Pasta to Appear at Enterprising Women 2014

The Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine will host an Enterprising Women’s Event next week in Cape Cod, Mass. I will be leading a panel on ‘Reinventing Yourself with the Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom.’

The event focuses on women in finance and in business who are taking their careers to the  next level. Nancy Kerrigan, Olympic Medalist and Motivational Speaker will be giving the keynote.

To learn more about the event, please click HERE.



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‘Taste of Dorchester Collection’ Offers GF Treats

The international brand, the Dorchester, caters to gluten-free clients throughout its successful brand. It recently launched a new dining initiative: “Taste of Dorchester Collection”, a new in-room dining menu that highlights classic dishes reinterpreted by hotels across the portfolio.

The menu was revamped thanks to an internal team named the Dorchester Collection’s Innovation Committee, a multidisciplinary team comprised of innovation champions from each property. The team surveyed guests on their preferences and learned that an exceptionally satisfying and enjoyable dining experience has a significant positive impact on a guest’s emotional connection with the hotels.

Below are several of the new menu items that are gluten-free or can be gluten-free upon request while dining at any of their properties:


LE SWISS DELICE – LE RICHEMOND, GENEVA – Contains gluten, but Le Richemond can create the dish gluten-free if the request is made in advance



VITELLO TONNATO – HOTEL PRINCIPE DI SAVOIA, MILAN – Gluten-free and the hotel has a separate gluten-free menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

RIGATONI ALLA NORMA – HOTEL EDEN, ROME – Can be made with gluten-free penne

FISH AND CHIPS - COWORTH PARK, ASCOT – Can create a gluten-free version

BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING – THE DORCHESTER, LONDON – Can create a gluten-free version

For more information on the Dorchester Collection, please visit,

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Kristen’s Connections Events: Fashion Forward: The Katherine Hooker Collection

In conjunction with Pasta’s Kitchen, I have launched a networking events series coined Kristen’s Connections. For more information, please feel free to contact me via email at 

Kristen’s Connections

I live in two worlds: food and finance. I spend my days writing about the ultra-high-net-worth community and my nights writing about the all-encompassing world of food and travel. Throughout my career, I’ve come across the most beautiful array of interesting people: Wall Street hot shots; intriguing travel journalists; law professionals; medical gurus—and everything in between. But the one thing I always connect with people on is my love of food and drink. So I’d like you to join me in a series of out-of-the-box networking events with a goal of gathering those with common interests to share our stories, our experiences, and to expand our ever-evolving networks.

The Event

UK-Fashion Designer Katherine Hooker is best known for dressing the likes of Kate and Pippa Middleton. Join a group of fashion forward women (and men) who are looking to try on the collection and mingle with others who are interested in learning more about the popular brand.

There will be artwork displayed and light refreshments will be served.

What You Need to Know

What: Katherine Hooker Trunk Show

Date: Thursday, October 23

Time: 6-9pm

Venue: For venue information, please contact me.


To send me an email with your reply, click here. The event is invitation only.

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The Daily Meal: Balvanera Brings Argentine Food to Life

In my recent article for The Daily Meal, I check out the Lower East Side’s newest Argentinean restaurant, Balvanera. Famed chef Fernando Navas is providing a little something for everyone at his first restaurant concept. 

“I wanted to go back to cooking and what I love to do,”  remarked executive chef and owner, Fernando Navas, of newly-openedBalvanera Restaurant on New York City’s Lower East Side. Navas has had a career many chefs can only dream of – he’s worked in Nobu inMiami, Il Bulli in Spain, and Sushi Samba in New York.”

To read the full article, Click HERE.



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We Are What We Eat

The Daily Meal has recently published two of my new articles about nutrition.

One is about our work snacks–and are they making us sleepy? To read more, click HERE.

The other delves into the worst dieting myths and tells you exactly why they aren’t helping you lose weight. To read more, click HERE.

We want to hear from you! What are your worst dieting stories? What foods do you eat that make you sleepy? What are foods that keep you awake?

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Pasta on

Hi all, Pasta was recently featured on for her article on What European Women Drink to Stay Slim. It was originally published HERE in the Daily Meal.


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Acanto: Where Tradition Meets Innovation

By Kristen Oliveri

It has been said that when royalty goes to Milan, they dine in Acanto Restaurant located within the Hotel Principe de Savoy. It’s no surprise why. This classic Italian fine dining establishment is one filled with romance and elegance, designed by Celeste Dell’Anna Design. The restaurant overlooks the garden with a beautiful waterfall that is peaceful and in the warmer months of the year, the doors are open and guests can dine in the garden.

I had explained prior to my arrival at Acanto that I have a gluten allergy and the restaurant was more than accommodating. My dining companion and I began our meal with a glass of champagne along with gluten-free bread and crackers before setting out on our journey to sample the regional culinary treasures of Lombardy.

The sommelier was able to pick out a fantastic local Italian wine to pair with our meal after we ordered. The wine cellar boasts an extensive collection (roughly 600 bottles) of both Italian and French wine, among others like Austrian and Californian varietals.

For the first course, I tried an interesting creation dreamt up by Executive Head Chef Fabrizio Cadei. I sampled the vegetable garden with ricotta and my companion tried the beef tartare. The vegetable garden was light and creamy and a well-balanced seasonal dish, which I only wishes I was eating outside. While it was too chilly to dine outside, the cuisine radiated inner warmth that carried on throughout the evening.

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For our second course, we tried light gluten-free pasta with zucchini ribbon in a delicate broth sauce with olive oil and butter that was outstanding. It had that beautiful simplicity that I can only find in pasta dishes in Italy. It was crafted using only a few seasonal ingredients that came together perfectly.

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I’m a big believer in keeping food simple. When I was informed by our server that the signature dish at Acanto is the roast suckling pig, I knew I didn’t have to search any further. It came out piping hot and the crispy skin was flawlessly seasoned. While one could argue I was stuffed before the main course, I couldn’t put my fork down once the dish had made its grand entrance.

What may wow many with a sweet tooth is the restaurant’s elaborate dessert trolley. While I happen to be much more of a savory than sweet person, I couldn’t resist a little something to finish my meal. A bowl of berries with a touch of cream on top was about all I could handle.

The service was top-notch, which one would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. But what I particularly enjoyed was that it didn’t feel over-the-top, as if the waiters were anticipating your every move. Rather, it felt reactive and quite natural. When we needed something, it was simply taken care of.

Our meal was the perfect balance between traditional Italian cuisine, coupled with inventive modern dishes. And word around the culinary street is that Acanto serves up a stellar weekend brunch. It’ll perhaps be on my itinerary for my next trip to Milan.



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