Sabrina Rullo-Hebert was born and raised in Calabria, Italy. Having spent her youth moving back and forth between Calabria and Danbury, Connecticut finally made the move to the United States permanent in 1990. At a young age she competed nationally and was awarded the Connecticut State Championship in Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship by the Distributive Education Club of America. She graduated a semester early, Magna Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University and has held extensive leadership positions since then.
Sabrina is currently the co-owner with her Mother, Bianca, and Manager and Event Coordinator of Sagi Cucina Italiana, located in Ridgefield, Connecticut and was the winner of the coveted Iron Sommelier competition against three other well-known restaurant sommeliers.
Her newest venture, Rumors European Café, located in Danbury, Connecticut is set to open in the fall of 2013 and will feature traditional European coffee, specialty teas and baked goods.
Sabrina is a proud supporter of local charities and non-profit organizations such as the Danbury Soup Kitchen and The Ridgefield Playhouse. Having recently been married back in her birthplace, she resides with her husband, Brian in Danbury, Connecticut.
Bianca DeMasi was born in Calabria, Italy and after spending her adolescent years between Calabria and Danbury, Connecticut took up permanent residency in the United States in 1990.
Traditional Calabrian Italian fare is in her blood. She credits her training from the inspiration she was given by her paternal grandfather, Salvatore DeMasi and her own father, Cosimo DeMasi, where they spent many hours in the kitchen making cheese and pasta from nothing but the best ingredients on hand.
In 2001 she opened Nico’s on Main Street in Danbury, Connecticut. The very successful restaurant boasted rave reviews up until she sold it in 2005 – but it remains open today with some of the same staff that opened its doors.
Bianca is currently the chef and co-owner with her daughter, Sabrina, of Sagi Cucina Italiana, located in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The restaurant was the winner of the coveted Iron Sommelier competition against three other well-known restaurant sommeliers. They are consistently rated high on Yelp, UrbanSpoon and Zagat’s alike.
Her newest venture, Rumors European Cafe, located in Danbury, Connecticut is set to open in the fall of 2013 and will feature traditional European coffee, specialty teas and baked goods.
Aside from her traditional restaurant business, Bianca is an entrepreneur at heart. She spends time Chef Coaching with the True North Company on team-building programs taking place at the GE training facility in Ossining, New York with a global clientele list.
Bianca’s passion also extends to in-home cooking demonstrations with a focus on a hands-on experience for small groups of 4-6 people. After selecting the menu, buying the ingredients and wine selected by her daughter Sabrina, the group cooks together and ends with the compliment of eating together.
In the summer of 2014 she will launch her oversees Cooking Immersion Excursions. Traveling to Italy, the experience will offer true historical perspectives on tastes and foods, the regional influence with a twist on antique cooking techniques with seasonal farm-to-table interactive cooking and hands-on experiences like farmers market and picking grapes at local vineyards.
Having cancer touch her personally, Bianca is an ardent supporter of Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society, and holds a holiday blanket drive every year for the New Hope Baptist Church for the Homeless based in Danbury, CT.
She has also competed in several marathons – Rome 2006 and 2012, Dublin 2010, and has her sights set again for Rome in 2014. She has also competed in 15 half-marathon’s here in the States.
Any other free time she might be able to find, she spends quietly, knitting and crocheting and spending time with her friends and children, newly married Sabrina and husband Brian and her son Gigi. She resides in Danbury, CT.