After a December announcement of the restaurant being for sale, Artisan Food Co. owner Tanya Cross will be working her last week at the 207 Ferguson St. location.
A Letter From Tanya
I’d like to thank each of my family members, friends and patrons, as well as the North Bay and surrounding communities, who have supported me over the past 5 years in operation at both the Callander and downtown locations. It will be bitter sweet to finish my final shift in the 207 Ferguson St. location on February 9, 2018. We would love to have you join us for lunch this week as we will be serving some of our past time favourites on special; most of which have come by special request!
Weekly Specials: http://www.artisanfoodco.ca/daily-specials.html
For all of you who are wondering what happens next… I have to start by saying, I could not have done this without the talented and gifted team members I have been fortunate to have work along side me. It is my great pleasure to announce, that although I may be moving on to a new chapter, the restaurant will remain open under new ownership, from within the Artisan Food Co. family.
One of our talented staff; who will be the new owner at 207 Ferguson St., joined our team upon our arrival to the downtown location in September 2016 and has been instrumental in helping to establish our presence in North Bay. As the new owner, she plans to carry on the 'Artisan' passion for food. Although a new restaurant name (to be announced!) will be introduced soon, many of the favourites on the Artisan Food Co. menu will remain available with the addition of some new specialties. I encourage you all to support the new owner in her endeavor, just as I will be there for her to ensure a smooth transition.
Important note! If anyone has gift certificates still needing to be used, we will be honouring them until February 16th!
What happens next for me… I am now looking forward to much desired time to spend with my one-year-old twins, while exploring new studies and taking Artisan Food Co. in an exciting new direction. Rest assured, this is not the last you’ve heard from me!
For those who would like to keep up with my journey and join my mailing list to receive updates, please sign up below.
Hope to see you soon!
Artisan Food Co. was created in 2013, from an idea that sprouted as a deep passion for good food and grew in the heart of one Chef. The idea behind creating this brand was to grow with this passion; to inspire people to look to food as a complementary aspect towards healthy and balanced living. The initiative was to create a safe environment and one that would inspire not only its team members but its patrons alike, in their everyday or periodic encounters with us. Over the past four and a half years we have certainly grown in our intentions and ideas. In that time we have earned many faithful comrades follow us and cheer us on as we grew into the business we are now.
Artisan Food Co. is a brand that should continue on, but a time has come for the original creator to pass on her torch to the next person who has that deep passion for working with food and creating inspiring dishes that nourish the body, mind and soul; food that not only looks good but feels good too. As Tanya’s life has shifted dramatically over the course of the past year, after a pregnancy complication, she is now inspired to move in a different direction that focuses more attentively on the special needs and requirements of her one year old twins. This fork in the road, that has called her in a new direction, will give her the opportunity to further her studies in another area of passion and spend much desired time with her twins. Although her passion for food will never leave her, it is time for Artisan Food Co. to be taken to the next level by a fresh entrepreneur with the just the right spark.
After planting roots in Callander, and working from that location for 3 years, Artisan Food Co. made the decision to uproot the business, which consisted of both the café and catering businesses. The decision was made to move into downtown North Bay, where we have been located this past year, and where a wider audience could be reached with the various food services offered by Artisan Food Co. There is no denying that moving to the corner of Oak and Ferguson in the heart of downtown was the best choice for growing the business further; and the view of Lake Nipissing from our new giant picture windows didn’t hurt either.
As a turnkey opportunity Artisan Food Co. is now available for someone to stand on its shoulders. The restaurant is a 32 seat, café-style restaurant which serves lunch, Monday to Friday and during market season, Saturdays as well. In addition, Artisan Food Co. is the creator of the unique ‘Full Moon dinners’ which are held every month. The dinners are a multi-course, Chef’s menu dinner with changing themes inspired by the changing seasons. Along with our Full Moon dinners we also offer specialty dinners for occasions such as: New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Holiday season buffets. Both on and off site we offer a wide range of catering services to various groups along with private in home and backyard events.
Beyond our current services Artisan Food Co. also offers additional opportunity for growth in various areas which can be discussed with the right person or persons who has that passion for food service and growth potential.
Artisan Food Co. is proud to say that over the course of its operations it has managed to attract some of the most talented and gifted ‘for-service’ team members out there, and our current house crew is no exception. They are truly the glue that holds the pieces together, and we don’t think you will find friendlier staff anywhere else.
So the sad truth is that although Tanya is sad to be moving in a different direction from the brand that she built and one she wholeheartedly stands by, Artisan Food Co. has become its own entity now, and she is proud to have been able to call it, not only her workplace but her second home. The desire now is to find the right fit in someone who has the drive and the passion to continue to grow the business into what it is destined to become. In ensuring a smooth transition Tanya is also offering her services, for a time, to transition that special someone into new ownership. This includes any help with the behind the scenes, ordering, paper work, payroll, menu planning, POS system, marketing and advertising as well as social media. Tanya will be available to be on hand, for a time, to assist with menu performance questions, insights, and will also offer services to train any potential new owner to ensure continued success. Training with recipes and menu production, which are the mainstay of the operation, will also be provided as necessary, as part of the transition.
As we go through this new phase we have not forgotten about our faithful patrons, and we would like to take this opportunity to express our fullest gratitude for the immense support and encouragement we continue to receive. Without you, our beloved guests, we would not be where we are today, and we just love that you love us, and we are so proud to be able to continue serving you into 2018.
Sale Price $55,000
Roasted chickpeas are perfect for your kids snacks, adding to a trail mix, topping your salad or enjoying just as they are. Although it may seem simple, many struggle with roasting them just right. Here are some easy to follow instructions to make sure they turn out every time.
Drain and thoroughly rinse the chickpeas.
Let air dry on a clean towel for 1 hour.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (quick clean up!) and spread out chickpeas to allow the air to move around them.
Coat lightly with oil using a good quality spray oil - too much oil will make them soggy.
Add your favourite seasoning and roll them around.
To bake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake chick peas for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. Once the hour is up, turn the oven off and leave chickpeas to cool inside the oven.
While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of garlic, cultures around the World share a history of the healing properties it has to offer. Historically, garlic is recognized as a medicinal ingredient rather that a food seasoning. In the modern World we think of garlic as a seasoning and often overlook the health benefits.
While there are many significant health benefits such as cancer prevention or improving heart health, in this post we have outlined some everyday ailments you can tackle with garlic.
Treat the Common Cold
Garlic helps to reduce flu and common cold symptoms by boosting your immune system. Next time you feel a cold coming on, trying steeping it as a tea or simply adding a little extra to your favourite dish.
Improve Your Workout
Garlic amongst the earliest “performance enhancing” supplements and historically used to treat fatigue and enhance the performance of labourers.
Lower Your Blood Pressure
It is believed that the hydrogen sulfide gas is produce by blood cells when garlic is consumed. This gas can help to open blood vessels and regulate your blood pressure.
Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties and when consumed can help to aide inflammation in the body due to injury or illness. Some opt to topically apply garlic by rubbing it on their skin.
Here is one we need to remember this summer… pack your pockets with garlic! Mosquitoes are deterred by the smell of garlic so if you prefer a natural way to combat these pesky flies then garlic is your answer. Keep some nearby or apply it to your skin.
Hello everyone, we are now in our last week here at our Callander location, and although we are sad to leave this quaint little space, we are excited to get on to the next chapter of Artisan Food Co's evolvement.
We will officially close our doors for business in our Callander location as of Saturday, Aug 20th. During our closure we will be working in our new location to primp and prime our new space to have it up an ready to go for our official opening date of September 1.
Renovations are underway in our new space and are coming along swimmingly with the expertise of our new landlords who have been painting away, busting down walls and building some back up, while also creating some new features for the interior. If you've been down Oak St. in the past week you may have noticed too that the exterior of the building has had a bit of a change as well. All this is in preparation of the beautiful new space we are excited to present to you in September.
In the meantime our staff will be taking some much deserved summer holidays, and wish them all a lovely little break. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our staff who continue to work diligently towards the goals of our Company and to our valued customers who have supported us for the past three years and continue to stick by our side through this transition. We are truly grateful for all the support and encouragement we have been receiving since announcing our big move.
We hope that those of you who have not had the chance to come in and visit us and try out our fare, perhaps due to our location, will now be able to drop in and say hello.
We look forward to serving you soon North Bay!
It's peach season in Ontario and we are blessed to have the Niagara belt that has the perfect conditions for producing this delicious fruit. But can't we all agree that sometimes when we buy that fruit we get a little over zealous and make the mistake of biting into a rock hard, tasteless fruit that was picked and shipped too early? Ever wonder how to make sure your peach is ready to eat? Here are a few tips...
Stop squeezing them! This bruises the fruit and they begin to rot.
Cover them with a cloth napkin on the counter until they ripen.
Only refrigerate AFTER they are ripe.
Wait until the peach smells like a peach! This is how you know its ripe :)
We always use seasonal items in our menu options and support local whenever we can. The photos above are peaches purchased at the L'Amis market stand at the corner of Algonquin and Landsdowne ...and they were delicious! Happy peach season!
As you may have heard, Artisan Food Co. Café and Catering is moving…
After 3 years at our beautiful Callander location and by popular public request, Artisan Food Co. will be moving to our new location in North Bay for September 1st 2016.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful customers who have frequented our restaurant and supported us through this three year journey. We can truly say we could not have done it without you, and we are forever grateful to all of you who biked, jogged, walked and drove several miles from town to come and see us as often as you could. It has been our pleasure serving you!
We refer to our Callander location as ‘The center of the Universe,’ because for us it has been a place where we have met some very special people who will forever leave an imprint with us – and although it is not to say that we won’t see you at our new location, it holds great sentimental value to us that ‘The Café’ is where we met some truly wonderful people who have walked through our doors. In addition, we have forged some lifelong connections between staff members who have become like family members. We would also like to say a solemn farewell to our amazing neighbours at ‘The Artisan Mall’ and wish you all the very best. Thank you for supporting our business: Staff at Eyes on Main, Angie’s Barber Shop, staff at Dazzling Doggies, and to our former neighbours at Remax.
Another special thank you! also goes out to some very special people and business owners in the community as who have rooted for us, promoted us and supported us in every way that they could. To Jen and Brent Bywater and the staff at Vested Interest, Nicki at Ohana Wellness Studio and Kara at The Municipality of Callander – we can’t thank you enough for all you have done to encourage, support and promote our little café business and to all the local Callander businesses who have dined with us or picked up takeout on their lunch breaks. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
We would also like to send out a huge THANK YOU! to our new Landlords, The Richardson’s, Tom and Geoff, because without you and your support of our business we would not have such a lovely new location to move to. ‘The Cornerstone’ on Oak and Ferguson – in North Bay’s oldest building (that’s what Tom told me, and I believe him). We are so excited for this new chapter to commence and we couldn’t be more grateful to be working with two such stand–up guys who work tirelessly to invest in North Bay and the Downtown core. To our new neighbours’ at Dirty Girls Farms and The Fitness Room, we look forward to being right down the hall from two more great businesses!
As with all growth comes a time for change, and we have made the decision that in order to continue serving you and serving you in bigger and better ways it would be necessary to move to our new location to do so, and so we jumped at the opportunity to do just that. We will continue to offer the great service and freshly made food that you all deserve and look forward to meeting the many new faces we get to serve and forging new friendships.
Our hours from Callander will be adjusted slightly, and we will be open Monday to Saturday from 10:30am to 3pm – serving our Midday Fare and will continue to offer our Unique ‘Full Moon Dinners’ at our new location in downtown North Bay.
Before closing we would also like to say thank you! to our local suppliers and their staff who have kept us stocked with the many many items we need, to continue providing the services we do:
Withold, Thor and staff at TW Foods
Dave and staff at Fresh Co.
Bob and staff at Vaughan Paper Products
Chris at B&B Beverages
Stephan and Ann at Board’s Honey
And to the many others who have provided us with local product over the past three years
Thank you North Bay and Callander for all your love and support. We love you!
“Your dream will never let you rest, it will keep knocking at your mind's door and instill imagination which will lead to a creative mind. Let loose your imagination and begin to create everything that's given to you before the foundations of the earth. Dream like never before.”
― Euginia Herlihy
January 26 Full Moon 4-Course Dinner:
Celebrating the 'Wolf Moon'
There is an old Cherokee Proverb about two wolves... "One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, my son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, fear, envy, jealousy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather which wolf wins? The old man replied, the one you feed."
On January 26th join us for our four course full moon dinner and feed your good wolf with some soul abiding food.
Menu now available, reserve online http://www.artisanfoodco.ca/full-moon-dinner.html
NEW Column! Rants & Radishes
Rants and Radishes is a new segment in our newsletter where we challenge some conventional thinking, go off topic or debate a subject pertaining to food and wholesomeness. It is strictly our own perspective we have established after we have taken some time to research a particular topic, trend or something that just doesn’t make sense to us. You’re free, as are we, to have an opinion, but our goal is to bring light to some subject matter that really just gets our goat!
Butter vs. Margarine the great debate!
Is butter really better? You decide. We have!
Butter, a substance containing some of the building blocks of life, carbon hydrogen and oxygen is a natural food containing one ingredient and has been around and used for thousands of years. Although butter is a saturated food, the body is able to process and metabolize it more readily than margarine which is an unnatural product composed of many ingredients and can only be made through processing and alterations to the molecular structure of a vegetable or plant oil. Hydrogenation of these plant oils requires high temperatures, causing some troublesome effects which result in this unnatural product and sometimes contain trans fats. Trans fat, which lowers good cholesterol and increases bad cholesterol is what increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Although most margarine today is now made without creating trans fats, and there are certainly better products than in the past available, it is still an unnatural product of many ingredients created through processing. So be aware of what you put in your body.
Well its February, love and romance is in the air. Everywhere you look, there are secret plans, dinners, flowers and not to mention almost everything shaped like a heart! While all this is nice and can make that special someone feel loved, what says I love you more than giving your own heart. Not just emotionally speaking, but physically, but making sure you are as strong and healthy as possible so you can continue to share in the romance year-after-year.
There are a number of factors that affect the heart such as exercise, alcohol, tobacco, weight and stress, but diet is a big factor. Staying true to our roots we are going to focus on diet and what you can do to take care of your heart.
High cholesterol and high blood pressure are two conditions that open the door for heart disease. By adjusting your diet, you can improve your cholesterol and blood pressure levels tremendously. Let’s talk about fats.
The Facts on Fats:
Foods to Eat:
Foods to Avoid:
Easy Tips to Take Care of Your Heart:
Tanya is a whole foods chef and business owner of a whole foods catering service - Artisan Food Co. She is currently completing holistic nutrition and is an advocate for whole body living.