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Hostess Gifts and A Little Etiquette

 

It’s that time of year when you’ve been asked to a party or two and now you’ve got to not only figure out what to wear, but also what to bring. We give you some suggestions and a few thoughts about gift giving etiquette too.

Number one rule is if you ask to bring something and you are told no, still bring something. Everyone always appreciates a small gift. When you present it be discreet as not everyone may bring a gift and  of course wrap it nicely.

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If you are going to bring something edible, then it makes it something easy to add to the table such as a nice cheese or meats, or some of your holiday baking. Bring it prepared to serve and leave the plate, board, or cookie tin as a gift. Don’t bring an entire course of food unless you are asked; a geneous portion of your famous ribs may interupt the feast and take away from the holiday ham that is being served.

Don’t bring anything that requires fussing. Your amazing sausage rolls that have to be reheated could turn into a hassle if the ovens are full. Flowers can even be a no as the host is usually super busy and then has to find a vase and may not even have one, plus they will have already decorated and probably won’t need anything more.

For more formal sit down dinners the host will have paired the drinks in advance, so if you do bring wine, be prepared for it not to be served.

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For BYOB parties, BYOB and then bring something nicely wrapped for the host too, and if you know you are the type of person that is likely to drink 2 bottles of wine don’t bring just one and then expect to drink others wine. That’s what BYOB means after all.

Some items that will be welcomed.

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cheese and meatServing Board – (Cookculture) with Meats and Cheese from (Home on the Range Organics) ($80)

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Tea Pigs – Tea and Mugs – https://teapigs.ca/ ($20)

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Salts – Vancouver Island Sea Salt (Cookculture) with Salt Bowl (Chapters) ($10/$28)

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Cuisinart Waffle Iron – Best Buy ($99)

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Dames Wine – Marquis Wine Cellar ($25)

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XFOUR Vodka – Legacy Liquor Store ($75)

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Swell Water Bottle (Chapters) ($50)

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Taves Apple Cider – Save on Foods ($8)

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Brockmann’s Chocolate – Save on Foods ($10)

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The Butcher the Baker the Wine and Cheesemaker Cookbook – Jennifer Schell ($30)

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Christmas Ornaments – Potters Nursery ($5-$20)

Mother’s Day Gifts – Global TV

Mother’s Day Gifts

Global TV asked us to suss out some items that won’t break the bank for Mother’s Day and we delivered!

You don’t have to cheap out when it comes to Mother’s Day! You can find some great buys around, all less than (mostly) $30. Just remember to buy something that your mother may not spoil herself with.  No ironing boards!

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Oxo French Press – 4 Cup $39 (Cook Culture) Salt Spring Coffee and Mug

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Purdy’s Mother’s Day Chocolate $21 (Purdys)

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Oxo Good Grips Hand Spiralizer $20 (Cook Culture, Well Seasoned Langley)

Presidents Choice Cheese Board $10, Natural Pastures Cheese (IGA) $10 Cuispro Cheese Slicer $19 (Cook Culture)

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Indigo Floral Tea Set $25 with TWG Tea (Urban Tea Merchant)

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Indigo Message Board $25 (Indigo)

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Indigo Pencil Case $18 and Fridge Magnets $10

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Indigo Candle $29

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Margaret Trudeau – The Time of Your Life $20 (Indigo)

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Geraniums $5 and Pot $10 (Hunter Garden Centre)

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Sons of Vancouver Amaretto $25 (Legacy Liquor)

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A Spicy Touch Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen $35 (Books to Cooks)

Holiday Shopping with Les Dames d’Escoffier

Have you finished your holiday shopping? If the answer is no, I have a solution for you. I belong to a wonderful group of women who work very hard during the year volunteering for Les Dames d’Escoffier. Les Dames d’Escoffier is a society of professional woman whose purpose is to promote the understanding, appreciation and knowledge of food, wine and hospitality. We raise funds for scholarships for women in these fields and support children’s education through our partnerships with Growing Chefs and Project Chef.

When we are not doing this, we are working very hard at our own projects, and many of these include products and services that would make a great gift. Here’s a run down of a few Dames’ offerings and suggestions for giving this holiday season.

Dame Nancy Wong – Culinary Communications

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A gift basket from L’Epicerie Gourmande on Granville Island, a wonderful resource for imported French condiments and confectionary. Priced from $25.

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The gift of laughter with Vancouver’s #1 improv comedy company – Vancouver TheatreSports! VTSL Gift Certificates are available in any denomination and can be used towards show tickets or classes at the Improv Comedy Institute.

Terra Breads

Dame Mary McaKay Terra Breads handcrafted Panettone and Stollen are a classic and tempting addition to any holiday gathering. Choose from: Chocolate Cherry Panettone {sml} $3.50 {lrg} $16.95 Fruit Panettone {sml} $3.50 {lrg} $16.95 Stollen $17.95. Pre-order in store or via phone today. 

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Dame Shannon Washbrook – Vera’s – A gift certicate to Vera’s Burger Shack

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Dame Kristen Needham Jordan – Sea Cider‘s pre-made gift baskets  ($35 or $750. They will offer 10% off when customers mention Les Dames. Email mdarling@seacider.ca to order!

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Dame Barb Finlay – Project Chef

DONATIONS to….Project CHEF Education Society a not-for-profit society that offers hands-on programs to teach children and families about healthy cooking and eating.

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Dame Angie Quagle – Owner Well Seasoned

Missing Ingredient Subscription Box A monthly Missing Ingredient is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving.

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Dame Jennifer Schell – Author – The Cookbook for this year! Look for other featured Dames as well.

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Dame Tina Hills – Hills Foods – Any of you holiday meet needs. Turkey and beyond at grocery stores and butcher shops around the Lower Mainland.

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Dame Merri Schwartz – Chocolatier – Chocolate from East Van Roasters

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Donation to Growing Chefs Growing Chefs! Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture is a registered charity, based in Vancouver, B.C. Our mission is to educate children, families, and community members about healthy eating and healthy food systems.

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Dame Jackie Ellis – Beaucoup Bakery

The Beaucoup Bakery Holiday Cookie Box is an excellent host gift and will be available as a preorder starting November 12 for $35.

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Dame Lee Murphy – Vista D’Oro The Preservatory Vista D’oro Artisanal Preserves – Trio Gift Sets with Recipes

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Dame Alana Peckham Alligga Alligga Gift Pack

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Dame Ann Kirsebom Paris In A Chocolate – Grand Marnier & Cacao Barry French Chocolates

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Vancouver Food Tour

Yours truly does Food Tours with Vancouver Food Tour and gift certs for a tour are a great idea! 20% off until December 20th.

Best of the season to you all and #supportlocal #buybclocal!

Gifts for Food and Drink Lovers – Global TV 2015

What do you get that person in your life who lives for the latest kitchen gadget, best bottle of wine or the ultimate cookbook? I spent some time in cook shops and snooped around many a kitchen to come up with the list for gifts for foodies this year. Here’s the details that I presented on Global TV for 2015. Give and you shall receive! There’s more suggestions on BC Living as I just couldn’t fit them all in.

Thanks to Elsa Corsi from Jeweliette Jewelry for the amaze bling that I wore and to Salon Haze and Revlon for my hair and Onyx and CND for the sparkly nails. 
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For the super chef in your life – Divina Denuevo
Leather Knife Roll $700 – Etsy

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The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheesemaker Cookbook by Jennifer Schell $29.95 – Books to Cooks and Edible Canada

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet with the latest Intel processor! $899 and up Best Buy

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Zwilling Santoku Knife $115 Cook Culture

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Staub Tomato Cocette Casserole Dish $180 Cook Culture

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Cheese Plates from Presidents Choice $Varioushome on the range organics

Cheese and Pate from Home On The Range Organics at 235 East Broadway $Various

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Keurig 2.0 K200 $89.99 Online, Best Buy

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Santa Barbara Sample of 49th Parallel Coffee $49.99 Parallel 49 coffee shops and online

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President’s Choice Coffee Mugs and Cream and Sugar Set and Sweets $Various at Superstore

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Kate Spade Plates, Woodland Animal Breakfast Plates, Holiday Napkins and Rings $30/$15/$5 – Indigo

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Haywire Winery The Bub Sparkling Wine $29.90+ Various – Legacy Liquor Store

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Fagor Electric Multi Cooker $300ish

Avocado Tools

Avocado tools that up your avocado game!

So you say you love avocados? As you well know so do I, but when it comes to presenting them perfectly, they can sometimes turn out a bit less appealing if you don’t wield your knife right. After all these fruits are delicate creatures. So, I thought I’d do a round up this week of some tools to help you with your Avocados From Mexico!

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First up is this 3 in one Oxo Avocado Tool. Perfect slices of peeled avocado are just seconds away with this task-specific, three-part tool. Serrated plastic blade easily slices the skin, circular pitter scoops out the pit, and plastic blades create clean, uniform slices. $9.95 at Crate and Barrel.

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Next up this lever avocado shaped saver from Evriholder really does keep a cut avocado fresher longer. It reduces surface exposure and slows the oxidation process and my avocado was usable without cutting off the top flesh 3 days later. $10.95 Amazon.

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Thirdly you need a proper Molcajete to mash and serve your guacamole. $49.95 Crate and Barrel

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AND….the cookbook for guacamole lovers is Rick and Groen Bayless,Mexican cocktail and snack primer with recipes and tips for 35 variations on the margarita, along with modern mezcal versions and margaritas for every season, taste and budget — plus refreshing cocktails with fruit agua frescas. For cocktail bites, there’s a gourmet guacamole for every month of the year and recipes for nut and vegetable snacks! Now you’re set up for entertaining. $26.50 Crate & Barrel.

Enjoy you avocados responsibly and be sure to share.

Please note I am the Avocados from Mexico official Western Canadian Ambassador and I am compensated for my avocados and avocado news! But…you know I’d eat them regardless!

 

Mothers Day Gifts For Food Loving Moms

 

It’s time to treat your Mama right this mother’s day. While you may not want her to spend any time in the kitchen on that special day, she’s certainly going to want to get in their quickly once you give her one of these amazing foodie gifts.

From the top left to right:

1) All-Clad Copper Core 2Qt Saucepan SALE $179.95 at Cookworks.

2) The Beasty Box from Urban Digs is a “nose to tail” butchery box. We source locally produced meat from small scale farms like our own that practice sustainable farming methods. $175

3) Northern Divine Caviar 

4) Epicure Mini Baker$17 – grab a set of 6-8

5) Lost Inhibitions Wine from Church and State – because even your mother has to let her guard down sometimes!

6) New Roots Cookbook – Inspired Plant Based Recipes

7) Preserves from Vista D’Oro 

8) Tea from The Urban Tea Merchant

9) Millifera Bees Honey local honey

10) Weber Grills new Weber Q 1200

11) Moe’s Home Collection Ring 3 Tier Pedestal Stand $75

Gifts for Foodies Featured on Global TV 2014

Each year we choose our favourite gifts for foodies and present on Global TV. This year the choices were so tough, as I only have six minutes, so with apologies to all of those who know how much I love and want them under my tree, here’s the list for this year.

We will also curate a list of best local sweets AND best local cookbooks for gifting so stay tuned. Comment below with your wish list foodie gifts. We’d be pleased to hear what you want!

Bellini Kitchen Master

Bellini Kitchen Master by Cedarlane Culinary $699

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Porthole Infuser $99

Temper Pastry

Temper Chocolate Pastry West Vancouver various chocolates and cookies

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Presidents Choice pie plate, tea towels and pie top cutters $12/$5/$6

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XFour Chocolate Vodka Cocktail $29.95 BC Signature Liquor Stores

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Chocolate Tasting Book from Eagranie Yuh $31.95 XOXOLAT in Yaletown http://www.xoxolat.com or www.bookstocooks.ca

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Modern Pantry Items various available at XOXOLAT

Deerholme Foraging Book

Deerholme Foraging Book by Bill Jones $29.95

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Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson $34.95

Cookbooks available at Books to Cooks www.bookstocooks.ca

 

Real Canadian Superstore Last Minute Thanksgiving Rescue

PC Melamine Rustic Collection from $3 - $14Suddenly it’s Thanksgiving and you haven’t ordered the turkey, you’re short on plates and don’t want to break the bank just to host a memorable Thanksgiving Feast that people will actually be thankful for.

No worries at all. We walked the isles of the Real Canadian Superstore and found a few items that will be sure to make you the hostess with the mostest.

PC Melamine Rustic Dinner Plate (11) - $4

Firstly let’s get the table set. Not enough plates? Fear not this rustic plate set has everything from salad plates to platters and ranges in price from $3 for the salad plates to $14 for the platters. Main plates are merely $4.

PC Ceramic Casserole Collection from $10 - $18

What to bake all those Brussels Sprouts, Green Beans, Potatoes and Stuffing in? Caserole dishes range merely from $10-$18 and go from over to table.

PC Melamine Batter Bowl (4 qrt) - $12

Bake a pie, whip potatoes, make a pancake breakfast in this mixing bowl. Just $12 – we have this in Tiffany blue and love it!

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Never forget to strain your gravy. $12 for this fat separator and yes they work!

PC Round Serving Platter Set - $14PC Square Serving Platter Set - $14PC Bamboo Cheeseboard - $14

Gorgeous cheese and serving platters for appies or the after dinner course. Make great hostess gifts too!

Life At Home Porcelain Leaf Side Plates - $7

And finally some funky fall-themed side plates for an extra festive feel.

Now all that’s left is the cooking!

Gifts for the Foodies in Your Life – As Seen on Global TV December 13, 2014

It’s that time of year again when you’ve got to sort out your gift list. If you’ve got a food lover to please chances are one or all of these ideas will bring squeals of joy once pulled from under the tree. Some great stocking stuffers and host/hostess gifts too!

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Jackson Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Sparkling Chardonnay made in the traditional champagne method.  Shuck some oysters and your night is almost complete.

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Locally made Whisky from Urban Distillers.  Unique because it contains part of an oak barrel.  Leave the wine to age more (each week would equal 6 mos in the cask) or drink now.

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OMG (Original Mexican Gourmet) CAJETA. Canada’s only traditional Mexican caramel spread made with BC Goat’s Milk. In Vanilla, Espresso and Rum!

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Terra Breads Pecan Fruit Crisps and house-made sauces and spreads $5-$10.

Presidents Choice

President’s Choice Mixing Bowl and Measuring spoons ($10/$6). Perfect for that college kid. Set them up with some tea towels and baking mix while you are at it.

Le Creuset

Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  Gorgeous colours, even heating, great for slow cooking and dishwasher safe. $150 at Williams & Sonoma. $255 BUT THIS WEEK 25% off until SUNDAY December 15, 2014

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Cocoa Nymph’s new confections line. One of Vancouver’s BEST Chocolatiers has crafted everything from English toffee to chocolate  espresso local Agassiz hazelnuts. These are the bomb for sweet lovers!  $9

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Ugly Sweater Beer by Parallel 49. Great milk stout pair it up with The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook for an excellent host/hostess gift. Beer $15.75 at Legacy Liquor. Cookbook Books to Cooks $29.95.

Missing Ingredient

The Missing Ingredient Monthly Subscription box from Angie Quaale from Well Seasoned – foodie extraordinare!  Online 3 month subscription $150. Not just food, but recipes and ideas.  Expand that culinary repertoire.

Victorinox

Victorinox Knives from www.swissarmy.com $42 Ergonomic Swiss Classic handles. Set includes two serrated knives, two straight edge knives and a mini wood block. Perfect for the countertop.

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Vitamix – I have one and my goal is to make flour in it this year because it even grinds grain.  Williams and Sonoma 300 series $675.29

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Metropolitan Chef rubs – make any meal flavourful. Edible Canada $3.95 Perfect stocking stuffer or in a food basket.

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Gorgeous maple or walnut chopping boards/serving trays from Kate Duncan $75-$180.

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Tea cup/brewer from Treasure Green Tea Company in Chinatown – Vancouver’s oldest tea company.Throw is some tea and you are set.

Mollie Katzen

The vegetarian cookbook for all types of eaters from a woman who’s books taught me to cook when I was young, the talented Mollie Katzen. Full of vegetable recipes that will please everyone $45 Books To Cooks.

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From the foraging chef, Bill Jones, this excellent mushroom foraging and feasting cookbook. If you are in Duncan be sure to look him up and attend a class of his or head out foraging.  Mushrooms are hip and healthy. $29.95 Books to Cooks.

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Click to Watch the segment on Breafast Television with Cassandra Anderton and Jody Vance

It’s that time of year again when you’ve got to step up to the plate (pun intended) and get your foodie friends the best gifts out there.  Whether you want to spend some big money on appliances, or just get some stocking stuffers, we’ve got some suggestions that will make any gourmet jingle their bells!

The Vitamix® Professional Series 500

This is the ultimate in blenders, and is actually much more than a blender. It can actually replace several appliances in your kitchen, saving valuable countertop space.  It can quickly crush ice, process nuts into butter, juice whole fruits in seconds and even make steaming hot soup. This is the first Vitamix model with three pre-programmed settings – Smoothies, Frozen Desserts and Hot Soups – to help home chefs make gourmet meals like the pros.  CHEF APPROVED!

http://www.vitamix.com/


Breville Personal Pie maker

As pie popularity is on the rise, Breville is excited to introduce the Personal Pie maker that lets you bake four individual pies all at once in as little as 10 minutes. Why share a pie when you can have it all to yourself? A sweet or savoury pie is always a welcomed addition to any meal and Breville’s new Personal Pie maker makes it easy to create crowd pleasing treats.

http://www.breville.ca/

Kitchen Aid Food Processor KRP1333

Top of the line food processor with a huge work bowl, externally adjustable slicing control allowing you to adjust without having to remove the blade assembly and three in one feed tube.  The heavy duty base is slip resistant and the there’s even two speeds to the pulse to give you great results with various foods.

http://www.kitchenaid.ca

All-clad 5.5 Quart Brushed Stainless Dutch Oven

All-Clad’s d5 Stainless Steel line incorporates five-layer bonded construction as well as functional advances that make it the finest stainless-steel cookware to date. Induction stove safe.  With this Dutch oven you can brown dishes on the stovetop, slow-cook them in the oven, and then present them at the table. * Each of the five bonded layers serves a specific purpose, creating a noticeable difference in cooking performance. stainless-steel interior for easy cleanup.

http://www.all-clad.ca/

 

Nothern Divine Canadian Caviar

Local and sustainable caviar from the Sunshine Coast.   Delicious and Ocean Wise sturgeon caviar.  Serve atop mini potatoes with sour cream.

http://www.northerndivine.com/

Memphis Blues Sauces and Rubs

The real deal.  These are the sauces and rubs that make those ribs, pork and all of those delicious meats taste delicious.

Available at the restaurants.

http://www.memphisbluesbbq.com

Golden Olive Olive Oil Products

From the Koroneiki olive groves of Greece’s Peloponnese region comes Golden Olive Eleni®: certified organic extra virgin olive oil. Produced by Basil Olive Oil Products Limited, Golden Olive Eleni® is in a league of its own. Having won countless awards for colour, flavour and aroma, this olive oil is well-loved by foodies and chefs alike. The olives are hand picked and first/cold-pressed to ensure the freshest olive oil possible. This is a product of certified organic farming and has not been blended or adulterated. No additives, preservatives, sulphates or artificial flavours or colours have been added. Liquid gold!

http://www.basiloliveoil.com/

Beta 5 Chocolates

BETA5 chocolates are produced in small batches using ethically sourced estate chocolates and premium ingredients. Careful alignment of the BETA5 matrix results in our chocolates’ distinctive shine and crisp snap.

http://shop.beta5chocolates.com/

Sea to Sky Salt

Flavours ranging from Bacon to Cinnamon, these salts liven up any dish.  Try bacon on popcorn.

http://seatoskyseasonings.com/

 

Hills Foods Pate

Don’t forget to pre-order your Brome Lake Duck Pate to have for Christmas & New Years. These 80 g jars make great hostess gifts, customer appreciation gifts as well as stocking stuffers!

Choose from Port Wine Liver Pate, Township Rillettes, Orange Liquor Liver Pate, Cranberry Duck Rillettes, Cider & Apple Duck Rillettes, Perigord Liver Pate and Authentic Duck Rillettes.

Dirty Apron Gift Baskets

A variety of quality ingredients packed into one easy box.

https://deli.dirtyapron.com/?resultType=category&params=34&tpid=130

 

XFour chocolate vodka

Chocolate and Vodka made with local vodka and xoxolat chocolate.

http://vonalbrecht.com/

http://www.xoxolat.com/

Tassimo 

http://www.tassimo.com/country_selector/

The TASSIMO System: How it works…

· Innovative home brewing system by Bosch: Each T DISC contains ground coffee, tea, chocolate or concentrated milk product, and is sealed to protect the flavours inside. All the brewing happens inside the T DISC’s ‘mini brewing-chamber’. Your drink pours directly from the T DISC into the cup so you can prepare different drinks, one after the other with no taste transfer.

· TASSIMO uses Barcode Technology
· Each beverage has its own single-serve T DISC equipped with a unique barcode. the barcode tells the TASSIMO brewer exactly what it needs to know to brew the perfect cup. The brewer adjusts the temperature, water volume and brew time according to these precise instructions – all at the touch of a button.

· Brand Variety
· T DISCs come in NABOB, MAXWELL HOUSE, CADBURY, and TWININGS®, to name a few of the varieties, and can make over 30 beverages, from coffee, tea and espresso to cappuccino, chai tea latte and hot chocolate.

For more info on the product, visit www.TASSIMO.ca