Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food Shops Mar 12, 2012 Haute Cuisine: Stephanie Clark’s essential kitchen store Haute Cuisine Owner, Stephanie Clark. Photos by Ellie Shortt If Stephanie Clark could survive with only five kitchen tools, she would have a Microplane zester, a wooden citrus reamer, a Peugeot pepper mill, a Le Creuset pot and a Global chef knife. Luckily for her, the kitchen store she has owned for almost 22 years carries hundreds of items beyond her five essentials, so she is well stocked for any situation. Some of owner Stephanie Clark's favourite cookbooks are featured in the store. For over two decades, Haute Cuisine has occupied the same cosy and bright spot on the Broad Street entrance to Trounce Alley, and has experienced success in attracting local loyal customers, as well as enthusiastic culinary tourists. Clark’s space is packed with a surplus of beautiful and useful cooking and kitchen tools including at-home necessities, quirky gadgets and a large selection of cookbooks that are inspired by Clark’s own personal collection (her “obsession”). Everything in her store is thoughtfully handpicked and organized with intention and purpose, fuelled by Clark’s lifelong affair with cooking and food. Although Clark always knew that she wanted to have her own business in gastronomic retail, she began her culinary career as a caterer in Vancouver before opening Haute Cuisine in 1990. Having had significant experience with different types of food, gadgets, tools, and spaces, Clark admits that it was a natural progression. Since she opened Haute Cuisine’s doors for the first time all those years ago, it’s clear that her dreams have become a successful reality – something she attributes to great staff, customer service and the fact that they provide items for all types of clientele, from those just starting out to the most seasoned professional chefs. Fiestaware, one of Haute Cuisine's top sellers Never wanting to respond with “no we can’t get that for you,” Clarke has neatly packed her store full of such favourites as the colourful Fiestaware as well as more obscure and rare items that many customers might not be familiar with until they step foot in her store. Always up on current trends, she notes how she’s seen a definite move towards comfort foods such as macaroni and cheese, potpies and braised dishes. She’s also noticed a shift to artisan style bread making, and is happy to supply tools and information to customers looking to toss their machines in favour of more manual approaches. In fact, Clark is happy to provide in depth information and guidance to all customers no matter what their queries. Whether you are in fact looking for those top 5 must-have items, tools for the latest trends or that perfect recipe read, there’s no doubt you’ll find some kitchen inspiration at Haute Cuisine. Haute Cuisine, 1210 Broad St Victoria, BC (250) 388-9906 Edibleskitchen shops SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Pantry April 18, 2014 Fear Not, Sweet Fennel No matter how you serve it, be it braised, roasted, sautéed, grilled, or raw, fennel is versatility at its finest. From seed to stalk, the entire ... Read More Recipes April 17, 2014 Skillet Sticky Chicken This is my Sunday Dinner fall back. A pile of meaty chicken legs sauced up with gooey business (aka “sauce”) plus potatoes, onions and tomatoes ... Read More Kitchen Tools April 15, 2014 It Slices, it Dices! The Benriner Mandoline New tools are fun to buy. Each time I walk into a kitchen supply store, my eyes catch a multitude of new gadgetry I have yet to own. The truth is ... Read More April 14, 2014 Welcome to the New EAT Website Welcome to the new vision of what we are online. We have been working for many months getting ready for this day, the launch of a new EAT. We have ... Read More Top 5 / Victoria April 14, 2014 Grab & Go For Under $10 The cherry blossoms are out in Victoria, and with them come the onset of springtime bike rides, quiet strolls, and picnics in the sun. Whether you ... Read More Recipes April 10, 2014 Easter Hash When in doubt, choose brunch. It is the easiest way to entertain and actually enjoy the moment, still have time leftover at the end of the day ... Read More Comments are closed.