For Immediate Release
September 11, 2020
AnnaLena Brings on Katie Ingram as
New General Manager
Vancouver, B.C . -The AnnaLena team is thrilled to announce the appointment of Katie Ingram as their new General Manager.
Ingram is no stranger to the hospitality scene in Vancouver. After moving here from Toronto 7 years ago, Katie quickly became a specialist in the cocktail and spirits world. Ingram provides her work - with a level of grace and hospitality - that has helped propel her to the top of the industry.
Ingram’s roles as Head Bartender at Uva Wine + Cocktail Bar, and Bar Manager of Gastown’s L’Abattoir helped lay the foundation for countless competition wins, educational trips around the world, and a two time Top 4 National Finalist for Diageo’s World Class Canada. Ingram is the International Brand Ambassador for Bittered Sling – an award-winning locally-based bitters company. Most recently, Katie Ingram was part of the opening team at Toptable’s newest restaurant, ELISA wood-fired grill.
Katie has worked alongside some amazing restaurant managers and industry vets like Lauren Mote, Jonathan Chovancek, Ricardo Ferreira, Paul Grunberg and Lisa Haley. “Their mentorship throughout the years has given me the confidence to take the next step in this industry.” Ingram says, “I am obsessed with hospitality and the magic of it all. With AnnaLena’s tasting menu, how could I resist the opportunity to work with and inspire a rock solid team! Chef Mike, Jeff and Scott have built something really special here. I am looking forward to bringing some of my creative attitude to the dining experience of our guests.”
As Wayne Gretzky says: ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’ Growing up in a home where Saturday night was (and still is) Hockey Night in Canada, Ingram learned that you have to take risks to score, but it takes a team to win the game.
Katie will be managing daily operations and floor service alongside Wine Director Scott Mitchell. Don’t worry, you will still find Vancouver Magazine’s Bartender of the Year behind the stick mixing drinks.
AnnaLena is currently offering a weekly tasting menu from Chef Michael Robbins Wednesday – Sunday nights. Diners will want to ensure they pair the menu with a bottle of AnnaLena's 'Goldie' - an exclusive wine collaboration with Rigour & Whimsy. Reservations can be made here.
Named to honour Chef Michael Robbins' two grandmothers, AnnaLena is about imagination, creativity and possibility - combining modern Canadian cooking, creativity and innovation with seamless service in one of Vancouver's favourite neighbourhoods. Since opening its doors in the popular Kitsilano area in March 2015, AnnaLena has quickly become both a neighbourhood and critics favourite.
AnnaLena was included in enRoute Magazine as the sixth best new restaurants in the country and earned the Air Canada enRoute People's Choice award in its first year. AnnaLena accolades include Canada's 100 Best Restaurants, Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, Georgia Straight's Golden Plates, Scout Magazine and Vancouver International Wine Festival.
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