Written By Guest Writer Folks / Reporter Jan 5, 2012 First Look: Saint-Germain Café and Gallery in Penticton SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestOwners Brigitte and Stephano Liapis at their Saint-Germain Café. Photo by Scott TrudeauWhen the owners of Saint-Germain Café and Gallery set up shop they aimed to create a cultural marriage of European art and coffee. Brigitte and Stephano Liapis combined Brigitte’s experience as an artist and working in art galleries with Stephano’s family history in the Vancouver restaurant scene, setting up shop last May in Penticton at 102-449 Main St. The café’s name is in memory of the French neighbourhoods frequented while they were living in Paris – areas bustling with galleries, museums and coffee shops. “We wanted to do the same thing here, but in a modern, European style,” said Stephano, noting their name also refers to the Count of Saint Germain, an enchanting, 18th-century historical figure. “He was a supporter and booster of the arts and we wanted to align ourselves with that name.” They serve fair trade coffee, fresh pastries and muffins plus soup, salads and baguettes, most of it prepared by Stephano. In the rear section hangs a variety of colourful contemporary paintings. The majority of their clientele comes in for a coffee and a bite to eat, though Brigitte underlined that, “we are a café within an art gallery,” as evidenced by the brilliant lighting and white-coloured walls. Because his parents ran pizzerias and Greek restaurants, Stephano grew up around a variety of food styles. They married in 2005 and moved to Europe in 2007, where Stephano taught English and Brigitte worked in a London art gallery. They returned to Vancouver a couple of years ago, moved to Penticton in March and opened their business in May. “We had a lot of childhood memories here,” they said of the South Okanagan. “It kind of reminds us of Europe, the dry and rugged terrain.” More than seven months into their endeavour, they’re feeling good about their chosen paths. “In doing this we really worked to find a way that we could be working at everything we knew we loved,” said Brigitte. “This seemed obvious.” —by Scott Trudeau Hours of operation are Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Sundays.www.saintgermaincafegallery.com.(250) 492-0060CafeFolksgalleryOkanaganpenticton SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Victoria August 30, 2019 Mary Ploegsma—The Tattoo Series I It was an unforgettable afternoon. Mary Ploegsma served us David’s Tea’s vanilla chai with sweet local strawberries and chocolate biscuits. The ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Comments are closed.