Dear Verano,

After reading your history as a young boy, living in Italy during World War II, and your subsequent journey upon your arrival to the United States, I can only think of one word – Wow! My search for new things is what lead me to your book, “Tuscany al Verano”. Never would I have suspected your culinary talent exceeded your ability to sway jurors, which I learned first hand in Federal Court.   Testimonial by Tom Richardson Read more…


Vern a very Special “Thank You” for a very special book. It is a very special gift as I love the stories. To me they are very real and inspiring and tell that you really can overcome and become anyone you wish to be.  It is hard to explain and put into words but when you read what this young boy went through  it is as though you see it in front of you.  There is so much to say and if you ever write a book, and I hope and wish you do, I would be the firs tin line to receive one (behind Nancy of course)  Your stories tell that you were not born with a silver spoon in your mouth, but worked very hard to achieve all that you have.  And I am sure that Grandma, as mom called her was so proud that she could not express it enough.  You and my mom really surprised me because it is and always will be in my heart the best gift I have ever received or will receive and know I will always treasure it.   So pick up that pen and start writing and let people know who you really are.  And thank you so very, very much.  Your biggest fan.  JoAnn


Vern,   Thank you for your Beautiful Book!  I loved your story – learned so much about you.   This rainy weekend I will make my first dish from your wonderful variety.  We raise chicken and grass fed organic Longhorn Beef on our farm.  I will bring you some beef and free range eggs in the near future.  You can be so proud of your life journey and family with the added benefit of all you have done for your clients in your decades of practice.  Your Friend, Bill

Vern, Congratulations and best wishes to someone who has been my one of my idols throughout my career.  I first met Vern when he was a young prosecutor in Owen County. Vern is a fantastic attorney who has gotten tremendous results for his clients   Vern is also an accomplish  chef and has  published a wonderful book.  If you get a chance talk to Vern about his family… very interesting.   Finally, being 81 years old and having hip surgery will not stop Vern!   My personal congratulations and complements to Vern for being a great lawyer and a credit to the legal profession.   Vern… I am proud to say you are my friend.    Ken Nunn