More about Sophia, by Allegra
The first time I tried Sophia’s cooking, I was taken by complete surprise. She had just gotten back to Miami from a year at Le Cordon Bleu in London, and she played it cool, assuring me that there wouldn’t be a Michelin star or contract with the food network anywhere in the near future. So when our friends organized a Friendsgiving and she said she was bringing a few dishes, I wasn’t expecting much.I was not prepared, however, for those first bites of a moussaka—made from lamb sourced from a local farmer—that redefined my definition of comfort food. Or for that asparagus soup, puréed to perfection, that was so simply delicious that I felt like a better person just from eating it. Her cold, vegan sunbutter noodles, that she treated as an afterthought, were the best I ever had. And her paleo chocolate cake, dense and sparkling with salty chocolate chunks, put all other cakes—paleo or not—to shame. I did not expect that for days, weeks, even months, my mind would wander back to that Friendsgiving table. I quite literally couldn't stop thinking about the food Sophia had made. Food that had filled me, not with temporary and greedy discomfort, but with a satiating nourishment that permeated my being on every level. As if Soph's cooking, uncomplicated and approachable as it is, was bringing me a little closer to enlightenment. I found myself talking about the meal to my friends and family, craving that broccoli slathered in creamy seed spread, and wishing every meal could make me feel the same. Months later, Soph blessed me with another paleo chocolate cake, and again I felt that with each bite I was falling in love with the cake, with the moment, and with myself. There is something transcendent about her recipes—unique not only in composition and taste, but in how they leave you feeling. Not only because she sources every ingredient with the highest quality standards, and not just because she cooks with excitement, care, and love; but because her sensitivity, spirituality, and artistry is embedded in everything she creates. Somehow, her years of curatorial studies at Central Saint Martins reveal themselves through roasted squash sprinkled with goat cheese. Her searches for meaning and contentment can be felt while biting into something as simple as her breakfast porridge. When she cooks, Sophia’s impeccable taste, sensibility, and creativity come out to play. Her food takes you by surprise, simple, and always different. To say it’s made with love is an understatement. To eat a meal cooked by Sophia is to be taken care of in every way. Experiencing her cooking is an act of self love. Through the gift of complete meals, Soph restored my faith in the food industry and reminded me how to love myself.
More about Allegra, by Sophia
When Allegra dances, you are transported, carried away to a place some of us did not even know existed within. She releases the binds of our mind and brings us home to our soul. When I first received the invitation to her new ‘Jellyfish Jam’, a guided dance party, I was not exactly sure what I was reading or what to expect. I am not one who gets up and dances in front of people – not my friends, not my family. That’s just not me, and it’s still not me, but in the way she does, there was Allegra, welcoming, giving you the space to feel whatever you wanted to feel, and reassuring you that it is all right! Allegra created this untouchable space where all of a sudden I was possessed into being my uninhibited self and I just wanted to...dance?? I couldn’t believe it, I was having this INbody OUTofBody experience where I was like "what’s happening? wait this feels amazing, and I love everyone and myself?!?!" Allegra awakens the truth of who we are through movement. From the way she curates the music, to the way she creates space to feel present, the way Allegra works is unique. The Jellyfish Jam experience stays with you in more ways than one, and you feel connected to yourself like never before. I left feeling whole. Rare, because I could get out of my head in an environment where I did not know anyone. I felt more comfortable, free, and safer than I ever have in any group class, dance class or gathering. Allegra creates a special environment where one can feel connected to themselves and free, yet together at the same time. Her presence –gentle, accepting and loving– becomes a mirror, and you can feel the room show up as a reflection of this mirror. She makes it natural to show up as you. Allegra democratizes contemporary dance, something so ostensibly daunting and untouchable (presumably also only meant for people who have trained the way she has) and brings it back to center, giving people the tools to access themselves in a way they may have never thought privy to them. I left that day without words to explain the experience I had. One could only comprehend after seeing the way my face lit up when describing it. I wanted everyone to understand, and what better way than to come together to make Sobremesa? Giving people the opportunity to show up to this love which will nourish you, make you stronger inside and out, replenish you, enliven you, transport you. Allegra does all of this. Jamiroquoi said it first - “she’s just a cosmic girl from another galaxy”.