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Italian Innovation for a Global Palate

Executive Chef Darlene Kroon

Having come from an Italian family, and spent time there growing up, my roots grow deep into Italian soil. As far back as I can remember, I followed my Grandmother around her kitchen as she made her own sausage, meatballs, and everything else from scratch. The aromas of her kitchen will forever be etched in my mind. I am passionate about everything pertaining to Italy, but mostly the food. My desire is to bring a taste of Italian cuisine to your home, so you can enjoy exploring the regions and their specialties that will either cause you to look back and savor time spent there, or make you want to go for the first time!


“I have had the fortune of tasting some of the creations from Heartfelt Gourmet. The taste and presentation are always breathtaking.”

Gorio -Ravenna, WA

“Tasteful presentation as well as super good food. Darlene watches all details so you can relax and enjoy your event. Excellent work.”

Elaine – Shoreline, WA

“Every night we by ask each member to say their favorite part of the day or something that they were thankful for. This year on Christmas Eve,  the one thing that all 5 of us had in common, was the lasagna you made for us for dinner. I cannot tell you the last time all 5 of us were happy with what was made for dinner. This was the best lasagna we have ever had. And, it was also gluten free! I told my husband that I should have had you cooking for us for the last 10 years.

Initially, my 6 year old looked at it and said , “Mom, I don’t think that I am that hungry for dinner.” I told her what it was and that is was what was for Christmas Eve dinner and she needed to try it. So once she worked up the courage, she wouldn’t stop shoveling it in her mouth all the while somehow professing how amazing it was. She wants to make sure that she gets to eat it when she grows up! 🙂

The Russian Tea Cakes are so yummy, they bring back memories of making Christmas cookies with my mom as a kid.

I am so thrilled that you are turning what you love and who you are into a business. I could feel the care and love that the food was made with. Thank you so much for saving our Christmas Eve dinner.

Stephanie -Lake Forest Park, WA


“Darlene made arancini for my Italian conversation group and they were a huge success. The Italians in the group were really impressed and commented that the arancini were the "real thing." There certainly weren't any leftover!”

Patricia Barber - West Seattle

“Cooking and community are truly Darlene’s passions. It’s not only about creating beautiful meals, but about bringing people together. Everything is prepared with artistry and a high quality standard, but more important, she makes everything with love.”

Amy M. -Mt. Vernon, WA

Deliciousness Alert!
I ordered two delectable chocolate cakes from Darlene Kroon’s “featured treats”. Besides this cake being loved by everyone who was lucky enough to get a slice, Darlene delivered her kitchen magic right to our front door. If you’re into things like exquisite baked goods and/or prepared meals and you’re in the Seattle area, reach on out to her directly! Her prices are more than fair and her culinary skills are more than fabulous.

Elspeth- Seattle, WA.(Magnolia)