As the Centre’s endorsing celebrity chef, Anna Olson draws much of her culinary inspirations from her fond memories of yearly trips from Toronto to New York State, Pennsylvania and Ohio to visit her grandparents, aunts and uncles, traveling through Niagara’s fruit belt and the orchards bordering the route. She and her family would regularly make stops at farmer’s fruit stands to pick up fresh goodies for the relatives.
Anna’s family is of Eastern European heritage, thus baking and cooking has always been at the heart of every family gathering. It is within these family occasions, respecting tradition, that Anna first gained a love and appreciation for both baking and cooking. These childhood memories and experiences invoke the inspirations we see today in so many of her recipes.
Using food as her creative medium, Anna starts with fresh, local ingredients, gathered from some of her favourite farm markets in the Niagara Region, working her way back, combining and refining flavours. It is this recipe development that has made her such a success; allowing her to author six successful cookbooks, including her latest: “Fresh with Anna Olson”, released in the fall of 2009.
A beautiful historic home in the heart of Niagara, dated back to the 1860s, is where Ms. Olson currently resides. It is here that she tapes her successful program “Fresh with Anna Olson,” tantalizing our senses and taste buds with each recipe she prepares.
With the assistance and talents of food professionals from Centerplate (the Centre’s Exclusive Food & Beverage Provider) Anna’s seasonally and regionally inspired feature menus are designed on the mantra “If it grows together it goes together!” meaning, if it is in season at the same time it’s likely to taste wonderful when put together in a pot or recipe. SCC clients who wish to pair their green meetings and unconventional events with fresh local food offerings can easily do so and will find this food designer’s approach to blending herbs, vegetables, meats and desserts into amazing tastes will have guests raving.
Team building food activities, chef tables, and cooking lessons are available to Scotiabank Convention Centre clients wishing to hire either Ms. Olson or Centerplate’s executive chef. In addition, Ms. Olson may be hired to tailor menus as requested or as a featured speaker. Autographed cook books for gifts or yourself can be attained through your Event staff.
For more information, contact the Scotiabank Convention Centre directly at:
Scotiabank Convention Centre
6815 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y9
Tel. (905) 357-6222
Fax (905) 357-6212
Toll Free: 1-888-997-6222
For more information on Anna Olson, please visit: www.annaolson.ca