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Wedding Extravaganza at Le Dolci!

Weddings are such an exciting time! All the planning, fun with family and friends, the wedding gown and suit, and of course, the wedding cake!

Ever wondered about the significance of a wedding cake? It is the first piece of bread, rather cake, that a couple shares before distributing it to the guests, symbolizing their union and their promise to care and provide for each other.

At Le Dolci, we love being part of this very special day, and are excited to create the wedding cake of your dreams. You can book a consultation with us via email (orders@ledolci.com) or by calling us at the store (416-262-3400). All we need is pictures of your inspiration, and we can start our discussions on creating the perfect cake for you.

Alternately, you can also order wedding cakes through our online shop, and choose from a beautiful variety of bespoke cakes such as The Drew, The Nota Bene, The Blush Rose, The Floral Fantasy and many more. These creations are detailed and exquisite, and are sure to blow your mind! We can also make personalized wedding cake toppers on request.

Go ahead, plan your wedding and enjoy the beautiful chaos, while we take care of the cake. Congratulations on your big day, and we can’t wait to make that gorgeous cake for you!

XO
Team Le Dolci

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Afternoon Tea for Mother’s Day? Yes Please!

We love an afternoon tea! So British, so Downtown Abbey and so delightful! What can be better than some flavorful aromatic tea, dainty little sandwiches and delicious sweet treats? Add a beautiful archaic location and some Royal Albert fine bone China to the mix, and voila, we have the perfect high tea setting!

This past weekend, our friends from Royal Tea Party Events hosted the perfect Mother’s Day Tea party at the historical VanderBerg House! The beautiful VanderBerg House is an old Victorian house located in Leslieville built in the 1900’s for Jessie Ashbridges, son of pioneer Sarah Ashbridges. It consists of original pine flooring, crown moldings and chandeliers, which served as the perfect setting for a royal tea party held in honor of the loving Moms in Canada.

Moms were made to feel extra special, relaxed and pampered with an afternoon chat with the people they love, some fancy tea, sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. We were hosted by our lovely friend Krystyna Hession, owner and CEO of Royal Tea Party Events.

The fabulous decor, the Royal Albert fine bone china, the lovely people and the entire experience of the Mother’s Day Tea Party made our day sweeter and so much more enjoyable. A big thank you to Krystyna and Royal Tea Party Events for having us over, and for making Moms all over Canada feel like royalty!

Here are some pictures from our beautiful experience yesterday:

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Foodie Trips Presents: The Tuscan Culinary Adventure of Your Dreams!

Join us for a fun-filled culinary adventure organized by our sister company Foodie-Trips!  We can’t wait to spend an exciting week of cooking classes with you in Tuscany.

Let us tell you a bit about ourselves here at the Foodie Trips. We start to make dinner plans in the morning, and our evenings and weekends are mostly centered around food and cooking. We also love to travel, and are borderline neurotic about finding interesting travel locations and exploring different cuisines on Pinterest.

When we are not planning culinary vacations in charming locales, we are dreaming of enchanting hills, historical villages and all the food and culture they offer. This fall, the Foodie-Trips troop, along with a bunch of you culinados -(take our quiz to see if you’re one), will embark on a Tuscan Culinary Adventure, full of Italian food and wine.

Mark your calendar from October 2-6, where we will spend an amazing week in the hills of Tuscany truffle hunting, wine tasting and taking hands on cooking classes with Tuscan chefs. Our home base will be the luxurious Villa Mangiacane which has welcomed many celebrities and is said to have been designed by Michelangelo. The fifteenth-century villa is the ultimate Florentine hotel and spa, guaranteed to exceed your expectations.

The Villa is the perfect home base for our explorations. We will be eating a lot of gelato while exploring medieval towns, the wonderful city of Florence and learning a few Italian words along the way. Bei tempi! (Good times)

We will begin Day 1 of our Tuscan cooking class by preparing a three-course lunch with the finest local ingredients with our chef in the kitchen. We then get to enjoy our meal on the patio overlooking the valley of vineyards surrounding the Machiavellian Villa. Following lunch, we have some free time to explore the area. For dinner, we will indulge in a Tuscan barbecue-style dinner while enjoying the sunset.

The next day begins with a light breakfast at the villa, followed by a visit to one of the region’s most famous wineries owned by one of the oldest winemaking families in Italy. After a trip to the James Bond like cellars, lunch and some of their most famous wine is served on the terrace.

What’s a trip without learning the local language? Enjoy dinner along with an Italian language lesson at a hidden gem restaurant that is a secret to most tourists and owned by a very charismatic Florentine.

We will also visit the gorgeous medieval village of San Gimignano, where guests have the afternoon to enjoy lunch at their leisure visiting local galleries and shops. For dinner we don our aprons again for a home made pizza and pasta making workshop, and party back at Villa Mangiacane.

A day of truffle hunting follows! At the organic farm where we hunt, we will sample artisanal cheeses, meats and honey. Chef Francesco will conduct a lunchtime cooking class to use the farm’s produce for a meal. In the evening, we unwind with a light wine degustation dinner on the terrace complete with classical Chianti selections.

On the final day of the Tuscan vacation, we explore the bustling renaissance food and leather market before a culinary class in their historic market. We then toast the wonderful week’s end with champagne and a traditional Tuscan farewell dinner.

The Tuscan Culinary Adventure is all about learning and absorbing the culture, heritage and food of Tuscany, and more importantly, is a great way to relax, rejuvenate and charge your batteries for the real world. Join us for a vacation and culinary experience like no other, we promise it will change you!

To book your trip, please contact our dedicated travel professional Clara Power on 416-996-6849 or email her at cpower@tpi.ca. We also have an early bird booking special until May 31, 2017. More information and details are also available on our website.

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Cannoli Calling at Le Dolci!

Having had the opportunity to live in America for a few years, I have tasted some great cannolis from the Italian bakeries in Boston and New York. Nothing beats the feeling of a seriously strong cup of coffee and a cannoli that is done right. The dessert really comes together in two parts: the thin and crispy shell and the filling with fresh ricotta cheese, preferably goat’s or sheep’s cheese like they do in Sicily.

If you love cannolis as much as I do, it would be a great idea to take the cannoli class at Le Dolci! The class will teach you to make these beauties from start to finish, the crispy shell and the light, flavorful and creamy filling. The best part is you get to eat all of your cannolis or take them home to share, if you’re feeling generous 😉

Is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is! Join us in class on Saturday, July 8, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. You can book your spot here.

See you in class so we can conquer cannolis together!

XO
Priyanka

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Special Occasion? Le Dolci has you covered!

Occasions are always best celebrated with cake. Cake makes everything sweeter, and if you think of it, cake is the first thing that comes to mind when we even think of a celebration.

For this reason, Le Dolci has an online shop that lets you order special occasion cakes in the comfort of your home.

Celebrating a gender reveal, or need that perfect cake for an avid golfer? Want to celebrate your dapper and dashing partner? Trust me when I say this, Le Dolci has all of this covered.

Have your friend call to tell us the gender of your baby, and we will make the inside of your cake PINK or BLUE to mark the reveal. We are also well caught up with the Pokémon trend by capturing Pikachu in a cake.

We also have special baptism and communion cakes, as well as Chanel themed cakes for all the fashion enthusiasts. Additionally, we have a very special and unique DIY cake, where we do all the baking and you, along with your kids, do the decorating. This cake is covered in white fondant and serves up to 12 people. Edible markers are provided for decoration.

Take a look at our online shop and the adorable cakes, and make them a part of your special occasion. There is always a reason to eat cake!

XO
Priyanka

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Naked Cake Decorating at Le Dolci!

As an intern at Le Dolci, the thing I’ve wanted to do the most is decorate a naked cake – or as you may know it – the perfect disaster cake!

Can you imagine an uninterrupted two hours, where you get to level, mask and scrape a cake perfectly to look like it was made in a bakery? You also get to get to place perfect treats on the cake such as chocolate covered strawberries, pretzels, Oreo cookies, caramel popcorn and chocolate shards. Furthermore, Our Chef will also help you create your own stunning chocolate shards, feathers and other wonders designed purely for the “WOW” factor.

The Naked Cake is currently all the rage and what could be better than demystifying its beauty? Not only is it stunning and therapeutic, it also makes for some great social media posts. Rest assured that the pictures of your completed creations will blow up your social media along with your taste buds.

Book your sport for the class here, and be the proud creator of this modern beauty. Don’t forget to check out my photos from my class 🙂

XO
Priya & Team Le Dolci

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Let’s Bake Bread at Le Dolci!

How can we even begin to explain the importance of bread? It is such a staple that we can’t imagine one day without eating bread. No seriously! We don’t even want to go there.

For all the bread and baking enthusiasts, DIY gurus, and inquisitive peeps in general, Le Dolci regularly hosts a bread making workshop. In this introduction to bread session, you learn to master the fundamentals of bread making.

Each student will learn basic Milk Bread and Focaccia recipes, using various hands-on techniques and showcasing the multi–purposes of each of the recipes. You will take home recipes including detailed instructions, and lots of bread. After taking this class you will have the building blocks to tackle any bread recipe with confidence and success.

Join us at the store, and learn to make bread even Paul Hollywood will be proud of! We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

For more information about the class, or to book your spot in class, visit our website.

XO
Priya & Team Le Dolci

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Come Take the Croissant Class at Le Dolci

Nothing says happiness better than that perfect cuppa and a buttery, flaky croissant. Often, people are intimidated by the thought of making croissants and rely on local bakeries for their daily fix. However, making your own croissant is neither difficult, nor complicated. All that is required is the right ingredients and good technique. Once you understand the basics of creating multilayered dough, you will be well on your way to wowing your friends with delicious croissants.

Le Dolci has the perfect class for creating your very own splendid croissants. In this hands-on and butter filled class, you will learn to prepare and do folds of the classic “paton” laminated dough. You will be taught how to roll and cut a perfect croissant, learn about yeast, proofing and work with the pastry chef to create the classic croissant along with a variety of flaky pastries.

Due to the timing required for croissants to proof you will take home some warm Chef prepared croissants, along with the paton to freeze or bake at home on a special Sunday morning.

Reserve your spot here and join us in class as we conquer the croissant together!

XO
Priya & Team Le Dolci