This week Julie is talking to Anne Tegtmeier, amazing Mom boss, and owner of Fanfare Theme Catering Company. She gives us an insider look into the world of dancers and how an eating disorder affected her during her years as a dancer. She also shares her thoughts on parenting in today’s world and how we can speak positively to ourselves and our children in order to give them a healthy foundation for how to think about their bodies and emotions. Anne has a super interesting culinary background. Read on for her bio and please enjoy another fantastic conversation!

Anne has been eating her whole life. She started throwing theme parties almost 15 years ago, with a Halloween party featuring the infamous Kitty Litter Cake. The horrified hilarity evoked by that recipe inspired her to branch out into creating themed food for events of all kinds, with a goal of always being equal parts delightful AND delicious. In 2017, after being prodded to do so for years, she finally took the leap from Passionate Hobby to Actual Small Business. 

Other culinary adventures include co-authoring two cookbooks with her fellow foodie mom Donna, attending Boot Camp training at the Culinary Institute of America, writing a long-running food blog (also with Donna), and appearing on The Food Network’s first season of the Ultimate Recipe Showdown with her Ultimate Veggie Chili. (It really is pretty great. Notorious carnivore Guy Fieri even said so. After the host talked smack about tofu throughout the filming, he approached Anne after actually tasting it and said, “Duuuuuude, I was totally bogus before. That chizilli is slamma-jamma and shot me straight to Flavortown. You’re so totally money, baby!”).* She finished in second place out of thousands of entries.

Also the mom to a lively, lovable lass named Lily, Anne’s first career was as a modern dancer. Her favorite show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, her favorite author is Neil Gaiman, and her sun sign is Taurus. 

* Okay, what he ACTUALLY said was, “I gotta tell you, that was awesome. You totally don’t miss the meat.”  For real. True story.