Kitchen Witch opened in the wake of a hurricane named Katrina as our way of helping our city to rebuild. Yes, we had been open previously; my daughters and I opened in another location from 1999 to 2003. After the storm, we found a much better location, Debbie Lindsey came on as a full partner and like the home page says "We haven't bounced a check yet!"
Philipe LaMancusa has worked for over half a century in every aspect of the hospitality business. From feeding thousands in the U.S. Navy to intimate dinners for two. From a mop in his step father's bar and grill in lower Manhatan to Executive Chef of a hotel in downtown San Francisco with jobs cooking on Indian reservations, Japanese restaurants, Jewish country clubs, American and Mediterranean kitchens (also worked as a pastry chef). Philipe has also been employed consulting and designing restaurant kitchens, as well as being a culinary instructor. The core inventory of 5,000 cookery books was gleaned from his personal private library and he may be reached at the shop. Also, under the name Phil LaMancusa he writes a monthly collum for Where Y'at magazine under the title PoBoy Views. His back articles can be read at phillamancusa.blogspot.com
Debbie Lindsey has come from a strong sevice background, having worked decades as front of the house staff and management. Her organizational skills coupled with her eye for design makes her the balancing factor in the team. Handling of finances and schedules as well as her knowledge of alternative cuisines makes her invaluable. Her customer interaction allows our clients to shop in a relaxed, informative and informal atmosphere. She literally works eight days a week. Debbie writes monthly for Where Y'at magazine. She is currently compiling her articles (Tales from the Quarter) in her own blog, and can be reached at the shop or at email@example.com
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