We are a multicultural family in the South? Midwest? You may ask, "How did you get here?" Well, it was the fall of Saigon in April 1975....the rest I am saving for the novel/screenplay that is accumulating in my mind. We were sponsored by a Catholic family who brought my family of 7 home with them from Fort Chaffee to Mineral Springs, AR. For that I am very grateful.
Fast forwards 22 years later. I met Jereme Rasico. He was an army man, and he so articulately reflected, "I've been all around the world, and who knew that I would find the love of my love right back in my hometown." Awww...Then, during the same lunch at Iriana's Pizza, he also professed, "You know, honey, I've been all around the world, I've tried all kinds of beer, but one thing is for certain. Nothing beats a Bud Light!" Just his opinion. I know, we have deep talks.
Now we have 2 daughters, and we realize the importance of instilling tradition and culture within their hearts and minds. From the Vietnamese to the Sicilian to the Portuguese cultures....we like to emphasize that we are multicultural! We love to cook, we love to share, and we hope that these moments will always live in our daughters' memories! (To be continued....)
During my college years, I worked in a few restaurants. I worked as a hostess at Bennigans, Shorty Smalls, and Romano's Macaroni Grill. I had a few short stints as a server at The Terrace and Alouettes, but I learned the most at Macaroni Grill. With an open kitchen and required testing of the extensive menu, this wasn't just a place of employment. It was an involvement with Italian culture. So I was promoted to Developer status, meaning I trained new servers on Italian culture, food, and the 17 steps of service.
When I worked the expo, I learned about time management in what dishes needed to get started early in the rustic brick oven, or in the saute pan. It was up to me as servers dropped the tickets off to make sure that the line knew what we had in queue. I had a front row view of the executive chef calling out to the sous chefs as they tossed their pans with olive oil and garlic, mixed proteins & veggies with their tongs, and twirled pasta landings on the plate, ending with a garnish of basil or parsley. It's where I learned to cook.
Our Day Jobs
I work as an Account Executive at Cumulus Media, formerly Citadel Broadcasting. I handle radio, internet, and event marketing for clients on 8 radio stations including Alice 107.7, Power 92, KARN News Radio, B98.5, KOKY, Praise, KAAY, and The Sports Animal AM 920. We also have the Arkansas Traffic Network and Arkansas Radio Network.
Jereme is an electrician. He has worked on many projects in Little Rock including The Clinton Library, Baptist Hospital, Family Life Center, among many others. He helped put in the fountain at Brodie Creek/Woodlands Edge where many of our friends live. He has also worked occasionally in Alaska at Red Dog Mine (the world's largest producer of zinc) and further up the slope working around oil rigs and gas pipelines. He left the BP rig in Alaska just briefly before the explosion of the BP rig in the Gulf.