In 2011, Anna and her husband Alex moved from Kyiv to the Bay Area, where Alex was offered a tech job. Anna became a contributor to the Ukrainian Marie Claire Magazine, which was the first little spark to ignite her passion for cooking. Following this experience, she rediscovered her culinary heritage by hosting dinner parties and sharing wholesome Eastern European flavors and food culture. Encouraged by countless feedback teeming with enthusiasm, Anna began to build a social media presence, offering an alluring combination of authentic recipes and mouthwatering photos.
In 2014, she worked as a food photographer and culinary critique for various SF-based food startups, such as Allset, MealPal, Zesty, Feastly, and Cozymeal.
In 2017, after numerous photo-shoots and assisting with new cooking endeavors, Anna was finally offered a chance to unveil her own food-making talents. Her first Eastern European pop-up dinner was a revelation: the true lifetime passion finally realized in the spotlight of her mind. Since that moment, Anna has hosted hundreds of pop-ups and cooking classes together with Whole Foods, One Hope Winery, 18 Reasons, and ChefsFeed. Her Georgian Khachapuri Nights became a delicious sensation in the San Francisco foodie community.
Anna creates her recipes based on classical Eastern European cooking traditions, incorporating her flavorsome modern twists. She adores the vibes of creativity in the kitchen and is now sharing them on her virtual cooking workshops, which are packed with palate-opening Slavic and Caucasian culinary delights. Anna celebrates her background with every little Ukrainian dumpling she folds and bowls of luscious Slavic soups she presents to her raving audience. Given this overwhelming support from her followers and community, Anna had a chance to collaborate with some of the most prominent food, wine, and culinary brands, such as Duckhorn Winery, Mezzetta, InstantBrand, Buzz Feed Tasty, Hestan premium cookware, Marine Stewardship Council, etc.