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Things we love: London 2012 Olympics


The Le Dolci team is extremely excited about the London 2012 Olympics! What about you? The competitions will begin this Friday, July 27th and will go on until August 12. Some of the games we’re looking forward to are Football, Swimming and Triathlon!

We have created several London 2012 Olympics themed cupcakes to celebrate! If you would like to order some of these custom cupcakes for your office, family, or friends, give us a ring at 416-262-3400.

For more information on the games as well as the full schedule, visit http://www.london2012.com!

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Things We Love: Montrose Child Care Centre

The Montrose Child Care Centre is located in Little Italy, and supports over 90 families in the Toronto area. Aside from a daycare, it is also a place for children to be nurtured and to grow in a safe, ideal environment.

The teachers and staff at Montrose Child Care Centre have been working hard at developing programs tailored specially for children at certain age groups , providing the care and attention necessary to help them learn. They also have their own chef who prepares nutritious, mainly vegetarian and fresh food every day.

As a member of the community, Le Dolci is proud to assist in their fundraiser by donating one of our decorating classes. We hope to be part of the Montrose Child Care Centre expansion in helping children have a better learning environment, as well as providing training and education to the staff at the centre. They are hoping to provide field trips to local museums and events too, so that the children can have the opportunity to experience different adventures outside the child care centre.

We are happy to assist Montrose Child Care Centre in achieving these goals, by donating one of our classes to their silent auction. The auction will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012. To find out more details on how you can help, visit Montrose Child Care Centre’s website!

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Things we love: Cheeseburger Cupcakes

At Le Dolci, we love creativity and especially when it has to do with sweet treats! We came across this little article on Cheeseburger Cupcakes from the Trend Hunter website, and knew we had to share this cute idea. They’re fun to eat for all ages and will definitely have everyone going “Oohhh” and “Aahhh”.

KatDW included step-by-step photos on her Flickr account about the process, which is extremely helpful. Kate actually came up with the idea of sharing this guide after being surprised by her boyfriend with these unique cheeseburger cupcakes.

Whether it’s for a party or a gathering, your family and friends will be impressed by your baking skills. They’re fun to make, sweet to taste, and amazing to look at!


Photo credits: KateDW’s Flickr

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Things we love: Green & Black’s Chocolate Recipes


The Le Dolci team is a huge fan of Green & Black’s chocolate, and the recipes compiled in their book are wonderful. From mousse cakes, to muffins, to truffles, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. Aside from recipes loved by those with a sweet tooth, there are also ideas to go with savoury and spicy dishes. An interesting recipe we found is the chocolate soup – so decadent and rich, and with a splash of Grand Marnier, this soup will surely warm your heart and satisfy your sweet chocolate craving!

Recipes are collected from a wide selection of sources, including Laduree’s chocolate macarons and Nigel Slater’s white cardamom chocolate mousse. At the top of each recipe, there is a little blurb that explains the origin of the recipe and tips to make the most out of them. In addition to recipes, this book provides useful information on the cocoa bean and cocoa growers.

Le Dolci will be experimenting with some of these recipes, so keep your eyes peeled for some delectable chocolate creations at our shop in the future!

WE LUV!

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New Shop Neighbours: Fort York Food Bank

The Fort York Food Bank has been assisting families in need for more than a decade now. FYFB helps a diverse group of people made of different family sizes and ethno-cultural communities with their various services. Whether recently unemployed or underemployed, FYFB provides the assistance required to connect with the community.

One of FYFB’s core programs is the Food Program where a three-day supply of groceries is provided to low-income individuals and families living in their community. A member of the Daily Bread Food Bank, FYFB is assigned the service area that covers the Westside of downtown Toronto, from Yonge to Dovercourt, Lake Ontario to Bloor. Because many low-income individuals and families cannot get adequate nourishment, by working with registered dieticians, FYFB’s Food Program provides grocery baskets that adhere by the Canada Food Guide.

Another great program FYFB offers is its Counselling & Advocacy program. This specific program focuses on preventing homelessness and reducing hunger by assisting their clients to resolve issues affecting them. FYFB’s volunteers help connect clients with a range of programs, such as Social services, Income security programs, Legal services and Housing.

As part of the community, Le Dolci supports FYFB and hopes that families and individuals will receive the help they need. To volunteer, donate, say hello and see how you can help, check out their website: http://www.fyfb.com/

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HARBOURFRONT CENTRE- 2012 WORLD STAGE LAUNCH PARTY!

On February 18th The Harbourfront Centre – Canada’s leading centre for contemporary culture will be hosting its 2012 World Stage launch party presented by The Power Plant. This year’s launch party will be following the opening performance of Everything Under the Moon, which is said to be a “moving, absurd and heroic adventure” created by two talented Canadians, Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows. Everything Under the Moon will run from February 18th-23rd, ticket prices start at $10 for this 50 minute show and we hear it will be one not to be missed.

Join Le Dolci as we celebrate this fabulous launch with our friends at The Harbourfront Centre—a special cupcake buffet will be unveiled for all you sweet lovers out there to experiment on your own mini, edible canvas!

For more information or to buy tickets visit the Harbourfront Centre website

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Project Engagement presents: #FORK U – Wed. November 30th

Project Engagement presents: FORK U, taking place on Wednesday, November 30th at Muzik nightclub.  Project Engagement is a registered not-for-profit organization that helps families in Toronto/GTA who are in need.

Project Engagement collects and packs hampers filled with food and essential house hold items to donate to these families.  Families are selected in partnership with community assessment teams which include Toronto Police and Fire Services, and local religious institutions.
In 2006, they provided 40 families with a hamper filled with everything they would need to make a holiday meal as well as groceries for a few extra weeks.  The need has grown so much that last year they provided hampers to over 250 families. This year their goal is to help 300 families.
This year’s event, Fork U, is a food and wine tasting where you will be able to sample the wares from a selection of Toronto’s finest chefs and restaurants including:
  • Chef Victor Barry of Splendido;
  • Chef Matthew DeMille of Enoteca Sociale;
  • Chef Steve Gonzalez, Top Chef Canada contestant;
  • Chef Carl Heinrich of Marben;
  • Chef Nick auf der Mauer of Porchetta & Co.; and
  • Barque Smokehouse.
  • and our Le Dolci Cupcakes!
Tickets are $150 each and include access to all the food, wine and dessert tasting stations, bar and silent auction.
To buy tickets please visit http://projectengagement.org/forku.php
You can also make a donation at www.projectengagement.org ;
Pass this message on to your family, friends, and co workers and join us for a fun evening!