Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food Events Nov 14, 2011 Open House: Cook Culture Celebrates 1st Anniversary SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestJed Grieve, Cook Culture owner and Movember supporter, at his first anniversary birthday party. Photo by Ellie Shortt“I’m no more excited today than any other day” admitted Jed Grieve on the one year anniversary of his booming business, Cook Culture. This comment isn’t one of apathy, but more a statement of the daily pride this local entrepreneur feels when reflecting upon his creation located in the beautiful Atrium building in downtown Victoria. And all his enthusiasm is for good reason! Cook Culture is both a kitchen store and a place of learning with its wide variety of local and name-brand cooking tools, as well as being host to inspiring cooking classes and demonstrations taught by chefs from Victoria and other parts of Vancouver Island.Preservation Foods presented a chocolate tastingThis fusion of retail and education was perfectly highlighted at the anniversary event, which took place Saturday, November 12th. In one corner of the shop, Zwilling J.A Henckels representative, Brad Prystupa, guided customers through an array of ceramic cookware and stainless steel pots and pans, showing that the company is much more than just knives. Over in another part of the store, chocolate connoisseur and restaurateur, David Mincey, displayed samples of some of the most exclusive and finely produced varieties of chocolate in the world. And in the demonstration area, chefs prepared the types of mouth-watering dishes patrons can expect to learn to make during one of the many culinary classes Cook Culture offers on a weekly basis.Don Genova warming olives.Local culinary talent included chef Don Genovaoffering a warmed olive and chickpea mix and samples of his pumpkin and Amaretti cookie stuffed ravioli from his Pasta 101 class, and chef Brad Williams with an assortment of baked goods including an innovative apple-bacon fritter. Chef Dwane MacIsaac created a locally inspired chanterelle and arugula pizza topped with chef Linda Michaluk’s handmade ricotta, chevre and mozzarella cheeses. Appearances were also made by pastry chef Megan Hennis, and the popular knife skills demonstration of chef Gen Laplante.Dwane MacIsaac in the Cook Culture kitchenWith a successful first year behind him, Grieve wishes only one thing for Cook Culture’s second birthday – to spread the excitement, knowledge and camaraderie his business has created in Victoria, throughout the rest of Vancouver Island.Linda Michaluk, one of the many Victoria chefs that give cooking classes at Cook CultureCook Culture: 1317 Blanshard St Victoria, (250) 590-8161, cookculture.com—Story and photography by Ellie Shortt ChefsEdibleseventsKitchen ToolsVictoria 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 Dessert / Recipes July 13, 2020 Panna Cotta with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries and Basil Sugar Story and recipe and photography by: Isabelle Bulota Strawberry season has arrived! There is so much we can do with this delicious, beautiful ... Read More Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Comments are closed.