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Whistler Reads: Author and Cooking Demonstration, The Preservatory

abstract:Hey all you avid foodies! Whistler Reads invites you to meet chef, farm owner, and cook book author, Lee Murphy who will be giving a cooking demonstration and discussing her new cookbook The Preservatory: Seasonally Inspired Recipes for Creating and Cooking with Artisanal Preserves (published by Random House CA $28.99 online here; $35 in stores;or the if you've gone electronic... Kindle version is $15.99.) The program takes place at the Weston Hotel in Whistler, BC on September 29th from 7pm-9pm. Tickets via our Eventbrite Channel.

Lee, a passionate and knowledgeable jam master and owner of Vista D'oro Farms & Winery in South Langley BC, will be discussing her book as she gives a live cooking demo focusing on the pleasure of creating and using beautiful, seasonal preserves. Her unique creations include:

  • Kumquat with Vanilla & Vodka preserve;
  • Olive with Orange and Lemon preserve;
  • as well as Beet with Oranges and Pink Peppercorn preserve!
She also masterfully turns these preserves into mouth-watering dishes such as: Jamargeritas; Brie & Preserve-Stuffed French Toast, Coconut Curry Braised Chicken; and Olive & Caramelized Onion Tart. Yes, I said JAMargeritas – her book includes cocktails! Also, incredibly useful for cheese lovers like myself, is a table of all 55 preserves from the book, cross referenced to the cheese with which they would pair best! This fun event is a must for all food lovers in the Sea to Sky corridor! There's more...


August 30, 2017
— “A short drive from Vancouver, and an even easier trip over the border from Washington, The Preservatory is located on the bucolic ten-acre farm and winery in South Langley, British Columbia, Canada, and is home to a growing international brand where the star of the show is the in-season, locally grown fruit. At the Preservatory, Lee Murphy and her team create delicious artisanal preserves in small batches using copper pots for locals and visitors alike.

In The Preservatory, Lee demonstrates how to create your own unique preserves and how to use them in delicious recipes (preserves are not just for toast!). The creative options are truly endless, and this book will make jam masters out of everyone. Organized by season, the book features 55 recipes for preserves, such as Strawberry with Rose Petals, and Banana Passion Fruit & Rum; and 45 recipes using preserves, among them Gorgonzola Gougere with Pear; Indian Spiced Meatballs with Green Tomato & Garam Masala; and Pan Seared Scallops with Green Walnut & Grappa.

Filled with luscious, vibrant photography, The Preservatory is both an inspiring combination of traditional techniques and creative ideas and a celebration of locally grown food, seasonal cooking, and enjoying life with family and friends.” —Penguin Randomhouse

“LEE MURPHY owns and operates The Preservatory and Vista D'oro Farms & Winery in South Langley, British Columbia, with her husband, Patrick. A working farm growing heirloom tomatoes, orchard fruits and grapes, the property also boasts a beautiful Craftsman-style carriage house: home to The Preservatory, where artisanal preserves are produced. In 2004, Lee received a culinary diploma with honors, from Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver. Her passion for local, farm fresh ingredients has led her to a seasonal line of artisanal preserves that are currently available across Canada, the US and was recently added to the shelves at Harrods in London. As a freelance writer, Lee has contributed to TASTE magazine and her preserves have been featured in Country Living, enRoute, Canadian Living and many other publications. Lee is also an active Board Member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, BC chapter. The author lives in Langley, British Columbia.”
-Author Blurb from Penguin Randomhouse:

Connect with Lee: @LeeMurphyis

Whistler Reads – is a village book group established in 2005 that runs literary events in Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor. Members can register at (scroll to the WR dedicated column) or can like our Facebook page: to view current events, join our group, find great books to discuss, and to discover interesting events. Whistler Reads can be found on Instagram and Twitter as @WhistlerReads

Please get in touch with me for more info. And please share this email with people in your network who may be interested!
Thanks so much for your time,
Leanna Hutchins
Program Administrator
Whistler Reads



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