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.
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.
By the way, who knew that the quiet un-assuming talented Thomas Haas was such a comedian? !
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:
The store was decked out with tasting stations with some surprise hosts and guests:
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.
Erin Ireland and her friendly baker! From To Die For Foods.
Pasta from New York’s Rao’s
Rockin Ronnie’s pulled pork!
Chef Ann Kirsebom – showcasing a great new cooking product from Cacao Barry!
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.