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Good food, served well
...the genesis of St. Martha's Brasserie d'Orléans

Food gallery

St. Martha's Brasserie d'Orléans is a small, yet sophisticated restaurant tucked into the Orléans Town Centre across from the Shenkman Arts Centre

The original seed was planted back in the offices of Designed Food Systems about five years ago when Food Service and Hospitality consultants Doug Feltmate and Sandra MacInnis made the decision that their company's practice and philosophies should always originate with good food, served well, in a pleasant environment.

It became our starting point on all our projects whether it be a large hotel, a convention centre, an office café, or a restaurant. At the same time, we were taking truly scaleable kitchen design and operations into new, ground- breaking directions not yet seen in North American.

In order to do this, it was decided that we show people this model and not just tell them. As a result, the St. Martha's Brasserie d'Orléans seed was planted.

Both Doug and Sandra had constantly worked together both professionally and in community-building in Orléans so there was no doubt that Orléans was going to be the home of the restaurant and their 50-plus combined years in the hospitality industry insured that the operation would be successful.

The early thought was to be community-based with a focus on supporting the Orléans community and therefore they would also share the ownership of the restaurant with like-minded community based people.

In March and April of 2012, the ownership group was finalized, leases were signed, many bottles of wine were consumed and Dinner For Seven started and evolved into today's ownership group that includes Doug Feltmate, Managing General Partner; Sandra MacInnis, Director of Operations; Ryan Feltmate Executive Chef; Lianne Zitzelsberger, Director; Kim Jones, Director; Lawrence Silber, Director and Legal Council; and Architect Peter Kindree, Director and Design Council.

On October 1, 2012, under the direction of St. Martha, the patron saint of hospitality, the Brasserie d'Orleans opened its house to the people of our community. We believe that the art of enjoying food can be that simple. Our goal is to provide you with a dining experience that not only nourishes the body but feeds the soul – conjuring up emotions of home cooking, comfort food and a sense of belonging to family, friends and community.

"Rustic refinement" best describes the food we serve and how we serve it. By evoking the regional French approach to cooking, our menu is rooted in the past but uses state of the art equipment and cooking techniques. We have re-invented classic French brasserie fare within an Ontarian context, with a little latitude for our land-locked position!

Our open kitchen concept allows you to experience this with your own eyes and heart. In fact, our Chef’s Table seating is designed expressly to provide you with an up close and personal educational dining experience. "

Wholesome fresh comfort food, prepared daily

Food should feed the soul. That is why you will find items such as hearty soups and stews, fresh ingredients for our pizzas cooked in the stone hearth oven, and flavors and seasoning that remind you of France.

Community-based philosophy

Reflecting our respect and support for farmers, growers, and producers of food and beverage in our region - the closer to home something comes from, the better it is. Supporting our local economy and strengthening relationships with respect for our local heritage is one of our key values.

Hospitality is our cornerstone

In the spirit of Saint Martha, patron saint of cooks, dietitians, housekeepers, housewives, hostesses, innkeepers, and travelers, we welcome you with kindness and open hearts.

Modestly priced menu

Good food is not just for the wealthy. Our focus is on good quality and portion sizes that reflect real value.

Creative and innovative - in every way

Raising the bar in the fine art of food enjoyment, we have innovated how your food is cooked using ‘best in class’ equipment using methods not found anywhere else in the areaI

GATHER together a group of people who love food and have a vision for the place that good food holds in our lives. BLEND this vision together with a desire to serve our community and better our world by embodying the 'begin at home' philosophy of sustaining our environment and protecting our future by eating local food. COOK lovingly with passion. SERVE with a friendly smile in an informal and beautiful setting.

To learn more or to view our menu visit www.stmarthasbrasserie.com. Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturday dinner service and weekend brunch.


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