In addition to her artistic pursuits, Debbi is a native Californian, who has lived in Venice since 1973 and has spent over 30 years of her life in the business of creating extraordinary experiences.  As a restaurateur and co-owner of two of Southern California’s most popular, welcoming and fun restaurants, The C & O Trattoria and Cucina; Debbi has played a vital role in the revitalization of the Venice area, helping to turn it into a hot-spot for art, dining and shopping that it is today.  Debbi is also a passionate advocate for causes that move her like The Ovarian Circle inspired by Robin Babbini and Safe Place for Youth in Venice for which Debbi volunteers and helps to raise awareness and funds.  She has been invited to speak and to share her story as a survivor at Cedars Sinai on behalf of runforher, for The Ovarian Cancer Circle and OCRFA’s program Survivors Teaching Students.  Debbi’s greatest love and passion is the close-knit tribe of friends and family that have supported her through the good times and bad and make her life more vibrant and richer every day; especially her daughter Devin, her husband Lou and her trusted muse, “Sadie the Wonder Dog”