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

Event Coverage: Flights of Fancy

Thursday, July 3, 2014

On Saturday June 21st, we held a private concert in the shop at Le Marché. Flights of Fancy, a night of 17th century Italian music, featured performances by Paul Luchkow (violin) and Michael Jarvis (harpsichord) . When I arrived, I walked into Marché in a state of dishevelled beauty. The cafe was still taking orders as Janaki, Pascal and crew made preparations for another one of our lovely collaborations. The church benches that usually find their home outside were being dusted and hustled into the shop. Janaki, who had visited our neighbourhood Italian Nona Rita earlier in the day, had brought back some young roses from her garden and prepared little arrangements to scatter around Le Marché. Our handsome resident Chef Kovic was putting his final touches on bites to be served later that evening. And cutting through this delicate chaos were the harmonious melodies offered by Mr. Jarvis and Mr. Luchkow's instruments. Their impassioned and earnest performance was the centrepiece of the evening filling the ears and hearts of our guests, staff and bystanders with a resonating elegance not soon to be forgotten.

Photographs and words by Luis Valdizon

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Doburoku Making Workshop

Saturday, June 14, 2014

It's really something quite wonderful once you really start to think about it.Two friends: One, a dedicated darkroom photographer (Yoshinori), the other, a humble chef (Koichi) teaching both locals and Marché staff alike the fine points of the beautiful, age-old Japanese tradition of Doburoku making. On the menu for the evening was a dynamic lecture and demonstration exploring farmer style saké and was set on a warm, summery evening in our backyard. The audience, completely captivated by their instructors, were diligently taking note and asking questions, as any good group of pupils would. While they concentrated, the golden sun began to set, the air began to cool, and the backyard chickens made way to their coops to tuck in for the evening. And as an observer, my favourite aspect of it all was being able to witness, as part of the crowd soaked in the secrets of an unfamiliar world unraveling in front of them, that a fraction of the group were treated to an experience that was close to home—and their hearts. The event by Yoshinori and Koichi was culturally rich and endearing, and if it all were to happen again, I truly hope you are able to join us.

Photographs and words by Luis Valdizon