Hello all! Chef Sallie Lardy here. I’m thrilled to be working with Ries and Michelle (and humbled and a little terrified) that they’ve put their trust in me to help manage the kitchen operations at the Gnome Hole Brewpub!
A little about me: I’m a native of East Texas, born in Woodville and raised in Livingston along with my brother and 2 sisters. I’ve been a chef/caterer/culinary instructor for the last 6 years. Yes, just 6 short years! I have an administrative, technical and training background and before I decided I wanted to be a chef when I grew up, I was working in the Oil & Gas industry here in Houston. At 40 years old, I felt that God’s plan for me was something more than working in corporate America for the rest of my life. Nothing wrong with that, it just wasn’t my calling.
I’ve always been one who’s not afraid to try new things, so I told my employer that I wanted to attend culinary school while still working for them. About the time I started culinary school, I also started a catering and personal chef business. What better way to practice what I learned in school than to immediately apply it to my business, right? On top of that, a year later, I met my soulmate and love of my life, Ron, and got married. Talk about lots of changes in a short period of time!
After a year in school, I decided to leave to pursue my business full-time. A year after that, I left my corporate job (I was then working part-time) and jumped into small business ownership with both feet. Go big, or go home! I operated my business along with the help of my sweet husband, until he passed away in 2013. About a year after that, I was faced with closing my business and returning to the corporate world.
As with more times in my life than I can count, God sweetly stepped in with perfect timing, and blessed me with a job as a private chef for a local professional athlete! No, I can’t tell you who it was, but I can tell you it was a pleasure working with him, and I learned a lot. I still cater events and teach cooking classes from time to time, but that will become less as we get closer to opening day at the brewpub.
A few months ago, I was introduced to Ries and Michele, through a mutual friend (thanks so much Laura!). I made them brunch, and the rest is history! I’m sure you’ve heard about the chocolate stout milkshake with bacon. It will be on the dessert menu, I’m sure.
If I’ve learned nothing else in my life, I’ve discovered that God always steps in and provides just in time, and He never gives up on us. As long as you’re breathing, there’s always hope, regardless of your circumstance. My life hasn’t been easy, usually my own fault, but everything I’ve been through was His way of leading me to this point in my life, and I can’t wait to see what He has in store next!
My future posts will be much shorter. Sorry for the lengthy introduction, but I felt I owed you my story since we’ll be on this wild ride together. I’ll be bringing you news from the kitchen, dishes I’m working on, how the build-out is going, etc. That’s all for now! Have a great week, filled with many blessings!