Hello, my name is Monica Pelucchi and I am very excited to officially join the Golestan community.
I was born and raised in Italy and came to the United States in 1997. My husband, Giovanni, and I have two children, Elisa who is 26 and a nurse at Mayo Clinic and Matteo 21 who is a senior mechanical engineer student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. I worked at Mustard Seed Preschool for 20 years, 17 years as a teacher and three years as a chef. I developed and ran the meal program at MSP after attending Bauman College in Berkeley and obtaining a Natural Chef degree. I met Yalda and the Golestan Team in 2017 when I did my 50-hour externship for culinary school. We continued to collaborate with each other and I later became a substitute Chef at Golestan when time permitted. As a fun hobby I have been working part time at Oaktown Spice Store as a Spice Associate for the past three years, where I discovered a world of spices unknown to me. I am very passionate about food, I love to cook, but I especially enjoy baking. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, exercising, and hanging out with friends. Ciao !
Salam! My name is Sheila, and I am so excited to meet and nourish you all!
Food is one of my greatest passions. Bringing people together with wholesome meals made with love is one of my greatest joys. I like to think that my cooking and baking identity is grounded in two things: (1) My Iranian heritage, upbringing, and memories with family (2) My three years with the Berkeley Student Cooperative. It is there that I gained most of my large-batch cooking and kitchen managing experience. It was also there that I peeked over the shoulders of and learned from sixty other individuals eating, cooking, and experimenting with food.
Some non-food stuff about me: I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I moved to the Bay Area in 2015 to attend UC Berkeley, where I studied ethnic narratives and media studies, with an emphasis on Southwest Asian and North African diaspora studies. In my senior year, I wrote a blended honors thesis on Iranian American coming-of-age literature, and was also a Student-Teacher-Poet for June Jordan’s Poetry for the People Program.
Alongside cooking, diaspora storytelling arts and community-building are some of my biggest passions. I would love to chat with fellow Golestanis about similar (and dissimilar) interests! See you soon!