our heritage

Native Northern California sisters, Jamie & Lisa Freeman, were born and raised in Linden, a small farming community in the San Joaquin Valley.  Their grandfather, George Di Carlo, emigrated from Sicily to California where he began farming and eventually went into the restaurant business. Orval Freeman, their paternal grandfather, raised livestock.  It was only natural that the sisters gained an appreciation for seasonally harvested produce, freshly made cream, homemade butter, and free-range eggs.

Jamie has extensive restaurant and catering experience.  She was selected as a finalist for "The Best Bartender of San Joaquin County" by the Stockton Record in 2005. 

Jamie had “front of the house” position with the famous Waterloo California Restaurant at the age of 15.  Growing up there, she learned all aspects of the business including cooking and bartending.  She also worked in the culinary department for the world renowned winery, Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California and was the bar manager for The Waterloo Ca Restaurant. 

Lisa specializes in outdoor cooking.  She has served as executive chef for NASCAR, Inc. since 2002 traveling with the Sprint Cup Series.  She worked at the El Rancho Steak House and Waterloo Restaurant while studying culinary arts at Columbia College where she graduated in 1994.  She has received certificates from CIA Greystone, Napa and UC Davis.

In addition, Lisa has worked on television cooking shows, including a position on the culinary support team for Michael Chiarello's Napastyle and has been a spokesperson for several national media tours.  Lisa recently co-authored her first cookbook, The Hunter’s Table, for Ducks Unlimited, which was released in August by FRP Books. 

All of this was perfect preparation for the formation of the Grateful Gypsy Bistro.


Formerly a mobile bistro/food truck, now in a brick and mortar location, it continues to be a passion.  Our new location is  centrally located between South Lake Tahoe & Napa Valley in the community of Lockeford off Hwy 88. 

The bistro menu & specials changes with the seasons;.  The bistro is committed to using local ingredients based on good farming practices.

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