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I’m Andrea. I like to cook and bake and take photographs and write about life. Welcome to Bella Eats, where I share these passions of mine with you. I’m glad you’re here.

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Hello there.  My name is Andrea, and I am the creator of Bella Eats.  Thank you for stopping by, I am so happy that you are here.

I am a photographer with a background in architectural design and a passion for cooking at home.  I've always felt that sharing food is a way of sharing love, and realize that some of the best moments of my life have involved a meal with loved ones.  It is my hope that the recipes, imagery, and stories I share here will inspire you to create new memories with family and friends around the dining table.

Also, I love my adopted hometown! Charlottesville, Virginia is a city with its eyes wide open to the wonders and challenges of maintaining a strong local food movement. My husband [Brian, you'll read about him a lot] and I strive to live as sustainable a life as possible, so most of what I share here at Bella Eats is local and seasonal.  We are passionate about growing our own food and also about the relationships we’ve established with farmers and vendors at the Charlottesville City Market.  We feel very lucky to have landed here and can’t imagine living anywhere else.  If you live in the Charlottesville area or are planning a visit, please see my local page for a listing of local food providers and supporters.

Unless otherwise specified, all photography featured on this site is the property of Andrea Hubbell and/or Bella Eats. All rights are reserved. If you would like to feature an image you see on Bella Eats on your personal blog or website, I’d be flattered! But please, ask for written consent first and give proper credit to Andrea Hubbell and/or Bella Eats. For commercial use, publication, and general distribution, please email me for licensing rates. You can see my full photography portfolio at Andrea Hubbell Photography.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments you may have. And, thank you for reading!