Homegrown: Olfactory Hue Bistro owner brings culinary expertise back to her roots

From cooking for hundreds of concertgoers in tailgate parties all over the country to working as the head chef of one of the country’s premier gastropubs, Daysha Amster’s path to success in the culinary world has taken her all over the country.
Despite all her travels, Daysha’s eventual destination turned out to be right where she started — the City of Four Flags.
In May, the chef will be celebrating the four-year anniversary of opening her very first restaurant, Olfactory Hue Bistro. Located in the heart of downtown Niles on East Main Street, Daysha has spent the last several years using her extensive training in French and Belgian cuisine to give her community a unique spin on classic lunchtime fair.
“It’s crazy to be doing all this, right here in my hometown,” Daysha said. “Sometimes I have to pinch myself just to make sure I’m not dreaming.”
Daysha’s path to success wasn’t exactly simple — or straightforward — though.

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Ted Yoakum is a community editor at Leader Publications, LLC, and contributes to Michiana Life magazine.