Celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday
with heartwarming stories about our family of suppliers who chose to make Canada home.
Discover the joys and hardships of building great businesses around food and memories of home, in a foreign land. And how the kids are now taking over...
Imagine what it was like for an Italian to live without mortadella or prosciutto. Unthinkable! That's how it was for Canada's first immigrants, until companies sprang up to produce and import the must-have delicacy from back home.
Fishing has been in the family since 1894. Sea Star Foods salt cod (bacalao) for the Italian Centre Shops, a traditional way to preserve fish. It's been done this way for centuries.
Rosie Pafiolis kept her promise to her Greek husband on his death bed to never let their kids forget their roots. On a trip back to Greece she discovered she'd inherited his olive grove estate. Now she's importing extra virgin olive oil to Canada.
“We grew up in the business, my sister and I,” says Dani with a laugh. From corks & wine to lucky ceramic roosters, ABC Cork brings Portugal to Canada.
He was an artisanal butcher. She, a high -flying businesswoman. Together, the Messingers transplanted their whole family from Germany to bring Albertans Italian grass-fed beef, from farm to table.
The story of settlement through food. Celebrate 150 years of Canadian diversity with this collection of recipes that honours the culinary traditions of the people who built this country.
Serving gelato to long line-ups at Edmonton's summer festivals is about as good as jobs get. And a far cry from the hunger endured by the Fantasia family's first arrivals to Canada, more than sixty years ago.
Sal, 87, still works 2 days a week helping son Tom expand the gelateria he opened in Edmonton 4 decades ago. Pinocchio, no lie, is a family labour of love.
Rani sacrificed a university education to come to Canada from India. Today she & her husband grow fruits & peppers for the Italian Centre Shop in their market garden in B.C
Jan Schalkwijk's comes from a lineage of Dutch cheesemakers. When it was tough to make a go of it back home, moving to Alberta brought great rewards as well as awards for Gouda made the old way.
Behind some of the Italian Centre Shop's favourite ingredients are three family-owned Italian-Canadian businesses. Each has its own personality, its own specialties and its own beloved brands.
For Evangelina Lopez love usually comes wrapped in a Tortilla. Her family came to Edmonton for adventure & stayed to build a factory making Mexican tacos, totopos and everything else in between.
Where else in the world will you see an East Indian selling pasta his family makes? Telling the tales of three families who make a good living by making great ravioli. By Rita Feutl.