This is the story…
So my social media manager tells me I need to share the story of how the Cookhouse came to be. So this is the story and I will start saying to you that the one thing I never, ever thought of as a career choice was being a cook, but here I am!
I moved to Sangudo in May of 2016 and started a hobby farm on my in-laws property. I had some laying hens, added a few turkeys, some meat chickens and then a few pigs. Oh and let’s not forget my bottle baby calf…Sir Loin. I enjoyed my new life, but I felt something was missing.
I came from a business background and had been a bookkeeper for near 20 years – large corporate to small business and everything in between. I began looking for a way to serve this new community where I now resided. My husband and I would chat at night about things we thought were needed here. Thus the West End Meals on Wheels Program was born. In my mind, this program was a private company, but I quickly discovered that more doors would open for the program if we became a non-profit society. So with my newest (and now one of my best) friend, Donna that was just what I did.
West End Meals on Wheels started in the Sangudo Community Hall cooking a couple of days a week and delivering to elderly residents from Cherhill to the north, south, and west county lines. We morphed with a bit of entrepreneurial flare and started catering some smaller events. As the events increased in size and frequency, Donna would say, “I sure wish we had a place where we could do everything.” Well, her dreams came true when I learned the Connections Coffee House was closing. Prayerfully, I took the leap and the risk to open The Cookhouse on Main.
Connections Coffee House was known for fantastic live entertainment; we have kept those events running. We expanded the hours, the menu and gave the old place a face lift all in a very short amount of time. My crew worked hard to pull it off! And here we are!
Me – doing the one thing I never imagined doing, but loving it (and my customers) more every day! The support has been overwhelming and I am forever grateful to the community and surrounding area for that.
But mostly I thank my two biggest supporters. My husband Ken, you’re amazing; I couldn’t do this without your ongoing support! And my best friend Donna, who always has my back! She knows what I am thinking before I ever say it out loud and has happily rolled up her sleeves to help make this venture successful. I hope The Cookhouse on Main is here for a good, long time.
P. S. We are also home to the Keep Me Journal – a community newspaper serving Sangudo, Mayerthorpe and west LSAC.