THE CHEF- Lisa LaValle, Trellis (Botanical Gardens)

By Ashley Buckowing

How long have you been cooking?

I’ve been cooking for my family since I was a little girl, so I can pretty much say that I’ve been cooking for 50 years. I started cooking when I was a little girl because I had no mom in the family, so I was the cook. Professionally, since 1979-1980 off and on, so…a long time. 30 years for sure.Chef

What is your favorite food to eat?

That’s a tough one. Probably soups and salads. But if I was stranded on a desert island and had only one food to eat, it would be either an apple or a tomato.

Favorite dish to prepare?

I like making soups, salad dressings and sauces the best.

What do you do in your spare time to de-stress from work?

I like to do the body pump class at the Y, and I like to sew, and I like to cook at home. I don’t know, maybe that’s a little insane.

Why should people eat at Trellis?

Because we try to make it delicious and healthy and beautiful, and we want the people to have a wonderful experience that includes much more than just the food on their plate. We want them to enjoy the community and the ambiance.

Tell me about your soup sample lunch special.

We always offer three soups each day, and we offer a soup sampler plate where you can get a small little cup of the three different kinds of soup, and then you’re served a small little salad, fresh fruit and toast with it. So if you like sample soup, you can get that for a lunch option. Or you can do two soups and get a larger portion. We will have a menu that changes every month, so we will run two different soups for the full month, and then we always have a soup of the day to be the third soup. RELISH

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