Gourmet Warehouse- 2nd Annual Chocolate Challenge


Happy Tuesday great foodie friends….
The Gourmet Warehouse continues to be a culinary Disneyland as well as keeping their finger on the pulse!

I know that the Captain of the good ship Culinary wonderland is Caren with her ever smiling helpful ways.

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But I also know that she has a fantastic team by her side constantly tweaking, identifying and organizing ways to make the store better everyday.
The term “it takes a village” comes to mind and though it is usually used in reference to raising our kids, I have come to see that it is true also in business.
The Gourmet Warehouse has a village and is happy to extend that same support to the great community surrounding them.

Oct 10th I was thrilled to have attended the 2nd annual Chocolate Challenge which is hosted by The Gourmet Warehouse and supported / co-hosted by Cacao Barry / Callebaut and many other suppliers.
The focus of this great event is to raise money for the Strathcona backpack program (helping feed youth in the area).
The event was a success this year raising just over 16,000.00 which will go a long way to helping feed countless kids that need it.

The Chocolate Challenge was a great opportunity for Culinary students and home cooks alike to show off their chocolate magic to some of the best judges a contest could hope for to showcase your talents.

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By the way, who knew that the quiet un-assuming talented Thomas Haas was such a comedian? !

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You could feel the anticipation and tension in the competitors as some of their mentors -Thomas Haas, Greg Hook and Rob Feenie were tasting their creations….

A good night was had by all!

Some of the treats:

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The store was decked out with tasting stations with some surprise hosts and guests:

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Richard Wolak – Vancouver Foodster
As well spotted in the crowd where many more of Carens supporters- Bill Good, @YVRBCbro- prominent Vancouver food writer/photographer and the Food Gays- also well known Vancouver food writers.

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Erin Ireland and her friendly baker! From To Die For Foods.

Pasta from New York’s Rao’s

Rockin Ronnie’s pulled pork!

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Chef Ann Kirsebom – showcasing a great new cooking product from Cacao Barry!

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Congratulations to The Gourmet Warehouse, Cacao Barry / Callebaut Chocolate and Strathcona Backpack program for a successful event!
Thank you to Sophie Lui for being the evenings MC and for all of Carens supporters for your undying support for great causes!

Finally I leave you with a shot of Chef Christophe’s Chocolate sculpture that he created while the chocolate Mayhem was in motion.

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About Westcoast Foodie Blogger

Husband, father, coach, volunteer, foodie, amateur chef....love of food from the soul, true flavors that come from heart and soul, Love all things Italian, love to travel to new places as well a familiar spots....dare to dream, experiment and expand your palate and embrace how food from the soul connects friends, family and new aquaintences. share ideas and wanderlust travel experiences with my blog...let me know if there is something that you want me to blog on or write about....Enjoy every moment of everyday. Follow me on Twitter @BCfoodieblogger and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/BC-Foodie-Blogger-Westcoast-Foodie-Blogger

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