My passion is to cook and share simply good food. I have been cooking for my family, friends and clients for over twenty years. My Grandmother taught me how to bake, my mother taught me to cook. They did not use measuring tools, just a sense of the ingredients and an idea of the method. They instilled this in me. When I create a meal I develop a general concept, buy what looks good and cook.
At every cross roads in my life I have turned to cooking. When I moved from Ireland to Florida, I waitressed for a short while in an Irish bar, one day the Chef did not show , so I offered to take his place, I never left the kitchen after that.
Later I moved to Boston and I started a series of “How to Cook Irish”, cooking parties, needless to say this was a fun business to have in Boston!
After several years in the Bay area we finally choose to settle in Novato. Novato is the Gateway to the wine country and amazing farm produce, its is my little slice of Heaven. Not to mention, Novato is an amazing town to start a family in. After my youngest was old enough I enrolled in Culinary school and graduated top of my class. My internship was at the wonderful Insalata's in San Anselmo where Chef and Owner Heidi Krahling took me under her wing and thought me how to showcase the wonderful bounty of Marin county. Shortly after I graduated I opened Dara's Kitchen. Within a month of opening we were hired for all special events at Toby Lane winery. We currently have a long list of steady clients for whom we cook and host small to large Parties, and lots and lots of cooking classes. My Husband and I and our two wonderful kids love it here in Novato, and we call it home, for us and our Business, Dara's Kitchen.
Everything has a beginning and all my wonderful dishes begin with my passion for quality, fresh, seasonal ingredients. I look forward to feeding you, your family and friends, simply good food.