Angie Scott may not have formal training in the culinary arts, but she learned from one of the best teachers around—her mother.
Some of her most cherished memories growing up are ones spent in the kitchen learning how to prepare family meals. Cooking is something Scott says she has always enjoyed doing for friends and family.
Scott, a stay-at-home mom, turned her passion for cooking into a business opportunity and ran a small catering service for several years from her Fort Erie home. She also looked after the accounting books for her husband’s business.
With her daughter now in her teens, Scott felt the timing was right to do something for herself.
“I needed to get out of the house. I thought I either need to get a full-time job or expand my catering business, so that’s what I did,” she says.
The perfect location to set up shop presented itself last Spring, so Scott jumped on the opportunity to open a location to offer her catering services and delicious take-out.
Angie’s Creative Dining opened at 336 Central Ave. in early December, and Scott celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday.
The best part is Scott is operating her business just a few streets over from where she grew up.
“It’s so weird to think that this is the neighbourhood where I grew up. It’s kind of like I am going back to my roots,” Scott says.
It’s been a lot of hard work, dedication and “blood, sweat and tears” to get her take-out business ready to open. She took possession of the building in June and family and friends helped Scott with renovating the building, which included installing a state-of-the-art kitchen, a new floor, ceiling tiles, and painting.
“I’d really like to thank my husband, Tim and my daughter Chloe. I really couldn’t have done any of this without them,” Scott says.
The name ‘Creative Dining,’ Scott says came from a desire to create her own recipes.
“I like to make things up and I don’t always follow recipes. I do a lot of taste tests and I hope for the best,” she said.
She loves to cook a variety of hearty meals, soups and salads with vegan options. The response to Angie’s Creative Dining has been great so far, Scott says.
“I’ve heard from a lot of people that they’re happy they don’t have to take a cab to go to Sobeys for soups or salads. They can get that all right here.”