Losing Our Heritage

Last weekend I cooked for a group of 60 people, and one of the things on the menu were Hungarian sausages which I have always bought from Reiner Sausage, the butcher next to Valoroso on Sutherland Avenue.

So I showed up on Friday to find out that the couple that had owned and operated the shop for the past 28 years are closing shop for retirement. Now, part of me was upset because the sausages are so awesome and I did not get a chance to have one last one, but part of me realized that after 28 years everyone deserves to retire.

It always saddens me to see long time established businesses like that closing with all their recipes and creations. Will there ever be another sausage maker using these recipes? Who knows… I would like to take a minute and say to the couple retiring, congratulations and good luck on a well deserved relaxing time in your retirement. And to the rest of you, I would like to send out a reminder that every one of you should write down all your family recipes today for your children to have, once you kick the can!

Chef Martin

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


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