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Gina Noordhof

Owner

Valhalla Lodge & Norseman Restaurant

Gina and her husband, Adrian, did not set out to be entrepreneurs. Gina has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Masters in Environmental Science. Adrian has a Sociology degree and he completed the Canadian Securities Course. Gina
’s mother, Bella Hodge, however, is a businesswoman. She owns the Valhalla Lodge Bed and Breakfast and owned the restaurant business before Gina and Adrian purchased it from her. Gina spent summers working in her mother’s businesses. Her business education occurred on the job. She was involved in dealing with customers, taking bookings and doing marketing for her mother. Soon Adrian was also involved. He had an interest in cooking which naturally led to the development of his gourmet culinary skills.

After gaining experience and expertise working in the family businesses, Gina and Adrian wanted to own their own business and to steer their own
course. The time was right and they bought the restaurant business from Bella. They created a casual fine dining establishment with high quality gourmet food and professional and personable service that rivals the best in the country.
Some people thought they were too ambitious, that they were aiming too high. Some people thought there would not be a sufficient market for such fine food. One person even said, “How can you have a restaurant without French fries?”
Gina and Adrian were determined. They were not going to have a deep fryer. They were certain that tourists would search out and embrace quality food. Their research told them that seasoned travellers were willing to pay for an exquisite culinary experience that specialized in local food.

And specialize they did. They offer a menu that features an array of fresh seafood: cod, caplin, halibut, shrimp, scallops and crab. However, it is the experience ordering lobster that takes fresh to a whole new level. The lobsters are held in a pen in the ocean. The customers can actually go down to the wharf and select their own lobster right from the cold North Atlantic. Gina says it is the cold water that enhances the flavour and texture of the lobster. Whether they are serving bakeapples or caribou, the food has been transformed into an
experience of simplicity and sophistication by the skillful hand of Adrian, the Chef.

Behind the restaurant is the Gaia Gallery. This gift store specializes in products sourced from artists and artisans: Labrador Innu tea dolls, Inuit carvings, handmade silver jewelry, and books on the historical and geographical heritage of the region. As in the restaurant, the focus is on quality.

Contact

248 Portugal Cove Road, St. John's, NL A1B 2N6

Website: www.valhalla-lodge.com

Induction Date

8 February 2013