Team Members

Dawn close up Feb 2018

Dawn Hunt


Cucina Aurora was founded in New York by owner and president, Dawn Hunt. Having a long standing love for cooking, a passion for good food and joy for gathering friends around the dinner table, Dawn started Cucina Aurora in 2008. Her purpose is to bring families and friends together around simple, naturally delicious and good […]

Lisa Inglese Chief Operating Officer and Office Manager

Lisa Inglese

Chief Financial Officer

You can often find Lisa Inglese sporting a tiara from her collection of many as she keeps things in order at our corporate headquarters. We are proud to have Lisa as the Chief Operating Officer and Office Manager for Cucina Aurora! With her no nonsense attitude and extensive experience in business she gets things done right […]


Gena Detour-Rowan

Executive Assistant / Office and Customer Service Manager

When Gena first walked in to Cucina Aurora three years ago she knew she was destined to be a part of the CA team. Over the years Gena has worked, helped, supported and believed in Cucina Aurora Kitchen Witchery and now we are happy to welcome her home to the job she was always meant […]


Alicia Rapp

NYRF Site Manager and Seasonal Event Staff

It’s been a long time coming but Cucina Aurora Kitchen Witchery is THRILLED to have Alicia managing our booth at the NY Ren Faire! You can find her bright smile every weekend of faire and look for her at other NY/NJ events where you can find all things kitchen witchy!

Veronica Spettman

Veronica Spettmann

Seasonal Event Staff

Veronica brings a light hearted and joyful energy to Cucina Aurora and we are happy to have this “Witchy Woman” in our Kitchen! It was a rainy day when Veronica came to the NY Witch Festival of Long Island and before she knew it she was adopted by the Kitchen Witch! Veronica is very excited […]


Colette Caiser

Seasonal Events Staff

Having made it though her first year at NYRF, we were so so so happy to invite Colette back to our booth for another season! Too pretty for words and just as sassy she adds a bit of spunk wherever she goes, and we are happy to be on her good side!

Larissa Spoutwood 2015

Larissa Carroll

Demo Training Specialist

A long long time ago at a festival far away, Larissa met the Kitchen Witch in NY. It had been four years since their meeting and as luck would have it, she moved just 20 minutes from the Cucina Aurora offices! After almost 2 years with CA Larissa moved home to NY.  Today Larissa is […]