Posted on June 30th, 2013 by ANNA Magazine
This past week we were sent tomatoes… fat, shiny, gorgeous red, brown, orange and yellow orbs, large and small, like Christmas ornaments, heirloom tomatoes! (Thank you Nature Fresh Farms) From a large bowl on the centre of my kitchen table, they’ve gazed at me lovingly all week long.. and this morning their aroma just seemed to reach up and hug me. Suddenly, I had this incredible need to slice, to taste, to share. With Martha’s July issue having arrived at my doorstep, dolled up with beautiful heirloom tomatoes, I decided to test a few recipes. Pasta, roasted chopped tomatoes, ricotta, torn basil, seasoning… toss! Perfect in the back yard with your favourite glass of red and The Sunday Times! Enjoy!
Posted on June 11th, 2013 by ANNA Magazine
On June 26, I’ve invited my friend and super chef Scott Bagshaw, owner of Deseo Bistro, into our studio as we open our doors to the public for the first time and cook up some beautiful food… in what we are calling our very own Secret Dinner. Check out the invite posted below and with seating limited call to reserve now!! Hope to see you there!
Posted on June 10th, 2013 by Mari Loewen
For seven years I have poured my heart and soul into ANNA Magazine. Every word, every recipe, every image, every fine line, every page, every reader, every advertiser. I created the product I dreamed it would be… a beautiful magazine that would inspire readers to live their best life, to touch them with words and inspire them to get back to the basics of life, with cooking beautiful food and inviting family and friends for dinner. Readers throughout North America fell in love with ANNA. They felt it to be humble and honest and approachable. As exciting as it all was, I began to feel something was missing…
As much as I could appreciate the challenges that come with managing a business, I longed to get back into the kitchen. Its where I find my voice. Where I find myself. There are few things more special to me than preparing food for people I love.
Thank goodness we had the foresight to lease a huge warehouse space 1 year ago, which was meant to be a test kitchen, but quickly turned into something more…. a space where we could invite people in… to cook through the magazine with us, to get closer to us, to feel at home with us. As a lover of Italian foreign movies, the interior was inspired by (to be honest) a European men’s club feel… edgy and glamorous and homey all at the same time. With a garage door opening and room enough for a dance floor… in an unassuming part of town with an element of surprise when you walk through the front door.
I wanted our food experiences to be unforgettable; with endless feasts of beautiful food served in large platters, just like my Mother used to. And perhaps a foreign movie playing in the background, what about a ballroom dancer on hand ready to teach a few dancing lessons? We decided to call our space Talk of the Town… we hope it will become that!!
Although we are busy creating cooking classes you will fall in love with and will be released soon… on June 26, I’ve invited my friend and super chef Scott Bagshaw, owner of Deseo Bistro, into our studio as we open our doors to the public for the first time and cook up some beautiful food… in what we are calling our very own Secret Dinner. Check out the invite below and with seating limited call to reserve yours now!! Hope to see you there!