I'm Virginia Davis.
Owner, Head Chef and Recipe Developer of Mulberry's Market in Piedmont California.
After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and going to work at Merrill Lynch, it didn’t take me long to realize that wasn't what I wanted from life. One day, just as it would happen in a Hollywood movie, a hairstylist asked me what I really loved to do. When I said “cooking” she said, “So do it!” I applied to the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco that very day.
After graduating, I joined Il Fornaio in San Francisco as the pastry chef, and eventually ran the Il Fornaio bakery in Montclair. At the end of the day, I'd take the leftover bread and bake up garlicky croutons that wafted a scent through the Oakland Hills neighborhood. Customers loved them and I couldn't make them fast enough. My then boyfriend, and future husband, kept saying “You've got to make your own croutons!" So in 1996, I took the leap and started Virginia’s. The rest, as they say, is history.
“I know people are busy. I get it—I have 3 boys. But I care about how food tastes, so I won’t sacrifice flavor for convenience. My line of dressings and croutons delivers homemade quality and taste so you don’t have to put the time in. I’ve done the work for you.”