Amanda Goerzen always loved to bake. Now the hobby she is passionate about has turned into a career at the new SIRCH Bistro.
A world traveler and adventurer, Amanda has deep roots in the Highlands, having spent her childhood summers as a camper at Camp Kawabi. It was this connection that helped land her a job at Abbey Gardens, where she worked in the Food Hub.
While living up here she became aware of SIRCH and the work they were doing in the community. “I was very impressed with SIRCH,” she said. “I was very excited to join the team. I just love our community and our patrons that come into the Bistro. There is such a sense of support, it is so amazing.”
A teacher for the nearly 30 years, Amanda recently went back to school and enrolled in culinary courses at George Brown College. It was there where she learned the skills to make artisan breads and her instructor’s famous rye bread. One of the things she is most excited about is all the community partnerships SIRCH is involved with. “We are currently baking a bread using the spent grains from Haliburton Highlands Brewery,” she said. Her favourite things to bake are breads and cookies and her sourdough loaf, which she said is “becoming a specialty.”
It’s no surprise that Amanda landed in the Highlands. A lover of the outdoors, she has two dogs and can be found most days being active, whether it’s by cycling or being in her garden.