Anne Spaeth l The Lynhall
After her time in London, Anne Spaeth wanted to create a Borough Market experience in Minneapolis. Read on to learn how this former child abuse and neglect prosecutor is helping the causes she’s passionate about with The Lynhall.
Can you tell us a bit about your business and background?
I am a North Dakota native, whose early food influences included pizza, fast food, and TV dinners. Later, living in London, I experienced Borough Market with its artisan, local vendors and enjoyed developing relationships with local butcher, cheese and fishmongers. After returning to Minnesota and becoming a busy mom of three young boys, I yearned to replicate the relationships I experienced in London and to also provide artisan meal options for other busy families, professionals, and empty-nesters at The Lynhall.
The Lynhall is more than a restaurant; however, it is a collective of passionate educators, chefs, bakers, craftspeople, storytellers, and entrepreneurs. With its state-of-the-art incubator kitchen and studio kitchen, The Lynhall is helping people achieve their vision for their own businesses. The Lynhall entertains, engages, and invites people in to cele brate taste, teaching and togetherness.
Before opening The Lynhall, I spent the last five years advocating for system reform for children ages 0-5 in the child protection and foster care system. As a former child abuse and neglect prosecutor, I continue my mental health advocacy through The Lynhall's many non-profit partnerships and I am excited to announce the launch of The Nourish Series and The Long Table Fund. The Nourish Series is a collection of events that focus on the restaurant industry, promoting personal and professional men tal health and wellbeing, by bringing the community together through food and conver sation.
The Long Table Fund works in partnership with the community to connect and empower those in the restaurant industry affected by trauma, mental health issues, and chemical dependency. Proceeds of The Long Table Fund will provide mission-specific educational opportunities and increased access to crisis mental health care for members of the restaurant industry.
How do you think living in the Twin Cities has shaped your business?
The Twin Cities is filled with a lot of not for profit mentors. I have been honored to receiva great support, fram the communisty.
If you had one piece of advice for someone starting a business, what would it be?
Stress test your business plan
Plan for a minimum of 2.3 years of cash
LAB is founded on three key values: connect, create and collaborate. What are your three key values?
Loyalty, collaboration, integrity
What are some of your everyday essentials that you can’t live without?
My family, my swagger wagon, my dogs. I wish exercise was one of them but dare to dream! Ha!
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Too many to name!
Favorite place to meet/collaborate in the Twin Cities.
The Lynhall of course!
What’s currently binge watching or listening to?
Big Little Lies, Chernobyl, MPR/NPR, Second mountain by David Brooks
Fantasy Dinner Party Guest List
My grandmother - Lu! Miss her so much!
Instagram accounts you love to see in your feed.
@thefatjewish (hysterical and totally inappropriate)
All other fads by my rockstar lady chef’s and restaurant friends!
Last Adventure: Winnipeg for my 14 year old’s hockey tournament!
Next Adventure: Wyoming
Voted Most Likely To: Not finishing telling a story because I’m laughing/crying too hard!
Secret Skill: Putting on goalie equipment
Yes Please: to dynamic, exciting, interactive conversations!
No Thanks: snakes
Spirit Animal: dog
Brand you can’t live without: The Lynhall - literally! :)