Lou grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia with a fly rod in one hand and a sautee pan in the other. After working for the family restaurant Lou started a career with Gilbert Robinson of Kansas City in their number one concept Fedora Café in Tyson’s Corner, VA. He later moved on the as dining room manager at famed iRicchi Ristorante in Washington, DC. He later accepted a position with Eurest Dining at the Exxon/Mobil World Headquarters in Fairfax, Va Seven years later he decided to move to the country and start his own fishing guide service while teaching culinary arts in the local vocational high school in Shenandoah County , VA. He retired to Charleston, SC in 2012, but shortly afterward accepted a position with Charleston County School District as a special projects manager. He and his wife Stephanie relocated to Aiken in 2016 after his second retirement to seek a quiet life of golf and horses. In February of 2019 Lou came out of retirement and with his wife Stephanie created Solo Vino Wine Parlor. Lou is also a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers.