Be the Gourmet Accountant! But don't cook the books. | AccountingWEB

Be the Gourmet Accountant! But don't cook the books.

The Way to a Client's Wallet is through his Stomach!

Carole Romatis, besides being the QuickBooks Guru at Accountants CPA Hartford, LLC, is also the Gourmet Accountant at our firm. (By the term, "gourmet accountant", I am not in any way implying that she cooks the books as our resident bookkeeper.)  It is Carole’s contention that accounting does not have to be a bland subject; rather, she presents a very compelling case that we accountants can spice it up, making it palatable even to the most quantitatively averse souls. And by "spice it up", I mean that literally because at our firm, Carole, a true epicurean, prefers to discuss accounting, QuickBooks, taxes, and business over a gourmet meal prepared by her and a glass of vino.  Let’s face it, tax season is long and arduous, trying for the most Spartan of accountants.  And Carole has cooked up a recipe to survive this season of drudgery, as well as the other three seasons, by eating and living well every day, accounting for the extra pounds I added since we teamed up.

Accountants CPA Hartford, LLC:  The Gourmet AccountantToday Carole served a very special client of ours “Shrimp Magazine”, named after the street on which the restaurant featuring this dish is located in New Orleans. If you have never eaten Shrimp Magazine, frankly, you have never lived.  This seafood dish is even decadent by New Orleans standards.  It is butterflied shrimp sauteed deliciously in a lavish garlicky butter sauce with artichokes, ham, basil, and green onions, served over cappellini.  The rich butter sauce is what makes the dish so sumptuous; however, if you cannot handle the cholesterol, then salivate and drool as I recount Carole's recipe to those less inclined to be so timid and least, you can savor it voyeuristically.

Take three-quarter of a cup of flour.  

Season with kosher salt, black pepper, granulated garlic.  Mix. 

Peel and butterfly a pound of extra large shrimp, and dredge in the seasoned flour. 

Add one stick of butter to a 10″ saute pan and heat over medium temperature.

Add the floured shrimp to the pan. 

Saute the shrimp for a few minutes and then turn them over. 

Add a cup of chopped artichoke hearts and a half of a cup of diced ham. 

Add a third of a cup of white wine and (2) tablespoons of  Worchestershire sauce.

Sprinkle with granulated garlic, black pepper, and kosher salt.

Add (2) tablespoons of fresh chiffonade basil and (3) tablespoons of chopped green onions. 

Add (2) cloves of minced garlic.  (Do you know the difference between chiffonade and minced?  I do:  Carole just explained and demonstrated it to me.  She also recommends having all of the ingredients ready before you cook, referred to in French as, mise en place.  Carole is such a show off!)

Stir it all up.

When the shrimp is done (be careful not to overcook the shrimp, otherwise they will taste rubbery), serve immediately over angel hair pasta. 

Sprinkle with parmigiano reggiano cheese freshly grated. 

Hmmmmmmmmmm.  Mangia!

Now allow us to ask you:  do you enjoy a gourmet meal with a glass of vino while you review financial statements or tax returns with your clients?  Or do you settle for chips, snacks, and other crud?  Life can be very, very good, if you choose to live it in style.  Carole and I heartily recommend wooing and seducing your clients with a gourmet meal and a glass of vino.  Hey, we're Italian!  Everything can be an occasion to eat, enjoy, and celebrate life to the fullest.  It works for us:  we have clients drooling at our doors, opening their hearts and their wallets.  More importantly, we relish it as well.  As Carole always says, la dolce vita!  I cannot but agree. 

Have a tasty recipe for Carole?  Have a tax or an accounting question?  Please feel free to submit it under “Comments” at Accounting, QuickBooks, and Taxes by the Barefoot Accountant.  For information and assistance on any tax and accounting issue, please visit our website:  Accountants CPA Hartford, LLC.


This blog

The Barefoot Accountant—is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor,  operating an accounting, tax, and QuickBooks consulting firm in Berlin, Connecticut, Accountants CPA Hartford, Connecticut, LLC.  Bill has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in Accounting, Auditing, and other subjects at the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, and Purdue University. He also taught GMAT and CPA Exam Review Classes at the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center and at Person-Wolinsky, and is certified to teach trade-related subjects at Connecticut Vocational Technical Schools. His articles on tax and accounting have been published in several professional journals as well as on several accounting websites. William was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut, and served on the City's Board of Finance and Taxation as well as its City Plan Commission.  Bill is a crazed animal lover, feeding birds, squirrels, chipmunks, skunks, possums, stray cats, and any two-legged or four-legged critter traversing through his yard.  His backyard in Berlin, Connecticut has been certified as a habitat suitable for wildlife by the National Wildlife Federation.

Bill also writes an Accounting, QuickBooks, and Tax blog:  Accounting, QuickBooks, and Taxes by the Barefoot Accountant.  For entertaining articles, please see his listing at The Amazing Brighenti.

More from this blog

Bloggers crew

Steve Knowles has spent 25 years in business and practice in the UK, but he also worked in the states and the years haven't dulled his way of seeing an alternative view to everyone else, and every day is a new adventure.


Joel M. Ungar, CPA is a lifelong resident of the Detroit area and a graduate of The University of Michigan. He is a principal with Silberstein Ungar, PLLC, a Top 15 auditor of SEC public reporting companies.


Allan Boress, CPA, with over 25 years as a practitioner and consultant to the accounting profession. Mr. Boress is the author of 12 published books in 6 different languages, including a best-seller, The "I-Hate-Selling" Book.


Larry Perry, CPA, CPA Firm Support Services, LLC, is the author of accounting and auditing manuals, author and presenter of live staff training seminars, and author of webcast and self-study CPE programs. He blogs about small audits, reviews, and compilations.

Sandra Wiley, COO and Shareholder, is ranked by Accounting Today as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting as a result of her prominent role as an industry expert on HR and training as well as influence as a management and planning consultant. She is also a founding member of The CPA Consultant's Alliance. Sandra is a certified Kolbe™ trainer who advises firms on building balanced teams, managing employee conflict and hiring staff.

Maria Calabrese, CIR, Human Resources manager for Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa, LLC in Cranford, New Jersey, Maria's topics revolve around the world of: Mentoring, Performance management, and The "Y Generation," a.k.a. "The whY generation".


William Brighenti is a CPA, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Certified [Business] Valuation Analyst, operating an accounting, tax, and QuickBooks consulting firm in Hartford, Connecticut, Accountants CPA Hartford.


Ken Garen, CPA, is the co-founder and President of Universal Business Computing Company (, a software development firm of high-volume, high-productivity accounting and payroll technology.


Eva Rosenberg, MBA, EA, is the publisher of, and author of the weekly syndicated Ask TaxMama column. She provides answers to tax questions from taxpayers and tax professionals worldwide.


Amy Vetter, CPA, CITP is the CPA Programs Leader for Intacct Corporation responsible for leading the CPA/BPO Partners nationally.

Brian Strahle is the owner of LEVERAGE SALT, LLC where he provides state and local tax technical services to accounting firms, law firms and tax research organizations across the United States. He also writes a weekly column in Tax Analysts State tax Notes entitled, "The SALT Effect." For more info, visit his website:
Scott H. Cytron, ABC, is president of Cytron and Company, known for helping companies and organizations improve their bottom line through a hybrid of strategic public relations, communications, marketing programs and top-notch client service. An accredited consultant, Scott works with companies, organizations and individuals in professional services (accounting, finance, medical, legal, engineering), high-tech and B2B/B2C product/service sales.

Rita Keller is a nationally known CPA firm management consultant, speaker, author, mentor and blogger. She has over 30 years hands-on experience in CPA firm management, marketing, technology and administrative operations.

Stacy Kildal is the mom of two fantastic kids, an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Certified Enterprise Solutions ProAdvisor, Sleeter Group Certified Consultant, a nationally recognized member of the Intuit Trainer and Writer Network, and co-host of RadioFree QuickBooks.
Michael Alter's blog specializes in providing practical advice to those who seek greater profitability and practice management tactics that enhance deeper client relationships.

Sally Glick, CMO, Principal, Marketer of the Year in 2003 and AAM Hall of Famer in 2007, leads a lively discussion of the constantly expanding roles of marketing and the professional marketers that drive this initiative in accounting firms of all sizes.


The IMA Young Professionals Blog features the insights of IMA’s Young Professionals Committee. Committee members share advice and experiences on careers, continuing education, work/life balance, and other issues affecting young accounting and finance professionals.


FEI Financial Reporting Blog provides highlights from SEC, PCAOB, FASB, IASB, and other regulatory news, including reporting under Sarbanes-Oxley Sect 404. It is written by Edith Orenstein, Director of Technical Policy Analysis at FEI.


Sue Anderson has 30 years of experience in continuing education for accountants. Currently she is the program director for online CPE provider CPE Link.


Jim Fahey is COO of Apple Growth Partners, a regional CPA firm in Ohio. His focus is on the effective and efficient use of technology within the firm by all team members.

Caleb Newquist is the Editor-in-Chief of Sift Media US, overseeing content for both AccountingWEB and Going Concern.

Leita Hart-Fanta, CPA, CGFM, and CGAP is the author of "The Yellow Book Interpreted" and owner of a website devoted to training for governmental auditors.


AccountingWEB is more than just a U.S. team of journalists and financial and technology experts - we have an international side, too! Members of our British team who publish share their ideas, insights, and perspectives from across the pond.