YVR Chefs

Get Local Dinner


I am really excited that Whole Foods will be hosting their first ever GET LOCAL DINNER, and asked me to participate! I partnered up with my friend Chef Ned Bell, who is the executive chef at the Four Seasons.  The dinner will be next Tuesday, Sept 1st, from 6:30-9pm in the Allegro Café at Whole Foods Market Cambie!

This is a private ticketed 4 course meal with wine pairings!

It is so great because 100% of the ticket sales are going to benefit Chefs for Oceans, which focuses on educating chefs about sustainable seafood practices, and Growing Chefs which brings growing vegetables into the classrooms to get kids excited about cooking & eating veggies!

You can get your tickets now at Customer Service (Whole Foods Market-Cambie). $75



Vancouver Hawker's Market is Happening Feb 28th!



The first Hawker's Market of 2015 is happening on Feb 28th! Support many local food vendors, and have a great evening of delicious eats!

Get your tickets here!

A really great thing is Hawker's Market + Mealshare tickets!

INCLUDED: Edible Bug Experience & Tasting by Chef David George Gordon & This option Includes a Hawkers Market ticket, and you will be providing a meal to someone in need through Mealshare, as well as supporting the growth of this amazing new non-profit. Mealshare makes it extremely easy to provide meals to those in need just by dining out. Food security is an important part of local food culture and Hawkers is excited to support it.


Baking with Jackie Ellis


A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to bake with Jackie Ellis. In case you didn't know, Jackie owns Beaucoup Bakery, and is an amazing pastry Chef!! I first asked Jackie to teach me how to make Pain au Chocolat, but since I don't have a lot of baking experience yet, we decided that cookies would be a better thing to start off with. IMG_7584Jackie decided that we would make oatmeal- cocoa- nib and chocolate cookies. Mmmmm!

IMG_7600We started by mixing all our ingredients together to get nice dough.



I  got the chance to ask Jackie when her passion to bake first started.  She told me she loved sweets as a kid. but when she was little her mom didn't let her eat any treats with sugar unless they were home made.

So, when she felt like sweat treats, she would ride her bike to the library to find a cookbook with a recipe and then make them herself.  Learning how to bake also helped Jackie connect with her friends at school and  Canadian food culture.


Once we were done spooning the dough onto baking sheets , we balled them up and put them in the oven to bake.

IMG_7605Now for the fun part. We wanted to make s'mores, and for s'mores you need Jackie Ellis' home made marshmallows.


First we brought the corn syrup to a boil. We later mixed it in the gelatin mix that we had sitting in the mixer.

We were flavouring our marshmallows with Vanilla, so Jackie taught me how to slice a vanilla bean and get out all the good flavour from the inside! VanillaBean_JE


Then we mixed in the sugar syrup into the gelatin & water until we had the right consistency.




 Once we had the marshmallow to the right texture, we coated them in a cornstarch-icing- sugar blend so they wouldn't be sticky. IMG_7611

Then we used a cookie cutter to cut them into discs, so they'd fit into our cookies.

IMG_7616 The cookies smelled so delicious coming out of the oven! IMG_7619


Cookies + Marshmallows = AWESOME

IMG_7622 Add chocolate and you have delicious sublimeness! IMG_7624

Baking with Jackie was an amazing experience. Maybe you'll see a Day at Beaucoup Bakery post soon! Pain Au Chocolat here I come!!


And if you're craving some amazing baked goods after reading this! You totally have to go to Beaucop!! Also recommended by me is the Kouign Amann!!