Baristanet Profile: Anne Mernin

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Name:  Anne Mernin

Where do you live? Montclair. We just combined households with my mom two years ago. I’m living back in my childhood home on Montclair Ave. Before that we were on Gordonhurst.

When did you move there? I’m a Mountie born! Lived in NYC after college, but moved back to Montclair before we had our first child, Ryan, who is now 23.

Where did you grow up? I grew up on Montclair Avenue in a family with 8 kids.  There were so many large families in our neighborhood that there was always a great crew up for a game of flashlight tag or street hockey.

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am fortunate to have the best job in town!  I am the Director of Toni’s Kitchen at St. Luke’s where we provide healthy food, wellness services and connections to a wide variety of food insecure populations.  My current passion is MONTCLAIR BOUNCE: A Festival of Optimism and Resilience coming up May 31-June 7. (Stay tuned!)

Coffee, tea or … ? Latte please! My favorites are Local, Java Love on Church Street, and 23 Skidoo in Bloomfield

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? I work on weekends, so they are busy.  I love leaving Toni’s in the afternoon, getting a quiet coffee downtown (all by myself!) and then going out to dinner with my husband and daughter, Nikki.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Tough choices… My favorite lunch spot is Jackie’s Grillette.  I love the gluten free pasta choices at Ah Pizz for dinner.

What’s on your nightstand? A poem I fell in love with in college “To Go Inside A Stone,” by Charles Simic; a book on Restorative Justice; the current budget package for the Board of Education; a little drawing my older daughter, Emily, sent me; and a lovely sachet from my friend Alice.

What are you listening to? I’m having lots of fun with podcasts lately.  How I Built This, with Guy Raz is my current obsession. Just listened to one about Bob Moore who built Bob’s Red Mill. Fascinating!

What are your current indulgences? Dark chocolate

What talent you would most like to have? I would love to be an artist. It seems an almost magical talent to me.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? In Montclair, people show up for each other.
When they see a need or an opportunity, Montclairians roll up their sleeves and get to work. I love that sense of ownership and possibility!


What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? She gave the world a gentle nudge and gifted it three exceptionally talented treasures.

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