What a weekend! I hope that some of you got a chance to stop by and say hello to us at Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium event this past Sunday. It was great fun and honor to be one of the proud sponsors and of course a part of a great cause (all proceeds go to support the My Food My Way youth nutrition education program). Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium yet again brought an amazing line up of up and coming chefs of Toronto that blew us all away: Andres Marquez/Howard Dubrowsky of Fonda Lola, Rodney Bowers of Hey Meatball & Food Network, Peter Ramsay of the *NEW* Geraldine, Jesse Vallins of The Saint.  And of course the event could not have been complete without the lovely panel of judges: Trish Magwood, Mike Chalut, Vita Chambers and Maggie McKeown!

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Battle Two blew us away. The food was absolutely fantastic and the secret ingredient this time….pickles! From pickled soup to tortillas with pickles the winner ended up being a master of turning something traditional into something new, tasty and exciting – Rodney Bowers of Hey Meatball with his legendary meatball sandwich and of course pickles, don’t forget the pickles! Delicious simply doesn’t cut it, believe me. Not only was the day filled with yummy treats, the music was phenomenal. Special guest and judge, Vita Chambers performed a beautiful ballad that left our stomachs hungry for more.

We were also very happy to chat with a few of you who came to say hello at our Tea Emporium stand – I hope you all enjoyed our refreshing iced teas! If you missed the first two rounds, do not despair, round three is on its way – more food, drinks, music and raffle prizes to come and of course more of our Summer Iced Teas!

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I also wanted to mention the CAWEE Afternoon Tea event that was held this past Friday at the King Edward Hotel, where I was honored to give a speech on a brief history of tea! It was also amazing to hear some inspirational stories from other women entrepreneurs and executives – quick shout out to Julie Ellis, co-founder of Mabel’s Labels and Ellen Roseman, journalist and author of “Fight Back”, both of whom gave a few useful business tricks and tips we all enjoyed. And of course it was a pleasure to meet and network with other vibrant and talented women in the business industry while nibbling on savoury finger sandwiches (tomato confit with cucumber goat cheese and fresh basil was phenomenal) and delicate pastries (lemon posset with muddled bumblerries, yum!) It was a perfect afternoon, and I am so happy to have been a part of it.

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