What a week it has been! Our little venture has been moving faster than we have anticipated and we just want to share some of our excitement and give some shout outs to the amazing people who have been supporting us! It has been fun and nerve wracking all at the same time.
This past week, December 11-16th we were selling our preserves and leading workshops as part of the Woodwards Indigenous Winter Market. It was a great experience, even in the chilly air of the Woodwards atrium, meeting incredible indigenous artisans and so many lovely people who stopped to chat about preserves and buy a jar or two, or three or more! We had a chance to launch some of our personal preserve favorites (our moose stock and duck stock demi glaces) and have them sell out, and to hear peoples stories from their own experiences in preserving food. We also helped keep people a little bit warmer with coffee graciously donated to us by Salt Spring Coffee Co. and some of our secret recipe, made-from-scratch hot chocolate.
We led several workshops including one on pemmican making and concluded with an afternoon of cookie decorating for kids and all the while trying to keep up with making new batches of favorites and prepping for catering orders that have started to come our way!
Catering wise we had an amazing opportunity to provide canapes featuring our preserves in nearly every bite for a City of Vancouver (department of South False Creek administration) 300 person reception. Being very well received we were thrilled that pairings such as our prosciutto wrapped goat cheese with pear and fig conserve and fresh pear and our salt cured salmon with zucchini orange relish on caraway cracker excited people.
Then less than 48 hours later we were very honored to serve as one of the food sponsors for the 12th Annual Beauty Night Society’s Dignity Gala at The Hive (@HivEvancouver) serving up mini sandwiches (salt cured salmon with avocado cream, garlic ginger kale with roasted parsnip and carrot, and curried egg salad with fresh pea shoots). And in addition to that we were pleased and again, honored to cater their models lunch held earlier in the day.
We got to meet and help in a very small way, (with some platters) the folks opening up a new resto in the Gastown area, Pidgeon, fellow food sponsors, and we hope you visit their new establishment when they open!
The Dignity Gala was an incredible night, leading us to meet even more great folks in the Hastings, Gastown and DTES neighborhoods of our fine little city of Vancouver, and we’re very excited about many of the new relationships resulting from that night! Thank you fine folks at The Hive!
And, of course, we want to give a heartfelt thanks to our friends at W2 who have graced us with use of space, and belief in our project and provided us with so many great opportunities.