Vera Eisenberg, an effervescent woman, and graduate of the CIA is known for making authentic Hungarian hand-stretched strudel, and cooking for hoards of friends in her Vermont farmhouse. Try her apple strudel filling and you, too, may start referring to her as the Strudel Queen. Vera, I curtsy to you! 

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Budapest, came to the US in ‘64, graduated from Culinary Institute of America in 2000 and fulfilled my lifetime dream to be a good cook.

Are you a social person?

Some say I am a social butterfly, the life of the party.

Describe your sense of style

Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle.

tell me your favorite thing about New York City

I love to try new restaurants, share a great meal and drink with friends.

What do you do to unwind?

A glass (or two) of good wine and read a new cookbook from cover to cover.

What’s your favorite thing to do at a party?

Dress to look fab, taste the hopefully delicious tidbits and just laugh and chat.

Your cocktail of choice?

Lillet with Cointreau & orange peel.

Name the goal you’d like to accomplish over the next year

Finish my strudel cookbook.

Check out Vera’s recipe for apple strudel filling here. You can learn more about her at her blog: Strudel Queen