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Bourbon cocktails ♥ our version of Maraschino cherries

Regram from @slight_left “Next round : #whiskey sours with @makersmark bourbon cocktail” garnished with @topshelfpreserves sour cherries. These look great!
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We take pitted sour cherries, add enough sugar to the cherry juice to make a thin syrup, and jar them with a shot of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur per half-pint of cherries. The result is a slightly tangy bar cherry that we think compliments boozy booze better than your standard Maraschino cherry (who needs all that dye in their cocktail?). If Old Fashioneds aren’t your thing try the cherries in a White Russian or a Roy Rogers, or top some decadent ice cream with ’em. Jim (Sara’s brother) just eats them with a spoon out of the jar.

A big weekend for Top Shelf

Ottawa has no shortage of expertly curated craft fairs this holiday season, and Top Shelf is thrilled to take part in three events this weekend!

Tomorrow, Saturday December 7 we will be showing off our wares, especially our locally sourced goods, at The Ottawa Locavore Artisan Food Fair in New Edinburgh.

LAFF is an ultimate foodie destination, celebrating fine artisanal food producers/ethical merchants in Ottawa and 100 mile radius.

LAFF is an ultimate foodie destination, celebrating fine artisanal food producers/ethical merchants in Ottawa and 100 mile radius.

We will be having a silent auction in support of Ottawa School Breakfast Program, Ottawa Network for Education. You can bid on our pickled beets and spiced pears!

Free admission.

On Saturday we are also going to be at Craftalicious Crafts and Treats from your Local Crafters. A great event for busy parents, as the organizers have arranged free childcare on site with Betty Hyde Co-operative Nursery School.

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And if you’re looking for something to do this Sunday, take a stroll down Somerset St. West at the annual Chinatown Craft Walk.

Visit Top Shelf at Shanghai Bistro, and make sure to check out the Daily Grind and Raw Sugar to get the full Craft Walk experience!

Visit Top Shelf at Shanghai Bistro, and make sure to check out the Daily Grind and Raw Sugar to get the full Craft Walk experience!

The door proceeds benefit Unicef in the emergency in the Philliphines.

It’s gonna be a great weekend! Hope to see you at our events!

Top Shelf Preserves featured in the Ottawa Citizen

Give the Gift of Delicious; Ottawa artisans craft tasty treats fit for foodies by Laura Robin

Top Shelf Preserves founder Sara Pishva with Pickled Garlic Scapes

Top Shelf Preserves founder Sara Pishva with Pickled Garlic Scapes

We’re so pleased to be mentioned in this round-up of local specialty food businesses in Ottawa offering unique products perfect for gift-giving.

Our events calendar has the skinny on our next appearances, and we have quite a few lined up for holiday shoppers. Whether it’s a hostess gift, something to kick up your holiday drinks or cheese and charcuterie platters, or just for you to snack on privately away from the hustle-bustle of the holiday season, we know you’re going to love our expertly prepared pickles and preserves.

We tried some salted caramels from Morsel at Idle Hands Craft Fair last week and they were to die for! You’ve gotta check them out. We’ll both be at Urban Craft, Dec 14.

Updated October 7, 2015 by Sara (fixed broken link)

Gourmet Local Food Baskets

We’re pleased to announce the 2013 Top Shelf Preserves Gourmet Local Food Basket.

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A basket of locally made goodies from some of Ottawa’s newest fine food businesses.

The basket comes all wrapped up so the contents are hidden. It is tucked into a large stainless steel colander, and decorated with ribbons and a one-of-a-kind illustrated gift tag by local visual artist Charlotte Healey. This is a gift basket any food lover would blush at.

The idea behind the basket was to showcase some of the amazing goods we found on our first six months of the farmer’s market and craft fair circuit in Ottawa. Incidentally, Ottawa has no shortage of markets and they’re booming with lots of new, local, vibrant businesses and resourceful entrepreneurs.

The details

The price: $100

The contents:

Supplies are limited, but we can reserve your basket with a $20 deposit. Arrange pick up at one of our upcoming events or get delivery within Centretown and the west end for an additional fee.

Any questions? Want to place an order? Contact us.