Meet Chef Nancy!
Imagine, if you will, the youngest daughter in the large family of Pastor Roy and Nurse June Kelsey Holmberg. Born near Dover, Ohio in the mid-fifties and raised in pastorates throughout the Midwestern United States, she was exposed to international cuisine at an early age – taught by visiting wives of missionaries from all over the world. After all, how do you believe she learned to produce authentic Baklava?
Fast forward through her husband’s twenty-plus year career in the United States Army, where she was known as Mrs. (Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, etc.) Davis. Let’s just say that along with additional local and international exposure, she always set a mean table for guests and presented a wide variety of meals fit for royalty.
The table has turned, so-to-speak, and Colonel Davis, now retired, must content himself to be known as, “Mr. Chef Nancy.” After all, it’s only fair – she followed him and now it’s his turn to support her chosen career. We’re certain that he doesn’t mind – as long as she continues to bring home some of her latest culinary creations…
While we’re on the subject of military service, Chef Nancy’s Great Great Grandfather was a member of the Crenshaw Battery, Ellett’s Light Artillery in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. He joined in time for the Battle of Gains Mill in 1862 and surrendered with what was left of his unit at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865. This means that his battery fought over much of the ground from the Wilderness, Fredericksburg, and the Spotsylvania Courthouse. It is therefore only fitting that her Café take on a Civil War theme.
If you pay close attention to her staff, you’ll notice that Chef Nancy hasn’t forgotten her roots, and goes out of her way to train budding chefs and interns from local culinary programs. Welcome, therefore to a continuing adventure that has been created for you by Chef Nancy.