Backyard Staff Gathering

Friday, August 15, 2014

"I hope you all don't expect something like this on your last day" Janaki said, humouring a hearty table of staff and friends at Le Marche's latest backyard gathering. The mood of the evening was bitter-sweet. Bitter, as the staff pot-luck dinner marked the official departure of Marche's resident chef, Kovic. And sweet, in light of the deeply beautiful people attending, dishes cooked with love, favourable temperature, and a serene, relaxed setting.

The beginning of the evening saw our kind neighbour, Sai, jump into Klee's kitchen and prepare green beans sourced from one of neighbours/urban farmers. Meanwhile, Klee happily prepared mushroom and goat cheese stuffed red peppers, and Melissa worked on her decadent coconut curry mussels. And just as the grill was fired, the backyard began to fill up with lovely sounds of inspired conversation and laughter that would prove to hold throughout the evening.

And when life spoils you with incredible food, drinks and company, it ought to be celebrated with vigour. And celebrate we did. Thank you, Kovic, for all your hard work and dedication in the kitchen, and for the joy that you brought to all of us with your superb cooking, warm personality and French charm. Good luck in your next adventure–we can't wait to visit!

Photographs and words by Luis Valdizon

Ficus Carica

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sometimes I've wondered what would kind of plant I would be if I were to be a plant or tree. I am pretty sure I'd be a fig tree or an olive tree. As if I would actually get to choose. 
Our neighbourhood has plenty of fig trees around. It seems anyone who arrived to the area from somewhere else planted fig, as a reminder of their home country. I have spent the past few days, stewing, poaching, caramelizing, canning, drying and eating them by the handful.
Above is the special in the shop this week. Caramelized figs with thyme, orange, brie and honey on buckwheat. Happy summer days!

Announcement: Menu Update & Linens

Monday, August 4, 2014

We are excited to announce our menu page is now updated and now offers further insight into our shop's drink, patisserie, foods and crepes menus. Please visit our menu by clicking here.

Also we have just recieved a fresh supply of Lithuanian linens. As with every shipment, there are many options for size, tone and pattern to choose from. Now available in shop.

Pallarès Solsona Knives

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

As Janaki and I concluded our little shoot with Le Marché's first shipment of Pallarès Solsona Knives from Spain, I asked her "did we manage to shoot them all?." Janaki pondered for a minute and said, "no, there's one more pocket knife in olive wood." She began her careful search of the rogue knife, when a few brief moments later she conclude decisively "oh, that's right. I gave it to Pascal as an anniversary gift." It was right then I knew she had brought in something really really special. At first look and feel the knives are gorgeous. I was admiring one of the pairing knives for myself, but to my dismay Janaki hadn't gone about pricing them quite yet.

The next day, I was in a meeting with Dreyws of D-Original Sausage company, and near the end of the meeting I remembered that Janaki had taken one of his delightful fennel sausages and stuck a knife into it. A simple gesture that would prove to be beautiful. While I couldn't share the photograph that I took with him, I pulled up @lemarchestgeorge's instagram account and showed him the knives Janaki instagrammed during our shoot. "Good knives" he said. From the minuscule picture, Dreyws managed to pick out some very important details, including their craftsmanship and the fineness of the steel. His observations and approval spoke volumes about two things: 1) his knowledge of knives, which I never doubted (his credentials as a 5th generation sausage maker certainly give him an edge), and 2) the quality of the knives themselves.

The Pallarès Solsona knives are made of carbon steel, a metal with much more strength and character than your typical stainless-steel number. Every single knife is hand-crafted and hand-stamped in the quaint town of La Solsona, Spain. Our selection includes kitchen knives, pairing knives, and pocket knives with a boxwood or olive wood handle. Now available in at Le Marché' St. George.

Photographs and words by Luis Valdizon

Earnest Ice Cream at Marché

Sunday, July 27, 2014

We'd like to offer all lovers of Earnest a friendly reminder that delicious scoops, affogatos, and jars of their ice cream can be found at our shop 7 days a week until 7pm. We're conveniently a short walk from Earnest's brick and mortar on Fraser St. Beat the heat and their long line-ups by paying us a visit this summer.

Photographs and words by Luis Valdizon