I’ll always consider myself a chef, but that’s not what I do anymore. I made a decision at age 40 that I wasn’t going to spend the rest of my life in the kitchen. At age 30, I made the decision that I wasn’t going to spend the rest of my life in an office (and in Los Angeles). I’m fortunate today to be able to teach cooking classes part time in Napa Valley, to take on some private dinners and catering part time, and to sell antiques part time. I sell my antiques from a shop in Vallejo, but I also peddle a few things on eBay and Etsy, and I also sell quite a bit of stuff to my friends who are chefs.
I’m a lifelong collector. I think I was a bottle cap collector first, then postage stamps, then baseball cards, then records, then all sorts of other stuff as I became an adult. Of course, I haven’t kept up with all of those collections over the years. I’m not a hoarder, although I do still collect lots records. In fact, my record collection is probably the main thing I have to show for my 20s. I have a couple thousand LPs, and I could do an entire blog on the funk and soul music from the 60s and 70s, but there are already folks covering that much better than I could.
What I’ve missed on the Internet is a blog like this one, a place where you can just peruse old famous menus or look at weird old food photography. Vintage Supper is meant to amuse and to entertain, and that’s about it. I love food history almost as much as I love food. At age 20, I made the decision that wanted to be a writer — it didn’t really materialize in any meaningful way, so this is also that. I used to have a previous blog, The Accidental Wino, but I’ve put it to rest.