Regina Varolli grew up in fine-dining restaurants in America and Europe. The daughter of a chef dad from Reggio Emilia, Italy, and a restaurateur mom from Los Angeles, California, her first attempt at gastronomy was making escargot at age 6, with snails foraged from her back garden. While that didn't work too well—everyone spit them out—she never stopped approaching food as a fearless adventure.
A featured food blogger on Huffington Post, where she interviews high-profile chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, and Johnny Iuzzini, Varolli is a freelance writer, who also contributes to Dessert Professional and consults with culinary and charity clients on strategic branding, marketing, and public relations. Her culinary clients include Pastry Chef Damien Herrgott and Tea Sommelier Kiley Holliday of Bosie Tea Parlor in New York City. Regina’s charity clients include Second Chance Employment Services, a Washington, DC, nonprofit dedicated to securing employment for at-risk women, and ReRun, Inc, a New York/New Jersey-based nonprofit that rescues, retrains, and offers adoption of thoroughbred ex-racehorses.
Varolli is currently authoring two culinary titles for The 99 Series of Books and developing a cookbook with Chef-owner Cesar Ramirez of the Michelin three-starred Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare. She is also working on the launch of her new company, Culinary Epicenter.
Before moving to Manhattan in 2005, Varolli spent seven years in Washington, DC, where she worked as a Capitol Hill lobbyist, ran a nonprofit organization, and began her communications consulting business. She studied philosophy—specifically, ethics and symbolic logic—at The University of California, Santa Barbara. Beyond writing, food, and charity, her passions extend to horse riding, sailing, beaches, and mountains.