Many know me as Jake's mom.
Some smile and say, "Swanky Fork. Right?"
I'm a 4th generation Montanan from a long line of traditional cooks who also liked to grow their own vegetables. My heritage is Norwegian. Yes, I've finally mastered lefse. I'm most content when I am in my kitchen.
Some of my best friends and memories were made while living in San Francisco for many years but home will always be here in the mountains at the end of the dirt road.
People close to me in Silicon Valley know me as a writer and creative team manager for technology we use every day. Owning a Main Street kitchen shop for 8 years has led me to do the work that is closest to my heart.
Making the decision to close Swanky Fork in Red Lodge was very difficult. It was loved by many cooks locally and from around the nation. Based on the Billings Gazette Readers' Choice Awards, it was recognized as the best cookware store in the highest populated area of the state - over 200,000 people.
We sold over 100,000 cookware products throughout the years. 95% of my customers were women who enjoy their life in the kitchen. They are changing where and how they buy their cooking tools. I've decided to closely listen to that trend. I need to be where women want to shop in a setting that works with their schedule. Change has been necessary - and exciting. It has required me to be thoughtful.
I've also found my place working in the cookware industry with kitchen tool designers helping them introduce their collections to cooks worldwide through social media, photography, traditional advertising, feature articles, packaging, events and online strategy.
The Swanky Fork brand is strong. My next goal is to curate a beautiful collection of useful tools, textiles and culinary literature for traditional home cooks and entertainers. It will consist of only the very best items for you to choose from for the most popular styles of home cooking.
Inspiring times are on the horizon for Swanky Fork - and you. The best is yet to come and I hope you will stay in touch.
Ring or write.
Swanky Fork Kitchen Shop
PO Box 2352
Red Lodge, Montana - USA 59068