Born and raised in the Sacramento area, Chef Mike combines hometown love with high-end culinary skills. At a young age, Chef's grandmother helped to focus his youthful energy into cooking and baking. His passion for food grew as he found food makes people happy.
His skills were further refined through culinary school and then put to the test at some of the finest restaurants the US has to offer: Ruth Chris, Paul Martin's and Morton's. After four and a half years as a manager at Ruth Chris, Chef Mike decided to take his style and knowledge to Love at First Bite.
Now, teaming with the Love at First Bite team, Chef Mike's creativity can freely combine with the Cafe's clean, wholesome ingredients to create outstanding food executed well.
Tami has worked long and hard to make her dream of owning a small local cafe where she can share her love for cooking a reality; where she can welcome the local community as curious, hungry visitors and wish them well as friends after their feast.
Tami has always had a passion for good food, be it homemade, local, fresh or organic, and now has the opportunity to share her love with Sacramento. Hand-in-hand with a supportive group of family and friends, Tami hopes to have a positive and welcome impact in the community.
Mamie was born in St. Louis Missouri on December 29, 1921 to two Italian immigrants. Her parents, both from Castelvetrano Sicily, recently immigrated to the US to make a new life for themselves and their family. To Mamie, the kitchen was more than a place to just cook food. It was a place where love was shared with friends and family, and where the art of growing and making food was just as important as eating it. To this very day, Tami and her daughter Stephanie still make traditional Italian candy and cookies every Christmas - just like grandma did!
In our family, knowing our food, from seed to plate, is very important.
Mamie's husband, Grandpa Joe, grew a very large garden and was in charge of the fresh vegetables and fruits. Every meal was from fresh ingredients and home cooked. Mamie would take care not to use processed foods that might contain harmful ingredients for her family. Grandma took the time to carefully select and grind her own sausage and hamburger meats, always taking time to understand all that her family ate.
And it is because of Grandma Mamie that we carefully select our purveyors to ensure the highest quality of foods for our patrons and why we take the time to cure and grind our own hamburger and sausage meats... just like grandma did!