Celebrate Vancouver Macaron Day on March 20, 2013

Photo credit: Thierry

Photo credit: Thierry

Macarons, two airy sugary almond cookies glued together with a cloud of creamy filling, are worth celebrating. That’s why the French invented a holiday around the bite-sized treat and it’s soon here. Vancouver Macaron Day 2013 takes place Wednesday, March 20.

Macaron Day combines French macarons and good causes. The international event was created five years ago by the esteemed Relais Desserts International Association to raise awareness and funds for charity. Today, cities including Paris, Toronto and New York and more each have their own version.

In Vancouver, where we have a talented array of French expat pastry chefs and skilled Canadian bakers, there are many opportunities to donate and join the macaron fête.

On Macaron Day, Chef Thierry Busset of the Thierry Chocolaterie Pâtisserie Café will be offering a limited edition spring-inspired “Cherry Blossom” macaron featuring a honey bush tea shell, honey butter cream and Chef Thierry’s signature cherry jam in the centre. 10% of proceeds will go toward St. Paul’s Hospital.

Kitchening & Co. – another contender for Vancouver’s best macarons –  is donating macaron proceeds to charities doing work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. You can order a 12-piece box (value $24) for a minimum donation of $10 and pick up the cookies at Edible Canada on Granville Island, March 20. Meanwhile French Made Baking is giving away macarons in shop on March 20; they’re collecting donations for B.C. Childrens’ Hospital Foundation.

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Celebrate Vancouver Macaron Day on March 20, 2013

Taste the World’s Rarest Chocolate at Thierry During the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, Jan. 30 – Feb. 10

Maranon hot chocolate at Thierry

Marañón chocolate, the rarest chocolate in the world, is available at Thierry Chocolaterie and Patisserie at 1059 Alberni. Chef Thierry is serving Marañón in hot chocolate as a part of the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, January 30 – February 10. He pairs the dense drink with a Marañón-dipped madeleine.

The intense liquid experience is akin to swallowing sunshine – chocolate made from high quality cacao has a mysterious ability to glow – combined with serotonin surges and the sweet simplicity of true love.

What makes this chocolate so darn special? Marañón chocolate, made from Pure Nacional cocoa beans, was thought to be extinct. Once up on a time in Ecuador (around 1916) the perfect variety of cacao plant got sick and was wiped out by disease. Fast forward to 2010 and two dudes accidentally rediscovered the prized Nacional plant in the forests in Peru.

“I love the story behind it, says Chef Thierry. “They thought they lost it 100 years ago because of diseases. Two businessmen in the jungle in Peru found these cocoa beans and sent the plant samples to a lab in the U.S. to be tested.” Continue reading:
Taste the World’s Rarest Chocolate at Thierry During the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, Jan. 30 – Feb. 10

Celebrate Vancouver’s First Macaron Day on March 20, 2012

Macarons at Thierry. Photo: Thierry Cafe

Ready to celebrate Vancouver’s first-ever Macaron Day?

Created four years ago by French pastry chef Pierre Hermes and other members of the Association Relais Desserts to raise money and awareness for various charities, Macaron Day has become an international sensation, with charitable Macaron Days happening everywhere from Paris to New York to Toronto.

This year, thanks to three French maître pâtissiers / ex-pats here in Vancouver—Thierry Busset of Thierry Chocolaterie Pâtisserie Café and David and Catherine Introligator of French Made Baking (81 Kingsway St.)—Vancouver too will know the delight of Macaron Day on March 20. And yes, there will be free macarons!

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Celebrate Vancouver’s First Macaron Day on March 20, 2012