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More Great Cooking Classes This Fall At Gourmet Warehouse

13 Sep

Gourmet Warehouse has added more cooking classes to their Fall season which includes one for those interested in mastering the art of making cocktails. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. If you have participated, you know it’s a great way to pick up some knowledge and some great tips in the kitchen. Added bonus is after each cooking class all the participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

The Flavours of Peru – October 18, 2022

You are invited to take a journey and experience the flavours of Peru with local chef Shelome Bouvette. She will be showcasing classic Peruvian comfort food with a contemporary twist. Chef Shelome has expertise from such infamous restaurants Lolita’s and CHICHA. If you’ve been to either, you know it’s going to be good. Menu for the evening will be:

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• Chicha Morada – Traditional spiced purple corn drink
• Peruvian Ceviche – Classico – seasonal white fish, poached yam, Peruvian cancha corn, sweet corn, salsa criolla, aji amarillo chili, citrus broth.
Causa del Cangrejo – Peruvian aji amarillo chili, whipped & chilled potato, layered with Dungeness crab, mango, avocado, topped with cherry tomato corn salsa and poached local prawns
• Locra de Zapallo Empanadas – Corn, kale, potato, cheese and Aji Amarillo butternut squash empanadas, lime crema
• Picarones – Peruvian sweet potato donuts with spiced honey and pisco raspberry sauce

Pasta Like A Pro: Italiano Classico – October 19, 2022

Do you love fresh pasta, but think it’s too difficult to make in your own kitchen? Think again! Chef Deniz will show you how to mix, roll, shape, and cook fresh pasta. You’ll learn how to make ricotta gnudi, tortellini, and traditional egg noodles, along with simply delicious sauces to pair with each! We’ve set out the delicious menu:

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• Autumn Salad of Roasted Squash with Marinated Apples, Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic Dressing, Fall Greens
• Tortellini With Mortadella and Parmesan in Cream Sauce
• Traditional Egg Noodles with Sunday Ragu
• Vanilla Gelato with Olive Oil & Sea Salt

Intro Into Cookie Decorating: Fall Favourites – October 23, 2022

Chef Lizzy Wong from Butter Baked Goods is back to guide you through an array of colourfully decorated seasonal cookies using classic Royal Icing Techniques on sugar cookies. You will learn about consistencies, colouring and piping techniques along with some advanced techniques to wow a few people with your new skills.   Each attendee from this class will leave with delicious cookies to take home. Here’s whats on the menu for this class:

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• Cherry Pie Cookies
• Warm Sweaters
• Ripe Pumpkins

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

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Fall Cooking Classes At Gourmet Warehouse

7 Aug

Gourmet Warehouse has just announced a great line up of cooking classes for the Fall season. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. If you have participated, you know it’s a great way to pick up some knowledge and some great tips in the kitchen. Added bonus is after each cooking class all the participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

An Evening With The Acorn: Vegetables Re-Imagined – Sept. 21, 2022

Brian Luptak and Shira Blustein, award winning chefs, restauranteurs and authors, will be leading this demonstration dining event. Vegetables Re-Imagined will explore produce layering flavours and textures with impeccable plating, while showcasing vegetarian cuisine at its finest. You will learn some fresh takes on classic dishes. The menu for this upcoming class is set out below:

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• Seasonal Welcome Cocktail
• Panzanella Salad: Fresh-baked focaccia, basil vinaigrette, Klippers Organics heirloom tomatoes, smoked paprika & sunflower seed crumb, creamy basil purée
• Cucumber: Heirloom cucumbers, serrano & plum relish, charred serrano pepper vinaigrette, cucumber powder
• Charred Peach: Warm charred peaches, icy pineappleweed granita, candied pistachios, whipped ‘meringue’

Cookies with Lizzy: Spooky Sugar Halloween Treats – Sept. 25, 2022

Chef Lizzy Wong from Butter Baked Goods invites you to spend a Sunday afternoon learning how to colourfully decorate seasonal cookies using classic royal icing techniques on sugar cookies. You can expect to learn about consistency, colouring, piping techniques, flooding, and as well as some advanced techniques. Added bonus, each class starts with a delicious mimosa a nibble on baked goods and fresh fruit while Lizzie guides you through the class. Each attendee from this class will leave with delicious cookies to take home and share with your loved ones and of course armed with the knowledge to make more at home just in time for Halloween.

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• Witches Hats
• Cauldrons
• Drawn Icing Spiderwebs

Dumpling 101: Pinch Me I’m Dreaming – Sept. 28, 2022

Chef Deniz will be hosting this hands-on cooking class in which you learn about the perfect dough, decadent fillings and classic technique for dumplings. “Pinch Me I’m Dreaming” will also highlight regional stuffings and fillings from around the world and the variations on folds and pinches to create showstopping plates to impress any guest. Some of what you’ll learn to make is set out below:

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• Hand rolled Rotolo di Spinachi and Ricotta with Sage Butter
• Turkish Manti Dumplings with Lamb Merguez, Harissa Butter, Garlic Confit Yoghurt and Poached Egg
• Crispy Pork, Prawn, and Chive Dumpling with Sweet Soy and Scallion Oil
• Matcha Gelato

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

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Gourmet Warehouse Announces Summer Cooking Classes

19 May

Gourmet Warehouse has just announced some great in person cooking classes for the summer season. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. We also like shopping after the cooking class as participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

BC Bounty Farmers’ Market – June 17, 2022

Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu will teach this cooking class that explores the flavours of seasonal summer fare grown in BC. Chef Deniz will help you discover the adventure that comes from creating one-of-a-kind dishes from local ingredients. The menu for this upcoming class is set out below:

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• Hand-Rolled Cavatelli with Zucchini, Lemon, and Chicories
• Harissa-Glazed Sablefish with Zalouk
• Moroccan-Style Couscous with Dried Fruit & Nuts
• BC Berry Tarte with Orange Blossom Chantilly Cream

Summer Garden Party: Salads & Sides – June 23, 2022

Gourmet Warehouse Founder, Cookbook Author and Chef Caren McSherry will lead this demonstration cooking class. She will be sharing her tips and recipes so you can go home and create delicious side dishes. We’ve set out the menu that will be prepared in class, with tasting to follow:

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• New Wave Niçoise with Fresh Tuna
• Fancy Grilled Cheese on a Mushroom Madeira Sauce
• Fresh Corn Pancakes with Horseradish Crème Fraîche & Wild Salmon Candy
• Taco Salad Baskets
• The Perfect Pavlova

Mediterranean Al Fresco – June 29, 2022

Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu will also lead this demonstration cooking class which invites you to envision the clear waters and blue skies of the Mediterranean. Chef Deniz has created a menu that is perfect for summer entertaining.

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• Chili-Infused Clam Pot with Chorizo, Leeks, and Sourdough
• Spot Prawn Risotto with Summer Squash and Bottarga
• BC Berry Galette with Pastry Cream and Chantilly

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

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Gourmet Warehouse Lines Up More Cooking Classes

7 Feb

If you are ready for in person events, Gourmet Warehouse has added more cooking classes to their Spring schedule. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. We also like shopping after the cooking class as participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

A Taste Of The Mediterranean – March 31, 2022

Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu returns to teach a cooking class that explores the incredible tastes of the Mediterranean. Chef Deniz draws from his own background to guide you through these vibrant, healthy dishes. These versatile recipes are perfect for everyday meal, entertaining or picnics.

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• Crispy kale & feta pie with dill and best tzatziki
• Spicy lamb dumplings with merguez sausage, roasted garlic yogurt, and harissa
• Chicken souvlaki with lemon roasted potatoes and Greek salad with feta
• Walnut baklava with cream

Sprouted: Spring Vegetables Re-Imagined – April 6, 2022

Chef Brian Luptak and Shira Blustein of critically acclaimed Vancouver restaurant Acorn will teach you chef-perfected techniques to elevate your vegetables to the next level. Note the menu that will be prepared is vegetarian not vegan.

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• Hop shoot salad with browned hazelnut butter and pickled hop shoots
• Rosemary roasted cabbage with Bavarian mustard cream and pickled vegetables
• Puff pastry tart with vanilla caramelized whey ricotta & red flowering currant jelly

Cuckoo For Keto – April 21, 2022

Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu will also lead this demonstration cooking class which invites you to think outside the box when preparing low carb food that’s tasty. He will help you level up your weekly meal plan with crispy halloumi. chorizo skewer, flavour-packed chicken and peanut lettuce wraps.

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• Crispy halloumi and chorizo skewer with cauliflower tabbouleh
• Spicy chicken and peanut lettuce wraps with marinated vegetable slaw
• Baked spaghetti squash with keto sausage ragu and provolone
• Keto brownies

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

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Cooking Classes Are Back At Gourmet Warehouse

15 Aug

If you are looking to get back into some in person activities, the Gourmet Warehouse has just announced that in store cooking classes are coming back. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. Personally, we also like shopping after the cooking class as participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

Sourdough Pizza – October 7, 2021

You are invited to participate in this hands on 3 hour class in which you learn how to make sourdough pizza at home. The evening’s menu includes:

• ANTIPASTO – Marinated tomato & burrata salad
• Margarita Pizza
• Pizza Rosso: Fennel Sausage, roasted peppers and onions, smoked mozzarella
• Pizza Bianca: Black kale, ricotta, and wild mushrooms
• DOLCE: Chocolate & pistachio pizzelle cannoli

Introduction to Pastry – September 25, 2021

This 2 1/2 hour will be hosted by none other than Chef Andrei Godoroja, winner of ‘Great Canadian Baking Show’. This is another hands on pastry class in which you will learn a number of techniques which will result in a galette pastry you will be able to take home with you at the end of the evening. The menu for this class includes:

• Leek, Potato and Goat Cheese Galette
• Autumn Fruit Galette
• Delicate Puff Pastry filled with Seasonal Ingredients
• Fresh Fruit Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Pastry Cream

Mediterranean Spanish Dinner – October 28, 2021

This 3 hour class will be led by Caren McSherry and delve into the making of paella. She will teach you the secret techniques to create the perfect Spanish paella along with a few other delish eats as set out below.

• Stuffed mini artichokes
• Salad with radicchio, endive, smoked gouda, & pear
• Stunningly beautiful and delicious Spanish paella
• Southern Spain lemon & pistachio tart

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

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Gifting An Experience This Holiday Season

19 Dec

GiftsUnderTreeWe are big fans of gifting experiences which is not only fun but creates lasting memories for the recipient.  There are many options locally here whether it’s brewery tours, gourmet tours, dining and dancing, cooking classes and more.  We have set out below a few of our favourites.  We have included links which take you directly to each site to make gift giving that much easier.

Vancouver Brewery Tour – East Van Brewery Tour

Vancouver Brewery Tours does great brewery tours in and around East Vancouver and is a perfect gift for the beer lover.  Vancouver Brewery Tours has  regularly scheduled brewery tours which run approximately 3 hours.

Off The Eaten Track – Culinary Tours

Off The Eaten Track offers a number of culinary tours including Railtown Urban Eats Tour and Olympic Village Tour. Tours all begin at the Waterfront Station and times vary but are approximately 2 ½ hours for each.

Little Italy Food Tour – Taste Vancouver Food Tours

Commercial Drive is host to many delish food spots and Taste Vancouver Food Tours offers regularly culinary tours on The Drive Saturday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. It starts at Fratelli’s Bakery and hits 8 spots. Cost is $79 per person and they are currently offering 15% off gift certificates.

Federico’s Supper Club – Dinner & Dancing

What about a gift certificate for an evening of dinner and dancing. Federico’s Supper Club offers amazing Italian food, wine and impeccable service. You will regularly find owner, Federico Fuoco, belting out tunes but they regularly bring in lots of local talent to mix things up.

Les Amis Du Fromage – Wine & Cheese Tasting

If you know someone that loves cheese, you may wish to consider purchasing a ticket(s) to one of Les Amis Du Fromage’s upcoming wine & cheese tasting classes. The regularly host tastings, but heads up, these classes do sell out quick. Alternatively, what about a gift certificate to use in store. Trying a variety of cheeses is certainly a delish experience and can get costly, so a gift card to this spot would be welcome in our Christmas stocking.

The Cultch, The York, Firehall Arts Centre – Live Theatre

There is some amazing live theatre that happens in East Van.  Some productions are on now into the New Year at The Cultch, The York and the Firehall Arts Centre. Gift Certificate for an evening out makes a great gift.

Terminal City Glass – Glassblowing Workshop

Have a friend on the artistic side, or someone that wants to get in touch with their creative side? What about a gift certificate to a glassblowing workshop at Terminal City Glass? Terminal City Glass offers a host of classes including a Make A Heart Glassblowing Workshop February 1st that looks pretty cool.

The Gourmet Warehouse – Cooking Classes

Do you know someone that loves cooking, or wants to learn how to make easy meals.   Gourmet Warehouse offers a wide variety of demonstration cooking classes for all skill levels and you get to eat what was made after class then shop in store with a discount.  In the New Year, they are offering Healthy Choices on January 16th or learn how to make a Mexican Fiesta at Home on January 23rd although we have our eye on hands on class Crazy For Chocolate Class on February 5th. To purchase tickets, call the store at T: 604.253.3022 or visit Gourmet Warehouse online.

Park Board Gift Card – City of Vancouver

Are you buying a gift for a family? What about a Park Board Gift Card.  Right now a $50 purchase gets you an additional $10 which the recipient can use at any local community centre to swim, skate, do yoga, play golf, take a cooking class, enroll kids in swimming lessons and much more.

These are just a few ideas, but there are many more. Know someone interested in yoga? Why not a gift certificate to a local yoga studio. For something on the artistic side, Collage Collage offers a wide range of craft making workshops for all big kids and wee ones as does 4 Cats on Main Street. The ideas are limitless and the memories are forever.

Great Edibile Gifts This Holiday Season

18 Dec

JoyGiftsWe love food!  Some of our favourite gifts for the holidays involve delish things to eat or drink. We have found a lot more friends and family favouring edible items as gifts whether food, spirits or accessories that compliment cooking, baking or creating delish refreshments at homeIn East Van, there are so many amazing options to choose from.  On a recent trip to The Drive, we found a great selection of panetonne in Bosa Foods, Fratelli’s Bakery and Donald’s Market.  There are quite a few flavour variations now, but last year we were gifted one and the last bit became french toast. If you haven’t tried this, we do recommend giving it a try.   We’ve set out some suggestions for easy to find edible gifting this holiday season below. Whether it’s a hostess gift, thank you or maybe create your own basket from things you know the person would like, there are many great options close at hand in East Van.

Gift Baskets

There are many shops locally that will create custom gift baskets for you with a food related theme. The include LaGrotta delFrommagio, Bosa Foods, Gourmet Warehouse and Second Nature Home to name just a few.

Cooking Classes

Looking to gift an experience?  Gourmet Warehouse always has a great line up of demonstration cooking classes. They usually run for 3 hours often on the weekends, sometimes in the evening during the week.  The Italian Cultural Centre also features hands on cooking classes.  Most classes you get to eat what you make afterwards.

Craft Beer

No way we could just skip over craft beer as a gift for the beer lover. So many great breweries to choose from each with their own unique offering, but pretty much all offer growlers. If you prefer to give the gift of a brewery tour, our friends at Vancouver Brewery Tours have that covered.

Spirits 

Looking to gift some locally made spirits, we are pretty fond of Odd Society Spirits 1725 Powell Street with a great selection of locally made spirits including East Van Vodka, Wallflower Gin, Cassis, Bittersweet Vermouth and Oaken Wallflower Gin. During the holidays, we love to serve their cassis with prosecco. It’s an easy cocktail when entertaining. There’s also Resurrection Spirits at 1672 Franklin Street. Down side is they are only open Thursday to Saturday from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am whereas Odd Society  Spirits has easier hours for popping in and picking a bottle or two. Odd Society is open Thursday to Sunday 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm save for Sunday evening which they wrap it up at 7:00 pm.  

Pies

I mean who doesn’t love a delicious pie? Andrea and Stephanie French of The Pie Shoppe at 1875 Powell Street make seriously delicious pie.  If you need to bring dessert for Christmas dinner or get together and want to wow family or friends, this is where you pick up your pie.

 

For The Love Of Cheese At Gourmet Warehouse

17 Sep

If you love cheese and have thought about making your own, Gourmet Warehouse has a weekend of cheese making coming October 5th and 6th. Personally, we LOVE cheese, but we have to say we haven’t ventured into cheesemaking. What we are seeing is quite a number of cheese making workshops being offered and they are popular and workshops do sell out quickly.  Now the cheese we are referring to is the real deal ie. with cow’s milk, not a nut cheese which we’ve tried and they are fabulous in their own right but to be clear these workshops use cow’s and/or goat’s milk.  If you are interested in trying your hand at cheesemaking, this coming October, Gourmet Warehouse has a number of workshops to choose from. We’ve set out a few of them below.  Note, if you are looking for a vegan option, check out their class happening October 23rd. Again, these classes tend to sell out fairly quickly. So if interested, we recommend getting registered early.

Cheesemaking 101: Mozzarella, Burrata & Bocconcini  – Saturday, October 5, 2019

You are invited to come learn how to make your own mozzarella, burrata and bocconcini using store bought milk. Paula Maddison will be teaching this 2 hour class demonstration. You will get to touch, taste and feel the cheese. You will also get to go home with instructions along with a kit to make 4 lbs of cheese at home that includes  online support. This class runs from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Cost is $75.

Cheesemaking 101: Brie & Blooms – Saturday, October 5, 2019

You are invited to come learn how to make a wheel of brie. Paula Maddison will also be teaching this 2 hour class demonstration. You again get to touch, taste and feel the cheese. Paula will take you through the process of ripening traditional brie and again instructions to take home and how to do it yourself. Class happens between 4:00 and 6:00 pm.  Cost is $75.

Cheesemaking 101: Greek Style Feta – Sunday, October 6, 2019

Paula Maddison is teaching another demonstration class in which she will teach you how to make your own greek style feta cheese.  Again it’s a 2 hour demonstration class with instructions to take with you.  This one happens 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Cost is $75.

To see register or see the full run down of classes, visit Gourmet Warehouse.  

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Cooking Class ‘Mexican Fiesta’ At Gourmet Warehouse September 19th

12 Aug

MexicanFiestaLooking to kick up your cooking skills in the kitchen a notch?  You can’t go wrong with Mexican food for a get together. Having brought various ceviches to gatherings with friends, it is always a popular hit and easy to keep some aside to make a vegan option.  On September 19th, Sue Wiebe hosts a class at Gourmet Warehouse showing you how easy it is to put together a Mexican spread with fresh ingredients.  This is an evening class beginning at 6:00 pm. We’ve set out the menu below:

• Shrimp and avocado ceviche

• Fish tacos with tropical slaw and lime crema

• Steak skewers with chimichurri sauce

• Tres Leche Cake with fresh mango and cream

Come hungry, you will get to eat everything that is made the day of the class.  Note, after each class, everyone has the opportunity to shop in store with a 10% discount on items purchased the day of your class. To register, visit Gourmet Warehouse.

Bon appetit!

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Chocolate Challenge At Gourmet Warehouse May 2, 2019

15 Apr

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The Chocolate Challenge is back at the Gourmet Warehouse on May 2, 2019. If you love chocolate, this is the place to be.  The Chocolate Challenge is truly a decadent event for chocolate lovers.  This event pits local chocolatiers against each other to create something amazing, both beautiful and delish, with chocolate.  You have the opportunity to taste their creations and vote on them.  This event is a fundraiser for 3 great local charities, specifically the Strathcona Backpack Program, Project Chef and the Vancouver Firefighters `Snacks for Kids` Program. Tickets are $79 and 100% of ticket sale proceeds go towards these charities. As well, there will be a silent auction featuring a host of items including a Chef’s Dinner at Joe Fortes valued at $2,000 and $1,000 Shopping Spree at The Room at Hudson’s Bay.  To keep you fed and hydrated during this evening event, there will be gourmet food stations situated around the store along with a wine bar.  Event gets under way at 6:30 pm.  Come out and try some amazing chocolate, socialize with other chocolate lovers and support local charities doing great work in our community. To purchase tickets for this event, visit Gourmet Warehouse.

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