I am Sofia, a Lisbon-based self-taught marketer, designer, recipe tester and developer, chef and non-practitioner architect. I am Portuguese, born in Tunisia, lived in various European countries, and states within the USA, where I also ended up becoming an American citizen.
Since childhood, food and wellness have always been important in my life. In 2017, after battling my first cancer, I decided to do an 180 in my life, left the corporate American world and moved to Portugal where I founded a community organic farm, TerrAzoia.
For 4 years and with the help of the local and international community, we created a variety of music, arts, wellness and farm-to-table events.
Just this year, I moved to Lisbon, and sold the farm to an amazing couple who will create their own vision yet with the same spirit and love it was started. Today under the name of TerrAlém, I am focusing on marketing and design services for small or start-up companies in the events, tourism and culinary industries, as well as being a personal chef for small groups and wellness retreats.
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Bachelor in Architecture
Pratt Institute, NY
Certificate in Marketing Strategy
eCornell - Cornell University
Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition
eCornell - Cornell University and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching
Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Certificate in ServSafe Food Safety
ServSafe and National Restaurant Association
Certificate in Plant-Based Cooking
through Roubxe and Forks Over Knives
TEACHINGS & PROJECTS
APPEARED IN AND PARTNER WITH:
Farm-to-table events at TerrAzoia, Sintra
Healthy culinary classes to elementary school students in NC and WI
Healthy culinary classes on a tight budget for battered women though Molina Healthcare, WI
Meal plan ideas to busy families in NC, WI and SC
Personal chef for small groups and families in NC, WI and SC
topVIAJES - Un Alentejo Diferente (P.107)
Sofias' Choices - A project started by Sofia Monteiro and I to help breast cancer survivors through talks, circles of life, and retreats.
Cancer Wellness - Cancer, COVID-19 and me.
NYFW 2020 - AnaOno Fashion Show - Breast cancer fashion show wearing AnaOno lingerie benefiting METAvivor.
SIC - O Programa da Cristina - Talking about the effect of a Mother dealing with cancer in kids.
The Guardian - Best vegan and vegetarian food tours in European cities - Write up about the cooking workshops at TerrAzoia farm
FoodieBookings.com - Partnerships for cooking workshops
Lexington Woman - A Tale of Two Ladies - an article of my battle with breast cancer and how the holistic help of Hima Dalal from Vital Energy helped me
Carolina Chrome - Bikers for TaTas - Appeared in this magazine for a fundraiser event
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Guests sample octopus and pig's feet - and like it - An interview about my cooking
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Thanksgiving tips from our Great Hosts - Tips on how to deal with the stress of Thanksgiving cooking