We make just about everything from scratch, down to the jams, dressings and even our bbq sauce, in house to address special diets. The few items we don’t prepare ourselves, like our breads, are supplied by the best bakeries we can find.
We also offer catering and special event services. Chef Deb loves to sit down one on one to help plan weddings, private parties, wedding or birthday cakes and just about any event you have in mind.
The Twisted Fork Origin Story
Twisted Fork owner and head chef Debra Poulin grew up in the Niagara region in Ontario. There, she learned the art of canning at an early age by helping her grandmothers pickle vegetables and make jams. By the age of 14, she was working in kitchens which marked the beginning of her career as a chef. She earned her Red Seal Chef certificate from NAIT, along with a Blue Seal certificate, a Level II Wine Steward/Sommelier, and other various cooking courses, including a pastry course in Montréal. She developed her culinary style influenced by the many places she worked and her travels around the world.
Family has always been important to Debra and her husband, Stéphane. Her relatives in Quebec taught her about the province's traditions and local foods, such as Lac-Saint-Jean blueberries and maple syrup. Although she has travelled extensively, Debra settled in St-Paul, close to her in-laws, in 2010 and took up a position as executive chef at the local golf course.
A few years after arriving in St. Paul, Debra considers opening a restaurant. As someone who regularly interacts with farmers, producers and ranchers in the area, she recognized a great deal of untapped potential. The culinary scene in the region at the time was mainly large chains, so she wanted to create a warm place that would showcase local food and be equally suited to family dining or a romantic evening out.
Twisted Fork officially opened in July 2017, offering traditional local fare and Debra's family dishes. All have a "twist" inspired by local produce and Chef Debra's travels. “Twisted Fork” represents this desire to offer modern cuisine inspired by tradition.
Today, the restaurant is also an ECONOMUSEE®. It continues its mission to introduce guests to high-quality local products while sharing the region's traditional culinary skills through a wide range of fabulous products.