Who's Who at Dell Cove Spice Co.
David and Patricia Beets - Owners, Makers, Wearers of Many Hats
David, a former engineering CAD-designer, is devoted to cooking with fire and runs the shop full-time. Patricia, a former bartender with family farm roots, works as a journalist by day and loves playing with food at night.
MUSIC WE COOK BY: The blues, baby - from BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to Albert King and John Lee Hooker.
IF THE KITCHEN WAS ON FIRE: We'd save the family cookbook and the pictures of our grand-daughters.
I FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT:
- David: "Classic American-made cars. 1953 to 1974, when it was still possible to get a Corvette with a big block. A 1967 big block Corvette, black on black on black, is my all-time favorite. And don't get me started on Impalas."
- Patricia: "Cooking, farming and making up bedtime stories to tell our grand-daughters. My family has farmed since at least the U.S. Civil War. There's something about being in a field, surrounded by plants, that is very soothing."
Veronica Ortega - General Manager of Retail, Spice Guru
Veronica does a bit of everything! As general manager of our brick & mortar shop in Chicago, Veronica helps David run the retail space, keeps the kitchen production running smoothly and works with Patricia on developing our wholesale line. She comes from a family of fantastic cooks and is a budding mixologist.
MUSIC I COOK BY: Disturbed's "Down with the Sickness" album, or Il Divo's "Siempre." When I'm cleaning up the kitchen, I switch over to any album Los Lonely Boys.
IF THE KITCHEN WAS ON FIRE: I'd save my sister (Mina)!
I FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT: Trees! Anything to do with nature, books and solitude.
ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: I'm an active volunteer for groups trying to raise funds for cancer research and treatment.
Mina Ortega - Colorist Extraordinaire, Spice Guru
As a professional cosmetologist, Mina is a genius when it comes to color - and she brings all that expertise with her into the DCS kitchen. She's the hip one in our crew, who helps us scout new cocktail trends, and helps Patricia develop new colors and flavors for our cocktail garnish lines. She's also an important member of our spice blending crew. (And she makes a mean Michelada.)
MUSIC I COOK BY: Merengue or reggae. You've got to dance in the kitchen.
IF THE KITCHEN WAS ON FIRE: My liquor cabinet!
I FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT: Dancing, listening to great music, shopping and spending time with the people I love.
ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: I love to paint.
Kim Leszczynski - Graphic Artist, Coffee Queen
Based in Colorado and a dear friend of Patricia's, Kim is equal parts classical artist and brilliant graphic designer. She created our logo, and helps us hone the look and design of our packaging labels. We love her creative aesthetic (and her coffee!)
MUSIC I COOK BY: Great guitar music! Pat Metheny, Joe Satriani, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Eric Clapton, BB King, Gypsy Kings.
IF THE KITCHEN WAS ON FIRE: I would save all my artwork (it would take a couple of trips - there are 12 pieces!)
I FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT: Carving out free time to learn about & experience new things, spending the whole day painting & listening to music, the vibe in New Orleans, the peace found in nature, and singing.
ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: I used to sing in bands, and at wedding ceremonies, before I moved to Colorado to pursue my art.
Spencer Albers - Social Media Guru, Photographer and Recipe Tester
Based in Minnesota, Spencer is our go-to guy for helping to run all of our social media outlets and the guiding force behind our Instagram account. Some of the delicious food photos you see on our blog are shot by him!
MUSIC I COOK BY: How could I pick just one? But I have been known to match the music to the recipe.
IF THE KITCHEN WAS ON FIRE: I would save my favorite coffee mug.
I FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT: A good art museum, a Midwestern thunderstorm and traveling to a new country.
ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: I started shooting and developing film when I was eight. That's when my photography obsession started.
Selena Vallejo - Food Photographer and Stylist
A Chicago-based food and portrait photographer and food stylist who makes our products look amazingly delicious. We rely on Selena's creative eye to tell the story of our food products. If you're drooling over pictures of our products while you browse our site, it's because of her. You can find her online portfolio here.
MUSIC I COOK BY: There is so much music on high rotation in my kitchen but a few bands on repeat are: Feist, Vampire Weekend, She & Him, Parov Stelar.
IF THE KITCHEN WAS ON FIRE: The water kettle! It won't be a proper start to my day without a cup of coffee or tea. Dashing out the door with a few minutes to spare, I'd grab my favorite recipes folder.
I FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT: Books and plants -- two must haves in my home.
ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: My love of baking. Being in the kitchen planning what sweet to bake is when I'm in my happy place.