A sweeping saga that will unfold throughout the 20th Century, following Pacomino Oakley, born into a family of noted stonemasons and artisans. With the help of notable art collector, an heir to three fortunes, Paco composed a portfolio of work, and after submission, was accepted at the Academy in Florence. He made the decision to leave all he had ever loved behind in the United States to fulfill his dream to become an artist. Paco creates a studio and finds love, but the great war begins and we follow his harrowing return home to Montecito.
A Juicy Culinary Adventure … The story begins.
Paco delivered the best fresh food and culinary delicacies...
At 6:00am each morning Paco always stocked a fine highly polished black truck displaying the famous Diehls trademark in gold script on the side. The world's best fresh food and culinary delicacies were fulfilled, following the orders of a wild, eccentric and often hilarious assortment of Chefs and cooks in the kitchens of multi-million dollar estates, sitting like castles on the verdant soft summits of Santa Barbara and Montecito, California in the 1920's.
A breed of super wealthy Americans, called “The Hill Barons”, were Paco’s patrons, the ones, Diehls, the foremost gourmet market in the region, handled with kid gloves. Earnestly searching the globe for their requests, Paco supplied the fabulous kitchens where all was converted to luxurious dining, extravagant parties and exquisite events.
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Chapter One: The Earth Moves
He had just walked in from stocking the truck with the morning deliveries and heard the sound of a freight train coming fast toward him. The young man fell to the floor and held tight to the marble column that supported the front doors. From there Paco had a stark view of the great catastrophe as it rolled and revolved through the market. He watched the floor ripple. Small hex tiles, the white turned cream, with black rosettes were actually bobbing up and down. Pots of finest imported mustards exploded, decorating the aisle ahead with sunbursts of ocher and brilliant yellow.