A native Roman who has lived extensively in the U.S., France and Great Britain. Petulia has a deep passion for local culture and what makes a country and a city special and unique: food, folklore, culture. In her previous life she trained to be a lawyer, but more recently she decided to further develop her passion and pursue an MA in social history at the University of Edinburgh.
Born and raised in Milan, Irene moved to Edinburgh in 2009 where she obtained her MSc in 2010 and PhD in 2015. She specialised in Italian Renaissance Art and her doctoral thesis looked at the artistic patronage of the Vespucci family in fifteenth-century Florence. She was an intern at the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and collaborated with the Education Department of the National Galleries of Scotland. Irene currently teaches History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. She loves art, coffee, yoga, and the sun – not necessarily in this order. Despite her reluctance to sit on planes, she is a travel addict and she hopes to tour the world one day. Edinburgh stole her heart and it is now her second home.
Nikki is an entrepreneur, creative and drinks book author, inspired by the stories and flavours in wine, whisky and beer. Her love of language and cultures took her into the wine industry straight out of her BA in Economics and languages, where a number of stints in France and Spain kickstarted her love of wine and interest in the role of food in culture and how eating together brings people together. A theme that continued into her MSc in Gastronomy at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. After a career in the commercial wine trade she set up her own business dedicated to decoding wine and other similar drinks for everyone, the result of this is a digital, event and training business based around her unique flavour maps. Edinburgh is an adopted city for Nikki, who embraces all elements of life here, especially the festivals during August. Work keeps her pretty busy, but when she's not organising a whisky or wine pop up bar you'll find her with glass in hand or cooking for friends with some locally sourced bootie!