Inside The Lodge On Queen With The Food & Beverage Director and Nutritionist
By The Get Leashed Doggy Style Team
We need to start eating better. That was our first thought upon seeing Rachel’s glowing skin, effervescent smile, and perfectly tousled hair. “I can help you with that,” she beamed, as she showed us around The Lodge on Queen, a private members space which set the stage for our shoot. We’re always on the hunt for pet-friendly spaces with cool vibes, and this place certainly fits the bill. As the Food & Beverage Director, aka ‘Food Empress’ as her team playfully calls her, Rachel has a great gig, especially when Boots, her dog, can accompany her. Read below as we get to know this fashionable foodie.
Please tell us about yourself, your profession, and what a typical work day is like.
My name is Rachel Ann Bies, CNP. I am the founder of RBN (Rachel Bies Nutrition, which offers nutritional and private chef services), Co-Founder of Nourish & Glow (a nutrition app), Co-Chair of ROAM Toronto (a not-for-profit that works in the hospitality industry) and the Food, Beverage and Catering Director for The Lodge on Queen. Hah, say that five times fast. I wear many hats but usually I’m talking, writing, developing or collaborating with food and community. Each day is different which I adore. I need the flex and variety to keep my energy up. The main goal with all of our companies is to get people to eat, live and feel better. It’s about reconnecting with family and community, giving back and, of course, balance – as a French girl I LOVE my wine and cheese!
We’re also super fortunate to collab with some great people and are involved with a lot of great media and PR events too. We do recipe development, menu restructuring and support some great charities like The Stop, Real Food for Real Kids, various soup kitchens and the Humane Society.
A typical day starts with meditation for 10 minutes followed by a glass of lemon water (you should try this). Then it’s emails and breakfast (super important meal people!) This is followed by client work, meetings or cooking and food deliveries. The day usually ends with making dinner with friends or heading out to a new restaurant. Ha ha, all things food, all day.
Please tell us a bit about your dog. How did he come into your life?
Five years ago I was ready for a new pet and went searching for a rescue. Unfortunately, because of travel, lifestyle and my apartment I needed a smaller dog and there were only larger dogs available. I decided to check out some reputable breeders who focused on sustainable and ethical breeding or rescue. This led to a great breeder in London, ON. I called her and she sent pictures of three pups she had. This is when I fell for Boots. A few days later I drove up and met all the pups but Boots and I had this crazy bond and fell in love.
Is there a story behind the name or particular breed?
When Boots was a pup he had fully white paws. Ha, he grew out of those a couple years ago, so now I find myself explaining this A LOT more, haha. I wanted to call him Chicken but my partner at the time wouldn’t let me.
How would you describe your personal style?
As a former stylist and model, I tend to gravitate to black, or grey. Chic and classic with some sort of modern element or statement piece. Although, the last few seasons I’ve been all about mixing prints and colors!
How would you describe the look and feel of your home?
Bright and feminine, mixed with both antique and modern elements.
What does your ideal weekend look like?
Snuggles with Boots. Yoga on the deck. Brunch with the girls either on the patio or out somewhere. Some outdoor time with Boots, we live by Trinity Bellwoods park so we end up there a lot. It all ends with some rosé and a nice dinner with friends and family.
What inspires you?
I find inspiration in so many things; fashion, food, community, music. My main inspiration is community and the people around me. I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by such inspiring and driven people. It’s such a powerful thing to leave someone or a situation constantly feeling motivated and uplifted. My friends and peers are my family and I constantly feel gratitude and love for this.
Finally, can you leave us with a funny story about Boots?
Being a nutritionist a lot of my time is dedicated to teaching wellness and living it too. Yoga is a big part of that so I obviously taught Boots some stretching and doggy yoga. Every morning we start our day with stretching and a few poses. I grab his hind legs and start it off with a “big stretch”. He then goes into three poses, ending with downward dog before our walk. He’s totally a momma’s boy.
If your plates are looking bland, be sure to follow Rachel for some vibrant food inspo: