Dine by Design is more than catering

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 03:51 PM.

"The more flavors you keep in your head and nose, the more wine you will taste," Pitchford explained, as guests were urged to sniff first.   

Pitchford spent 18 year working in the software business, but when things began to change in her life and in the software business, she felt it was time for a lifestyle change.

"Everything changed in my life and I was doing some consulting. Instead of asking myself what I wanted to be, I asked myself what I loved to do. I had always cooked and cooked well. I recognized that and took out a student loan and enrolled at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan," she said.

Pitchford completed an apprenticeship in Paris at a Michelin-starred restaurant. During that time she traveled throughout Europe.

While she has lived in several countries and states, Pitchford chose to return to Florida, and opened the doors of Dine by Design Catering in Grayton Beach in March 2006. Since then she has catered events from Pensacola to St. George Island, and in her spare time she is working on a book.

While the chef says the flavors of the Mediterranean — Italy, Spain, France, and North Africa, as well as lamb and salads — are her favorite, what she enjoys cooking most is whatever makes her clients, family, and friends happy.

"I am not fussy," she said. "I focus on ingredients I can simmer, and meat I can slow roast. But I most enjoy cooking food my guests like and giving pleasure to others, as I believe most chefs do."  

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