On cakes, meat pies and winners

 

BAKE ME A CAKE EXPANSION

Local cupcake queen Amy Bourgon has moved her Bake me a Cake operation to Mitton Village so her customers can have a small café to enjoy a sweet treat.  There’s even a cupcake-themed play area for the kids.

“We’ve got seating for seven, better parking and a lot more room,” says Bourgon.

She opened Bake me a Cake three years ago in a small shop on Davis Street. Business is good and Bourgon wanted to find more space to expand her product line.

“I looked downtown for quite some time but couldn’t find anything,” she said. “I love downtown but I love Mitton Village too.

“It’s a supportive, tight-knit place to be.”

On top of the 10 different kinds of cupcakes she bakes every day, Bourgon now offers muffins, squares, cookies and mini loaves, including cornbread. Every Friday features fresh loaves of bread. She also produces custom made cakes for all occasions.

Bake me a Cake employs a manager, a baker and currently has three high school co-op students.

The new location is at 105 Mitton St. South in a renovated store that was formerly Curly Q Quilting. Call the new shop at 519-464-3990.

IT’S A FAMILY CELEBRATION

When Al Desveaux won the CBC’s Recipe to Riches savoury pie category, there was no danger that he would celebrate on his own.

Desveaux now lives in Welland Ontario but raised his family in Sarnia. His four kids, seven grandchildren and many friends still live here.  So, when the Real Canadian Superstore on London Road filled its freezers with Desveaux’s winning chicken pot pie, they quickly sold out.

Family and friends surrounded him in the freezer section on March 16, revelling in his $25,000 win and urging Sarnians to vote for Desveaux’s meat pie so he can become the grand prize winner and pocket  $250,000.

“I’ve eaten dad’s pies all my life,” said proud daughter Brenda Blake.  “We make them together at Christmas. They’re really moist with no vegetables, all-meat.

“It’s the summer savoury seasoning that’s the secret, but that’s not a secret anymore since he sold the recipe to Loblaw.”

The food giant will stock Grandpa’s Acadian Meat Pie until they stop being a customer favourite, Blake said.

On March 31, she will be in Toronto with other family members to support Desveaux during the taping of the grand finale, which will be aired on April 2.

Before moving from Sarnia, Desveaux worked for Fiberglas and was owner of The Grand Slam Bridge Studio on London Road for eight years.

To vote, visit cbc.ca/recipetoriches between March 26 – 30.

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS AWARDS

Following are the winners of the 2014 Sarnia/Lambton Chamber of Commerce OBAs. The awards gala was held at the Imperial Theatre March 28. Congratulations to all the nominees and this year’s winners.

Employee Relations: Bluewater Power

Young Entrepreneur: SHINE Professional Dental Hygiene, Corynn Lumley

Marketing and Promotions: Ask Guy Event Graphics

Citizen of the Year: John DeGroot, DeGroot’s Nurseries

Not for Profit: One Tomato

Outstanding Customer Service (Individual): Jeff Baarschers, DeGroot’s Nurseries

Outstanding Customer Service (less than 5): The Cheese Store

Outstanding Customer Service (more than 5): The Automax Centre

Small Business of the Year: Blackwater Coffee & Tea Co

Large Business of the Year: Vidal Street Industrial Park

Accessibility Leadership: Tim Hortons by the Bay

Diversity Award: WorleyParsons

Business Leadership: Exit Realty, Julie Jenkins

Innovation: Sarnia Lambton Industrial Alliance , SLIA

– Cathy Dobson