From Georgie Gauthier, a founder and current co-owner of FIX.
At FIX. on Main Street Slave Lake, we strive to provide wholesome, homemade food, superb quality coffee, and a warm atmosphere. We exercise a “Farm to Table” ideal whenever possible and on our menu. You’ll see whatever fruits, herbs or vegetables are in season, mixed, mashed and layered in all sorts of delicious ways.
Our soups are made from scratch, and we roast our own meats and bake our own breads. There is not a single baked good sold that we haven’t made in house. When it comes down to it, we at FIX. aim to serve authentic food and welcome customers with a little taste of home.
The Gauthier family in the kitchen of FIX.
How did FIX. begin? The roots of what we are today lies in my upbringing, and when it comes down to it, family. I grew up on a mixed farm in Northern Alberta, where the “farm to table” concept wasn’t yet a trendy fad; it was simply the way of life for me and my family. From the time I was a young girl, my days consisted of raising livestock, picking eggs, growing a massive garden and harvesting fields with my family. It was hard work, but very rewarding.
CATERING TO A FUTURE
People started to ask "What are you going to do for a living?"
I didn’t hesitate.
“Be a chef,” I said.
When I reached high school and people started to ask, “What are you going to do for a living”? I didn’t hesitate, “Be a chef” I said. Cooking was a passion of mine early on. It was something that came easily to me and I began to realize it wasn’t a talent everyone possessed. After graduating from culinary school I soon realized that I didn’t enjoy working in restaurants where my creativity was stifled. I opened Generations Catering named after my grandma and mom who were both very good proper cooks (they could make almost anything taste good). I catered while raising our three kids for 23 busy years.
FIRE AND FAMILY
In 2011 the Slave Lake wildfire claimed my family's home along with a third of the town. The loss of my commercial basement kitchen lead to me deciding now was as good as ever to pursue a new career path. However, in the aftermath of all that had been lost and recovering from living out of our trailer for several months, there seemed to be a lot of uncertainty in the horizon. Lucky for us, it was around this time that my eldest daughter had people asking her the all-important, “What are you going to do after you graduate?" She would tell people she wanted to open a really cool coffee shop. The more family discussions we had, the more excited we became about her vision until one day something clicked. Her dream to grew into our collective one and our family began brainstorming the groundworks of what would become FIX. Coffee Bar & Bakery.
"Her dream to grew into our collective one and our family began brainstorming the groundworks of what would become FIX. Coffee Bar & Bakery"
the Gauthier family.
From left to right: Kennedy, Pierre, Georgie, Korbin and Aerin.