annie’s love for the good work of feeding others developed. From her she learned how to skin a rabbit, succession plant a garden, store root crops, bake an objectively perfect apple streusel, properly set a dinner table, and finish just about every plate of food put in front of her.
By age 15 she was ready to enter the workforce and jumped head first into the food and beverage industry and has yet to stray. Her first job was in a French inspired specialty food store and boutique catering company slicing cheese, washing dishes, and passing trays. Since then she has done everything from slinging tacos out of a van to coordinating black tie events for an art museum. Her love of wine came as a natural progression from her passion for food and dining. She cut her teeth and sharpened her palette while working in a specialty wine shop, and has followed her ardor to the Southeast Wine Collective.
When not working or caring for her family, you can find her in her garden sniffing flowers and building bouquets, exploring the great outdoors, or hunting all manner of beasts from morels to vintage sweaters.