Curator. Writer. Home Cook. Mom.
To many of you in culinary, I am your writer. I'm your marketing director.
I'm the person who pushes you to think about what's next.
To my friends and family, I'm "Nini" - pronounced with a long "e" sound..
Many smile and say, "Swanky Fork. Right?"
I'm a 4th generation Montanan from a long line of traditional cooks who also liked to grow their own vegetables. My heritage is Norwegian. Yes, I've finally mastered lefse. I'm most content when I am in my kitchen quietly testing recipes while listening to music.
Some of my best friends and memories were made in San Francisco for two decades after getting my business degree at MSU. Home for the rest of my life will always be here in the mountains at the end of our dirt road in Montana. Creating Swanky Fork led me to do the work that is closest to my heart.
I used to think that the "win" was when my team at the shop had sold over 100,000 cookware products. I also actually thought the "win" was the business awards and recognition. Those were definitely highlights but upon more thoughtful reflection, the wonder of Swanky Fork was meeting beautiful humans who love to cook and hearing your amazing stories.
"Joy" was receiving a handwritten recipe for "Rise and Shine Cinnamon Rolls" from a Gramma in North Dakota after she visited the store during a family reunion. She made them every single day on the farm for her family and neighbors. Every. Single. Day.
"Meaningful" was having a craftsman come through the door grinning with rolling pins he'd pulled out of the back of his Subaru. He presented a masterpiece.
"Priceless" was trekking 10,000 miles to meet a little shopkeeper who hand pounded copper bowls in Guadalupe, Spain.
"Grateful" was meeting the women and men who work tirelessly on the road bringing kitchen products to the shop and providing education.
Humans connected by kindness and cooking.
Today, we're working on a beautiful curated kitchen collection for you and we can't wait to share it with you.
Swanky Fork Kitchen Shop