My name is Mary Bartlett, and I have been a professional cook, food writer, teacher, and owner of a successful catering company. As a young woman, I fully intended to be a French teacher but cooking and entertaining kept getting in the way. My culinary career was inspired by my grandmother, Louise Weidel, wife of a Swedish ambassador, who taught me the intricacies of etiquette and formal entertaining. After a stint as an art conservator, I cooked for close to nine years professionally at the highly praised Morrison Clark Inn in Washington, D.C. In 1991, I launched Bartlett Catering, a full-service catering company where I learned the ins and outs of planning and catering uniquely customized weddings.
These days, I divide my time between Paris, France and Portland, Oregon. In Portland, I enjoy hanging out with my children and grandchildren, but I also devote time to writing about food and entertaining and consulting for weddings and parties. In Paris, I cook usually once a month for Jim Haynes and his 100 Sunday dinner guests. Jim’s soirees, were the inspiration for my book, Throw a Great Party, published in 2007. My work has been featured in The Washington Post, Indulge, but mostly on my blog: Cooking with Mary Bartlett
The paperwork: I received a B.A. in French from Boston University, which included a year at the Institut d’Art et d’Archeologie, University of Paris in France. I received a M.A. in French from Teachers College, Columbia University and studied chemistry at Delaware State College.