About the Chef

About the Chef

My name is Nicole and I have been working in the culinary industry for 13 years! I fell in love with food and cooking and, after graduating from the University of Colorado, I followed that passion to culinary school at The Art Institute. As a pastry student I was exposed to a variety of culinary professions including catering, in addition to cakes and pastries. After culinary school I continued to gain experience in event planning and catering while laying down the roots for Smiles with Salt as a blog, personal chef and catering business. I started Smiles with Salt in 2014 and have loved preparing high quality food for special events and weekly meals!


Thank you so much for the fabulous appetizers for my nephew’s wedding reception. Everything was beautifully presented and absolutely scrumptious. I even had people come up and insist on feeding me “the best tomatoes, . . . black berries, . . .prosciutto – not all at once but different people had different “best evers”! – Cristin



The shower was a great success and your delicious food was a huge hit. Thank you for your hard work! – Mindy



I have hired Smiles with Salt for several events over the past 4 years: Art Gallery Reception; Bridal Shower; Art organization Patron Party; and  Candidate reception, for example.

From the time that I called Nicole for a quote and described the event, she was very helpful and responsive.

The food selection was creative and excellent. When the time came for the event, Nicole was on time and well prepared (we did not always have a kitchen available!). The presentation was attractive and the servings were generous – people were so impressed and many asked questions and she was right there to answer them in a friendly and knowledgeable manner.

I would highly recommend Smiles with Salt for the excellent customer service, tasty and good quality food, and all at a reasonable cost. – Dianna