Bob and Melinda Blanchard are the creative founders of this dreamlike
setting but since its inception, their staff has played an important role in making it what it is today. This group works together like no ordinary restaurant team and takes tremendous pride in making guests feel at home.
Married for more than 40 years, Bob and Melinda have spent a lifetime following dreams and pursuing passions. Their love affair with Anguilla started back in 1985 and remains as strong as ever today. They’ve started 10 businesses together and although each one holds a special place in their hearts, the restaurants in Anguilla are clearly their favorites. Bob is a seventh-generation Vermonter and Melinda was born and raised in New York City. They love working together to ensure that Blanchards and the Beach Shack run smoothly.
Miguel has been at Blanchards for over 20 years and has worked his way up to being the general manager. Along with Bob & Melinda, he oversees both restaurants behind the scenes as well as managing the Blanchards’ dining room during dinner. As if that’s not enough, he’s also the best wine steward we’ve ever met. He’s traveled to France, California and New York tasting wines and developing a remarkable palate. Ask him which wine is fat and ripe or lean and crisp and he’ll know just what to suggest. Miguel manages the restaurants with grace, sincerity and an unsurpassed dedication to quality and for that we are extremely grateful.
Clinton began his career at Blanchards while helping to build the restaurant in 1994. He then washed dishes for a year, at which point he was promoted to prep cook and learned more of what the restaurant business was all about. His natural curiosity and love for learning new skills landed him the position of executive sous chef in 1997. Several trips to the United States with Bob & Melinda introduced Clinton to new food preparations while observing in some of the finest restaurants in the world. Today he runs the kitchen with a keen eye for detail and checks every single plate as it goes out the door. Clinton also happens to be one of the handiest people we know which is a tremendous help considering something needs fixing almost every day.
Hughes, as he likes to be called, holds two critical positions. He supervises the Beach Shack kitchen to ensure that everything is prepared exactly as it should be. He’s also the grill master at Blanchards and we still marvel at how many orders he can successfully juggle at one time. He is truly one of the most talented chefs imaginable and we’re honored to have him as part of our family. But the very best part of working with Hughes is his good nature. Even on those over-the-top crazy, busy days, Hughes is smiling and enjoying his job in a way that makes everyone around him feel like there’s no other place they’d rather be.
We first met Tarah about 14 years ago when she would hang out at Blanchards after school. It’s as if there was a magnet drawing her to us and us to her. She helped set tables and watched the staff prepare the dining room for dinner each night. We feel like proud parents when we think of how far she has come since those early days. Tarah spent many years greeting guests at Blanchards and working in the dining room to make sure everyone was well cared for. In January, 2015, it was clear that Tarah was ready for the next step and was promoted to manage the Beach Shack counter staff. Her talent for making both staff and guests as happy as possible has surpassed our expectations and we are overjoyed to see her succeed in her management position.
Yolanda has been greeting guests at Blanchards with her wonderful smile for several years. Her love for making our guests happy was so evident that she's been promoted to Assistant Manager. She's a tiny bundle of energy bringing life and vitality to the dining room and we're thrilled to have her helping Miguel run the show on the floor as well as behind the scenes.
Greeting people when they arrive for dinner at Blanchards may seem like a pretty cushy job - but don’t be fooled. Just ask Jeanelle what it’s like when the bar is filled with people, shoulder to shoulder, demanding that they be seated immediately. When we needed an Assistant Manager at the Beach Shack, Jeanelle applied right away and we knew she was right for the job. She will spend days helping Tarah at the Shack and still be at Blanchards each night to welcome our guests for dinner.
Square has been a part of the Blanchards team since 2005 and is the link that ties the entire kitchen operation together. He helps Clinton with the prep work and is responsible for all of the delicious desserts at Blanchards. On top of that, he's a valuable kitchen supervisors and works hard to make sure all of our shipments arrive exactly as ordered. With deliveries arriving daily by boat, plane and truck, that's not an easy undertaking. He may work behind the scenes but without Square, we'd fall apart in no time.
Michael is the Beach Shack's "Energizer Bunny." He keeps going and going and going. Always determined to make sure we never run out of anything on the menu, Michael is a kitchen supervisor and cooks all day long to prepare everything we need. If we have an unexpected number of orders for kale salad (which seems to happen quite often), he'll stop what he's doing and whip up another batch immediately. Not only is Michael a great cook but he's also responsible for keeping our equipment in working order. Coolers, freezers, ice cream machines, pumps, hot water heaters…the list is endless. If something is not working, he's on the phone within seconds to find someone to fix it. Michael is the king of multi-tasking and we all truly appreciate everything he does.
Deon is a critical member of the Beach Shack kitchen team. When he first started, his responsibilities were limited to making fries and salads but it was evident after only a few months that he had potential to go much further. Now, he spends his days chopping, slicing, and dicing everything we need, and at night, he's the supervisor and head cook behind the line. We all love working with Deon. He's quiet, serious about the quality of his work and will help wherever he's needed.
Alwyn has been at Blanchards since the first day we opened. He knows exactly what it takes to make the dining room run smoothly and always fills in the cracks wherever needed. His main priority however, is to make sure the food is picked up in the kitchen and delivered to the tables in a timely manner and he does that with expertise and finesse.
We're welcoming Christa as a new member of the Beach Shack counter team as of October, 2018 and know she will fit in just perfectly with the rest of the gang.
After Hurricane Irma, we planted over 1,000 trees, shrubs and plants. Our gardens are more elaborate than ever and it was clear that Gucci needed a little help. When Craig applied for the job, we were convinced he was just who we needed. His eye for detail is amazing and he'll help Gucci keep our gardens looking absolutely beautiful.
New to Blanchards in 2014, Davia has perfected the art of serving our homemade rolls at exactly the right time. That may sound like a simple task but it's not as easy as it appears. We bake our rolls to order so they're still piping hot when you break them open and the crust has a perfect texture. Bake them for too long and they turn into rocks. Remove them from the oven too soon and they're too soft. Davia does it just right and brings them to your table with one of the biggest smiles imaginable.
Elvin is a runner at Blanchards. He works closely with Lucien to carry food from the kitchen to the dining room which is not as simple as it may sound. When we're busy, it's more than a little challenge to get the right food to the right person without having hot food turn cold or frozen desserts melt into a puddle. Go Elvin!
Along with Gucci, Goofy works hard to make sure that guests at Blanchards and the Beach Shack have a "beautiful" experience. He spends his days raking, trimming, pruning, fertilizing and watering and takes great pride in making the entire property look well cared for. Not only does Goofy take care of our gardens but if you need a beach chair or umbrella, he'll be right there to make sure you have everything you need. If you see Goofy during your visit, make sure to say hello. You will definitely enjoy the experience!
With the addition of our new bar and patio dining areas, we realized it was time to look for a second bartender. Ishani comes with lots of experience and a love for making people happy. We have no doubt at all that she will be a valuable member of the Blanchards team.
If you’ve ever had our homemade corn tortillas at the Beach Shack, Tall Boy is the person to thank. He makes the dough every morning and presses each tortilla until it’s just the right thickness. On busy days, when all of us are bustling around the kitchen, Tall Boy is one of those rare, quiet people who seems to stay out of the fray and yet get a tremendous amount done. We are grateful for his dedication to quality and for his willingness to help wherever help is needed.
Jermaine works behind the scenes helping to prepare food for the Beach Shack. He's quiet, enjoys learning new skills and is a pleasure to be with. Jermaine is one of those people who stays out of the limelight but is so very important to make things run efficiently. He can be found trimming mahi, making burgers, cutting potatoes for fries or taking care of any number of Beach Shack kitchen responsibilities.
There's a surprisingly long list of things to do at both restaurants that has nothing to do with preparing and serving food. Thank goodness for Blackie! He keeps everything sparkling clean, from floors, walls and furniture to napkins, towels and aprons. In the "old" days, we all used to chip in and get these jobs done ourselves but as time went on, we realized that we really needed some help. Blackie now works all day long to keep everything spotless.
Kay-Kay worked for us for about a year before Hurricane Irma and is back with us as an important member of the Beach Shack counter staff team. As you can see, she has a beautiful smile and when you come to the Beach Shack, you'll know that she truly cares that you have the best experience possible.
Kiara loves her job at the Beach Shack counter and we love the fact that she's part of our team. Her warm smile is contagious and she will do anything she can to make sure the Beach Shack runs smoothly.
Lucien is a runner at Blanchards which means he has to pick up the food in the kitchen and deliver it to the right person at the right table as quickly as possible. At the same time, he has to look cool, calm and collected on the floor so nobody knows he's rushing to get back to the kitchen for another order. Lucien has lots of experience in the world of hospitality and we are proud to have him on our team.
Makeleh is a new member of our floor team at Blanchards as of October, 2018. She may be young and not have a lot of experience but we have complete confidence that she's cut out for the job. She's ready and willing to learn and do the best job possible.
We're all thrilled to welcome Malisa to the Blanchards floor staff team. She is excited about perfecting he service skills and more than anything, looking forward to meeting our old and new guests alike. You will surely enjoy her company when you come for dinner.
Maria is a back server at Blanchards and a critical member of the floor staff team. Her eyes have to be everywhere to make sure each and every guest is well cared for. Do they need water? Another drink? Is there a plate on the table that needs to be removed? Maria fills in all those little cracks that makes Blanchards service the best it can be.
Marla’s dad worked for us in the kitchen 30 years ago and eventually moved on to do construction work. We’re still friends today and can’t believe enough time has passed that his daughter is now part of the Beach Shack team. Marla is an absolute joy to be with and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet her at the Shack. She has one of those wonderful contagious smiles that you can’t help but love.
Nadecia is 19 years old and her position as a server at Blanchards is her very first job. If you could see how excited she is, you would fall in love with her right away. We know she's going to be absolutely fantastic!
When Yolanda was promoted to Assistant Manager, we knew it would be difficult to replace her as a greeter. The. Nicolle came along and we were saved! When you arrive at Blanchards, you will love meeting Nicolle and chatting with her as she guides you to your table.
We have countless people who want to cook at the Beach Shack and most don’t fit the bill. Paola doesn’t even know how many people we turned away before asking her to join the team. She had no experience when she arrived but had a willingness to learn that told us she was right for the job. Paola has loved to cook since she was a little girl and is as thrilled to be here as we are to have her with us.
There's a job in the Blanchards kitchen that's hard to describe - and that's where Princess fits in. At any point in time during dinner she could be chopping vegetables, getting food for the line cooks or even washing dishes. She links all parts of the kitchen together to make sure everyone has everything they need. In a kitchen as busy as Blanchards, that's no easy task.
Yama is the type of person you just know you can count on for anything at all. He’s made tortillas and burgers for the Beach Shack, counted hundreds of ingredients for our weekly inventory, helped organize the storeroom, and all the while paying close attention to what happens behind the Blanchards line. His flexibility and willingness to learn is so remarkable that in October, 2016, he filled a position that had never before existed. Clinton, Hughes, Shak and Mel have cooked behind the line at Blanchards since the beginning of time. We are all still right here where we’ve always been but made a decision that it’s time to have a little more help. For years, it was inconceivable to any of us to turn our foursome into a quintet but inviting Yama to join us just felt right. Welcome Yama! We’re happy to have you by our side.
When you come to Blanchards, try to find time to strike up a conversation with Samaro. He may appear quiet, but once you get him going, he's one of the most charming young men you're likely to meet. Samaro has learned a tremendous amount about wine from Miguel and is now an assistant wine steward at Blanchards. He's also is a server and takes orders, carries food to the tables, and generally helps to ensure that the dining room runs smoothly. It never ceases to amaze us how he can handle the pressure of a busy night with a smile that truly warms our hearts.
You'll see Sasha cooking at the Beach Shack during lunch and dinner. She helps with the prep work in the morning to make sure everything is in the Shack before lunch starts and then hops behind the line for the action. It's a fun job for anyone who likes to cook and Sasha has been cooking since she was a child and we're happy to have her on the Beach Shack team.
Misha is the Blanchards expeditor. She's the incredibly organized link between the kitchen and floor staff and makes sure everything goes out to the dining room correctly and looks as perfect as can be.
Gucci works side by side with Goofy to maintain the landscaping and keep everything outside in working order. He comes early each morning to make sure the Beach Shack dining area is raked and ready to welcome guests when they start arriving for lunch. He carefully fertilizes our plants, pulls weeds, puts a fresh coat of paint on fences and walls when needed, helps to set up the beach chairs and umbrellas and does whatever it takes to make sure the outside area looks as perfect as possible. Goofy & Gucci are a team like no other and our grounds would never look as beautiful without them.
Reds started working with us during our relief project after Hurricane Irma. He was a volunteer member of the Anguilla Cadets and provided help wherever he was needed. When the relief program slowed down, Reds stuck around. He helped unload containers, planted the new gardens and painted at Blanchards. Now, Reds is our daytime dishwasher and we're happy that he decided to join our team. Seems like forever since we met after the storm!