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Ste. Anne’s Bakery opens to the public

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Chef Christopher Ennew and spa executive assistant Tina Abernethy are behind the new Ste. Anne's Bakery, which features gluten-free and dairy-free foods and meals to go.

Chef Christopher Ennew and spa executive assistant Tina Abernethy are behind the new Ste. Anne's Bakery, which features gluten-free and dairy-free foods and meals to go.

GRAFTON — The nationally acclaimed, family-owned Ste. Anne’s Spa near Grafton has added a new service for not only its guests but anyone who would like to acquire gluten- and dairy-free products.

The new bakery is located at 252 Academy Hill Rd. not far from Ste. Anne's, says spokesperson Marijo Cuerrier. There was a quiet opening on July 19 to introduce the baker to the inn's guests and the immediate community, she added. Now that Ste. Anne’s Bakery has been up and running for a few weeks the inn is letting more people now about it.

Open Saturdays and Sundays (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), with the intent to be open daily, there is a large product list to choose from already, including freshly baked breads, scones and baguettes, as well as such sweets as muffins, tarts and eclairs.

This choice of foods will be expanded in the next few weeks to include take-home meals like organic burgers and lasagne, Cuerrier said. These dishes will contain hormone- and antibiotic-free beef raised on the Inn's property.

Tina Abernethy, executive assistant to the spa manager, spearheaded the initiative, Cuerrier said after the need became apparent.

A number of spa staff and guests have required foods free of gluten and dairy, and for the past several years the foods have been available through Ste. Anne Spa's dining room menu and high teas.

"We decided to expand on that," and the decision was made to convert an entire nearby building into the specialty bakery and outlet to the public, Cuerrier said.

Executive chef Christopher Ennew, who has firsthand experience preparing gluten-free meals, has worked with Ste. Anne's property director Jake O'Connor to develop a wide array of gluten-free products which are now served daily at the Inn and valuable at Ste. Anne's Bakery, states a media release. The outlet will also have products from local farms, unique gifts and gourmet items.

"The bakery is another way for guests to take a piece of Ste. Anne's home with them and share the experience with their families," the release also states.

Ennew is very conscious of using local foods and several years ago, in conjunction with the inn, published a cookbook containing recipes on his menu.

For the sixth year in row, Ste. Anne's has been identified as SpaFinder Reader's Choice and among the top 25 hotels in Canada.

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