Meet one of the Cow-op.ca online marketplace’s newest sellers, Cure Artisan Meat & Cheese! The Cure has a history which dates back well before the actual store on Cowichan Bay Road opened in 2014. Owners Leah and Brad Boisvert have combined a lifelong passion for good food and travel with Brad’s many cooking experiences as a professional chef. Together, these influences have led them to their small but “big on flavour” charcuterie and fine foods shop tucked unassumingly in the lower level of the ValleyView Centre in Cobble Hill.
Prior to opening Cure, Brad and Leah owned Amuse Bistro in Shawnigan Lake for more than 10 years where they found the Cowichan region to be completely supportive of small local producers, and amassed a loyal following of customers who had a keen interest in their local and seasonal menus. Brad, however, felt there was a gap in Cowichan region in the availability of quality value-added products for customers who wished to cook at home using local ingredients but without all the prep.
Brad and his team work their magic in the shop’s commercial kitchen where they can express his colourful and creative recipes, including the use of real cold smoke to add a unique flavour to some products.
You can find Cure’s delicious fresh made sausages, cured meats and pates, a wide selection of preserves as well as a variety of cheeses in their store in Cobble Hill, but also in about 25 different locations including Country Grocer, Great Greens and fine charcuterie retailers.
Some of their best products are also available to order through the Cow-op online marketplace (www.cow-op.ca) along with the rest of your Cowichan-grown fresh produce and baked goods each week.
Alexandra Coutu is studying Ecology at Université de Sherbrooke, Qc and is completing her co-operative work term as an intern with the Cow-op.ca, Cowichan's farmer and food processor co-operative and online marketplace. Her position is funded in part by the Young Canada Works program. The objective of the program is to provide enriching employment opportunities to young Canadian citizens who meet the YCW eligibility requirements to help them gain work experience related to their field of study and explore career opportunities while improving their proficiency in their second official language. The program also aims to offer participants the opportunity of a geographic exchange experience.