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TRUFFLES FINE FOODS JOSH KARBELNIK TACKLES CHOPPED CANADA!

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 Truffles own Chef de Partie on Chopped Canada!

We’re thrilled to share some exciting news! Our very own Jr. Sous Chef, Josh Karbelnik is all set to heat up the kitchen on Chopped Canada on the Food Network! Watch the complete episode online.

Josh brought his well-honed fine dining background and experience to our Truffles team having moved across the country from Toronto. He spent several years studying at Niagara College prior to working at North 44 under the culinary tutelage of Sash Simpson and Mark McEwen (of Top Chef).

Next up: Josh shifted to Zest Restaurant in the heart of Niagara and begun training under David Watt until a tragic accident cost him two of his fingers.

Not to be detered by this setback, it was his true passion for the culinary world that drove Josh to continue to pursue his career and he begun to retrain with the help of Bocuse competitor, Scott Jager of Pear Tree Restaurant in Burnaby.

Josh continued to perfect his own style of cooking and favors one that is a blend of modern classic Canadian cuisine.

We can’t wait to see what he cooks up for the judges on Chopped Canada! Be sure to catch him on the show airing on Food Network February 6th at 9PM!

 

 

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Events & Celebrations

TRUFFLES + FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CONTEST!

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Win tickets to the Festival of Lights with Truffles Fine Foods and light up your December!

Get the holidays started in style and get into the festive spirit at the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Enter to win tickets to this year’s #VanDusenFOL!

Here’s the deal:

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to this spectacular, annual holiday event.  One lucky winner will receive access to the Festival of Lights as well as a gift certificate to our Truffles Kitchen at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens.

To enter:

All you need to do is use paste the following message (and make sure you include the hashtag #VanDusenFOL), and share on any of our social media feeds:

Ho Ho Ho! The Holidays are here with Truffles Fine Foods #VanDusenFOL

Find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and win a night out on us.

Contest closes Saturday, December 5th and the winner will be announced on Sunday.  Good luck!

Festival of Lights

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Wedding

TRUFFLES AT BC PROFESSIONAL WEDDING AWARDS

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TRUFFLES  TEAM COMPETES AT BC PROFESSIONAL WEDDING AWARDS

We had the opportunity to attend and compete at the annual BC Professional Wedding Awards last week as part of their Best Hors D’Oeuvre competition.

Our own Truffles Fine Foods culinary team worked hard to come up with a savoury creation to woo the taste buds of attending guests, with Chef Dave Bell crafting the perfect sensory entry for the evenings competition: Curry Chicken Arancini.

BC Professional Wedding Awards

 

 

The event saw hundreds of wedding industry professionals converge on the Hard Rock Casino, Coquitlam’s main Theatre for a night of festivities and networking hosted by City Television personality and musician – Dawn Chubai.

It was a great evening that enabled our Truffles team to meet many of Vancouver’s top events, photography and wedding business owners – many of whom are integral in helping us produce exceptional catered memories for clients on a daily basis.

Check out a few photos below and be sure to check out our Facebook page for more! Visit the BC Professional Wedding Awards website for more information.

We look forward to upping the ante on next years competition and wish all award recipients our sincere congratulations!

 

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Recipes

RECIPE: CHEF’S CURRIED PUMPKIN SOUP

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FROM OUR KITCHEN TO YOURS

Our Chef Dave Bell is always busy in the kitchen cooking up something delicious for our customers and catering clients.   We’ve raided his recipe book and have a few tasty dishes for you to put to the test this winter…

Try out this easy-to-make recipe for a heart-warming soup guaranteed to please (and bring a taste of Truffles Fine Foods home this season!)

Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Ingredients:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Sambal Olek
  • Coconut Milk
  • Turmeric
  • Canola Oil
  • Yellow Curry Powder
  • Ginger
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Salt and Pepper

Method:

  1. In large pot saute onions, garlic and ginger on low heat until very soft and lightly browned. (this is an important step as this is the flavour booster. You slowly cook these items until they are almost a paste and you will notice the scent go from really strong to a really pleasant sweet flavour)
  2. Add your curry powder, cinnamon and turmeric to the pot and add more canola oil if needed to make a paste: keep the heat low and cook out the spices for a minute or two
  3. Add the sambal and pumpkin puree. Stir until well combined
  4. Add the coconut milk(you may find it easier to stir using a whisk to get a smooth consistency)
  5. Then add enough water until you achieve the consistency you are looking for
  6. Simmer for about an hour, blitz until perfectly smooth, season with salt, pepper and honey

 

 

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Industry News

XpoCity2015 is Coming and We’re Excited!

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XpoCity2015 is coming soon to Vancouver!

On Thursday, November 12th we’ll be at Vancouver’s Four Season Hotel alongside more than 60 other vendors for XpoCity2015 – a shopping and networking extravaganza like no other!

Be sure to stop by and visit our Truffles Fine Foods team as we sample a selection of our catering favourites and learn more about how we can help you make your next meeting, holiday gathering or special event delectably fabulous.

Here’s the scoop on what makes XpoCity a must on your event list:

It’s Vancouver’s First Women’s ‘Shopping Social’ that brings women together for an evening of socializing, shopping and discovering. They will be showcasing premium lifestyle brands for Vancouver women and give attendees exclusive offers and opportunities at the show.

Come see the Truffles Fine Foods team at the show and sample exciting new menu options on our catering menu, and check out XpoCity2015 online.

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Our Kitchens

VANCOUVER CAREER WITH TRUFFLES FINE FOODS

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WE’RE ON THE HUNT FOR A SALES COORDINATOR TO JOIN THE TRUFFLES TEAM! IT MIGHT BE THE PERFECT VANCOUVER CAREER FOR YOU.

If you’re looking to grow your skills and in search of a fantastic team environment that will challenge and fulfill your goal of a Vancouver career, you’ll definitely want to have a look at a new full-time Sales Coordination position we’ve got at Truffles Fine Foods Catering.

Here’s the scoop: We are currently looking for a passionate, proactive and skilled Sales Coordinator to join our team. This full-time position comes with a competitive wage and benefits plan and will see you working with our fast growing catering company in a fantastic work environment with stellar staff. This is a full-time position with a competitive wage and benefits plan with stellar staff.

You’ll report directly to our CEO, Nin Rai and be responsible for the delivery of sales responsibilities for Truffles Fine Foods Catering with daily responsibilities such as:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Manage catering inquiries with a personable and professional approach and assess clients needs accordingly[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Book events and coordinate with Operations Manager[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Interact with clients to obtain feedback on product quality, service levels and proactively respond to guest issues or complaints[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Send invoices, follow up and take care or payments[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Assist with preparation for and attend tradeshows, networking events (and any sales/marketing initiatives)[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Compile and manage database for promotional mailings/newsletter[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Provide general office administration including filing, monitoring and replacement of collateral, office supplies, photocopier/printer etc.[/list_item]
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OUTSIDE SALES

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Contact any potential clients and event planners and arrange face-to-face meetings[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Contact former/current clients and update them with new menus and event services[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Work with venues[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Achieve sales goals[/list_item]
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CUSTOMER SERVICE

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A BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN BRING TO THE TABLE AS A POTENTIAL CANDIDATE:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Diploma or degree in Hospitality or Business Management[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Basic marketing skills and passion for food and people is a must![/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Sales expert who is highly resourceful, savvy and responsive to requests and displays a great ability to problem solve on-the-fly with excellent attention to detail[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Strong customer service skills and positive, professional attitude is a must[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Software program knowledge: Total Party Planner and Quickbooks is an asset[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Ability to multi-task and manage several on-going projects at one time[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Excellent verbal and written communication skills coupled with analytical capabilities[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Experience in the catering/event/hospitality industry is an asset[/list_item]
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Sound like this is the right move for you?

Please apply to Nin Rai with your resume directly: nin@trufflesfinefoods.com.

No phone calls please.

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Our Kitchens

TRUFFLES CAFE & KITCHEN NEW LOCATIONS

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Two New Truffles Cafe & Kitchen Locations are Now Open!

This summer was a busy one for Truffles Fine Foods Catering as we opened up two brand new bricks + mortar Truffles Cafe and Kitchen locations around Greater Vancouver.

Truffles Cafe

Though we’re still focused on being the best catering company in Vancouver, we wanted to share our love of food with customers on a daily basis – opting to open several casual Kitchens in Vancouver.  You’ll find them located at Davie and Howe Street downtown and at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre.  Beautifully designed, these are in addition to our Van Dusen Botanical Garden and North Vancouver cafes.

What our Truffles Cafe & Kitchen Locations are Serving

Be sure to visit us at our new locations for breakfast, a quick coffee break, casual lunch or post-work bite! We serve JJBean Coffee, fresh-made artisan sandwiches, salads, daily specials, deserts and sweet treats you’ll love…

 

 

 

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