I would like to tell you how I started on this road.....
I was born and brought up in London, England. I learned to cook and entertain from my wonderful mother, Emily. My parents entertained a great deal for business and pleasure and were such amazing hosts. Every guest felt like he or she was the most important person in the world. Everyone was treated like a king, queen, prince or princess! It makes me smile to think about the wonderful times we had and how much I learned and laughed during these wonderful culinary adventures. After the dinner party was over it was such a warm and comforting feeling, helping my mother clear up – we would discuss the people, the food, the conversations, how we could improve next time. I wish more people could have those great experiences.
In addition when I was learning to cook and the dish did not look “right”, Mummy would say “Just call it something else Julia!” At the beginning, there were many “Julia Specials” but they always tasted great and I learned how to make them look great!
Our home was the venue for so many international gatherings and I was exposed to international food, cultures and customs. It was nothing for my father to phone my mother at 4:00pm in the afternoon and say, “Emily, I have invited some people over for dinner, there will be 6 or 8 or 12….. Mummy took it all in stride. When I got home from school she would say “Julia, go and lay the table for….” Of course, all of this learning went along with good manners and learning social skills – it just went together so well.
By the time I was nine I could cook a complete meal for a dinner party for up to 30 people. I learned how to substitute ingredients and be adventurous in putting flavors together. I miss Mummy’s gentle and encouraging company and her incredible people skills. I am so thankful that I am her daughter and still carry on using the knowledge she imparted to me. I have to say I miss her cooking – she just had “the touch”. I wish I could call Mummy and say, “I am coming home this evening, please make my favorite spinach dish”. I hope you had, have or will have someone in your life as encouraging as my Mummy!
So since I finished at college my love of all those things I just told you about led me to conducting workshops, classes, seminars and briefings in business, social etiquette, communication skills, culinary and wine appreciation for many years inthe United Kingdom and the United States.
I have written three cookbooks and I also write columns for magazines and newspapers on etiquette, culinary/ wine topics, and appear on TV and radio talk shows sharing my knowledge. I believe that we pick up and retain new skills and make them into good habits more easily if we are having fun at the same time - so ...... my presentations are entertaining as well as informative.
Among Julia’s clients are the Abbotts Lab, Accent, American Assoc. of Neurological Surgeons, American Soc. of Anesthesiologists, American Soc. of Business Officials, Aspect, Astra Zeneca, Attorney’s Title Fund, Inc., AutoDesk, Banana Republic, Barton Marlow, Bay Hill CC., Berlex, Best Western, Buena Vista Suites, CAPCO, Carmax, Clarisonics, Citrus Club, Coldwell Banker, Darden – Red Lobster, Daimler Chrysler, Clarendon Insurance, DaVita, DuPont, Ernst & Young, Faro Technologies,Florida Virtual Schools, Fossil, Gartner Group, Grant Thompson, Holt McDougal, Hyatt Hotels, Inst. of Internal Auditors, Isleworth CC., Ivy Funds, Jauch USA, Junior Women’s League of Orlando, KPMG, Liberty Mutual, Manpower, Mercedes Benz Fin.Svc., Masland Carpet, Medtronics, Meeting Planners Int., Microsoft, NASA, NAWBO, NECA, NRCA, Orange County Public Defenders,PBC, Pepperidge Farm Co, Pepsi-Co,Power Transmission Distr. Assoc., PROLINGO, Raymond James, Revolabs, Siemens, Semantec, State Farm Ins., Sealy Mattress Co., Sprint, Smithsonian Inst. Starwood, Stiefel, Sltriata,TAPFIN, TECO, Tommy Hilfiger, Tourico, Tupperware Brands, UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, VOXEO,Whole Foods Market & Wyndham Worldwide Corporation.
I look forward to meeting you! Cheerio for now!
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Julia Anita..Food, Wine & Etiquette Educator, Consultant & Author