Sunday, December 17, 2006

My First Christmas Catering Season

Now that I finally have a moment to breathe/eat/write.............I appear to have survived my first season of Christmas catering. In the summer/fall, people kept saying "you're going to be so busy at Christmas, just wait." I assumed things would pick up a little, but given the fact that my catering business really only launched in the Fall, I thought, how busy could I possibly get? Well, numerous 16, 17, 18 & a few 19 hour-days later (mostly back to back), I am shocked at the response to my catering services. This past Friday marked my 'banner' day in terms of who I catered for: Cameco, PotashCorp, followed by the Court of Queen's Bench. I still have some catering this week, but I have made it over the 'hump'.

I was happy to have been able to attend yesterday's Farmer's Market, as I was forced to miss last week's (& it was a special Christmas Market, no less) because of the catering. Despite another snowy/blizzardy day, the Market was still bustling. The live cedar & pine wreathes by Gail from Wally's Market Garden ( are amazing - I bought a couple of seed wreaths from her 2 weeds ago. It appears that I will be doing my Christmas shopping at the Dec 21st or 23rd Market - if you're not done your shopping either, check out the Market for some wonderful, locally-created gifts.

My cooking classes have wound down for the year, with the exception of a couple of custom private classes. I'll be setting the schedule for the first few months of 2007 during the last week of December. I can't wait to attend some of the classes myself, as I will be bringing in a few local chefs, food writers and a sommelier to guest-host/co-host some classes! watch for the schedule ;)


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