Marguerite HendersonMarguerite Marceau Henderson embarked on her culinary career in 1980 by teaching cooking classes at a local cook store, after living in Europe for over 3 years, incorporating her love of food and wine and her degree in Elementary Education. She has gradually built a reputation in Salt Lake City for having over 28 years experience as a cooking educator, caterer, restaurateur, food writer, cookbook author, public speaker, television personality, and food consultant.
Over the past 28 years she has had a catering business feeding such personalities as President George Bush (the First), Senator Robert Dole, Martha Stewart, Robert Redford, and hundreds of clients throughout the state of Utah.
Having opened two successful restaurants, she sold the award winning and charming Cucina, a gourmet deli in the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City in 2001, and began writing cookbooks, restaurant reviews for local newspapers and magazines, and back to her first love - teaching cooking classes, once again.
Marguerite authored and self published Savor the Memories, a best-selling cookbook dedicated to her Sicilian born mother, Rose Filippi Marceau, an inspiration to Marguerite's culinary endeavors. Her much anticipated second cookbook, Small Plates - Appetizers as Meals, was released in March 2006, published by Gibbs Smith Publishing and is now in its third printing. Marguerite's third cookbook, Small Parties – Over 100 Recipes for Intimate Gatherings, also published by Gibbs Smith, has just been released in January 2008.
Her individually developed recipes are legendary, and are created for such companies as SuperTarget, The Ruby Red Grapefruit Council, and The California Cheese Board. She recently consulted with a new eating establishment in Salt Lake City called The Neighborhood Grill and Pizza, formulating new menus and recipes. She is currently working with Winder Farms, http://www.winderfarms.com a local food distribution corporation, creating meal solutions for home delivery, healthy recipes, and meal pairing ideas. Launch date of Spring 2008 is set for these meals to be delivered to the front doors of subscribers, with recipe tips and serving suggestions.
In 2004, Utah Business Magazine, highlighting her entrepreneurial spirit in the community, named Marguerite one of Salt Lake City’s 30 Women Visionaries and was honored at a luncheon given by Utah Business Magazine and their supporters.
She also volunteers hours in the Volunteers of America’s local Women and Children's Center, teaching the joys of fresh produce and their use in the kitchen to residents of the center.
She is a member of NAWBO (National Associations of Women Business Owners), IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals), WCR (Women Chefs and Restaurateurs) and as a sustainer in The Junior League of Salt Lake, for whom she was editor and advisor on their last two cookbooks, A Pinch of Salt Lake and Always in Season.
Marguerite's infectious love of food and years of expertise in the kitchen has created a demand at speaking engagements throughout the state, imparting valuable tips and hints on easy and elegant entertaining, giving live cooking demonstrations for groups both large and small, and as a guest instructor at cooking schools and cookshops in numerous cities throughout the area, from Phoenix to Portland.