Kristin grew up in a sleepy New England town in Massachusetts with a close knit Italian and Polish family, deeply rooted in tradition. Her first days in food and beverage began at the age of 7 by making fruit cups at Betty’s Old Townhouse in Agawam, MA with her Aunt Carol, a seasoned catering Chef who first introduced her to what would become her passions in life; food and people. Always staying active in the catering business, Kristin attended MacDuffie Prepatory School where she excelled as an All-Western Massachusetts Field Hockey, Volleyball and Softball player. After a sports injury, Kristin found herself immersed in the world of music and theater at Agawam High School. The year of her graduation, Kristin found herself being the 3rd person to sing acapella on stage at Symphony Hall behind the likes of Patty LaBelle and Tony Bennett.
Kristin’s musical abilities took her to Daytona Beach Florida to study Opera and Musical Theater at Daytona State College. Kristin was then presented with an amazing opportunity to relocate to Toronto, Canada to record and perform with Eddie Bullen for thunder Dome Sounds and singer Roberta Flack. Upon returning to the States she began traveling across the East coast recording studio tracks for artists, producers and commercials.
Once done with life on the road Kristin made her way back to New England where she became hands on in the family restaurant business, Roberto’s of Newport, RI and Roberto’s of Bristol, RI. It was Kristin’s first time being completely submerged in all aspects of the restaurant business. She worked with Johnson and Wales University to allow current students the opportunity to get real life, hands on experience in a working kitchen while allowing them to accumulate credits for college. It was during this experience that she learned she had a true passion for the back of house. Kristin began co-operating a third family owned business, Blue Moon Catering in Massachusetts where she worked with another Chef in the family; her Mother, Angela.
After her family sold the businesses to take early retirement Kristin found herself in a new career path doing Human Resources and Benefits Administration for the Cities of Agawam, MA and Longmeadow, MA. During this time, she also worked part time as a Pastry Chef for Max’s Tavern Catering for the Max Restaurant Group at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. Looking for a new adventure, Kristin packed up and Moved West to Las Vegas and began working for GameWorks Las Vegas, helping launch the new GameWorks 2.0 at Town Square. Noticing Kristin’s talents in training and her remarkable ability to retain information quickly and efficiently, GameWorks promoted her to Corporate Trainer. Here she began opening new restaurants for GameWorks, training both back of house and front of house employees. Kristin then moved on to be an Assistant General Manager for Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ where her focus in training and policies and procedures quickly lead to a desire to get back into the fast paced world of full service restaurants.
Through mutual friends in the industry Kristin developed a business relationship with Flip Arbalez and Doug Bell. She was brought on to help open their southern style barbecue restaurant Pot Liquor Smokehouse Barbecue, formerly Pot Liquor CAS Contemporary American Smokehouse at Town Square. There, Kristin created dessert menus, house made rubs and barbecue sauces and was responsible for “Big Hank” the in house smoker. There, with Flip and Doug, they created a masterful blend of peach, mesquite and cherry woods to create a unique flavor of BBQ for the Las Vegas Valley, winning them the title of #1 Barbecue in Las Vegas by Las Vegas Review Journal the Best of Las Vegas.
With a passion for helping others and the ability pass along knowledge to people, Kristin moved into a Training Manager role with Landry’s Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. After an exciting career with Landry’s Kristin went back to what she knows; mom and pop business. She took on the role of