This is something that I am super excited about. I love rustic, earthy foods made with as many locally produced things as possible and I love Two Sister’s Catering in Smithers, BC. When I heard that Christine and Janet were going to be opening their very own cafe, I was so excited for them and also for the town. This was going to be a very good thing.
I’ve known these two ladies now for a number of years as we’ve worked alongside one another at weddings in Smithers. And I’ve tasted what they make on many occasions and believe me, it’s down-home, honest-to-goodness, healthy, simple foods. Not only can they cook, but they can bake and have an incredible aesthetic when it comes to presenting meals and desserts. When they plate, it’s simple, clean and certainly doesn’t last very long on the dish.
The opening of their cafe worked perfectly for the weekend I was available to come up, so I spent a few hours in their newly renovated locale, pouring over every single detail and all the yummy things they were cooking and baking up in the kitchen. The cafe is unlike anything else in Smithers, with a modern meets industrial meets heritage feel and I love that they had so much support from the artisan community to make it all happen, from the custom made mugs to the open sign. Christine and Janet also strongly believe in supporting local producers, so whenever they can, they source out local meats and produce.
Food photography is also something that I have been interested in for quite some time, but after I took in a weekend workshop with Penny de los Santos ~ I learned that there is so much to photographing food, that I found it all quite overwhelming. But I think this is definitely something I would like to work on more in the future and will be building my portfolio for over the next while and open a commercial off-shoot down the road.
I also wanted to provide a listing of all the wonderful people that Two Sisters has worked with, simply because I strongly believe in giving credit where it’s due, especially to artists. So here are a few (although perhaps not all) of the good folks that provided some beauty to the cafe:
Art and Soul Pottery ~ mugs
Austin Currah ~ “Two Sisters” sign, front counter piece, self-serve coffee table, “Open-Minded” door sign, brackets throughout the cafe
Caroline Marko ~ Owner of Salt Boutique helped make the vision come alive and for some good laughs
Homeside Antiques in Burns Lake ~ “fireflies in a jar” light pendants/vintage boxes in front window
Rustica Bakery ~ breads for the sandwiches, crackers and breadsticks as well as daily ‘treats”
Chicken Creek Coffee ~ providing artisan coffee, roasted in Smithers
Niki Cherewyk ~ chalkboard art
EarthStone Concrete Works ~ counter tops
W Diamond Ranch ~ provide local beef
Lauriston Farms ~ provide local produce
Happy Pig Organic Farm ~ provide pork and chicken
Kimberley’s Kitchen ~ homemade marshmallows
Scott Marko ~ all of the beautiful renovations