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The Edible Story: CBB Summer Students Cooking Challenge

Thursday, June 13th, 2019 marks a special day to remember for the summer students at Cassels Brock. We hurried out our offices early and ventured out into the city to experience an evening of creative catering fun at The Edible Story. If there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s our love for food, so we knew from the outset that this was going to be a deliciously good night.

CBB put a twist on the traditional cooking class. Rather than receiving step-by-step instructions from a trusted chef, the students were thrown into the deep end without expert cooking skills. We formed multiple teams and squared off in a “chopped” style challenge.

The task at hand was great. Two opposing teams had 15 minutes each to create a unique tasty dish with surprise ingredients that were uncovered on the countertops (plus whatever else you could get your hands on in the kitchen) . After the teams customized their menus, the dishes would be judged by the Student Committee (no pressure). Presentation was key. But the right blend of flavours was paramount.

1. Round one: appetizers

The first round was to create an appetizer, which featured radish, mushrooms, spring mix salad and pepitas (no shell pumpkin seeds). Team One (my team) sautéed their mushrooms in a caramelized sauce, and delicately stacked it in a well-seasoned salad. We sprinkled the seeds around a perfectly layered structure and drizzled the last bits of the sauce on top to finish. While we were creating a masterpiece, Team Two managed to set their pasta on fire. With only a few minutes to spare, they re-boiled their noodles, mixed in their mushrooms and added spices to taste.

I bit my lip as we placed the dishes before the judges when spokespersons for each team presented the visions behind the plates. “Savoury and fresh”, we told them, “with our dish, you can have the best of both worlds”. The judges dug in their forks and smiled. I could tell they liked ours. But somehow, they liked Team Two’s dish best. It was a tough loss to swallow. But they do say, if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.









2. Round two: desserts

The second round fancied the sweet tooth. Ingredients for desserts included white chocolate, rhubarb and graham crackers. Both teams put in their best efforts but only one could win the competition. Team One mastered their presentation, showcasing the perfect ratio of stacked ingredients in twin glasses. Yet again, Team Two impressed the judges with just the right amount of sweetness.

Well, this was quite an edible story. Did you get hungry reading this? I sure did. Cassels, bring on the next food event, and I’m there!


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Best Lunch Eats Downtown Vancouver

Hello, Blogwell readers! Having been in the office for only three weeks, the Vancouver students are still learning their way around all the nooks and crannies of CBB Vancouver, but in true Vancouver fashion, we know all the lunch spots pretty well. Cassels treated us to an incredible lunch at Miku with some of the best sushi, views (and company!) in the city on our first day, but alas we’ll focus on highlighting the lunch options that we can actually afford on a daily basis.

Angela is obsessed with Soho Road Naan Kebab, an Indian food truck that parks right outside the Vancouver City Centre entrance. While butter chicken is good for the soul, it is not the best for post-lunch itis. If you’re looking for something that won’t put you in a coma, Tractor makes awesome salads and has a huge variety of options. Fujiya is also a great spot for takeout sushi and bento boxes, in addition to Japanese snacks and sodas!


Lauren’s go-to smoothie spot is Body Energy Club. It really helps with balancing out all of the junky snacks she gets from her officemate Angela.

While Shayna has been admirably meal-prepping for all of the last two weeks, she prefers the likes of Cactus Club and Earls, a sign of a true Vancouverite. She highly recommends visiting Earls’ test kitchen in Yaletown. And of course, we can’t forget Chipotle



The Vancouver students are looking forward to exploring more lunch options over the course of the summer, overlooking our incredible view of the mountains and ocean. Take that, Toronto!



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