Special Order Please!

“ Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce,special orders don’t upset us? All we ask is that you let us serve it your way.”

Remember this?

This catchy jingle was Burger King’s slogan for 40 years!

So what does this have to do with Pellatt Cornucopia gift baskets? Well……special orders don’t upset us either.

While we’re very proud of our product line, we understand that sometimes, you may want something special that isn’t (necessarily) in there. Whether you need one custom gift for a special occasion, a few dozen baskets to match a function or you would like something even more personalized for a special event, we can do it for you.

Over the years we have designed hundreds of customized baskets and i want to share some with you.

Corporate Christmas Gifts
Corporate Christmas Gifts

We are always looking for ways that our clients can leave a lasting impression, and this gift includes gourmet food with a faux leather portfolio, notebook and matching business card holder and a pen. The food will be savoured and  the sender will be rememberred everytime that their customer hands out a business card or goes to a meeting.

 

Bat Mitzvah Centerpieces

These gift baskets were designed as centerpieces that were donated to a food bank following the event. Instead of flowers the hosts wanted to give back to their community.

 

Hostess Gift
Hostess Gift

I know that when i go to a function out of town, i always feel special when there is a gift waiting for me at the hotel, especially when i do not travel by car!

Hostess gifts are great for a conference, corporate event, wedding or just to welcome a client to town.

CUSTOM DESIGNED
CUSTOM DESIGNED

 

For the past 25 years, this corporate client has always wanted to add her personal touch to her Holiday baskets so she chooses and creates her own unique combination of food to send to the three dozen important people in her life.

If you can’t find exactly what you are looking or want to modify an existing basket, we are happy to help. 

We also want to “serve it your way” and make it easy to impress!

Cindy

 

 

 

 

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Out with the old and in with the new!

Its been a while since i have posted something and here is why: We moved out of our Little Italy location into new digs in Ville St Laurent. After 24 years in the same place, you can imagine this was a HUGE job!

24 years in one place, we had accumulated lots of stuff: documents, product samples, bad buys, marketing materials and so much more!

We were shredding, reminiscing, reorganizing and of course packing up.

The shredder was working on overtime as was the shredding machine!

 

PELLATT CORNUCOPIA BLOG
Shredder working overtime!

 

Boy does it feel good to lighten the load! Along the way we discovered old marketing materials that were a real blast from our past.

 

Pellatt shopping  bag

Circa 1950

 

Our family has been in the food business for over a century. Our shopping bags were branded back then! This was pre10 digit telephone numbers, call,waiting and cascading lines!

 

Pellatt Cornucopia Passover gifts
Passover Mailing 2001

We even involved the forth generation in our advertising before they were old enough to object!

 

Pellatt COrnucopia gift baskets move
Nixa and Wendy

Our loyal and dedicated staff were working hard packing up the warehouse while they were still producing baskets for customers orders.


We were all working overtime packing up and getting the new place ready so that the transition would be smooth and we wouldn’t have to be closed to business for even a day.Pellatt Cornucopia Blog

Setting up our new warehouse

D day minus 10 days and its looking good. We were getting excited to set up our improved warehouse space.

 

 February 23 was the big day!

 

Pellat Cornucopia moving day
Moving Day


8 am:  As I drove up to 85 de Castelnau Street West for the last time and saw two moving trucks parked in front , my eyes swelled with tears. This move was now a reality!!!

 

PEllatt Cornucopia Blog
Nothing Left!

 

9:30 am: Six big movers and one and a half hours later, our warehouse was empty and one truck was full!

Pellatt COrnucopia Move
First Loaded Truck

 

2 pm:We are officially in our new location at 1150 Beaulac

 

Pellatt COrnucopia new offices
My new office

My desk is in and there is absolutely no clutter…… For now!

 

Pellatt Cornucopia NEW WAREHOUSE
New and Improved warehouse space


And now the work begins. The movers have left and the rest is up to us. Time to unpack and fill the shelves.

 6:20pm: After a strenuous 4 hours ,the warehouse is 85 percent set up. Enough for us to call it a day.

Pellatt Cornucopia New warehouse
Up and Running

 

Sunday  February 23: a day of much needed rest

The move is behind us now and we are thrilled to be in our new space.

I am happy to say that only once in the last two weeks have I headed towards our old offices in little Italy instead of our new ones in Villle St Laurent.

We would love for you to come by our new digs!

Hope to see you soon,

 

Cindy :)

 

 

 

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Chanukah For Dummies!

 

Remembering the dates for Jewish holidays is never easy. Changing year by year, it can be hard to keep track. Luckily, we are here to remind you that Chanukah (or Hannukah, or Hanukkah) begins Saturday December 8, 2012 at sundown. For those of you new to the traditions, we have compiled a short cheat guide to the Jewish Holiday of Lights.

Or, if reading isn’t your thing, these fine acapella singers put together a version of “Dynamite’ to  tell the story of Hanukah

 

Brief History

Chanukah is an eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the building of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. after it was destroyed. The Jewish people had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. When it was time to rededicate the temple, there was only only enough clean olive oil to keep the menorah’s candles burning for a single day. However, the flames continued flickering for eight nights. This miraculous event inspired the yearly eight-day festival also known as the Festival of Lights.

Chanukah Vocabulary

Chanukah gelt

Gelt – the direct translation of this Yiddish slang is money, however at Chanukah it refers to both a coin shaped piece of chocolate and the money given to you by Bubby (Grandma) and Zaydie (Grandpa)

Dreidels Pellatt Cornucopia Chanukah blog
Source: Bnot Torah

 Dreidel – a spinning top with four sides, each with a Hebrew letter ? (Nun), ? (Gimel), ? (Hei), ? (Shin), which together form the acronym for “?? ???? ??? ??” (Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – “a great miracle happened there”)Menorah/Chanukiah: Both a menorah and a chanukia are candelabrums. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably but if we are getting technical, a chanukiya is one kind of menorah. The main differences being that a chanukiyah has nine candle holders, one set above the others and is used for Chanukah. The menorah has only seven branches used in the ancient temple before its destruction.

Pellatt Cornucopia  Chanukah menorah
source:bje.org

Menorah/Chanukiah- Both a menorah and a chanukia are candelabrums. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably but if we are getting technical, a chanukiya is one kind of menorah. The main differences being that a chanukiyah has nine candle holders, one set above the others and is used for Chanukah. The menorah has only seven branches used in the ancient temple before its destruction.

Pellatt Cornucopia blog potato latkes
Source; The Shiksa

 Latkes – potato pancake fried in oil. Recipes and origin stories differ but one thing that is certain, these greasy snacks are delicious.

Check out the Montreal’s Gazette’s baked version of the potato pancake

 

Christmas Envy

 

Pellatt Cornucopia Chanukah sweaters
source:Geltfiend

Okay maybe jealousy is not part of the holiday, but it is so hard to not want Christmas lights, ornaments and a cozy Santa sweater to cuddle up in. Lucky for us Getlfiend.com has solved one of these envy-evoking desires by creating a line of awesome Chanukah Sweaters that will light up any party you attend.

Sour cream vs apple sauce: Every family celebrates the holiday a bit differently. One of the age old debates is how to top your latkes – sour cream or apple sauce? Let us know what you and your family do at @pellattMTL

 

 

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Gift Baskets Montreal – 50 Shades of Hot!

“Why does he have such an unnerving effect on me? His overwhelming good-looks maybe? The way his eyes blaze at me? The way he strokes his index finger against his lower lip? I wish he’d stop doing that…”

Christian Grey perhaps?

Yeah!!! The world is 50 Shades crazy these days! One British hotel even replaced all the bedside bibles with copies of 50 Shades of Grey!

I’ve just started reading the books, and I tell you they’re haunting my existence! Normal everyday things are suddenly turning Grey… Even my work! Pellatt Gift Baskets is my 9 to 5 home, and while it’s full of fun, sweet, delicious things, I wouldn’t have described it as sexy… But now, through my new smoke tinged-glasses, gift baskets are oh so… yummy ;)

YUMMY! Image: Malleryrh's Imgfave

I find my self idly wandering through the rows of products, trailing my fingers along the sumptuous delights, and wondering what my Mr. Grey might like…

A rustic, fur lined basket…

Glacially cold vodka with the finest Russian beluga caviar…

Fresh salty, citrusy, juicy oysters with chilled champagne…

Luscious, driping mango…

Fragrant, glowing berries…

And the deepest, darkest chocolate a woman could find…

Okay, forget 50 Shades of Grey, now I’m just plain hungry!!

What might your Mr.Grey like? Perhaps a side of whipped cream with those berries?

Or, if your Mr. Grey is just a little too Beige, here are a couple cuties we could add to your custom basket for a very reasonable sum (n.b. three dimensional option not available)

 

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Gift Baskets Montreal – Montreal Becomes Food Truck Fabulous!

What makes this summer better than all other summers?

The fact that we have food trucks! Amazing, delicious food trucks à la Montréal!

Image: The Montreal Buzz

What other city has food trucks that serve grilled asparagus and homemade Joe Louis with their mouth-watering pulled turkey sandwiches? This particular fun time feast is from the Pas d’Cochon dans mon Salon truck (by the talented folk at La Salle à Manger!!).

Check out The Montreal Buzz and The Gazette for a full round up of all the trucks and where you can find them (plus some more tantalizing photos!)

 

Thanks to The Montreal Buzz for the pic!

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Gift Baskets Montreal – Com Suon to the Core

Sweet, garlicky, salty… How could you say no to this Vietnamese Grilled Chicken??

If you’re familiar with this dish, above photo may induce a strong Pavlovian response.

Com Suon is a Vietnamese classic for a reason. It strikes a perfect harmony of flavours. Make it at home with this super easy, super fast recipe!! Best served with short grained sticky rice, Vietnamese salad and the staple Nuoc Cham dipping sauce (I could totally drink this stuff).

 

CHICKEN

- 8 cloves minced garlic

- 4tbsp fish sauce (preferably 3 crabs brand)

- 4tbsp brown sugar

- juice from 1 1/2 super fat juicy limes (or 2 smaller limes)

- 2tbsp sesame oil

- 1 1/2tsp crushed chili flakes

Combine above ingredients to make the marinade.

Clean two large chicken breasts. Score the chicken with a knife to help the marinade sink in. Let the chicken marinate for 10-15 minutes (this is a very powerful marinade). BBQ or grill chicken until cooked, flipping once.

 

NUOC CHAM

- 4tbsp fresh lime juice

- 1 1/2tbsp rice vinegar

- 3tbsp brown sugar

- 1/2 cup water

- 2tbsp fish sauce (preferably 3 crabs brand)

Mix together and adjust to taste. Depending on the dish, you could also add some garlic or chilies to this sauce. The flavours in the chicken are already strong, so we want a more mellow sauce and will not be adding the garlic or chilies.

Use this sauce on your chicken, salad, rice and anything else you want to make over the top delicious.

 

VIETNAMESE SALAD

- Normal lettuce (Romaine, Iceberg, Boston – whatever you have on hand will do)

- Ngo Gai (also known as Culantro)

- Rau Tia To (also known as Shiso / Perilla)

- Bean sprouts

Mix roughly equal parts of these veggies together to make a super fresh, aromatic salad.

 

 

Any suggestions/tricks for improving the recipe? I’d love to hear them!!

 

 

 

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Gift Baskets Montreal BBQ tips!

The BBQ is Dad’s domain!

image source: Cooking with Corey

We want to know the best BBQ trick that your Dad gave you?

Post it on our blog, our facebook page or tweet it and you could win this BBQ gift set.

BBQ gift set prize

 

Good Luck!!!

 

image source: Cooking with Corey

 

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Gift Baskets Montreal_Yoga

To me, Yoga is inextricably tied to  being a mother.My first sacred yoga moments were the ones I shared with my first baby growing in my belly. My first pregnancy brought me to yoga, and my yoga enhances my experience as a mom. Thanks to my prenatal yoga teacher, the waves of pregnancy and delivery were embraced as naturally as I dreamed possible.

 

IMAGE: KELOWNA NEW PARENT

Yoga helps remind me to take breaths when things are busy, to pause when I want to react to the craziness and to steep in daily gratitude for the blessings and magic of being a mom.Yoga brings me back to my breath and reunites me with my life.It helps me navigate the storms of motherhood and to adjust the sails of my every day course.

Without yoga, I wouldn’t have found the power and grounding nature of my own breath.It would be like trying to navigate life without my mom.Without my mom, so much of who I am today just couldn’t be. She is tied to my heart the way my breath is tied to my being.

MOM AND ME!

Cherish your moms this mother’s day. Honor them for the ways that they inspire and enhance your life.Near or far, birth mom or not, remember the blessing that your mom showers upon your life.

YOGA ON THE BEACH!

 

 

And for yourself, if you are a mom……get to yoga, find your breath and enhance the relationship you have with yourself.As you do, you will strengthen a long line of connectivity to where you have come from and where you have yet to go.

For all the moms that are, that have been and that will be,

Happy mother’s day.

Elana

Breathing Spaces

image source: Kelowna New  Parent

 

 

 

 

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Gift Baskets Montreal – Apron Emporium

I have a life long friend, we’ll call her “Mona”, who has always had everything: all the best barbies, all the coolest video games, all the newest gadgets (in high school, I was totally jealous of her clear purple pager)… It’s great to have a super spoiled friend, cause you get to play with all their neat stuff! However, they are incredibly difficult to shop for!

Mona’s birthday was in the fall, and as per usual, I have yet to get her a gift (oops!). Since a few days prior to B Day, I’ve been breaking my head trying to figure out what to get this girl… (exaggeration, clearly)

Then, moment of moments, it hit me! I would get her an… Apron!

Don’t try to protest, the choice is made. Mona will have an apron.

I thought I was done… until I realized how many painfully cute aprons are out there!

So rather than actually make a decision, I committed to improve the world and help my fellow man by providing you with a list of some super cute Etsy aprons!

1 – Super Duper Girly

Image: Mamamadison's Etsy Store

2 – Marilyn Sails the Seven Seas (want!!)

Sailor Marilyn Apron
Image: Sugar and Spice Aprons' Etsy Store

3 – Totoro! Love this movie :)

Image: Darling Army's Etsy Store

4 – Dirty Dancing

Red Polka Dot Apron
Image: Sugar and Spice Aprons' Etsy Store

5 – Self Actualising Princess

Image: Lover Dover's Etsy Store

6 – Low-Carb Cupcakes

Cupcake Half Apron
Image: Aprons by Vittoria's Etsy Store

Or, if all these great homespun Etsy finds have put you in the DIY mood, here’s a great apron making kit!

DYI Apron Kit
Image: Under the Veil's Etsy Store

Actually, come to think of it, I just realized that Mona already has an apron…

Got any gift sugestions for the friend who has everything? While you’re at it, I also owe her a wedding gift (don’t ask from when :s)…

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