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Oct 31

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is nearing it’s conclusion. It has been an amazing year and what is most amazing is that it signals the fact that we have been in business for 10 years!!! Hard to believe that 10 years has gone by! So much of it is a blur. I was thinking […]

Location, Location, Location

Sep 30

Location, Location, Location. This is the first thing that every book on becoming an innkeeper discusses. When you are looking at opening a bed and breakfast they always say location is key. Whether you are located in an obvious tourist destination or are located in a college town, having built in clientele is usually key […]

The Hundred Foot Journey

Aug 21

I’m not typically one to write movie reviews, but last night I had the great pleasure of seeing the movie “The Hundred Foot Journey,” which is based upon the novel by the same name written by Richard C. Morais and stars Helen Mirren, and to say it was fantastic would be an understatement. It was […]

Happy International Charlie Trotter Day

Aug 17

Happy International Charlie Trotter Day! For those of you who don’t know who he is, Charlie Trotter was a legendary chef who owned a world renowned restaurant in Chicago which he closed in 2012, just prior to passing away on November 5, 2013 from complications due to a stroke. He was one of the first […]

Children and Inns

Jul 5

Children and inns is a subject that is very sensitive to many, and one that every innkeeper has to delicately address, factoring in the ambiance they are trying to achieve with their property and the potential benefit/loss ratio of either allowing kids or not allowing kids. For the record, I don’t know of an innkeeper […]

The Not So Sweet Truth About Fruit

Jun 25

This morning I was preparing for breakfast. I had a beautiful assortment of fruit laid out to serve. Some lovely looking apricots, peaches, kiwis, bananas and pineapple. From the exterior they all looked pristine and perfect. When I started cutting them up I realized that the vast majority were either totally rotten or totally unripened. […]

It’s a Small World After All

May 30

You never know who is going to walk through the front door when you run a bed and breakfast. One of the most rewarding parts of being an innkeeper is the relationships we form with our guests and the conversations we have with them over breakfast. We meet thousands of interesting people a year. Some […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chestnut Street Inn

May 25

So last weekend a funny thing happened on the way to Chestnut Street Inn. Pretty much all of Bureau County and half of central Illinois got paid a visit by this Limoosine. It was quite a sight. I think it may have been the most exciting thing to happen in Sheffield in a while. Certainly […]

Loving and Loathing Food: The Reality of Eating Disorders

May 3

Everyone knows I love food. I love eating it, cooking it and sharing it with people. It’s my art and my zen. It’s my singular mission to bring the joy of eating and cooking to others and to educate them about healthy eating. What everyone doesn’t know is that it wasn’t always this way. In […]

Lucy and Ethel’s European Vacation on a Plate

Apr 22

For those of you who have been following the continuing escapades of our cooking classes at Hy-Vee, you have likely attended one of our Lucy and Ethel themed cooking classes. Last week we did another one titled “Lucy and Ethel’s European Vacation on a Plate.” This was the last of my classes at Hy-Vee and […]