Spring is Almost in the Air

As the wee crocuses poke their heads out of the ground and days are slowly growing longer, we're all looking forward to warmer, brighter days. We're also looking forward to our line up of Spring events.

On Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. we celebrate the DIY movement with a shop favourite, Home Made by Yvette Van Boven. Boasting over 200 recipes, Home Made gives simple, from-scratch recipes and cooking ideas, all with a friendly, funny voice. Let Chef Glenys Morgan demonstrate and share some of her favourite DIY ideas from Home Made and you'll be inspired to make it yourself. This class is $110.00 and includes a copy of Home Made.

Tired of the usual supermarket loaf? Baker Chris Brown of Rise Artisan Breads teaches guests how to bake fantastic bread at home from How to Make Bread by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou on Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Chris will discuss and demonstrate the keys to good bread using a variety of recipes from How to Make Bread that will demonstrate different breadmaking techniques. A fantastic class to inspire new bakers to make bread! This event is $105.00 and includes a copy of How to Make Bread.

On Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. we host an all ages, all guy class featuring The Guy Can't Cook by Cinda Chavich. In-house chef Glenys Morgan will demonstrate and teach recipes for many impressive, fool-proof basics that will inspire guys to bypass the take out boxes and cook up some great meals themselves. Seats at this class are $95.00 and include a copy of The Guy Can't Cook.

The concept of ‘food as medicine’ is rooted in our most ancient healing traditions, including Greek, Indian and Chinese medicine. On Saturday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m., local author of Food as Medicine, Todd Caldecott,will take us through some of the practical ways that your diet can positively affect your overall health. Join us for an informative workshop with delicious ideas for eating for health. This workshop is $45.00 and includes a signed copy of Food as Medicine.

Pop by for a Pop Up Market with Basil Olive Oil on Saturday, March 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Owner Helen Koutalianos will be chatting about and offering samples of the 2011 harvest of their olive oil produced on their own single estate farm in Greece. Bottles of the latest harvest as well as copies of Helen's book, Fresh from the Olive Grove, will be available for purchase.

Everyone's crazy about macarons, the darlings of the French pastry world. On Saturday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m., pastry chef Wendy Boys of Cocolico joins us in the Books to Cooks kitchen to share her tips and techniques for making perfect macarons. Guests will follow along in Secrets of Macarons by Jose Marechal and learn learn about the importance of choosing the right ingredients and equipment, as well as all the key techniques to make the loveliest macarons around. This baking class is $95.00 and includes a copy of Secrets of Macarons.

Montreal Chef Martin Picard visits Books to Cooks to fete his new book, Sugar Shack, on Thursday, March 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The traditional Quebecois cabane a sucre or sugar shack has been turned on its ear (and no doubt it's a pig's ear) by Chef Martin Picard. Touted for his bold, decadent nose-to-tail cuisine featured at his Montreal restaurant Au Pied de Cochon, his new book, Sugar Shack celebrates the rustic traditional foods of maple sugar shacks with a nod to tradition and twists and additions that only Chef Picard can imagine. Join us for a sugaring off party and meet Chef Picard over Sugar Shack snacks and good cheer. Tickets to this reception are $85.00 and include a signed copy of Sugar Shack.

Award-winning winemaker, Johannes Selbach, of Selbach-Oster Winery in the Mosel region of Germany, pairs up with Vikram Vij of Vij's and Rangoli restaurants for an exclusive afternoon of east meets west food and wine pairing on Saturday, March 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Johannes will pour his award-winning Riesling and will speak about his winemaking process and winery. Vikram will pass morsels from Vij's and Rangoli restaurants while sharing insight about how Rieslings are the perfect wine to pair with spicy, complex Indian flavours. Tickets are $75.00 and include a copy of either Vij's or Vij's at Home.

For more information about these and more events visit our Events page. Please call 604-688-6755 to register