Updated: Apr 9, 2020

Brendan and I are I guess you could say aspiring ‘foodies’, so when Brad Leone from Bon Appetite posted about a film contest Nespresso was putting on all about food we were immediately intrigued.

The prompt was:

“We are what we eat. For us, food is so much more than what’s on our plate. It is colors, smells, cultures. It is a notebook scribbled with recipe ideas. It is the memory of a place, a moment, a very special day. It is a public market, a secret address, a rooftop garden nourished with coffee compost, where you grow your fresh vegetables… We challenge filmmakers to share what food means to you.”

Brendan had the idea of doing a short documentary about my relationship with food. I grew up with two siblings that have a very rare metabolic disease, which heavily shaped my connotations with food. It also allowed us a unique opportunity to bring awareness to the disease that my siblings have, called Homocystinuria.

So, we began shooting and editing, we submitted the video with little anticipation that anything would happen. After a few weeks we received the incredible news that our video was chosen as one of three finalists out of almost 500 video submissions. Nespresso graciously flew us out to New York City to have our film featured at the Tribeca Film Festival.

We arrived in NYC and immediately started exploring… and eating, a lot of eating. We stayed in a hotel that we could probably never afford, and felt kind of like celebrities. It was an absolute blast. We went to the event and was joined by world renowned actors, actresses, film makers and directors. Each one sat through our film, followed by a panel discussion where Brendan had the opportunity to talk about our process of filming and the subject behind our video.

When the showing and discussion ended, we both were bombarded with people so impacted by our video and story — it was simply incredible. We were so grateful for the opportunity to be able to relish in our growth both personally and professionally, and celebrate how far we’ve come.

Now, enjoy some pics of our 48 hour food journey across the Lower East Side!

To learn more about the contest, please visit:


To learn more about Homocystinauria and how you can help, please visit: https://hcunetworkamerica.org/