Meet a Westsider:
Elizabeth Roberts

Profession/Occupation... I am a natural foods chef, cooking teacher, and health writer. Epicureal Delights is the new business I started at the beginning of this year. My aim is to teach people how to make their own delicious foods at home. Some of my clients need to learn how to cook for a specific dietary restriction such as Celiac disease or diabetes; others just need a little help getting back into the kitchen with some fun and economical recipe ideas.

What I like most about the Westside is... the old-town feel. Front porches and sidewalks bring people together and that’s why we love the Westside. When we were looking to buy a house in Colorado Springs seven years ago, I refused to live anywhere other than the Westside.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to leave the basic infrastructure as it is. We don’t need wider highways (I am 100 percent against the Highway 24 expansion proposal) or mega-stores, we just need to keep attracting like-minded people who want to get back to simpler times when we knew our neighbors, shared a meal at local restaurants and spent our dollars at locally owned businesses.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Out of Africa” – I know they are both from years gone by, but I just love them.

I'd like to discover... a way to convince people that fast food, junk food and inactivity are the three biggest reasons we’re seeing huge increases in diabetes in children, and heart disease in adults.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... underwater wildlife artist [Robert] Wyland. I met him nearly 20 years ago and found him to be very down-to-earth and inspirational.

The next time I travel, I’m going... the Little Big Horn Battlefield in Montana.

My favorite childhood memory is... either having lunch with my dad when I was 4 years old and watching Sesame Street before he had to go back to work; or, hauling my grandmother’s homegrown zucchinis around in my red wagon and selling them to our neighbors.

My favorite summer pastime is... hiking, backpacking/ camping and playing tennis.

Something good I’ve read is... The Art of Happiness, A Handbook for Living by the Dalai Lama.

My pet peeve is... irresponsibility.

If I didn’t have to work for a year, I would... travel the country’s small farms and experiment cooking with their local ingredients.

Meet a Westsider” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you would like to be a Meet-a-Westsider (or know someone who should be), please give us a call at 471-6776.