Some stars were aloof while others were friendly.
"Annie Lennox is unbelievably humble. She gets crazy stage fright, so I'd make her a special tea. She's such a love," said Matthews, who treasures a brightly colored glass globe Lennox gave her as a housewarming present.
Between tours, she also did a stint as executive chef at a dude ranch in Telluride, Colo., where she oversaw both a bed and breakfast and a fine dining restaurant.
Her last gig was two years ago with Carrie Underwood in Nashville. When it ended, she knew it was time to come home.
"I loved that life. I wouldn't trade it for the world, but it's very difficult work. It's difficult to maintain a relationship or even have a dog because you're on the road so much," she said.
Matthews caters on-site, while she looks for commercial space. When her clients ask what she'll prepare, she asks what they'd like to eat. She's not being flip. She'll make whatever they want.
She's considering running a small café as well. She sees her niche as trattoria style, intimate eatery serving a menu of gourmet comfort food that would probably change daily.
"I would like to do something different every day. If somebody wanted something I didn't make that day, I might know them well enough to tell them what I think they might like instead," she said. "I'd like to have that neighborhood kind of feel."
Email Matthews at dmlda...@aol.com or call 304-356-1323.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.