Renee Vige and her husband Robert acquired the Coppersmith Inn Bed and Breakfast in November of 2022 and have conserved it’s wonderful, old-world charm while bringing to life it’s undeniable place as a home away from home – two culinary artists are better than one!
Rene Vige’s passion for the flavors of the Gulf Coast began at an early age. She has fond memories of standing on a step stool to help with family dinners while The Saints Go Marching In played somewhere in the background.
Inspired by a love of food, family, and local chef Trudy O’Conner, Renee aspired to make cooking her career and soon received her Associate of Science degree in Culinary Management from Gulf Coast State Community College in Panama City Beach Florida. There she learned under some of the best, including a top pastry chef for Disney as well as a personal chef to a former President of The United States.
With what she learned there, Renee spent the next two years working as an intern at the Bay Point Sheraton Resort and was soon recruited by three executive chefs to work for the Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. She and Robert worked together there to deliver culinary creations to over 1400 guests daily.
Renee and Robert were soon recruited to take their talents to Snowmass Colorado and work for one of the pinnacles of contemporary American cuisines, The Viewline Resort.
Since then, Renee has been a part of culinary teams that provided services for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, Paul McCartney, L.L. Cool J, and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters. Even to the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. She’s created unforgettable wedding dinners at The Chauncey Hotel in New Jersey and cooked for thousands at the Kentucky State Fair.
Having always wanted to open a Bed and Breakfast, Renee and Robert have now turned their considerable talents of hospitality to the Coppersmith Inn in Galveston, making great food for their guests and making their guests into a great big family.
Come share your stories around the table with Renee and Robert and relax in the delightfully homelike comfort of the historic Coppersmith Inn.