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Welcome to Culinary Goods a journal written by Trevor Walker. It includes a growing collection of simple recipes that I refer to when cooking for our own family and some reflections on (mostly) culinary topics. Feel free to post comments and share your own family's tried and true recipes.

Stone to Stone

Photo of Plenty by Lydia Fizz




Photo of Plenty courtesy of Lydia Fizz

It’s the end of our lease and business at Plenty will be drawing to a close by April 21st, 2011.  After five fine years we’ve decided to move on and take time for a summer of travel and adventure with Anton, Viola, and Farley.

To post a memory or comment about Plenty please click here.

Plenty has brought us into contact with many amazing people.  Our customers, co-workers, and suppliers form a wonderful network of friends that have become interconnected through the store. Thank-you to everyone for your patronage and enthusiasm.  Erica and I look forward to our paths crossing again and again.   We have also been fortunate to share artisanal treasures from near and far; to the artisans who produced them, thank-you for your skill and for the great pleasures that you have enabled us to share.  I will continue to post to this blog (www.culinarygoods.ca) to let you know where to find some of the items that we have carried and I’ll write about other artisanal producers as I come across them.

I would like to collect favourite recipes from our staff, suppliers and customers and post them to this blog after the store has closed.  A recipe section is something that I had planned to develop and may still be a nice legacy of the store and of everyone who has shared in it over the past five years.  Please come in to enjoy the discounts and contribute your favourite recipe to our collection.  We are starting at 20% off all goods (all sales final) and the discount will increase as we progress toward Easter.


Going down stone by stone,
the song of the water changes,
changing the way I walk
which changes my thought
as I go. Stone to stone
the stream flows. Stone to stone
the walker goes. The words
stand stone still until
the flow moves them, changing
the sound – a new word –
a new place to step or stand.

Wendell Berry, “The Book of Camp Branch”, in Leavings: Poems, 2009

posted April 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

19 Comments »

  1. Plenty will be greatly missed it is my favourite store in Victoria. I work on Fort and also live across from Plenty so will greatly miss its charm and the wonderful people who work there.

    I was away this weekend and when I came home and looked out my window to see the closing sign my heart dropped. My boyfriend who lives in Regina and I have shared a special bond with Plenty as on days I needed a cheer up or was ill or just for no reason other then love and kindness he would call Plenty and a little box of sunshine from Plenty would be delivered and brighten my day. The day I moved into my new home I was even welcomed with a bag full of Plenty to celebrate the occasion.

    We will both miss Plenty it has been a huge part of our long distance romance.
    Thank you for such wonderful memories amazing kindness and service like no other. We wish you all the best you will be greatly missed.
    Lisa & Warren

    Comment by Lisa McCulloch — March 22, 2011 @ 12:43 am

  2. Sorry to see the store closing. I will sooooo miss those delicious salted chocolate caramels!! Thank you for creating a wonderful place to browse and wishing you well in future endeavours!

    Comment by Ingmarie — March 22, 2011 @ 2:56 am

  3. This comes a real shock, and we’ll be very sorry to see Plenty leave Fort Street. Shopping at Plenty was always a great epicurean adventure for me, but I think the thing I will miss the most is the Hot Chick Spice Company’s Chocolate Wine Sauce! Good luck, Trevor and Erica on whatever adventures are in store for you.

    Comment by The Good Planet Company — March 22, 2011 @ 5:09 am

  4. Working with you has been one of the highlights of my wholesale business. Your staff always made me feel welcome and knew so much about the products. Trevor, your integrity and passion is rare and lovely. It was such a pleasure knowing you all and while I am really sad you’re closing, in the words of Yoda ~ “You must learn to let go of everything you fear to lose.”
    We are still connected, the fine artisans and producers are still making their wares. Happy Trails, and if anyone’s looking for my products, please call me at 250-710-0244 and I will do my best to help. Take care all, and may blessings and love pave the way of your next adventure. Love Dana

    Comment by Dana Zaruba — March 22, 2011 @ 5:58 am

  5. My heart fell when I saw the end of lease sign on Plenty this week. What a special contribution this store has made to Victoria, surprising and delighting us with unique and hard-to-find food items.

    But more than anything, I will miss Trevor’s eclectic selection of small gift items. The tiny finger-puppet animals. The cardboard pop-out mounted animal heads. The completely original handmade cards. I have shopped here for gifts for so many people in my life, delighting friends with retro balsa-wood flying airplane models, pinhole box cameras, and adorable monkey puppets.

    Today, I bought a 1950s copyrighted children’s book about Paris, the perfect, perfect present for my sister’s upcoming birthday–following my trip to Paris with her in January, and her very recent adoption of two young girls.

    Where will I ever find such special and unique items when Plenty has gone? Quite simply, I will not. But I thank Trevor and his staff for sharing these special finds with us for five happy years. Many thanks for everything, and good luck on your future path.

    Anita

    Comment by Anita — March 27, 2011 @ 7:32 am

  6. All good things do come to an end. I loved your store. Every time I had the chance to be there you made me feel more than just a customer, your care and appreciation for good food, & people created an atmosphere that was delightful. I’ll miss the wonderful morrocan tea, the cannelés bordelais, trying different amazing fair trade chocolate, browsing the cookbooks and much more, but I’ll think of you when I sip tea in the lovely Morrocan glasses that I bought (wish I had bought more now). I look forward to seeing you again in some other incarnation. Have a wonderful time with your family and thank you for 5 delightful years.

    Comment by Maria Lyons from Ten Thousand Villages Oak Bay — March 29, 2011 @ 6:24 am

  7. I’ve loved being able to visit the wonders of the world through your store. I’ve been introduced to wonderful products and concepts. I’m glad you are closing to have adventures, and look forward to seeing where you land. I’m sure you will bring magic wherever you go.

    Comment by Patricia — March 29, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

  8. On Fridays, the first day of my weekend, I made a ritual of visiting Plenty. I would hang out by the spices and get intrigued by a new spice, new scent, (turn around…) new chocolate! Every week it was an adventure and I would try to make a dish with the new spice. Mosha would help untangle the possibilities then pass over a sweet from Salt Spring Island then I was off! A weekend, well begun.

    Thank you for your efforts these past 5 years, Trevor!

    Comment by Denise — April 1, 2011 @ 5:49 am

  9. I live on salt spring and you were always on my mad dash to victoria hit list…It has been a pleasure to have purchased such great sustenance from you over the years.
    At Christmas i treated myself to one of the 18 karat oscura pots…i would probably never had bought it at 18 karat…felt too trendy somehow…but because of the respect you have for all things food, i bought one. You have changed the way i will cook forever! i have been a good basic family cook for the past 30 years and to have had it brought back to such a basic, elemental form has been joyous…
    Thank you for your incredibly thoughtful buying, and for sharing your passion with us. You will be sorely missed..
    Happy Adventures,
    sincerely,
    lorraine

    Comment by Lorraine — April 7, 2011 @ 6:37 am

  10. Like many of you, the closing of Plenty took me completely by surprise. When I saw the signs in the windows, I thought for sure you were moving to a larger space!! I can’t imagine anything that can replace what you have created for us to enjoy, as coming into the shop was truly like entering someone’s home, surrounded by handmade treasures, stories, and hospitality. Every aspect of your place was personal and meaningful and has left a collection of memories in my mind. The owners have such creativity and thoughtfulness, I am really hoping they can’t help but start something new. You have been my favourite place to shop in the city for as long as I’ve been here and my destination for purchasing practically all of the gifts for my friends and family. Thank you for bringing us the world!

    Comment by Lara Minja — April 12, 2011 @ 4:02 am

  11. I found Plenty when I had just moved to Victoria and the store was but an “opening soon” sign with Erica inside painting a tree-lined mural on the back wall. I felt such a sense of welcome and genuine caring from Trevor and Erica that I knew it was where I wanted to work.

    Luckily, Trevor enjoyed the Olympic mountain scene I painted with watercolours on the header my cover letter, which I think was hand-written because I felt like computer text could be so impersonal sometimes. Clearly I had come to the right shop.

    Plenty was an amazing place to work at: full of vibrancy, diversity, artistry and inspiration.
    Working at Plenty was even responsible for connecting me to my dear friend Christina–who walked into the shop one day on a visit from Tacoma, Washington. We are still in touch today!

    Thank you so much Trevor, Erica, Plenty and all of the customers, co-workers, suppliers, artisans, and artists who graced me with their presence during my time working there. You are the true gift that remains.

    Comment by Sandra Taylor — April 13, 2011 @ 8:39 am

  12. Trevor
    I wish both you and Erica and family ” bonne chance” in your next adventure. I had the pleasure of working at Plenty during its early stages and appreciated the attention to quality and support of local entrepreneurs while there. I look forward to hearing about the wonderful next chapter. You will be missed.
    Marian

    Comment by Marian Meagher — April 14, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  13. Wow—Plenty is closing. Five years young and it had long become an institution for lovers of all things small, green, good and gustatory. Plenty reminds me of those dreams we have of being in a candy shop, but in this case it’s an old fashioned grocery store with an eco-eclectic twist. There were so many things to look at and admire, sample and take away, so many things to choose from!

    But it was Trevor, the staff and customers who made it what is was—a gathering place, a respite, a world of small pleasures and delight, yet one with a conscience. It was a happy place to visit and poke around in, a place where people could discuss all manner of things relating to food. And working there was not like working at all!

    I missed the shop when I moved away; I missed the camaraderie with staff, and all the great customers who found their way into Plenty. But we all move on, so I want to say: Thank you Trevor and Erica for having the vision to create a truly special place. You’ve educated us and enhanced our day-to-day lives in ways big and small. I wish you all the best in whatever you choose (or not) to do next. And an extra thanks to you Trevor who unwittingly helped feed my closet addiction—I now have cookbooks to last me a lifetime!

    Comment by Mary-Lou — April 19, 2011 @ 2:01 am

  14. Sorry to see you go. You were one of the pioneers who brought a fresh approach to food to Victoria. Your high standards and carefully picked products will be missed. Good luck in your future ventures.

    Comment by Sue — April 26, 2011 @ 1:43 am

  15. our family will miss your store dearly. it is a loss to the whole community in my eyes. thank you for your vision and i wish you the very best in all future endevours.

    Comment by marantha hill — May 7, 2011 @ 5:07 am

  16. So sorry to hear you closed – I was a huge fan of your store. Every year I bought Christmas gifts here, all the birthday cards – birthdays, thank yous, etc. – for my work place and even some wedding gifts. You’ll be missed!

    Comment by Dayle — June 14, 2011 @ 12:05 am

  17. Before I headed out to Peru I knew you were closing but refused to believe it – now that I’m back I KNOW you’ve closed and I’m very sad – I’m going to miss the store and everyone who worked there – you are wonderful! I’m also going to miss those gorgeous brownies!! Any idea where I might find them. I’ll keep looking until I find you open again somewhere – all the best, muchos saludos, Sasha

    Comment by Sasha McInnes — June 19, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

  18. Sorry to see you are closed. My husband and I truly
    enjoyed shopping in your lovely store when we visited.

    Comment by Vittoria & Robert — October 12, 2011 @ 3:23 am

  19. Dear Trevor and Erica, we were so sad to hear that Plenty has closed. it’s been a favourite of ours, and many of us in Environmental Studies at UVic too. We’ll miss you very much! Here’s a favourite recipe:

    ITALIAN BREAD (FROM CHRISTINE SCOTT)
    2 cups warm water
    1 tbsp yeast
    1 tbsp sugar or honey
    1 tsp salt
    about 4-5 cups white flour (or whole wheat, and add oatmeal, cornmeal, sunflower seeds, flax seed or other)

    Add yeast, sugar and salt to warm water and let sit until yeast is dissolved. Add flour (and other option ingredients), slowly until a thick dough consistency is reached, then knead 50-100 times, until dough is smooth (smear your hands with olive oil to prevent dough sticking to fingers). When dough is in a large ball, place in large bowl, coated with olive oil. Brush with oil, and cover and allow to rise until doubled in bulk. Divide dough in half, form into two oblong loaves, and place on cookie sheet, well spaced. (sprinkle corn meal or oatmeal on sheet to prevent loaves from sticking). Slash loaves with diagonal cuts, and place loaves into cold oven. Set temperature to 400 degrees and bake about 45 minutes or until bread is golden brown.

    All the best to you and your family for a wonderful future! you deserve the best!

    Comment by Nancy and Bob Turner — November 15, 2011 @ 8:30 am

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