Mrs. Mitchell’s 40th Anniversary – A Big Baufeldt Thank You!

It takes a village to run a restaurant

From a very early age I learned from my parents, Jim and Maureen Baufeldt, what it takes to run a business, and about the hard work and high standards that keep people coming back. But Mrs. Mitchell’s is so much more than a business to me. I grew up here. It is my life.

Had anyone told my parents 40 years ago that their family dream of opening a quaint little Tea House would have evolved into what it is today, they would have never believed it possible. As incredibly rewarding as it has been there is nothing easy about running a restaurant and oh my, do these walls have stories! We have faced many a challenge but through thick and thin, we have pushed forward, strong and steady.

Now, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary on March 6th, I couldn’t let this milestone pass without acknowledging some very dear relationships that have been crucial to our success:

  • Our incredible staff, some of whom have been here over 30 years! To the young dishwashers experiencing their first job, the kitchen ladies, the bakers, the beautiful girls in the dining room and literally the hardest working chefs, I say thank you. This restaurant would be nothing without a remarkably strong team in both the front and back of the house. We are a small but mighty staff and I could not have done it without you.
  • Other restaurants in the area. Out here in the country, good restaurateurs don’t see each other as competitors, but as neighbours. We send customers to each other, help in times of need, lend or borrow staff, food, drinks, the proverbial cup of sugar. From the most touching acts of kindness over the years I have been in awe of and inspired by my fellow restaurateurs. Beth & Dave, Jason & Ryan, Carol, Sherry and Brett, I have the utmost respect for all of you.
  • Our local suppliers. Restaurants live and die on the quality of their food. Relationships are key and we wouldn’t have the reputation we do without solid, quality food suppliers we can rely on.
  • Last but certainly not least, our customers: Some of you I’ve known most of my life and some I met last week. You have trusted me to plan your weddings, host your baby showers, impress your in-laws, smooth over an awkward first date and to simply serve you a beautiful meal. You have supported me through great loss and celebrated with me during great milestones. I truly have the best, most appreciative clientele and it is that support and appreciation that makes me love coming to Violet Hill every single day. However big or small I cherish each interaction we have. You are a part of the Mrs. Mitchell’s family; you are a part of my life.

Thank you all for your loyal support and patronage over these 40 years. I look forward to continuing to serve you all. Hope to see you in 2020.

Heidi Baufeldt

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