Meet The Owner & Executive Chef
I’m Vanessa Rundell, a born and raised Calgarian who first found my passion for cooking at age 3. As my passion evolved and my family couldn’t get me out of the kitchen, I started my journey at 15 as a line cook. One job lead to the next and my skills and passion for this industry continued to grow. At 20 I received my Red Seal Cook Designation and have immersed myself into many Chef positions over the past 10 years. Cooking for me isn’t just about the food, it’s about bringing people together whether it’s high end fine dining, catering, opening restaurants, or the 300+ weddings I’ve prepared.
With 10+ years of experience I’ve finally found my why. Preserved Foods Boutique Inc. was born in November 2018.
Before we got here to what is now called Preserved, it was just an idea. An idea to help the busy working parents make dinners easier. I wanted to create a way for freezers to be full, meals to be shared and families to have reason to gather around a dinner table.
At Preserved we showcase Alberta’s best locally grown food. We turn them into high. quality meals, pickles and preserves. Then we chose to preserve them in the method of freezing or canning so your meals maintain their freshness, flavour and nutritional value. Read more about Canning & Freezing here.
Here at Preserved we are gluten free. But before I scare off the gluten lovers, I want to make one thing really clear. We are using products and ingredients that are naturally gluten free, staying away from the additives and substitutes to maintain the nutritional values and flavour we crave in our meals.
Why Gluten Free? The true motivator behind this mission is my little niece who at age 4 was diagnosed with Celiac. This diagnosis flipped our world upside down and made me personally aware of the lack of gluten free food out there that’s available to a family. I wanted to help my sister create simple meals with less substitutes and more nutrition and flavour.