Biographies

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Hilda Staples | Co-owner

After lobbying on Capitol Hill and then as an account director at Ogilvy Public Relations, Hilda Staples moved to Frederick, MD in 2000 to pursue a lifelong passion for food and business. After meeting Chef Bryan Voltaggio in 2008, the pair partnered to open VOLT restaurant in the historic Hauck Mansion in downtown Frederick. Staples has been hands on with every project from the start—overseeing everything from investor relations to leading meetings with architects, general contractors, and being involved with city planning review. Now as co-owner of VOLT, Lunchbox, Family Meal and RANGE, she continues to work on the daily financials, investor relations, and community relations for her restaurants. Staples lives in downtown Frederick with her twins, Beverly and Jules, and her husband, Jonathan.

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Robert Stevenson | GM

Stevenson is a long time resident and grew up in Frederick County, Maryland. Looking for further education in the hospitality field Rob traveled to San Francisco in 2005 where he spent time exploring international wine and fine dining. In 2010 he returned to Frederick to accept a
position as Sommelier for Shab Row Bistro and in 2013 he accepted the GM position at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville, VA. He joined VOLT in 2016 and on his off days, he explores his passion for local and organic food by raising poultry and home brewing.

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Giane Cavaliere | Pastry Chef

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Giane Cavaliere grew up under the culinary tutelage of her mother and grandmother.  As a teen, Cavaliere pursued a career in ballet, until 1994, when she immigrated to the United States as a student of photography. While toiling in the darkroom, she continued baking. When photography went digital, and she saw her beloved craft becoming obsolete, Cavaliere found yet another creative outlet: pastry. Meticulous and determined Cavaliere has participated and won multiple pastry competitions including the Washington, DC Star Chefs Rising Stars Award in 2014 and the Press Award at the 2017 Valrhona North America Chocolate Chef Competition.

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