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.
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.
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.
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.