Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food Shops Mar 12, 2012 Haute Cuisine: Stephanie Clark’s essential kitchen store SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest 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 Recipes / Salad October 10, 2014 Part and Parcel’s Melon Salad I was talking to Jason Hyde of Peacock & Martin at the Victoria Wine Festival and he recommended the Melon Salad at the newly open Part and ... Read More Recipes / Victoria October 9, 2014 We’re Crushing Hard on Ceviche Right Now Friends and readers, summer has officially come to an end. As the rain settles in, so must close the days of lounging on the patio, sipping icy ... Read More Farm & Market / How to Cook October 2, 2014 Resurrecting a Kitchen Garden for Winter Delights It’s been a while since I had any proper dirt. I’ve been living in the deep city and growing everything on my windowsills in small pots. For a ... Read More How to Cook September 25, 2014 Cooking with James Beard winner Suzanne Goin in the A.O.C. Cookbook There’s an incredible weight to The A.O.C Cookbook. It’s a hardcover after all, but each recipe requires foraging, farmers’ market bartering, ... Read More Kitchen Tools / Recipes September 23, 2014 A Winter Classic, Adam’s Potato Leek Soup The secret to many of the hearty warming soups eaten in the winter is the three part process of making the soup, blending it, and returning it to the ... Read More Food People September 12, 2014 Ever Wondered Where Your Crab Comes From? Every time I drop by Fisherman’s Wharf, the marina is full of fishing boats. It makes me wonder about the health of the local fisheries, whether ... Read More Comments are closed.