St. Martha's Hospitality Group
On October 1, 2012, under the direction of St. Martha, the patron saint of hospitality, the Brasserie d’Orléans opened its home to the people of our community. With the desire to offer people more opportunity to gather and enjoy a meal together, our sister location, St. Martha's Culinaire d'Orléans was opened on Oct 31st, 2016.
The original seed started back in the offices of Designed Food Systems, (DFS) about 9 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.
Doug Feltmate F.C.S.I.
Managing Partner & Chief of Light Bulb Moments
It became the starting point on all of DFS projects be it a large hotel, a convention centre, an office café, or a restaurant. At the same time, DFS was taking truly scaleable kitchen design and operations into new, ground breaking directions not yet seen in North America. In order to do this, Doug and Sandra decided to show people this model and not just tell them how to do it.
As a result, the St. Martha's Brasserie d'Orléans seed was planted. Having worked together both professionally and through community building activities in Orléans for many years; Sandra and Doug agreed that Orléans would be the home of this restaurant. Their 50 plus combined years of experience in the hospitality industry and a best practice approach to operations insured that the restaurant would be successful.
The early thought was to be community-based with a focus on supporting the Orléans Community and therefore Doug and Sandra would 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.
In October, 2016, our sister location, St. Martha's Culinaire d'Orléans was opened. Embodying the same philosophy and approach to French cuisine, Culinaire offers good food served well in a bistro setting.
Our secret is in our recipe...
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 not found anywhere else in the area!
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.
Saint Martha, also known as Santa Marta or Sainte Marthe by the French, is the patron saint of cooks, hostesses, innkeepers, and travelers. She was hard working, with a strong desire to serve and help where ever needed.
She is said to have cooked dinner for Jesus & his apostles and let him lodge in her house. She, along with her sister, Santa Maria di Betania (Saint Mary of Bethany), fled from Palestine to southern France with only a cooking pot and a ladle.
She was often depicted bearing on her girdle a bunch of keys, holding a ladle and a cooking pot of water, with a dragon subdued beneath her feet.