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The LBC Family

Who we are

The Weissberg Family

OWNERS

Chef Tom Ruff

CHEF

Chef Ann Sterling

Manager

Michaela Victoria

pastry

Tim Fortune

ASSOCIATED ARTIST

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The Weissberg Family
In WWII, Jack Weissberg served in the European Theater in the US Army Air Force.

When he returned home, he opened the Saranac Lake Bakery and Left Bank Cafe, hoping to bring to the Adirondacks the spirit of the Left Bank in Paris that was the center of Artistic and cultural life from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Back then, the Left Bank was the "in" place. Hemingway, Picasso, Cole Porter, and many other avant-garde artists mingled in the bistros of Saint Germain des Prés and Montparnasse, where they found their inspiration to create Modern Art.

Jack's son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Noella, have continued his legacy, first by creating the Sister City Association between Saranac Lake and the small town of Entrains in the vineyards of Burgundy, and then in 2010, by re-opening the Left Bank Cafe.

The Weissberg family hopes you will enjoy their little touch of France in Saranac Lake!
Chef Tom Ruff

Tom Ruff has been the chef at the LBC for the past two years.

Tom has been living in the Adirondacks for 20 years and had several experiences in popular and renowed restaurants in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid such as Lisa G, Interlakenn Inn & Lake Placid Lodge.

Chef Ann Sterling
Anne Sterling devoted her professional life to her love of French cuisine.
Both Chef in a French restaurant in America and Professor in a culinary school, she is a French- American citizen with an impressive cooking background in prestigious restaurants, she has the level of knowledge and passion required to make people’s visit a life changing experience.

Anne is also a professor and is passionate about French culture and history. She gave several classes on wine, food and French culture in general and is an expert at relating cooking to its cultural roots.
Michaela Victoria

Micaela Victoria is spending the summer with us and will assist Anne, Tom and Elsa in the pastry store.

With 10 years experience in French pastry this Argentinian native will Pursue her goal to showcase abroad her love for the new wave in French pastry.

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Tim Fortune
Often focusing on the effects of water which surrounded him in Venice, Italy; Florida and the Adirondacks, Mr. Fortune has a passion for a dramatic "inner light" and unique richness of color which is readily apparent in his works. Integrating the experiences accumulated over the years, he has interpreted his surroundings with a mature and sensitive vision.

After 16 years away Mr. Fortune returned to his native Adirondacks and in 1994 set up a studio and gallery in Saranac Lake, NY where he grew up. He has lived and worked there full time since 1988. He comments on his current work noting, "These pieces represent a fresh look at a familiar place. As T. S. Eliot wrote '...the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.' My inspiration comes from many directions, a drive in the country, attending an art exhibit, improvisational sketches, or a look out my back door. Perhaps the most productive approach is experimentation with materials and images in my studio. Starting a work and not knowing where or how it will end is the most exciting part of my creative drive."

Mr. Fortune's works have been shown at numerous galleries both nationally and internationally. Several of his pieces are included in corporate collections. His works have been exhibited in the American Embassy in Guatemala as part of the Art in Embassies Program of the U. S. Department of State. He has won numerous awards including the prestigious Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting at the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach. Fortune's work is also represented in the permanent collection of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

Currently Mr. Fortune is continuing his exploration of the unique qualities of the Adirondacks from his studio in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack mountains of northern New York.

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