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The LBC Family



The LBC story
Jack Weissberg

In WWII, Jack Weissberg served in Europe 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 town of Entrains-sur-Nohain, in the vineyards of Burgundy, and then in 2010, by re-opening the Left Bank Café.

The team
The Weissberg Family
The Weissberg Family - Founders & Partners
Chef Anne Sterling
Chef Anne Sterling - Manager & Partner
Tim Fortune - Featured artist
Our artisans

The Left Bank Café is proud to serve the local products of Crown Point Bread, Asgaard Dairy, Sugarhouse Creamery, Fledging Crow, Saratoga Olive Oil and All from the Woods.

Crown Point Bread Company
Crown Point Bread Company
Asgaard Farm & Dairy
Asgaard Farm & Dairy
Sugar House Creamery
Sugar House Creamery
Fledging Crow Vegetables
Fledging Crow Vegetables
Saratoga Olive Oil Co
Saratoga Olive Oil Co
Scotts Florist
Scotts Florist
Art at the Pink House
Art at the Pink House
All from the Woods
All from the Woods
The Weissberg Family

In WWII, Jack Weissberg served in Europe 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 Anne Sterling

Anne Sterling has devoted her professional life to her love of French Cuisine. A graduate of LaVarenne Ecole de Cuisine (Grand Diplome 1980) and Le Cordon Bleu (Masters of Gastronomy 2010), she is most passionate about relating cooking to its cultural roots—an interest and dedication that is reflected in the food and service at the Left Bank Café. She has taught Cultural Enology at nearby Paul Smiths College since 2007 and contributes her knowledge to the LBC wine list and the new line up of exciting aperitifs. As manager and consulting chef at the Left Bank Cafe since it opened in 2010, Anne coordinates the celebration of all the French holidays!

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.

http://www.fortunestudio.com/