This Friday, February 19th, our speaker will be Maire Byrne of Thyme Café, with “A Santa Monica small business owner’s journey through COVID 19”!
This is also Best Friends Day, so let’s celebrate our Rotary friendships!
Maire Byrne was born in Los Angeles to a family of five brothers and sisters, where great food and family gatherings were frequent and lively. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Maire went on to work with food world luminaries at acclaimed restaurants throughout the United States including Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Ajax Tavern in Aspen and Aqua in San Francisco. However, it was cooking alongside her mother in their family kitchen where Maire grew to truly appreciate home-cooked food and the delicious memories it can create. Inspired, Maire launched her first company, Thyme Catering, in 2004, where she quickly developed a loyal clientele creating inventive, delicious New American food for unforgettable events throughout Southern California.
Driven by the success of her catering company, Maire opened Thyme Cafe & Market in 2009 in the Ocean Park area of Santa Monica that immediately became a neighborhood favorite. Her roots in the community date back to the 1880’s when her great-grandfather emigrated there from Switzerland. A dairyman by trade, he purchased Santa Monica Dairy, which later became known as Edgemar Farms. Located on Rose and Main, his dairy delivered milk and dairy products for the next 100 years to Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey.
Her passion for travel has led her to live and work throughout Europe and the United States. Each experience has influenced her culinary point of view and strengthened her belief that good food draws people together. Maire and her husband Tim live in LA with their two daughters, 500 cookbooks and an endless supply of chocolate chip cookies.
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