FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Anne Hart, Owner & Executive Chef
Provence Market Café
Provence Market Café Sets New Standard in WV Dining
Bridgeport, WV, April 21, 2006
Provence Market Café proudly announces the recent awards received by participating in the first annual Cast Iron Cook-off Competition and Culinary Weekend held at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV, April 7-9, 2006.
The Cast Iron Cook-off was coordinated by a planning committee of chefs and tourism leaders from around the state. Five of West Virginia’s top chefs were invited to participate and compete for awards in five different categories; Best Appetizer Traditional, Best Appetizer “Light”, Best Entrée Traditional, Best Entrée “Light”, and finally Best of Show. All teams were to be comprised of Chef, one assisting food professional and eight non food professionals.
Accompanied by Michael Brown, Penny Neeley, Stacy Ryan, Kathy Stump, Debbie Workman, Jennifer Lawson, Carla Engle, DeeDee Hatcher, and Betsy Spellman, Anne Hart’s Team Provence developed a menu utilizing traditional West Virginia products such as ramps, grits, moonshine, and pork with a contemporary twist to capture 1st Place in all five categories. “I am honored to have been invited to participate in this competition promoting West Virginia culture and especially thrilled with the outcome”, said Anne Hart, owner and team leader for Team Provence.
The benefits of this weekend did not stop with Team Provence. Two great programs benefited from the proceeds of the Cast Iron Cook-off; West Virginia’s own ProStart culinary program which introduces high school and technical students to the culinary world, and the Collaborative for 21st Century Appalachia which promotes traditional and contemporary Appalachian cuisine and culture while developing products and events that will further the Mountain State’s culinary image.
Briefly: Anne Hart is the Owner and Executive Chef of Provence Market Café located at 603 South Virginia Avenue in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Anne is a native of Clarksburg and currently resides in Bridgeport. Anne is an alumnus of West Virginia University and holds a B.A. in Biology. Anne has held restaurant management and district management positions and has opened twelve restaurants in fine dining and casual theme in Atlanta, Rochester, Boston, and Washington, D.C. during the 20 years prior to opening Provence Market Café in May 2002. As Owner and Executive Chef, Anne has created a unique menu influenced by the cuisine and ingredients of Provence and the Mediterranean.
Provence Market Café was selected “New Business of the Year” for 2003 by the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce. The West Virginia Executive Magazine selected Anne as a 2002 Young Gun. Anne is also a member of the “Women Chefs and Restaurateurs” national organization that promotes the advancement of women in the restaurant industry. Active in the community, Anne is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Harrison Country Chamber of Commerce and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Greater Bridgeport Convention and Visitors Center.