|This beautiful painting was created by|
Lissa Bockrath, Linda's favorite Cleveland artist.
There are two loves in Linda Fletcher’s life: ballet and food/wine. And not necessarily in that order.
Linda is, in fact, a classically trained ballerina. She is a prodigy of Canada’s National Ballet School, which is located in Toronto and is one of the most renowned ballet schools in the world. After graduation, she was invited to join The National Ballet Company and was a soloist for many years.
Although she loves to dance, she also loves food and wine just as much. Why is that? “It makes people happy,” she says simply.
Growing up, Linda had an intense interest in all things food and wine. Even as a young girl, she would regularly scour the food section of her local newspaper – so much so that, one year, her dad gave her a subscription to Gourmet magazine as a gift. There’s no denying she truly had an early appreciation for the culinary arts. And it continues to this day.
“I enjoy learning about wine from all over the world and am happy to acquire new information every time I visit a wine store,” says Linda. “I also want to share that knowledge with others. For the past 18 years, I’ve been teaching people/customers about new wines, the details of their specific cultures, and the perfect food to enjoy with them.”
Today, as a highly sought-after consultant for wine and special events, Linda still enjoys the role food and wine play in her life. “It’s the BEST part!” she says, beaming.
As to how she heard of LDEI, she says it was through “a guy friend.” And what does she enjoy most about being a Dame? “Sharing with others and supporting new people,” Linda admits with a smile.
Learn more about Linda as she shares some fun and interesting insights about herself.
What food always reminds you of home? My dad always made pancakes, so that reminds me of home.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten? Clam soup at The Greenhouse Tavern. It had foie gras in it!
Which one chef would you want to invite over for dinner and what would you serve? David Shalleck, chef/founder of VOLOCHEF Culinary Solutions and co-author of Mediterranean Summer. I would create a new dish with inspiration from his onion pulp secret!
What is your favorite cookbook? The Umberto Menghi Cookbook.
What’s your favorite comfort food? Ice cream.
Any favorite indulgences? Dark chocolate.
How do you like to entertain? Trying new recipes for my friends to experience.
Do you have a signature dish? Paella.
What’s your favorite dessert to prepare? Croquembouche.
What would people be surprised to find in your kitchen? Fifteen pots!