liberate Your life

in the Heart of Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

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Photo Credit: Rico Mandel

Your Italian culinary adventure hostS

Marla Diann, owner of Marla Diann Mentoring International

She is an intuitive business strategist, speaker, and life designer for high-achieving creative entrepreneurs ready to upgrade to their next level of life and business financially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Marla helps creative entrepreneurs transform their relationship with money as they collapse the timeframe of achieving their one-year goals into three-months. She serves women over 40 by guiding them how to listen to their intuition as they design their next chapter giving them something NEW to marvel at in life!

Her podcast, Follow Your Joy, launched in June 2022, is a popular entrepreneurial resource for creatives sharing their challenge to victory career stories through the lens of listening to their intuition.

Celebrating 28 years as a creative entrepreneur of two businesses, 1996-2008 Entertainment PR, and 2008-present in her coaching business, Marla represents over three decades of entrepreneurship, entertainment PR & talent management, life & business coaching, personal branding, spirituality, and volunteering for women and youth empowerment organizations.

Marla’s love of travel and Italy sent her to Florence for a month-long stay followed by two other trips to Cortona, Rome, Lake Como, and Amalfi Coast between 2017-2022. She lives in beautiful Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes, Ca. with her adorable dog, Ruby, is a Mom to a 33-year-old son, and loves all things Disney, Italy, romance, creativity, nature, and spirituality.

Rico Mandel The Heart and Soul of Miz En Place

Rico, the visionary founder, and CEO of Miz En Place, embodies a lifelong journey fueled by passions for photography, filmmaking, culinary arts, business acumen, exploration, and entertainment. His mission is to unite people in support of artisanal small businesses worldwide. Rico eagerly welcomes the opportunity to share his compelling story and expertise, inspiring your culinary adventures and culinary dreams.

Rico’s love of food and cooking inspired him to achieve a culinary degree from the renowned Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. His culinary odyssey saw him become a trained chef, with extensive experience in fine dining restaurants, catering, and prestigious wine dinners.

Rico’s profound love for artisanal food, chefs, and wine led to the creation of luxury wine tours in the Malibu region. These tours became the catalyst for his visionary venture, Miz En Place. Rico’s knack for storytelling blossomed as he interviewed small producers worldwide, sharing their captivating narratives. His mission: to bring these exceptional artisans and their products to a global audience.

At the core of Rico’s mission is the desire to demystify cooking, removing fear and hesitation from the kitchen. He encourages people to embrace culinary creativity, have fun, and craft delicious dishes using unprocessed, quality ingredients. Rico’s infectious passion for cooking is a journey he’s eager to share with Miz En Place’s community.

Rico lives in Los Angeles near his two amazing daughters and frequents Italy annually and other international countries as Austria, Greece, and France.