Thank you to Chef Nancy Fuller, Chef John Griffin/ Ginsberg Foods, Cosimo’s proprietor Carlo Citera, Cosimo’s Chef Jay Kooperman, Cosimo’s manager Damien Brady, the Cosimo’s team, as well as the many dinner and annual sponsors, local vendors, silent auction donors, an all our attendees for helping to make the sold-out 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner such a spectacular evening!
Born on a 500‐acre dairy farm in upstate New York, Nancy Fuller’s childhood instilled in her a love and respect for food, farmers, and the land where it is grown. After completing her education, Nancy went on to purchase a local motel, adding on a restaurant, and eventually leading to a successful 25-year career as a caterer. She honed her cooking style and received her training by feeding a family of eight, three times a day, seven days a week. In 2006 Nancy invested in her husband’s company Ginsberg’s Foods, the largest independent food distribution company in the Hudson Valley. As co‐owner and Executive Vice President of Ginsberg’s Foods, Nancy’s greatest influence has been to emphasize the importance in expanding the availability and quality of fresh, in season, products from the local farmers within the community. Today, Nancy is the star of one of Food Network’s newest shows, Farmhouse Rules.
With the fourth season of Farmhouse Rules in production, and a fifth one on the way, Nancy’s natural charisma on camera has quickly established her a presence on Food Network’s Sunday morning line-up. Filmed on location at her 18th–century farmhouse, Farmhouse Rules has inspired millions of viewers with her personal mission to put the family back at the dinner table. The show also provides Nancy another vehicle to advocate for the region’s hard-working farmers continuing to promote the farm to table movement, which she has long supported. The recipes and food on her show embody her philosophy of feeding others with simple delicious meals from the heart.
Last fall, Nancy served as a judge for the Food Network’s first Holiday Baking Championship series. The show was a hit and Nancy was invited to be a judge on the Food Network’s first Spring Baking Championship, currently in production. Her success on television has led to the opportunity to write a cookbook, which will be released in the fall of 2015. True to her style, the cookbook, to be titled Farmhouse Rules, highlights the area she loves and calls home. She is hard at work crafting recipes that are near and dear, influenced by personal stories, and feature her easy, “chop chop in the pot,” entertaining style.