two women standing side by side
Photography, Maxime Desbiens

Inside Rebecca Wolfe’s Montreal kitchen

Joined by her sister, Mandy's Salads co-founder Rebecca Wolfe takes us on a tour of her Montreal kitchen.

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in Quebec’s Lower Westmount, an enclave of Montreal. Mandy Wolfe is at the home of her sister, Rebecca Wolfe, and they’re making their namesake salad, The Wolfe (which, by the way, is more than just the scrumptious sum of its crisp carrot, creamy avocado and peppery arugula parts). It’s an inside peek at the incredible bond that led this entrepreneurial duo to found Mandy’s, the runaway-success salad business that launched at the back of a Montreal women’s clothing store in 2004 and now boasts eight locations in Quebec, as well as two in Toronto: one on the Ossington strip and one on Wellington St. West in the core of the downtown Fashion District.

two women standing in kitchen
Sisters Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe, Photography by Maxime Desbiens; styling, Nicola Marc

“We really inspire each other,” says Mandy, who is the chef behind the bowls, while Rebecca designs the brand’s gloriously vibrant and prettily patterned eateries. “Becca makes everyone feel like they can do anything. And where I’m extra in food, Becca is extra in design.” Not that you’d know it from Rebecca’s quiet white kitchen. “Calm and peace are really important to me at home,” she says. “Both of us have kids under 10, and I have a dog, so there’s inevitable chaos in the kitchen. This minimalist backdrop gives me a sense of serenity.”

Rebecca Wolfe’s design for the interior of Mandy’s Westmount location

interior of restaurant with bistro chairs and bar
Bold pineapple wallpaper and vintage bistro chairs add to the colourful and vibrant interior of Mandy’s original Westmount location.

Rebecca Wolfe’s kitchen design

kitchen with white cabinets
A black slate countertop adds drama, and is a practical surface to use with the sink and faucet. Photography, Maxime Desbiens; styling, Nicola Marc
large horizontal kitchen interior
A narrow island with a thick butcherblock countertop dominates the kitchen. A practical extra dishwasher is perfect for keeping the dishes going while entertaining. Photography by Maxime Desbiens; styling, Nicola Marc
kitchen interior with corner of stove
A tight corner in the kitchen is the perfect spot for doing prep. A dark wood butcher block offsets the classic Shaker-style cabinetry. Photography by Maxime Desbiens; styling, Nicola Marc
person's hands tossing a green salad
Photography by Maxime Desbiens; styling, Nicola Marc

Why getting together is so important for Mandy and Rebecca

When the sisters get together now, it’s not under the pressure of the hectic grind that built the business; rather, it’s about making leisurely, fun meals for each other and their families – something that’s in step with the bond that started it all as well as Mandy’s approach to food. Or, as she puts it, “Cooking for someone is just a way of saying ‘I love you,’ is it not?”

A few of our favourite recipes from Mandy’s

Togarashi Steak Salad
This Togarishi Steak Salad with a Kewpie Toasted Sesame Dressing recipe uses Japanese ingredients Togarishi and Karachi, seared Filet Mignon and just the right balance of fresh flavours and textures.
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A bowl of salad with steak and avocado

Mandy's Roasted Leek Salad With Quinoa
This autumn salad from Mandy's restaurant is a showcase for McIntosh apples. Apples are paired with roasted fennel and leek then tossed in a zesty lemon-thyme vinaigrette.
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bowl of salad

Mandy Wolfe's Nutty Granola
Mandy Wolfe's recipe for granola made with puffed quinoa, coconut, pecans and seeds.
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A person's hands scooping up granola with nuts

Chai Tea Bundt Cake With Salted Caramel Glaze
This elegant bundt cake from Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe hits all the chai flavour notes of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and clove.
Overhead image of bundt cake

Mandy's Mini Vegetarian Egg Bites
Protein-rich Egg Bites are easy to make and perfect for a quick breakfast.
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A plate of egg bites on top of uncracked brown eggs.


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