Allison negotiates from the land, a product of generations of farmers, as well as a student of Biology. When she graduated from college, Allison’s application of her Biology degree was culinary school at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. From there, Allison and Slade apply the ultimate dedication to this combination of disciplines, their restaurant ,MiLa. MiLa, is named for Mississippi and Louisiana, and according to Allison, has been borrowed numerous times for baby naming.
Coincidentally, Allison’s great grandmother, Ida Lou Vines was a sharecropper in Louisiana, and for generations forward, the land has been a part of the family’s living. This interesting fact means that Allison and Slade’s new baby, Ida Lou Vines-Rushing, has come full circle, with the earth providing a living, just like her great great grandparents.
Allison seems to live in a swirling vortex, with a new baby, a busy restaurant and what is, most likely, very little sleep…you know, the usual for a restaurateur, superimpose new baby. She is happily looking forward to making her own baby food on her new BlueStar for Ida Lou.