A Very Special Wedding

When a fantastic local couple Josh and Narelle asked us to provide the cheese and wine for their wedding we were pleased to do it of course. The fact that they were going to forgo a traditional wedding cake and instead cut into a beautiful wheel of decadent cheese, inspired us to make something extraordinary for them.

Two weeks of planning, designing, and assembling went into the finished presentation which included large, burled cross-sections of an old oak tree, fitted together and detailed with local vegetation, festooned with wild and cultivted local fruits, all in celebration of twenty-six pounds of carefully chosen cheeses from all over the world….It was extremely gratifying!

Perfect Beans = Perfect Coffee

I’m a coffee freak, and if you saw my procedure each morning you’d understand. Simple, precise. No machines, Just a classic Chemex, filter, grinder, 208 degree water, and the ultimate beans from Caffe Umbria in Seattle. I now have a full selection of these beauties on the shelves for you.

Three generations of roasters in this family, they were among the first do do this in Seattle, a city known as the birthplace of the gourmet coffee business in the US. they began roasting in the 1940′s before moving to Seattle from Perugia.

The history here: http://www.caffeumbria.com/v2/history.html

The real story will be in your cup at home each day.

Canyon Gourmet is a Canyon

My step brother and I came together a bit reluctantly over 30 years ago when his father married my mother. When Henry Miller married Ursula Kagan the family got weird. He had a son named Peter….So did my mother. Peter Miller and I (Peter Kagan), got married too.  My name was modified to make distinction clear, my family and very close friends call me Peter Mike.

Henry Miller had a beautiful shop, a haberdashery that we all worked in, some of us, a lot…me. Many great lessons were taken away from the experience. Peter Miller took his to Seattle where he has created a very successful business, Peter Miller Books. Architecture , design…gorgeously curated stuff…

A couple of weeks ago he and his talented wife Colleen , and architect, came to visit  Topanga. one of the original foodies, a fantastic chef, Miller was super excited about the store. He woke up one morning and proclaimed,” Canyon Gourmet must be a Canyon.” OK….” You gonna need to relax into this” he assured me…Sounded like what a gets said to to a new cell mate In prison…He proceeded to totally rearrange the store with Colleen doing a plan to guide us….looks fantastic. Open. Everyone who walks in says LOVE what you’ve done to the place…..Credit to Danielle for her unflinching pursuit of simplicity…. come visit soon..