Christopher Hirsheimer served as food and design editor for Metropolitan Home magazine, and was one of the founders of Saveur magazine, where she was executive editor. She is a writer and a photographer.
Melissa Hamilton cofounded the restaurant Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, New Jersey, where she served as executive chef. She worked at Martha Stewart Living, Cook’s Illustrated, and at Saveur as the food editor.
Christopher and Melissa have known each other for over 15 years, but it wasn't until 2006 that they created Canal House. The concept was simple -- one location serving as their "studio, workshop, dining room, office, kitchen, and atelier devoted to good ideas and good work relating to the world of food." The Canal House is where they put their talents together to execute Canal House Magazine, a tri-annual print, each with about 75 seasonal dishes. By the end of each day the two women have shared lunch and cocktails with each other, and accessible and enjoyable cooking ideas with the at-home subscriber.