November 11th, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 44
Pass eateries recognized at chamber business awards
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Crownest Pass Chamber of Commerce Business Award winners Chefs on 2 Thirteen’s Shawn and Andrea Massingham, Dawn Rigby of Country Encounters and the Rum Runner’s Tim and Nikki May. Nobody from Crowsnest Rentals, Tools and Equipment was present to accept their award.
Pass Herald Reporter
The community’s hash houses cleaned up at this year’s Crownest Pass Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Rum Runner Restaurant and Bar was named Business of the Year at the chamber’s AGM on Nov. 5 at Country Encounters in Coleman.

“Eight years of hard work has paid off,” said Rum Runner kitchen manager Tim May. “We’ve got an amazing staff and it’s paid off. Long may it continue.”

During the busy summer months, the restaurant employs up to 30 staff members, said May who moved to the Pass from England eight years ago with his wife Nikki and has been working at the Rum Runner for most of his time in Canada.

The Coleman restaurant changes its menu twice a year to reflect the seasons and offers a lounge for private functions.

The Chefs on 2 Thirteen, a deli, steakhouse and bakery in Bellevue won New Business of the Year.
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“Feeling great about it,” said Shawn Massingham, co-owner and an award-winning chef.

Over an amazing 48 years in the industry, Shawn, a 3-time Zaggat award winning Platinum Sealed Executive Chef, has cooked for an astonishing list of dignitaries, celebrities and even royalty including John Gotti, Sarah Mclachlan and Prince William.

Now he’s here operating a full delicatessen, bakery, cafe and restaurant.
His partner, wife and patisserie chef Andrea Massingham prepares savory treats at the most professional level.

The Massinghams took over the business, formerly the Wildrose Confectionery, on Aug. 15 and immediately renovated the building.

Dawn Rigby, of Country Encounters, won the Community Spirit award, for her many hours of volunteer service to the chamber.

The only non-restaurant to win an award was Crowsnest Rentals, Tools and Equipment, which won the Outstanding Customer Service award.
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The chamber welcomed new members Nathan Smigel, of Servus Credit Union, Jackie Rowley, of Riversdale Resources, and Andrea Massingham, of The Chefs on 2 Thirteen, to its board while Brian Gallant, of Full Moon Adventures, will be serving another term.

This was a good year for the Chamber, said Gallant.

The Chamber of Commerce Lifestyle Show went through major restructuring. An event manager was hired to plan the show and attendance improved from 1,900 visitors in 2014 to 2,100 in 2015.

In 2014, the Pass’ Visitor Information Centre (VIC) manager Zoe Welsh won Travel Alberta’s “Top Interpreter” award.

“It really speaks to the quality of the work they do out at our VIC,” said Gallant. “It’s been a cornerstone of tourism in this community.”
November 11th ~ Vol. 85 No. 44
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