Author: Lisa Zupan


Fall in Florence

Not since I was 7 years old have a lived in a place that truly has four seasons.  Los Angeles’ weather remains pretty constant throughout the year.  So, experiencing my first Fall in Tuscany is pretty amazing.  The trees are turning and temperature has dropped to the 40s and 50s […]

General, Travel


I am so excited to share that I am taking Plates and Parties on the road!  Starting in early July, I will be driving across country and bringing you all the food, drink and adventure I can!  The road trip will end with me moving to…wait for it….Florence Italy.  I […]


Sushi Making Party

Ever since our trip to Japan, I have been fascinated by the art of sushi making.  When we took our class in Tokyo, the chef/teacher was so deliberate and seamless in each step of the process.  He had such a respect for the food, it was so cool to watch. […]

Holiday, Parties

Mothers Day Brunch

My Mother’s Day tradition is to host a single mom’s brunch at the house.  This year was no exception.  The new addition this year was that we celebrated two birthdays in addition to Mother’s Day so we had a birthday cake for dessert and afterward we all did an escape […]

General, Parties

Cook off

I love cooking competition shows.  It is on my bucket list to go to one of the Top Chef events and be able to taste and judge the contestants food.  But, in the meantime, I like practicing.  Five of us decided to have our own cook off.  Each person randomly […]

General, Holiday, Parties


This year in Southern California we have finally been blessed with quite a bit of rain.  Everything is blooming!  The flowers are really amazing.  Also, since I have been stuck in the house a lot with my hip recovery, I was so excited for our Easter egg hunt and brunch.  […]