Janet Pressacco was born in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan and raised in Saskatoon. While growing up Janet was trained in music and knows how to play a few instruments including the saxophone and clarinet. This skill took her and her band to 3rd place in 1988 at Nationals on the site of Expo 86. She felt like she was groomed to be a music teacher but was more interested in traveling and food. Coming from a long line of farmers, she was introduced to the quality of good food at a very young age. After graduating from Hotel and Restaurant Administration in 1991, Janet traveled around western Canada exploring the Tourism Industry in Banff, Alberta where she worked at the Banff Springs Hotel. She ended up following her sister to Whitehorse, Yukon where she worked in a few different restaurant locations, and in 1994 she moved again and settled in Kingston, Ontario where she has been since, raising her twin boys. With her love of the hospitality industry, she had the great pleasure working 10 years at the RiverMill, and 6 years at Aqua Terra, always watching and learning under some very talented Chef’s.
Janet is a very passionate and caring person and loves to be a part of the Kingston community, helping in any way she can. Another passion Janet has is the sport of Curling. She started curling in High School in 1985 and in College placed 3rd in College Nationals. After moving to Kingston she joined Cataraqui Golf & Curling Club and then joined Royal Kingston Curling Club. While being a member, Janet took on the role of Junior Convenour at RKCC for a few years, developing and running the Junior curling program for youth. In December 2019, Janet started a company called Skippers Takeout and Catering that ended up running out of RKCC’s kitchen supplying delicious food to the members until COVID-19 shut everything down. This made her determined to help small food businesses in the area somehow. This led to her newest adventure Pizza in a Box.
Pizza in a Box is a food delivery service, providing customers with an experience of having a delicious and fresh cooked pizza in the comfort of their home. Working with local companies and sourcing local products. Janet strives to support local businesses all year round and to assist when possible. Each box will give everyone their own unique experience when they open it, and she has never been so proud to bring this to life.
Janet was part of the We-Can project at Queen’s University, where she completed The Rural Mentorship Program, the Lead Program, Small Business Bootcamp, and The E-Commerce Bootcamp. She also was accepted into the Paro Centre for Women’s Enterprise, and the Food Ventre Program sponsored by the City of Kingston. The women entrepreneurs were a source of strength in the uncertain times, and gave her motivation to continue and do more. She is and always will be full of gratitude for everything these programs have shown her throughout her journey, and is grateful for the life long friends and supporters she has made.