Somewhere on a long highway drive home from an innkeeping conference, the idea of 8 Broads in the Kitchen was born and fleshed out. It was early in 2009. Two long-time innkeeper friends, Deb and Kathryn, were excited about the idea of starting a shared blog that would be all about food and share delicious recipes online, two things that seem to be of great interest to B&B guests. We were all innkeepers who knew one another, or knew of one another, through professional innkeeping associations. Some of us were already close personal friends. There was no science to the number 8. It just seemed right. And since all of us were women of a certain age and life experience, we felt we had earned the right to call ourselves Broads.
And so it began. Here we were, a broad (pun intended!) representation of innkeepers with properties spread out from coast to coast, and North to South. Which presented the first challenge – how to get together in one place to flesh out an agenda and business plan. A few months later we were able to coordinate schedules and have a photo shoot in Philadelphia in the beautiful kitchen of a retired innkeeper friend. Since that first meeting, we’ve shared many fine meals together, traveled together, laughed, cried and hugged many times. We’ve become as close as sisters.
We’re proud of our achievements since then. Our second cookbook is now in bookstores and available online. In 2015 our first cookbook was published. We have also done cooking demonstrations and workshops for groups, national and state innkeeping conferences, and in local kitchen shops. We have written articles on food and cooking for various publications. Some of us offer cooking classes at our inns.
Even though several of us have now retired from innkeeping, we still have a wealth of knowledge and recipes to share and are excited about the opportunity to do so. We hope you enjoy meeting each of us below.