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Gramma's influence prevails

Ola Smazynski

Manager, Pasta Lupino

PQ: What’s your food/wine philosophy?

OS: Have what you enjoy and enjoy what you have.

PQ: One food you can’t live without?

OS: Avocado.

PQ: One ingredient you can’t live without?

OS: Pepper.

PQ: What food/drink should people be more open to trying?

OS: Wholesome homemade food. People need to be more in tune with their food environment.

PQ: One food you avoided as a child and now you love?

OS: Oatmeal.

PQ: Most memorable meal you’ve ever eaten?

OS: At the Rimrock last year.

PQ: Exact moment you decided to become involved in the food industry?

OS: Since I was a little girl in Gramma’s Polish kitchen.

PQ: What’s your solution for a last-minute meal?

OS: Avocado, toast and salt and pepper.

PQ: Best trend in food/restaurants?

OS: People becoming more aware of mass production foods and steering away from them. Simultaneously becoming more involved with locally-grown organic foods.

PQ: Worst trend in food/restaurants?

OS: Mass production of hormone induced meat and vegetable products.

PQ: Greatest professional moment?

OS: Becoming Manager at Pasta Lupino and enjoying my work. I look forward to seeing my everyday customers knowing that they come here for the full package: the atmosphere and the food.

PQ: Where would you go to eat, if you could go anywhere in the world?

OS: Straight to my Gramma’s house in Poland for her meals with lots of love.

PQ: Where would you go for your last meal in Whistler?

OS: Sachi Sushi.

PQ: What brought you to Whistler?

OS: The open-mindedness & eternal youth.

PQ: Who has been the most influential person on your cooking/career?

OS: Most definitely, as a child, both my mom and my grandmother for their right-from-scratch meals and their beliefs in absolutely no processed foods.