Hilda Staples, Partner
Staples partnered with Chef Isabella on opening Graffiato in the spring of 2010 after a fateful conversation at the James Beard Awards while they were both there supporting friends and colleagues. From investor relations to meetings with the architects, general contractors to city planning review, Staples worked on every aspect of turning the abandoned print press building into Chef Isabella’s vision for Graffiato.
She works on the daily financials, investor relations and community relations for Graffiato. She is the unofficial taster of the food and beverage menus. And will gladly share her thoughts on both when guests ask.
She is also co-owner of both VOLT, the acclaimed Frederick, Md.–based restaurant with Chef Bryan Voltaggio and the much-anticipated Rogue 24 with Chef RJ Cooper.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Marymount University and soon thereafter began work on Capitol Hill for Congressman Tom Davis. Moving on from the Hill to Ogilvy Public Relations and then to Constellation Energy.
Hilda Staples moved to Frederick, Md., from Alexandria, Va., shortly after getting married in December 2000 and instantly fell in love with the city. Staples is proud to contribute to the vitality and preservation of downtown Frederick through her roles in the various Frederick organizations. She is an active Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and serves on the board of directors of Frederick Tourism Council, Weinberg Theater for the Arts, and the Maryland Ensemble Theater. She also serves on the advisory council of Gorilla Magazine. She lives in downtown Frederick with her twins, Beverly and Jules, and husband Jonathan.