You might say that Diane K. Bartley was destined to be a chef because she was almost born in front of her parents' oven, which, incidentally, now resides in the kitchen of her Coffee Shoppe!
Born and raised in Greenville, Maine, she left for a brief time to earn a degree in business from the University of Southern Maine in 1987. Upon realizing that the corporate business world was not for her, she went to Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island to pursue her culinary dreams.
With an associate degree in culinary arts, she went on to earn a degree in food services education while being employed as a teaching assistant at Johnson & Wales. Upon returning to Greenville in April of 1991, her plan was to apply for a teaching job for the following year.
Instead she bought an old Victorian house and has spent the past 22 years building her business:
DKB - Di's Kitchen & Beyond.