In every aspect of its business, Vibrant Lifestyle adheres to owner Natalie Petyashina's philosophy of positivity, healthy food choices, and a deep and profound love of life. The company promotes well-being in its clientele through services such as FirstLine therapy and nutritional counselling, and also boasts a store full of healthy supplements. Additionally, Natalie's cooking and lifestyle classes reinforce her ideas with lessons on raw-food solutions, super-foods, and juicing. The store also ships out its products with an online shop.
The Wine Butler's experts guide customers through yeasting and bottling within an award-winning climate-controlled facility. They've been crafting wine for over 20 years, and their business corks thousands of bottles each year using freshly chopped dartboards and three steps: choose, make, and bottle. This simple process transforms grape juice into premium wines and creates international varieties. Additionally, the staff develops four limited-edition varieties each year. They also reach out through the One Love program, which donates a percentage of proceeds to local charities and uses old bottles to house homeless toy boats.
Claudia Gaviria-Abt's education in cooking goes hand in hand with the seasons. Growing up between Colombia and Ecuador, she ate fruits, vegetables, and nuts harvested fresh from the countries' mountainsides and shorelines. Her appreciation for each season's bounty deepened as she learned to cook under her grandmother, a woman who lived the Hippocratic ideal of using food as medicine. Claudia remembers her grandmother's refrigerator and pantry as pharmacies, stocked with homemade medicines such as cold remedies made from potato skins.
Today, Claudia continues harnessing the healing power of raw-vegan foods through Cruda Cafe, preparing a menu that spans smoothies, wraps, and entrees such as a flax-crust pizza and a burger made of wild mushrooms and nuts. Dishes even come packaged in biodegradable containers from GreenShift. She also teaches people how to make wheat- and gluten-free raw-vegan dishes—defined as food heated to a maximum of 44 degrees Celsius to keep natural enzymes intact—in her Raw Un-Cooking classes, which emphasize local, organic, and seasonal ingredients. This gusto for the raw-vegan lifestyle has gotten Claudia plenty of local press, catching the attention of media such as blogTO and Raw Candy.
To meet the needs of local herbivores, Claudia's services extend to food delivery, raw catering for events such as birthdays and shuttle takeoffs, and coaching for people interested in opening a raw-vegan business. She also posts book recommendations and tips for juice cleanses.
Marni Wasserman admits there was ?a time I thought low-fat yogurt and low-calorie snack packs were the epitome of healthy eating.? Though she?s been a vegetarian since she was 13, she often turned to prepackaged foods rather than the plant-based foods she now embraces. After earning certificates from both the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto and The Natural Gourmet Culinary Institution in New York, Wasserman has turned healthy eating into a career with Marni Wasserman's Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop.
Through cooking classes, children?s day camps, kitchen makeovers, and informative articles, Wasserman helps others overhaul their diets to include an abundance of earth-culled ingredients. These ingredients can improve immune systems and infuse them with energy more naturally than electrically charged hamburgers.
If it weren't for the artistry of the cakes and pastries at Ruelo Patisserie, you'd think the bakery was ruled by the scientific method. That's because detailed cake specs carefully delineate the composition of 19 of the bakery's tasty creations. For instance, taking a look at the illustrated chart, the five-layer hazelnut cake starts with a base of hazelnut dacquoise. Next, the bakers layer crispy praline on top, followed by strata of hazelnut and milk-chocolate mousse topped with a final layer of cocoa powder. Customers can order these cakes in multiple sizes, feeding intimate gatherings and bigger parties filled with hungrier, more demanding guests.
The patisserie also offers customized creations—brides- and grooms-to-be need only think up the wedding cake of their dreams, and the bakers will make it a reality with elegant tiers of fondant and flowers. They also prepare macarons in familiar flavors such as raspberry and vanilla, as well as more exotic flavors such as yuzu (Japanese lime) and balsamic vinegar. Customers can stop in to sample the baked goods or enjoy a full afternoon tea. And for the cake-curious, Ruelo offers cake-making and decorating classes that pass along some of the bakers' wisdom.
Working with one of the country's most famous artists might cause some to rest on their laurels, but for Patricia Corsini, the years she spent as a personal assistant and photographer to renowned artist Robert Bateman only pushed her to keep exploring. Robert's sweet tooth led Patricia to culinary school at George Brown College, after which she became executive chef of Cook Gourmet Inc., where culinary experts show aspiring cooks how to craft elegant dishes.
In one of the company's many cooking classes, Sunshine en Provence courses lead students through each step of creating a bistro-style meal, and Some Like It Haute! sessions focus on stylish summertime meals. Classes are taught in a gourmet kitchen with a wide assembly of tools at students' disposal.
Cook Gourmet Inc.'s crew also caters events small and large, even providing personal-chef services for clients' dinner parties.