I have always loved sour, tart, and tangy flavours. Candy, fruit, and deeply vinegary pickles were among my favourite things as a kid.
Once I got into home canning in my 20s I realised I had a knack for coaxing bold flavours out of fruits and vegetables. I cooked my way through pubs and fine dining restaurants to support myself, looking for my place in the culinary scene.
Eventually it dawned on me that I would have to carve my own path. With the encouragement and help of my friends and family I got deep into pickling and preserving and founded Top Shelf Preserves in 2013.
I quickly developed a line of bold pickles, jams, marmalades and preserves that customers would seek out at markets and local retailers.
I discovered I had capacities beyond cooking and learned that I enjoyed the challenges and fast pace of running a small business. Fast forward to 2021 and I'm still pursing that perfectly balanced sweet/tart target.
I still get to flex my culinary skills and apply my experience to my growing business.
Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 2013.