Chef Shelly Steinhaus was the executive chef and owner of Bella Bistro restaurant in Old Town Arvada Colorado for over 7 years. Enjoying critical acclaim and amazing customer loyalty, the restaurant was a marvelous dream come true. With an open kitchen Chef shelly was able to see and enjoy her customers every day. The ever-changing menu allowed Shelly to be highly creative and constantly challenged her to expand her knowledge of food and continue her education. Although Bella Bistro is no longer a brick-and-mortar restaurant, Shelly continues to share her passion directly with individuals through private cooking classes, dinner parties and small event catering.
Chef Shelly divides her time between her home in Colorado and Italy, the country that holds her heart. While in Italy, Shelly travels to many regions to visit her favorite wine producers with the goal of leaning more about wine, food, family, culture and the history of Italy. While traveling, Shelly enjoys cooking with families and chefs and learning about local specialties. Every region has completely different wines and food products – it is a wonderful journey!
While in Colorado, Shelly uses the knowledge learned from these trips to bring the taste of Italy into your home or office. She can organize a meal that features regional wine expertly paired with food specialties of the same region, or she can develop a custom menu to fit your tastes and dietary preferences. You may chose to just relax and enjoy, or you may chose to have an interactive dinner where you and your friends will learn and help prepare the meal as a private cooking lesson. Please contact Shelly about bringing the taste of Italy into you life!