Get to know me better
I am a professional that likes to have fun and feed people good food.
Jessie is the Chef/Owner of Mesa|Terra and a Pittsburgh-native. She’s cooked just about everything from health food meals to pies; she’s flipped burgers and run kitchens for some of the biggest names in the game for the past 15 years.
It all started during her stint at the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park NY, graduating in 2009. Truth be told her family has been making and baking in Pittsburgh for many years. Her Grandfather’s Barkus Bakery, boasted some of the best baked goods in Western Pennsylvania for over a decade.
Upon arriving in Chicago after graduation she immediately began working at the River North powerhouse, The Purple Pig. Jessie subsequently put in 4 years under Chef Carrie Nahabedian (2008 James Beard, Best Chef Great Lakes) at Naha, whilst simultaneously putting in time at their sister space Brindille. In 2014, she was running Oak Mill Bakery and Cafe and started her own private events company IVY O.M.B., under the same roof.
That business-like mindset led her to begin a series of big restaurant openings the first being, The Lunatic the Lover and the Poet being named Executive Chef in 2016. She moved to Denver with her partner in crime, Matthew in 2018. This lead to opening Alon Shaya’s (2015 James Beard, Best Chef South) Safta being named the Chef de Cuisine. Fast forward to 2019, Mesa|Terra Catering and Private Dining was born out of her love for cooking and the communal aspects of sharing and telling stories. It’s her philosophy however that sums it up: it’s who you’re eating with, not where you’re eating. This is the motor behind the boat. And the best part, now she can do it her way.
For me, cooking is...
My passion and my life style, I cook for fun and for work.
I learned to cook at...
From my step mother at a young age.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Julia Child she is classic.
A cooking secret...
Simple things that at layers to dishes like sweet roasted garlic.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Pittsburgh.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Pittsburgh. You name it!
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Pittsburgh, count me in.
Jessie's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef Jessie
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.