Ellen's Incredible Edible Journey
194 Main St in Port Stanley ON
To become a health certified kitchen by the end of January 2021!
To complete this first phase I will need to raise $2400 for the following:
(scroll down to see what has already been accomplished!)
A venting rangehood installed.I have the rangehood already but there Is a small contracting job required to vent it through the ceiling and the outside wall.
A few tasks to complete renovations such as tiling, and lining the wall around the stove with a metal sheet to protect side wall, and some final patching from the completed electrical work, supplies and labour
Shelving for food and equipment, glass and clasps for a cabinet door, a divider between the handsink and workspace,the handsink faucet plus labour to install these items.
A stainless steel counter and color coded cutting boards for raw meat preparation and a storing rack, proper garbage cans, sanitizing solutions.
I have prepared a choice of three gift options you can choose for your contribution!
An Edible Journey Gift Certificate
you can get one for any amount – can be used towards anything once I open
(classes, workshops, products, food or fresh juices, cooking services...)
Save it for yourself or give one to someone you know who wants to improve their health!
*For a predetermined amount click the button:
Or to purchase in a specific amount (the whole price of a class or product for example) please click this button:
The “Superfood” Chocolate 2021 Collection
A box of somewhat healthy but definitely gorgeous handmade chocolates delivered to you for:
Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas 2021
Eat them yourself or share them with someone you love!
The GLOW Skincare 2021 Collection
Organic mostly edible skincare products designed to truly nourish your skin so you can glow from the outside in!
Twice a year you will receive a special delivery with a Spring Collection gift box delivered in April 2021,
and the Winter Collection gift box delivered in October 2021
To purchase any item without going through my website please click here:
Of course if you prefer, you can make an investment without purchasing a gift via e-transfer
(which will be directly deposited to my business account)
*PLEASE add your contact info so I can send you a thank you card in the mail!
Stacy, our local Health Inspector stopped in to offer advice for the renovation! A new kitchen plan, a few sinks, some new counters.... and a sprayhose, because I`ve always wanted one! Thanks Stacy!
The painting is almost complete - yes green and purple for health and vitality! (other than the kitchen to finish after the reno)
Emelie, our local Fire Prevention Officer stopped in to make sure everything was in place for fire safety! Thanks Emelie!
The plants are enjoying the sunshine that pours through the windows, and micro greens are happily thriving in the light.
I can`t wait to plan a tiny garden alongside the building next year! I see tomatoes, herbs, edible flowers...
Marble top work tables have arrived! (well not really marble because that would be really heavy and expensive) But they look amazing and will be perfect for Interactive Workshops!
My Food Fairy chair found me by cosmic intervention, a gift from an old friend just down the street. I can`t imagine anything more perfect, except I`m not sure when I will ever have time to sit down... Thank you Ann!
Plans are underway for some gorgeous hand made wall cabinets for my skincare ingredients. Complete with stained glass and iron butterfly hinges. I can`t wait! Thanks Rob!
While November looked pretty, December is coming in with a BIG MESS! The tearing out of old cabinets and moving out old appliances to make way for new more suitable ones.
Justin and James are working hard to install new counter tops and making a plan for the 3 sink system required for the Health and Safety certification. So many details to figure out!
Things are moving quickly this week with Justin and James coming almost every day. Counters and sinks are in with a new space saving dish rack and my spray hose!
The new kitchen design, with a surprise take-out window! How convenient!
It was an adventure to get my new (old) stove but it finally made it's way from Toronto to it's new home. Thank you Abi! A retro Moffat, electric version for now but maybe gas one day down the road.....
In every project there is a piece that stands out, one that is special and breathes it's own life into the space. In this case, my new Summer Mint Green fridge by UNIQUE will be a joy to open and close many times a day!
Sinks have arrived! All three of them (with a hand washing bowl on the way). Laying the cut outs down so no mistakes are made! Wait for the spray hose....
All set up for gift basket wrapping!
A long search resulted in just the right backsplash tiles, and a lucky find offered the idea for a mosaic wall which has just been started - more to come this week...
The fridge has found it's permanent home, rounding out the efficient use of space. Hiding boxes of Christmas chocolates waiting for their new homes!
The handwashing bowl sink is in, with a faucet in the works..
Moody curtains to hide the "marble" shelves under the cabinets, real marble tiles for kitchen shelving to hold all my green sparkly glass dishes and some iridescent wheatgrass shot glasses (yes those are silver pineapples)
Shelving has been installed along the back wall - a pantry shelf for the kitchen and a display shelf for serving dishes and glass platters!
A lucky find in tile finished off in green mosaic to highlight the end of the counter by the hand washing sink
My Eternal gratitude to:
Justin and James
Leslie and Mike Atkinson
Nan Finlayson (my mom)
Kim Saunders of The WindJammer
Lauren Vandixhoorn of SoLo
Thank you for your contributions, purchasing my products, for sharing my project with your friends and families and taking the time to send your positive thoughts! It all makes a difference!
The second phase of costs will bring me to the stage where I can be open to the public just like a store! After completion of this second phase I will be able to sell my skincare and food products to customers, offering fresh juices, wheatgrass shots, salads, soups, desserts and other items for take out.
I am hoping to move into this phase in January 2021!
To complete this second phase I will need to raise $4400 for the following:
Build a retail shelving display for my skincare products.I have designed the display myself with a local man making some iron brackets, along with a super cool wall mural and some tiles.
Initial investment of take out containers (of course eco-friendly) for food and beverage items, retail packaging and labels for skincare products, enough quantity of ingredients on hand so I can provide a consistent supply of my products for customers
Equipment to grow wheatgrass in volume (meaning I need to start a new crop every week to have an ongoing supply with the growth cycle). The same equipment is used to grow my microgreens to sell and use on my salads.
A few visual details to finish the space as “customer suitable” such as proper lighting, signage, a payment system to mention a few.
My third and final phase will allow me to purchase necessary equipment to offer workshops and Interactive classes and dinner parties. To offer group culinary events I would need multiples of specific items, and to ensure it is a functional and compliant workspace for both the food preparation, and the dining aspects of the events.
To complete this third and final phase I will need to raise (approximately) $3500 for the following:
*Please note the requirements for this final phase may need to be updated as it gets closer.
Chairs for guests (x6), comfortable but also easy to clean and easy to store when not in use.
Cutting boards, chef knives, dishware and cutlery, a good selection of cooking utensils such as spatulas, measuring cups, spoons, pots, mixing bowls…
Some bathroom adjustments so it can be available for guests and comply with health regulations
Any applicable Covid compliance actions if social distancing is still in effect.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to feeding you very soon!
Finally the divider required to keep hand washing away from the counter space has been installed, along with the faucet! Happy Handwashing!