Claire Criscuolo @ Barcelona
Claire Criscuolo graduated from the University of Bridgeport and is a registered nurse. Her love of wholesome foods, along with her desire to create exciting, healthful, home-cooked meals, led her to the restaurant business only months after graduating from college. Armed with the recipes she culled from a family of marvelous cooks, she and her husband Frank founded Claire’s Corner Copia on September 17, 1975. Now in its forty-second year, the vegetarian restaurant continues to thrive at its original location across from Yale University and the historic Green in New Haven, Connecticut.
Claire is the author of four cookbooks, Claire’s Corner Copia Cookbook, Claire’s Classic American Vegetarian Cooking, Claire’s Italian Feast, and Welcome to Claire’s. Claire’s recipes have been published in the New York Times, Woman’s Day, and hundreds of other periodicals across the country. She has written for Great Life magazine, Veggie Life magazine, and Gourmet Retailer. She wrote the food column My Vegetarian Kitchen for the New Haven Register, appeared on the national PBS show Home Cooking with Amy Coleman, Healthy Connections, and Good Morning Texas, and has made numerous appearances on radio shows throughout the country and in Canada.
In 2014, Claire won the Leadership award from CT NOFA for her dedication to supporting organic foods. In 2016, Claire received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Albertus Magnus College. She is an Associate Fellow at Hopper College of Yale University. Today, in addition to her work at the restaurant, she lectures on eating well and why it matters.