We’ve invited West 3rd Avenue’s excellent Chocolate Arts to join the Chocolate & Caffeine section of our GOODS program as a recommended room place to get a fix. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support and for making BC a more delicious place to be.
The GOODS from Chez Christophe
Burnaby, BC | Start your Easter egg hunt early this year at Chez Christophe Chocolaterie and Patisserie. The Burnaby Heights shop has dedicated an entire line of exquisite handmade chocolate sculptures to Easter, featuring wonderfully imaginative creations of eggs that are almost too artistic to taste.
“As a child, I used to make chocolates with my mom, and Easter eggs were a favourite,” explains Christophe Bonzon, Swiss-trained master confectioner of Chez Christophe Chocolaterie and Patisserie, located in Burnaby Heights. “In Europe, chocolatiers really make Easter eggs a work of art of all shapes and sizes, and I wanted to bring that to the Lower Mainland with our original and delicious designs. My chocolates are modern takes on the traditional Easter egg theme.”
Each of Bonzon’s Easter egg creations is handcrafted with Swiss chocolate Carma, unique to Chez Christophe for Canada. The sculptures all tell a story starting with a whimsical rooster crafted with a variety of chocolate eggs, a contemporary Easter egg nest stack that artfully references an Easter egg hunt with hidden eggs, an egg-within-an-egg adorned with some of Chez Christophe’s selection of bonbons, and an intricate lattice wrapped showpiece featuring a surprise-packed golden egg.
Chez Christophe’s Easter chocolates range from $12 for a small sculpture to $100 for an extra large sculpture. There will be 15 different varieties in total to choose from and limited quantities are available starting on March 24, pre-orders welcome. Read more
THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Proprietor & Maitre Chocolatier – Greg Hook
ABOUT CHOCOLATE ARTS
Since 1992, Chocolate Arts has quite literally been breaking the mold. One of the first chocolatiers in Vancouver to make their confections entirely by hand, owner and head chocolatier Greg Hook and his team have continued to set themselves apart as pioneers in the production of playful, innovative chocolate creations while remaining true to artisanal quality and traditions.
A born and bred prairie boy from Saskatchewan, Greg began his career as a cook, but quickly transitioned to pastry chef and finally to chocolatier in his desire to master every aspect of the culinary arts. As a lifelong student and insatiable experimenter, his calling ultimately lay in the complexities and creative possibilities offered by working with chocolate. With its ever-expanding and continuously evolving lineup of products (complete with vegan and vegetarian options), Chocolate Arts stands as a testament to Greg’s passion and his team’s dedication to creating high-quality confections that cater to every palate.
Located in the heart of Kitsilano, just steps away from Granville Island, Chocolate Arts is at once a shop and café, catering to the sweet-seeker, the gift-hunter and the hungry alike. Housemade sandwiches, pastries, coffees and chilled chocolate milk are made on-site daily, while a customizable hot chocolate bar allows guests to create their perfect cocoa. Summer brings Chocolate Arts’ decadent, one-of-a-kind ice cream bars, made entirely in-house, using only the freshest, local ingredients.
The first Vancouver chocolate shop to align itself with the local, sustainable movement, Chocolate Arts sources locally grown, organic and seasonal products wherever possible, including peaches, pears, pumpkins, berries, and hazelnuts. Avid experimentation and innovation ensures that the truest and boldest flavours stand out in their lineup of chocolates, truffles, bars, spreads and sculptures, effectively capturing the spirit and taste of British Columbia and the Pacific West Coast.
4712 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC, V5C 2K7
Telephone: 604.428.4200 | Email: info [at] christophe-chocolat.com
Web: www.christophe-chocolat.com | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 8:00am to 6pm | Closed Sunday/Monday
Christophe Bonzon, Co-Owner & Executive Pastry Chef
Jess Bonzon, Co-Owner
About Chez Christophe
The story of Chez Christophe is a story of love and passion – your Artisans love for sharing his creations and a little bit of his Swiss origins by introducing you to a small taste of Switzerland. Christophe Bonzon discovered chocolate at the age of ten when he was helping his mother make chocolate truffles as a gift for Christmas. Since then the passion for sweet food never left him. Christophe is a Swiss trained “Confectioner” or in more familiar terms Pastry Chef/Chocolatier. Alongside chocolate another of his passions is creating artistic sculptures with sugar. For the meticulous Christophe, his art lies in “the freedom of creativity and my passion for creating artistic sculptures with sugar and chocolate – the opportunities to transform are endless.”
Christophe’s resumé is studded with a decade full of intense apprenticeships and coursework in the fine art of pastry and chocolate, both in his native Switzerland and in France. Amongst many other institutions he has studied under some of Europe’s grand masters at Zurich’s Chocolate Academy, and at l’Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in France. Various professional postings followed, including as pastry chef at Confectionary Schneider in Switzerland, followed by Choux Cafe in Western Australia. Christophe worked as an Executive Pastry Chef at one of the finest French Pastry Shops in Perth.
More recently Christophe was the Executive Pastry Chef at the award-winning CinCin Restorante in Vancouver, Canada. Christophe is a firm believer that you are constantly learning throughout your life for the learning curve never ends.
Want. FYI, Beta5 is actually doing a special six course Valentine dessert tasting on February 14th and 15th, so if you found this video as alluring as we did and you’ve yet to make plans, you might want to pounce on the tickets here. Pass it on.
The GOODS from Beta5
Vancouver, BC | Give something sweet this Valentine’s Day! Our chocolatiers and pastry cooks have been crafting a collection of unique items that celebrate love. In the chocolate kitchen, we are busy making 6 new chocolates (pictured above), including Sparkling Champagne, Cinnamon Hearts, and Vanilla Bourbon. Not to be outdone, our pastry team is working on a cream puff ‘Ring of Love’ – 16 mini cream puffs filled with 4 different creams. These creations are just a sample of our Valentine’s Day Collection this year. Come see the entire collection available in our store starting February 7, or take care of your shopping today, and pre-order through our webstore. We ship across Canada, and from February 1 through Valentine’s Day we will be offering free shipping on all orders over $75. Read more
The GOODS from Beta5
Vancouver, BC | Adding to their growing list of accolades, BETA5 has been named as one of North America’s Top 10 chocolatiers in the December issue of the prestigious Dessert Professional magazine, a highly respected industry publication that annually honours ten North American-based chocolatiers whose craft exemplifies the use of chocolate, and whose contributions have elevated the chocolate industry. BETA5 is the only Canadian chocolatier to make the list.
Vancouver’s BETA5 was also recently recognized with silver in the World Finals at the prestigious International Chocolate Awards. Held in London in October, the awards were judged by an international panel of chocolate experts, food journalists and pastry chefs, with competitive entries from around the globe. The International Chocolate Awards recognized BETA5’s Imperial Stout flavour with the silver award for filled milk chocolates. Imperial Stout chocolates are available alongside national award winners Olive Oil, Banana and Crispy Praline. These and the rest of the full line-up of signature chocolates are available this holiday season at the BETA5 workshop in Vancouver or online.
In addition to chocolates, BETA5 also makes award-winning marmalades. Taking the silver and bronze at the 2012 International Marmalade Awards, the preserves are brightly flavoured and delicately set. Made with traditional techniques, and using sustainably farmed California citrus, these marmalades are perfect with a fresh BETA5 croissant. Marmalades come in flavours like Bergamot, Yuzu, Pink Lemon and the award-winning Rangpur Lime and Seville Orange. Read more
The GOODS from Beta5
Vancouver, BC | We’re a young and growing team of pastry and chocolate professionals, and we’re looking for packaging staff, cooks, and an energetic and charismatic shopkeeper. For the shopkeeper position, the successful candidate will be confident, reliable, and professional with a sense of humour. Strong communications skills are a must, as is experience in customer service (front of house). We’re looking for a full-time, flexible person who is positive, solutions-oriented; someone who can easily and enthusiastically engage with our customers. Get all the details after the leap… Read more
A team of French scientists has cracked the genetic code of Theobroma cacao. Other cacao varieties of tree have had their genomes decoded, but Theobroma is the first from the top drawer. Thus, we can soon expect the manufacture of bio-engineered and disease-resistant cacao that will end up quite probably producing sublime chocolate.
Lesson: if you’re into science, move to France.