About Kathryne-The Media Chef & Creator of Food Musings




This is my precious family.

If you were to scale everything back to explain my fascination with food, it is this: I cook for people to show them how much I love them.  I inherited this habit from my Mom and Dad and married a man who’s Mom did the same.  The trait is inherent to my sisters and the women that my brothers married.

My husband of 32 years is far more skilled than I am in the kitchen,  having been trained in hotel/restaurant management.  I met him when he was a 14 year old busboy and I was a cocktail girl.  He was the youngest manager ever hired by The Keg Steakhouse, owned his own multi-unit family restaurant, operated an enormous cafeteria and catering business, distributed food at Winnipeg Harvest, worked for one of the largest restaurant supply businesses in the nation and is now sourcing flowers from around the world.

My pride and joy are my children.  Our youngest is a world traveller studying International Development Studies. The photo above is of her marriage to a fellow we love like a son-I call him “The Frenchman” on these pages.  Our son is also in the hospitality business and is a Brew-Master at one of the new craft breweries in town.  He and his wife (J+J) have blessed us with the gifts of two wonderful granddaughters.  Our oldest is my hero-she is gorgeous, intelligent, loving and gentle.  She too is a writer and is currently studying to acquire her Masters in Disability Studies.

My sisters are my best friends and amazing cooks.  You will find them identified as Sister #2 and #3 in these entries (I’m sister #1).

My precious place is our little beach house on Lake Winnipeg and I love to travel.  My favourite winter destination is Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico.  I’ve also travelled extensively in Canada, the US, Europe and the Middle East.

I love that I was born and raised in the city of Winnipeg.  It has amazing restaurants and food stores.  But best of all are the cold winters for that is the time that we nest away and invite friends over for cocktail parties or try a new restaurant in the neighbourhood.  With an automatic car starter, winter is a breeze.  Besides, I can wake up in my own bed, stop at Tim’s for a coffee on the way to the airport and be on the beach in Mexico by lunch time-how amazing is that?

I am the sole proprietor of a media consulting business entitled…. The Media Chef!  I have many dear friends in the business.

“Share with God’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality”.  Romans 12:13 …and practice makes perfect.

I hope you enjoy this space.  Keep in touch. Love never fails.

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“About Kathryne-The Media Chef & Creator of Food Musings”

  1. Avatar February 24th, 2010 at 4:01 pm gord macpherson Says:

    Hey this is really cool. I am a gourmet cook and love to have new ideas to work with. Keep up the good work

  2. Avatar March 23rd, 2010 at 3:26 pm Jan Says:

    Kathryne, I just discovered your food blog!! Omigosh, it is very cool amiga. I went to it not knowing whose blog it was, imagine my surprise when I saw all those familiar faces, LOL.

  3. Avatar March 23rd, 2010 at 5:47 pm kath Says:

    Jan! Hola Chica….I am so glad that you found my blog. We didn’t really have a long enough visit this year for me to bring you up to date on this kind of thing. But you’re here now-I hope you visit often.

  4. Avatar April 10th, 2010 at 9:32 am Jana Epperson Says:

    Hey there, just found your site and it’s awesome! Marking it as a fave. :0
    jana aka Moongrl722

  5. Avatar April 12th, 2010 at 7:36 am kath Says:

    Hey Moongirl-I often read your Isla postings. Thanks for visiting my site.

  6. Avatar April 19th, 2010 at 9:43 am Sonya Says:

    So nice to see you the other day. Congratulations on all the new family happenings. Hubby and I are getting more and more into food ourselves, so this is a fun blog to find!

  7. Avatar April 19th, 2010 at 10:26 am kath Says:

    Nice to see you too Sonya. Your business conecpt is very cool!

  8. Avatar June 4th, 2010 at 2:54 pm Carrie Says:

    What an amazing idea Kath! Im hooked and can’t stop reading. Look forward to seeing you again! Hugs

  9. Avatar June 6th, 2010 at 4:50 am kath Says:

    Care, some of my fondest memories of fabulous meals were shared with you. K

  10. Avatar July 6th, 2010 at 11:26 pm Nancy Milner Says:

    Kath – I just stumbled on your site – I am addicted! I need to go to bed but I just keep exploring! My dream is to go to Italy one day so I know who to get tips from. Will be coming along for the ride on your summer vacation!

  11. Avatar July 7th, 2010 at 5:40 am kath Says:

    Hey Nanc i am so glad you found me. Please feel free to pass along to the “old” gang.

  12. Avatar July 12th, 2010 at 1:37 pm Richard Armstrong Says:

    Hi Kathy,

    Seeing your face in Dish brought back so many memories…more than I thought I had of the late 70’s and 80’s. Love your blog, and it sure seems that your life is pretty darn wonderful. I just have one question, how is it that you all seem to have stayed right off father times mailing list? I will continue to visit and perhaps one day I will pick your marketing brain on how to promote a new business on a shoe string. Please say hello to sister#3 for me.


  13. Avatar July 13th, 2010 at 5:29 am kath Says:

    Hey Richard! So lovely that you wrote. If you just got a partial message from me-excuse me. I am not used to these smaller netbook keyboards and perform all kinds of wild functions without intending to. My secret to keeping father time away is to plump up those wrinkles with fat cells! Would love to hear more about your business and your life. You must still be in hospitality-you were a natural. Say hey to that bro of yours. Wish I could afford to visit him at his place of business. Chat soon.

  14. Avatar November 8th, 2010 at 10:47 am alana (at) the food Says:

    hello :)

    stumbled across your blog today, always happy to find fellow winnipeg food bloggers!
    you look awfully familiar to me as well…perhaps we frequently dine next to one another at local hotspots!
    i have added you to my blogroll!

    – alana

  15. Avatar November 8th, 2010 at 11:03 am kath Says:

    Alana-and I’ll add yours to mine

  16. Avatar December 13th, 2010 at 7:43 pm Shawn Brandson Says:

    Thank you for mentioning my restaurant (Provence Bistro at Niakwa Country Club) in your Winnipeg Women article. I like you BLOG it is a very interesting read. I started blogginh as well at http://www.winnipegfood.blogspot.com/

  17. Avatar December 14th, 2010 at 8:19 am kath Says:

    You’re very welcome. I’m never actually dined at Provence but saw friends in the dining room one Christmas time when I was there for another event. It looked so cozy and stuck in my memory. I look forward to checking out your blog. Do you want to do a link exchange?

  18. Avatar January 12th, 2011 at 9:28 am Anne Says:

    Just came across your blog thru a Facebook link. Always interested in new finds on Isla. We leave next Thursday for two weeks. (Our third year).. Love the peacefulness and the fabulous food at great prices but above all the great people both natives and ex-pats.

  19. Avatar January 12th, 2011 at 2:48 pm kath Says:

    have a wonderful time-we’re not there until the end of February

  20. Avatar January 24th, 2011 at 10:27 pm marilyn Says:

    Just found your blog today and will mark it as a favorite so I can follow. Would love to meet you someday. We are from Stonewall and in 5 sleeps will be on Isla for the third time in 3 years. Thank you for your work on this blog.

  21. Avatar January 25th, 2011 at 8:24 am kath Says:

    We should definitely stay in touch. I don’t leave for a couple more weeks. You’re not planning an extended stay are you? I know of another Winnipegger who goes to Isla every year (for 20 years) and I met her on line as well. Turns out she had a cottage at the beach next to mine so we’d get together in the summer too. She’s on Isla right now if you want to look her up. We also have pre-Isla parties where we get our entourage of travellers together. This year there are ten of us and we invite others who are coming for the first time. We fix some some of our favourite Isla dishes and drinks and get out our maps and photos so that when they arrive, it will already feel like home. But that will occur when you are already there-enjoying the real thing!

  22. Avatar March 19th, 2011 at 8:06 pm Margaret and Andy Says:

    LOve to come back to your blog and keep up to date with your travels and food stories! It was so great to meet all of you in Isla and I hope we can keep in touch until next trip.
    I have “adopted” your rice recipe from the blog and can’t wait to make it tomorrow.
    Ah… memories of rotisserie chicken and Tino’s ribs!
    Take care. Hi to everyone!

  23. Avatar May 4th, 2011 at 4:21 pm Lori Says:

    Hi Kathryne! i just happened upon your blog and though I should drop you a line to say hello…I am a fellow Winnipegger and a blogger. I love your blog and will come back to visit! Just wanted to introduce myself! I am looking forward to reading more and getting to know you!


  24. Avatar May 4th, 2011 at 4:28 pm kath Says:

    Hey Lori. It is nice to meet you in cyberspace. I am going to email you about a couple of fun things. Chat soon.

  25. Avatar June 8th, 2011 at 4:09 pm Lan Doan Says:

    I found your blog thru a program staff; What a great job you’ve done!
    Please accept my special thanks, Kathrynel, for your great comments on our Cookbook “The Word At My Table”.

  26. Avatar June 9th, 2011 at 7:54 am kath Says:

    My pleasure Lan-I look forward to hours of cooking pleasure with your fine collection.

  27. Avatar January 19th, 2012 at 12:06 pm Gil Brody Says:

    I am thoroughly enjoying your Isla restaurant reviews. Thanks for your efforts. I’v been to Isla for 8 out of the last 9 years for three weeks in May. There are always new places to discover for food and drink. Thanks to your reviews. you are making my pleasureable duties even easier.
    Gil Brody

  28. Avatar January 19th, 2012 at 12:25 pm Kathryne Says:

    Wow-thanks for the encouragement Gil. All tolled, you’ve spent more time on Isla than I have-you lucky duck!

  29. Avatar February 23rd, 2012 at 5:17 pm Amee Says:

    Hi Kathryne

    I am a food blogger working with the Galway Food Festival and was passed your comment from our FB page – drop me a line directly and I will give you any details and help I can for your visit to Galway :)


  30. Avatar February 24th, 2012 at 1:11 pm Kathryne Says:

    Just wanting to make the most of the time there for tastings, photos, etc. and wonder if what’s planned for Friday or Saturday would be most opportune?

  31. Avatar March 7th, 2012 at 12:10 am Leslie Says:

    Kath! So happy Kate posted the link. This is a amazing site. I love to cook and think you guys need a European tour! Belgium calls. Hugs to everyone.

  32. Avatar March 7th, 2012 at 7:09 am Kathryne Says:

    Amazing to hear from you Les, so glad to connect with you. As far as a European tour is concerned, well be in Ireland in just a couple of weeks. So close and yet so far away. Were only there for a week, taking advantage of a holiday deal. But we are already planning (seriously) a return trip to Sicily in 2014 and who knows what will happen in between. Well keep in touch.

  33. Avatar October 2nd, 2012 at 5:14 am Jacqueline Says:

    I recently discovered this blog – and I can’t even remember how – and I’ve been seriously obsessed and going as far back as I can.

    I love the photographs, I love your prose, I love your restaurant reviews and must offer my sincere congratulations and keep up the good work!

    What I’ve mostly also become enamoured with is your beautiful Isla Mujeres and I think I want to go spend some time there. Thanks for the tips on restaurants, shops, etc. I can hardly wait to go!

  34. Avatar October 2nd, 2012 at 4:32 pm Kathryne Says:

    Wow-thank you so much for your high praise. It is interesting, how as a result of your “garlic” comment that I had to go back and reread that post from a number of years ago. I look at my photography and where I started and where I have come (with input from some experts) and think “oh boy-how did I ever attract a following in the first place”. Thank you for your encouragement.

    PS We are already booked for Isla Mujeres this winter. I am happy that my writings may in some way increase travel to the island BUT in the mean time, I couldn’t get a reservation for our favourite little hotel that we felt like we discovered (and I tried booking in June), so maybe I had better be careful what I wish for.

  35. Avatar October 2nd, 2012 at 11:58 pm Jacqueline Says:

    What little hotel Kath?

    I’ve spent the past few nights exploring different travel agencies websites and I’m confused. Sorry, I realize this is to be mainly about food, but I’ve got a few questions to ask about Isla.

    My B.C. girlfriend and I are – hmmmm, how shall I put it… of a certain age. Neither of us have husbands and/or significant others at the moment and are intending to spend a month – probably February. Do we want to be near Playa Norte, in town, or should we go further south? Or should we go central? We want a little efficiency kitchen so we can cook a few things. We’re both foodies and music lovers. She’s spent a lot of time in Baja in the past and I’ve spent time on the Sea of Cortez but on the Mexican mainland. As a matter of fact Puerto Penasco serves those shrimp cocktails with the avocados just like your pics of the ones in Isla, in a large beer glass. Soooo good! Dislike high-rise condos and large towns. Neither of us need luxury (though we love it – just can’t afford at the moment) but we do need clean and not too tiny. And we’re both gregarious, fun-loving broads! LMAO! In other words, just like you and your sisters!

    I really hate asking this of you Kath, but you seem to have so much experience of Isla. If you prefer, and have the time, and I truly get it if you don’t – you can send me an e-mail to jasavoie@shaw.ca.

    Via con Dios chica!


  36. Avatar October 3rd, 2012 at 9:08 am Kathryne Says:

    I will be on Isla in February too! There will be 4 of us single ladies (my husband will join me the following week) and we are staying at Casa el Pio. Sister #3 stays there every year. It does not have a direct view of the water but is spacious and lovely in every other respect. The location is ideal, just a little south of the square so it is quieter than being right in the heart of the restaurant and night life and yet just a short walk to everything.
    When D joins me, we will be moving further south on the airport strip to Luna d’ Meil. I love this little strip of the island because you can see both the east and west side for sunrises and sunsets. The beach there is to rough and dangerous to swim in and not sandy but I love to beach comb here and just get lost in the sound of the surf. I don’t typically stay on the strip without D because the walk from town is very dark and isolated after dinner. Isla is a very safe island but creating a vulnerable situation is just not a good idea.
    So the north of the Island is called Centro and that is where most of the restaurants and hotels are located. About 2/3 of the way south are the Colonias where more of the locals live. We have enjoyed exploring the restaurants frequented more often by the locals than the travelers and so like to stay on the strip so that we can have easier access to them.
    Our first year on Isla, we too were confused by the geography and stayed near Punta Sur. It was too isolated for me although Sister #2 and her husband still return there every year. They rent a little motor bike and scoot back and forth to meet us for supper and occasionally for a North beach day, but mostly stay put on the private beach at their apartment.
    The place that has no room for us this year is El Pariso. It is very rustic but we have gotten to know the owner really well and it has absolutely everything we want/need at a great price. I guess I should have kept my big mouth shut about it.
    So if I were staying for my first time, it would be in Centro. Your budget will dictate the level of luxury that you will experience from very expensive boutique hotels to clean and basic little places. Is this a help?

  37. Avatar October 4th, 2012 at 4:32 am Jacqueline Says:

    Is it a help? You’re an absolute doll!!!! I’ve looked at photos, etc. of every single little hotel you mentioned and loved them all!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Who knows, our paths may cross there…

    As we haven’t booked anything yet, I’m a little worried; but if worse comes to worse, we’ll do mid Jan to mid Feb or mid Feb to mid March. We’re flexible and I think that will help.

    Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :D

  38. Avatar October 4th, 2012 at 7:17 am Kathryne Says:

    If you click teh ad for Isla Budget Rentals right on my home page, Marla who is a friend of mind, will help find you exactly what you are looking for.

  39. Avatar October 18th, 2012 at 10:21 am Dana Says:

    Hi Kathryne,
    I really enjoyed reading your blog especially that it’s all about food, by looking at it makes me hungry.
    I’d like to know if you’d be interested in a Guest Post. How about something like these topics?
    1. How To Make A Salsa With A Twist
    2. Ways To Find Good Recipes
    What do you think about these?
    For your information, all of our articles are custom written by our writers for your blog, and are absolutely FREE.
    If you are interested, I am happy to get something written up and sent over to you – or if you have another topic you’d like to see covered, please do let me know.

    Thanks and I look forward to your response.
    Dana B.

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  40. Avatar October 27th, 2012 at 4:28 am Jacqueline Says:

    How about Joanna’s at The Marlborough? Haven’t been there in years, but the location couldn’t be better. Heard any comments about it from friends, etc.?

  41. Avatar October 27th, 2012 at 7:27 am Kathryne Says:

    Haven’t been there in years or heard a thing. I’ll have to put it on my “must try” list. Thanks for the suggestion.

  42. Avatar July 16th, 2015 at 2:00 pm Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca) Says:

    Hi! I’m just stopping by to say hi :) I’m a fellow Winnipeg food blogger and it seems to me there aren’t many of us here! I’m also a fellow member of FBC. I’d love to connect with other food bloggers in Winnipeg. Do you know of any opportunities to connect?

  43. Avatar July 16th, 2015 at 2:04 pm Kathryne Says:

    Hey Chrissie. Nice to meet you. Are you attending the FBC conference in Montreal this fall? Are you aware of the Manitoba Food Bloggers Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/groups/manitobafoodbloggers/ This is where meet ups (if any) would be announced.

  44. Avatar April 4th, 2019 at 12:06 pm Betty Miller Says:

    Hi Kathryn,

    Could you please let me know how I can follow your blog. I really enjoy reading all your posts. Thanks very much. Betty Miller
    My email is bettymiller1@me.com

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