About Tania

WRITER, hospitality consultant, BEACH LOVER

An absorbing passion for food is in my genes, fuelled by teenage weekends working in my father's Italian restaurant Pagana's in Hindley Street, a place where many religiously sought their weekly 'Osso Buco fix'. I swore I would never own a restaurant as the hours were too long, but I didn't count on marrying someone working in hospitality. At the age of 21 my husband and I opened our first restaurant and my path was set.
Three restaurants and three children later, I have to agree that hospitality must be in my blood. The long hours thankfully translated into many loyal customers, lots of awards and the huge satisfaction of watching our young team members develop into incredibly talented hospitality professionals.

I am inspired to write about what I know best — the food, the wine and the people behind it. Every person and business has a story. Writing their story — storytelling — is a powerful medium to connect and inspire. It was an exciting moment in 2012 to see my first article published, part of a feature on South Australia in the Canadian culinary tourism magazine Taste & Travel International. With a keen interest in health and wellness, I no longer view food as simply my passion but also a key to wellness, and my writing often reflects this. I'm also inspired by working with a wonderful group of people as the Leader of Slow Food South Australia, part of the global Slow Food movement, for which iconic chef Cheong Liew is our SA patron.
My qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Professional Writing from Adelaide College of the Arts and food/wine writing and photography workshops with Tasting Australia and Le Cordon Bleu Australia. I am a Certified Professional Restaurateur through Restaurant and Catering Australia and a previous director on their SA board and council advisory member. My work as a consultant keeps me in the hospitality industry loop and regular clients include Adelaide's multi-award winning Chianti and Bar Torino.

As an Aussie beach lover, I adore living near Glenelg Beach in South Australia where spectacular sunsets attract photographers from all over the world. A beach walk followed by sunset watching with an aperitivo in hand is my idea of heaven!