What makes the Shadow Lawn Inn experience so unique? The people who work here, of course.
Here are some of the people in our Shadow Lawn Family...
Focusing primarily on a market driven, regional/seasonal cooking style,
Chef Markian has been delighting locals and visitors since 2004 in Beautiful Southern New Brunswick.
Originally from Montreal, he completed his training in Ottawa and received his Red Seal in 2002 after working in some of the city's most critically acclaimed restaurants such as Juniper and Social. In 2009 Chef Markian successfully challenged and received his Certified Chef de Cuisine designation after 2 years of studies through SAIT in Calgary. This status, shared by approximately only 1000 others chefs is one of the highest accreditations for culinary professionals in Canada.
Chef Markian's cuisine draws many influences from his Ukrainian heritage and will delight your senses with innovative and local twists put on dishes enjoyed during his youth. This merging of "old school" ideas and respect for food, coupled with some "new school" cooking techniques was truly showcased while Markian was the Chef de Cuisine for 6 years at the Rossmount Inn in St. Andrews.
Markian's natural passion for the culinary world and love for the passing on of knowledge was also evident while he taught Culinary Arts and Hotel Restaurant Operations at NBCC St. Andrews for 2 years.
After working as a member of the crack culinary team at The Algonquin Resort in St Andrews for 2 seasons to develop new menus for the hotelís upcoming grand opening, Chef Markian has relocated to the Saint John area to lead the kitchen team at Shadow Lawn Inn.
In the coming months as the seasons change, you will find that the stories subtly highlighted in Chef Markian's dishes are frequently inspiring. They focus on the community's gardeners, fishermen, farmers, immigrants from foreign lands, family cooks and a wealth of gastronomic experiences that have been with him since an early age...and rarely will Chef Markian fail to take a few minutes out of his day to greet the dinner and Inn guests with a story on how a dish came to be or the inspiration behind it.
met Jill Irving?
If you've dined with us over the last few months, you are probably familiar with Jill. Here are 6 things (according to Jill herself) that you may not know about her...
1. She has a great husband and four awesome kids. (ages 5 to 11)
2. She loves getting dirty in the veggie garden.
3. She drove an armoured personnel carrier while at university (looks like a tank)
4. She's a known 'goon' in her hockey league
5. She never misses an episode of Coronation Street. (Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.)
And last but not least...
6. She only got this job because she has some dirt on MaryAnn... something she did in grade 2. (and she may share it with you if you ask her!)
When Kathy Smith is not at Benjamin's Books advising customers on wonderful children's books, you can find her at the basketball court, the hockey rink or in the basement of the Inn. Kathy handles all things accounting here at Shadow Lawn Inn.
Kathy's background as a business teacher has prepared her well for the challenge of keeping the Inn in good order everyday.
I'm surprised our Head of Housekeeping, Linda Hallman, isn't basking on a beach somewhere. Hot weather is her thing, and there isn't much of that around here lately!
Linda loves being where the sun shines and where there's a sandy beach. In fact, she's off to Florida next week.
Linda has been with Shadow Lawn Inn for thirteen years. With our renovations well underway, Linda is working feverishly on all the details to get our rooms ready to unveil! She describes herself as a mean gardener. Watch out flowers, here comes Linda!
Meet Charlie Saunders
Charlie is a dedicated, reliable employee. He has been with the Inn for over 14 years.
No matter the situation, Charlie can solve it with his calm, methodical approach. His attention to detail is appreciated as evidenced by our well-kept gardens in the summertime.
Charlie is married to Eleanor and is a proud father to Stephanie who is in her second year at Saint Maryís University.
Meet Colleen Shaw.
She has been working at Shadow Lawn Inn for almost 5 years. Colleen has lived in Quispamsis for 30 years and has 3 sons, 4 sons if you count her husband. Oops, did she say that?
She loves going for walks with her sonsí dogs. She says they keep her in shape! Colleen loves listening to music and looks forward to going to her hometown whenever she can to see her family on the Miramichi. She also loves camping in the summer. She enjoys knitting and someday looks forward to traveling around Canada. They might even try down South, maybe!
Something most people don't know about Colleen?
She won a poster contest in Grade 5 for depicting the future as an image of the world with a larger computer on it! Our resident visionary!