Executive Chef Lilian Lacassagne



The Burke Manor Inn: An Oasis close to home


A French Dinner at Saint-Jacques at The Burke Manor Inn.


“Exceptionally” is the title of our chapter.

It has been hard to write and post projects lately on the blog. This is where I write my emotions, and post my photos that reflect my emotions. This has been my space.

I have been pretty absent on the blog as my life has been a bit chaotic the past few months, and I did not want to share with the public my feelings. I believe in sharing my work especially as an artist, but also as an artist those feelings are very intimate.

I do not have the gift of writing in English, I do not have the words, the vocabulary, the poetic way to say things. I actually usually get in trouble because of my honesty.

My husband and I will no longer be a married team, it is as simple and complicated than that.

I ask, that if you know me, you give me privacy, I ask that you give me time . Let me do what I do best witch is pour my soul in my photos , into my work and pour my soul in my kids.

I will share with you this beautiful letter that my husband wrote and posted last night to Facebook for our friends. It is beautiful, he was always great with words.

This letter  will hopefully help our friends to know they do not have to choose a side, they can still be there for us, or us for them.

I look forward to the road ahead and where it will lead.


Here is John’s letter:

Katia an I are coming to you all with mixed emotions: heavy, excited, sad, but mostly hopeful emotions. We are embarking on a mutual journey, writing a new chapter of our individual lives. And, as with any new chapter, another must finish. This is where you all must transition with us, for you have been some of our greatest assets throughout our story. We are not asking you to make any decisions, adjust any of your lives, rather, we ask that you understand and embrace this news as we find our way along this new path. “Exceptionally” is the title of our chapter, and the overall theme is our separation from the relationship we have shared for 18 years as a couple.
While I could drone on, explaining the accomplishments and failures of our marriage, the largest and most important decision has been made. We know this is the best decision for us now. There is no animosity between Katia and me. There remains a strong and everlasting friendship that will survive long after this transition. Our children are our greatest joys and we protect them with every last ounce of emotional, spiritual and physical energy we have. Yet, they do not have to decide whom they love more or who loves them more. At the same time, we do not want any of you to feel that you must choose one of us over another.
We have not changed at our core. As difficult a time it is, we remain unified in our decision and will create a loving, nurturing and life-centered passionate home wherever we are for our children, our friends and our own well being. There has never been a stronger emphasis on stability for our relationships than now. Again, this is where you, our friends, are invited: the comfort of knowing that there was no malice, there is no danger, and there will not be any attempt to divide our friendship.
Help us to relax in your presence, for that will be the greatest reward of our relationship with you. We are looking to the future and have made peace with the past. We have our own fond memories which compel us to create more. We also have instances that are less desirable in our memories and, while some propel us into this new chapter of our lives, we desire those times remain private, quiet in our hearts and brought to the moment when we feel it is appropriate. Please, suppress the questions you may ask us about our decision. Withhold the innate desire to find answers. Just know that we are doing this mutually, collaboratively, peacefully, and mostly, “exceptionally.”
You may see us together in public. We will be together in public. You may see us laugh together, break bread together, embrace and even dance together. We will do these things and more. Our true desire, folded neatly in this note to you, is that you all will accept us, your friends, in our new roles on our new journeys. Perhaps a better analogy than a new chapter of our lives would be a new book, a sequel, a Part Two, containing the same characters encountering new challenges with dynamically different roles. Katia and I now start our own Odysseys. We look forward to the journey with you.
Thank you for being there for us in the past as well as the future.

John and Katia

Tom and Nancy’s Wedding

My good tango friends Tom and Nancy got married last week-end.

Nancy is from Argentina, and she sure knows how to party!

The wedding was one of the best wedding I have attended in a long time. It was simple, fun, and it was focus on the “right things”

Everybody was dancing, under the rain, under the sun, dancing with umbrellas. Eating great food, and socializing with friends.

Great music and fun time is all it takes! I have to say the Dj was incredible, and for those of you that know I Dj…you know how picky I am:-)

As usual I had my camera and took couple of photos in a journalistic way to capture moments!

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Mes amis Nancy et Tom se sont marie le weekend dernier.

Super mariage. La mariee pas stressee du tout. On a danse sous la pluie, avec parapluie, sous le soleil.

Dancing in the rain

I went to a wedding last saturday. Everything was reminding me of home: the fun, the music, the dancing, the carefree of foreign people together.

Suddenly it started to rain, and nobody cared about their hair, their dress their appearance. I danced under the rain and felt so happy and worry free for one slim moment. Like a child I welcomed the rain in my arms…

Luckily for me someone grabbed my camera, took photos and now editing the photos, I saw those and remember the moment.

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