The Couple: Tara Maxey and Matthew Poley, owners of Heirloom LA
He’s the chef, who got his start with Gino Angelini at Angelini Osteria, and she’s the style. What grew out of a lasagna cupcake company grew into full-fledged event and catering operation, private event space (The Salon) and food truck featuring seasonal dishes you rarely see served curbside.
How They Met: At work, of course. “How else would you meet Matt??!,” Tara says of her hard-working partner. “We were both working at the short-lived Italian restaurant, All’Angelo."
How Long They’ve Been Together: Seven years.
Most Romantic Food Moment: Too many to count, says Maxey. “Matt is so gifted at cooking, so I always just love watching him do his magic, especially when it’s just the two of us.”
How They're Spending V-Day: Attending an 80’s themed Murder Mystery Party at a friend’s house "because love and murder go hand and hand, of course.” Poley and Maxey are in charge of food. “We haven’t made a menu yet but I’m thinking lots of dips and pasta salads and wine coolers,” she says. “It was the decade of the microwave so we’re going to play on that, you know things like Lean Cuisine but not lean and prepared in an oven! It’s going to be so fun!”