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Meet Dana

Dana began her career in the hospitality industry at the age of 12, spinning cotton candy and selling corn dogs at the PNE. Her father was in the wine importing business for many years and instilled a love of wine, food and travel.

Dana's culinary fate was sealed when, after managing several flagship Vancouver restaurants in her early twenties, she followed her passion into the kitchen, completing her formal chef's education at Dubrulle Culinary School and launching her extremely successful inaugural venture, Cellar Door Restaurant at Sumac Ridge Winery in the Okanagan.  To deepen her craft further, she completed an apprenticeship at the storied River Cafe in London, England, an experience that continues to fuel her creatively to this day.  Inspired and emboldened by what she learned there, she returned to Vancouver and launched one of the most innovative and awarded small plates restaurants in Vancouver's culinary history, CRU. 

Dana is now the principal at SOL Kitchen, a food and hospitality consulting company, where she can take full advantage of her experience on both sides of the pass for a diverse range of clients, from fast-casual restaurants like Noodlebox to being the representative in Canada for New Zealand, for whom she served as Chef Ambassador to local food producers like Windset Farms (see more of Dana's recipes on Windset Farms).

After many culinary trips to Italy, Dana is realizing a life long dream of hosting cooking classes and culinary adventures at Casa Caponetti olive oil farm in Tuscania, Italy.  Dana will host two trips a year to this food lover's jewel.  Dana brings her extensive professional cooking expertise and her fun loving style of teaching to each group she hosts.

For more information on how you can get to Casa Caponetti to join Dana, please contact her travel partner Travel Best Bets: