The Baudelaire Onion
Chef Donna Marie Desfor's Tasting Room

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The Baudelaire Onion Tasting Room 

About the Chef...


Culinary Consultant and Chef, Donna Marie (Zotter) Desfor, has been studying the culinary arts since she began her career as a lawyer in Philadelphia.  By the late '90s when she moved to Central Pennsylvania, she had combined her interest for world travel with her love of food and fine wine.  While she continued working as a lawyer, she was accepted into L'ecole de Chefs, and traveled to South Africa’s Paarl wine valley where she trained in contemporary French cuisine with Master Chef Frank Zlomke at the #1 rated Bosmans Restaurant.  Committed to improving her skills and devoted to her passion for understanding food, flavor, and the elements of taste, she continued her education by attending cooking classes in France, and through a rigorous program of self-study.  Interested in developing her knowledge of wine, she traveled to the Chilean countryside learning New World wines while writing an article for the internationally acclaimed Montes winery.

A published food writer and recipe developer, she currently hosts the Food Section for WITF, Inc., central Pennsylvania's public media outlet and NPR affiliate.  Her weekly Food Wednesdays column covers everything from seasonal ingredients to entertaining know-how, and includes recipes.  She has trained and worked with culinary notables as Susan Herrmann Loomis and David Leite, and helped originate a gastronomic website by creating original recipes, articles and contributing to its holiday Entertaining Survival Guide published in December, 2005.  Between 2010 and 2015 she owned and operated the first-of-its-kind Tasting Room in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, The Baudelaire Onion.

Chef Donna recently appeared as weekend guest chef in regular rotation on FOX 43, and CBS-TV in the greater Harrisburg region, and has been featured in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and Central PA Magazine.  She is a the host of WITF Cooks, and appears regularly on the NPR affiliates news-talk radio program, Smart Talk with Scott Lamar.  She authored Seriously Good (Dairy-free, Egg-free and Nut-free) Food, a personal collection of recipes that she created to help her family adapt to cooking and eating for severe food allergies.  A portion of each sale is donated to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. 

Committed to sharing her love for food and wine and her skills for creating delicious food in any home setting, she launched There's a Chef in My Kitchen, LLC as a portable culinary institute.  From classroom-type curriculums and hands-on training, to haute cuisine dinner parties and guided wine or food tastings, Chef Donna Marie Desfor will help you learn how to effortlessly create delicious food and truly enjoy the experience and pleasures of eating well.  

About the Name...


The name The Baudelaire Onion is inspired by Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events -- Book the Thirteenth, The End.  The book recounts the tale of the Baudelaire Orphans, and Snicket begins The End with a description of peeling away the layers of onion until you are left with ... hundreds of layers all over the kitchen table and thousands of tears in your eyes, sorry that you ever started peeling in the first place and wishing that you had left the onion alone to wither away on the shelf of the pantry while you went on with your life, even if that meant never again enjoying the complicated and overwhelming taste of this strange and bitter vegetable.

Onion Pastel
by Sue Deutscher.  Used with artists permission. 

Welcome to The Baudelaire Onion.  We know you will find something delicious here!

The Baudelaire Onion is now Mobile and available for private Pop Up dinners or classes in  your home.  For invitations to Classes and Tastings call:  717-580-5824

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