Business Review Manager, Sysco Denver
A dedicated member of the Share Our Strength Colorado Leadership Council since 2013.
Basic family roots, core values and a nurturing background serve as the inspiration for Suzy to contribute her time and culinary expertise to Share Our Strength Colorado. Escaping from war-torn Hungary during a time the revolution often tore families apart, Suzy’s parents gathered their children and immigrated to Canada. With food difficult to afford, her families simple and frugal existence always included a table rich in home-grown foods and hand-made sausages.
At age 23 and a single mom of two boys; Suzy owned and operated her first restaurant in the southeastern rural town of La Veta, Colorado. Serving on the county school board for eight years, Suzy recognized that there were no opportunities for children and families to learn about healthy cooking and budget-wise grocery shopping. Creating a functioning food pantry in her garage, Suzy built and funded the first Cooking Matters course to serve Las Animas and Huerfano Counties. Suzy is driven by a fundamental concern, “a child in this country should not go hungry....the children are our future.”
Suzy first learned of Cooking Matters while working at Sysco Foods Denver – who is a significant corporate supporter of the program. Since 1998, Suzy has worked at Sysco Foods, serving as a strong voice for the importance of food access and respecting one’s body and fueling it with healthy foods. Extraordinarily humbled by her frugal childhood, Suzy believes in cooking good food from scratch, not packaged, as this saves money and is the core of what Cooking Matters is all about.
Suzy is an avid runner, biker and Cross Fit enthusiast and enjoys spending time with Bernie, her husband of 20 years. When cooking, Suzy prefers old world cooking - making fresh, healthy and delicious meals. A family favorite is Hungarian crepes filled with sweet and savory fillings – just like her mother still makes in Hungary today.