Susan established the Centreville Café in 2003, supporting the local community of Centreville with breakfast and lunch daily. During the Café's first year, clients appreciated the personal, warm and friendly atmosphere, and asked Susan to consider expanding her menu and hours. In 2004, she opened Montrachet Fine Foods, as a commissary kitchen for the Café, preparing all soups, stocks, meats and prepared foods for clients in the Café and what used to be Troll of Scandinavia. Catering off-site expanded the business, with clients returning time after time, and is the basis for Montrachet Fine Foods. Montrachet is known for Susan and her staff's excellent food, superb presentation and highly professional service. Her businesses are open 364 days a year, and Susan is known to be there on almost all of them.
Professionally, Susan has expanded her catering and baking base with the staffing support of three professional chefs: Kathleen Donovan, former chef/owner of Feasts of Fairville and Troll of Scandinavia; Erica Ferguson, certified pastry chef, former head pastry chef of Harry's Savoy Grill and Taste of Britain English Tea Room; and Sabrina Hornberger, certified culinary chef, formerly of Wolfgang Puck of Las Vegas.
Susan has also expanded the range of foods prepared by Montrachet from her extensive travels around the world and United States, focusing especially on high end appetizers and food presentation. She is a Founding Officer of The First State Bailliage of The Chaine Des Rôtisseurs, and invitation-only organization based in France, and is the recipient of their highest volunteer award in the organization for her work in 2012. She is a patron and chef at many local events, supporting not for profit groups in our community that include: the March of Dimes – Farmer and the Chef; the Delaware Museum of Natural History – Wine & Dinosaurs; Mid-Atlantic Food & Wine Feast – Private Dinners, Gospel Brunch, and Wine Guild; Helen F. Graham Cancer Center of Christiana Hospital; Leadership Delaware and the Delaware Youth Leadership Network, to name a few. She was recently featured in the New York Times – Travel Section on September 1, 2013, in "36 Hours – What To Do in the Brandywine Valley" and is the only Delaware café identified, one of two restaurants in Delaware noted.
She also personally supports many organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, the March of Dimes, and Faithful Friends. Montrachet prepares foods for many of the finest homes in our region, and in public spaces including the Mt. Cuba Center for Horticulture, the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, the Delaware Museum of Natural History, and Nemours Mansion.
Prior to the Café and Montrachet, Susan has served as Managing Director for Meals From The Masters, and managed several not-for-profit events centered around food. In her corporate career, she led management teams in strategic planning, supply chain management and marketing; all provided a strong base for concise planning and organization. Always a serious 'foodie', her corporate work allowed her to travel the world, meet and talk with fine chefs everywhere, and develop excellent skills in her kitchen and those of friends for groups large and small. She takes pride in the diversity of her workforce at the Café, and routinely employs high students form at least four different schools in the area. Susan teaches classes each semester for Wilmington University, on food preparation and presentation, and wine and cheese.
Susan holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. Personally, she is married to Patrick who also loves food and travel, enjoys her two dogs and one cat, and gardens when she is home.