We are working our way through
the Gustiamo team as part of our Danielle’s Gustiamo People Series. Today we present Frances!
Frances is the Renaissance woman of Gustiamo. The kind
of person every office needs. If you have a problem, she has a solution. First
to arrive, last to leave, always boasting a positive attitude. The day I began
my 3 week stay at the Gustiamo warehouse, Frances was the one who gave me directions to West Farms Road over the phone from the 174th St. Subway stop. When I arrived she oriented me with all the must-know tips and tricks at Gustiamo, like how the bathroom door says “out of order” even though it isn’t. She also briefed me with helpful mnemonic devices for remembering product organization and codes. I will never forget the name of our 400 gram tin of tomatoes with the coquettish Italian woman in the 1950’s dress after Frances told me “See this cute girl, she reminds me of the word ‘Love’ because guys must love here, in Spanish it is ‘Amor’, and there you go, Terra Amore & Fantasia tomatoes.”
Frances speaks Spanish, but she totally had me fooled into thinking that she spoke Italian! During our first warehouse tour I admired her Italian pronunciation, “Pasta by Marrrrtelli“, “Torrrrrone” rolling her R’s perfectly. But she gave herself away when we got to to the organic honey. She said that with sweets we use the code “DOL” for “dulce.” Speaking of torrone, Frances loves it. She had me really laughing when she told me that she had given the Caffe’ Sicilia Almond torrone to her husband for his birthday and then tried to eat it herself.