Allison Lanzilotta Arevalo started cooking pretty much when she was able to stand. Born into a food-loving Italian family in New York, she helped her great-grandmother cook massive meals for Sunday family dinners. Armed with these skills, Allison grew up to develop original recipes that would feed friends, family, and thousands more through her food blog, and eventually the restaurant.
Her professional path began in a different direction though. After earning a degree in Journalism from Queens College, NY, and attending New York University for Integrated Marketing, Allison pursued a career as a marketing exec in NYC before deciding to follow her true passion in life: Food.
In 2008, Allison and her husband took a leap of faith: They quit their jobs and drove across the country to Oakland, CA, in hopes of one day opening a restaurant. Allison freelanced as a food writer and created the Local Lemons food blog, which showcased her original recipes. Along with getting thousands of unique visits per day, it received high accolades from Saveur.com, CNN, Serious Eats, WSJ.com, SFgate.com and other prestigious websites.
Her dream came true in 2010, the year she and Erin Wade opened the doors to Homeroom, a restaurant dedicated to mac and cheese, the dish that made her dream come true. Allison lives in Oakland with her husband Alejandro, and her son, Nico.