What's in my bag? Karine Canevet reveals all
PUBLISHED: 10:59 21 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:13 28 June 2016
Amy Gallivan takes a peak into the handbag of Brittany born Karine Canevet joint owner of renowned French modern restaurant Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds
Amy Gallivan takes a peak into the handbag of the Brittany born Karine Canevet joint owner of renowned French modern restaurant, Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds
Chic, elegant and professional with a welcoming smile Karine Canevet has already put Maison Bleue firmly on the map as one of the UK’s landmark fine dining restaurants with her husband, award-winning chef, Pascal Canevet.
She said: “We absolutely love entertaining and I’m passionate about creating a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere to showcase Pascal’s superb dishes.”
As a busy owner-restaurateur Karine handles the accounts, reservations and manages front of house ensuring every guest experiences the very best service, training her team to the very highest standards.
As an experienced sommelier Karine also manages the extensive wine cellar, with the wine list boasting over 300 bottles and a further selection of fine wines carrying the Royal Warrant label for their Charity Celebration Lunch in honour of The Queen’s 90th Birthday on June 12.
Karine has lived in Bury St Edmunds for the last 22 years. She said: “I love living here, it has a vibrant high street, superb eateries and we are spoilt with the beautiful Suffolk countryside on our doorstep.”
So what does Karine carry in her handbag?
My everyday bag is a classic, neutral leather tote by Armani Jeans, large enough to hold all my every day essentials. It’s an easy ‘carry-all’ and is the perfect colour to accessorise my working wardrobe.
1. ROSEMARY GOODENOUGH SILK SCARF
This is an all-time favourite of mine, it feels beautiful to wear and is by my dear friend top fashion accessories designer and artist Rosemary Goodenough. This exquisite scarf is a print from an original oil painting by Rosemary. I love the design and the swathes of beautiful colour. It’s an exclusive stand out piece and lifts any outfit.
2. MAISON BLEUE CARDS
It’s difficult not to have something about Maison Bleue in my bag as we are continually printing new seasonal menus or event invitations. I have a very practical silver business card holder that’s always in any bag I use. That way, even when we travel I have a card to hand. I find people still like to keep business cards and they are essential when I am out and about reviewing new suppliers for our extensive wine cellar.
3. IPAD AND MOBILE
My phone and IPad are an extension of my working day. When I’m in the office I’m always checking our bookings, catching up with suppliers or posting news to Facebook and Twitter. I love the fact that I can facetime friends and family in France. It also helps me work with Penny White our PR and Marketing consultant; uploading recipes and events to our blog.
4. HANDBAG HOOK
This is a life saver. A small stylish, practical gift kindly given to me by a regular customer it has a picture of the moon on it by a French artist. You simply hang it on the edge of a desk or table and it holds your handbag off the floor. So easy to use it’s certainly been well used and has saved my handbag from wear and tear.
5. PHOTO OF PASCAL
I have a very small, rather old photo of Pascal at 17 when we first started dating. It’s sentimental I know but every time I catch sight of it I’m transported back to our romantic summer days of 1980 in Brittany. Seriously it’s the best way to feel years younger and it always makes me smile – not bad after 25 years!