“I always knew I would be a doctor.  While most kids were playing with dolls and cars, I was making a mess in the kitchen.  Microscope, slides, test tubes, and chemicals from my chemistry set were overrunning the space previously occupied by my Suzy Homemaker Easy Bake oven.  After receiving my degree in Biology a funny thing happened on the way to the lab....”

 

A West Virginia native, Anne has held restaurant management and district management positions and has opened twelve restaurants in fine dining and casual theme in Atlanta, Rochester, Boston, and Washington, DC including The Peasant Restaurants, Grisanti’s, Pizzeria Uno, and independent restaurants during the 20 years prior to opening Provence Market Café in Bridgeport, West Virginia in May 2002.  As Owner/Executive Chef, Anne has created a unique menu influenced by the cuisine, ingredients, and local flavors of Provence and the Mediterranean.  The adjacent Marketplace features unique wines from around the world.    Provence Market is a supporter of the “Earth to Table” movement and has been working with local growers and farmers since the restaurant’s inception to cultivate ingredients for its menu.  “Dad has since forgiven my decision to abandon medicine.”

 

Provence Market has achieved the “Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator since 2003, and was honored as “New Business of the Year 2003” by the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce.  The “State Journal” included Provence Market in its “55 Good Things About West Virginia” in 2007.  By creating non-traditional Appalachian dishes such as Squirrel Nachos, Ramp Bisque, Moonshine Haute Chocolate, Provence Fried Quail with Morels and Cheese and Brussels Sprout Slaw, Pawpaw Beignets, and Scotch Eggs Benedict, Team Provence was named the “Grand Champion”, “Best of Show”, “Best Single Course, and numerous additional awards in the 5 years of competition of the Cast Iron Cook Off from 2005 to 2010 until their retirement in 2010.     

 

Anne currently hosts a weekly television spot “Hot Plate” on WDTV, demonstrating new and hot culinary trends, ingredients, and techniques.  She previously hosted a daily radio spot offering food advice called “The Gourmet Guru”.  She is a member of the “Women Chefs and Restaurateurs” a national organization that promotes the advancement of women in the restaurant industry.  The West Virginia Executive Magazine selected Anne as a 2002 Young Gun and she was selected as “Citizen of the Month” April 2007 by the “Shinnston News”.   Anne served as the 2006 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce and is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Greater Bridgeport Convention and Visitors Bureau.  She also is a graduate of “Leadership Bridgeport” and is a graduate of the “by invitation only” “FBI Citizens Academy”.  Anne was a founder of the Bridgeport Farmers Market in 2009 and is its current President and sits on the Buy Fresh/Buy Local West Virginia steering committee.  She also is on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, LA. Anne was an invited chef participating in the 2010 “4-14 Festival” in Dijon France.  This festival celebrates the collaboration of culture, arts, and foods with the United States and Dijon France.  

 

ANNE W. HART

603 South Virginia Avenue,Bridgeport, WV

Phone: 304.848.0911  Email: provencemkt@aol.com

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