column - shortt stories - waterloo
- getting ahead of the christmas hustle - dec. 18, 2013
- think about giving a consumable gift this christmas - dec. 4, 2013
- try some crepes with berries and ricotta - nov. 20, 2013
- the perfect mashed potatoes - nov. 6, 2013
- some wicked halloween treats - oct. 23, 2013
- easy asian salmon helps juggle those busy schedules - oct. 9, 2013
- enjoying suzie's smoky soup - sep. 25, 2013
- tomato tarts to cap the season - sep. 11, 2013
- having a peachy time with summer fruit - aug. 28, 2013
- herrle's protein-packed summer salad is a cinch - aug. 14, 2013
- putting dessert on the grill - jul. 31, 2013
- cooking with kids allows for unique culinary creations - jul. 3, 2013
- rain, rain go away so berries can grow - jun. 19, 2013
- enjoying after dinner treats like truffles and real mint - jun. 5, 2013
- sharing some easy cooking tips from the professionals - may 22, 2013
- make him say 'I do' with this dish - may 8, 2013
- pork tenderloin with cherries - apr. 24, 2013
- add lemon pound cake to the list of birthday desserts - apr. 10, 2013
- chocolate peanut butter pie better than a birthday cake - mar. 27, 2013
- roasted grapes with sausages is really a great pairing - feb. 27, 2013
- everything but the kitchen sink - feb. 13, 2013
- grandma's sauce a family treasure - jan. 30, 2013
- so easy a kid can make them - jan. 16, 2013
- enjoy the new year with glazed salmon and rice rolls - jan. 2, 2013
- try some two-potato homefries for christmas brunch - dec. 19, 2012
- try this tasty hors d'oeuvre for the christmas party season - dec. 5, 2012
- quesadillas are a great way to get leftovers out of the fridge - nov. 21, 2012
- pineapple delight ambrosia a way to preseve memories - nov. 7, 2012
- tasty italian-style meatloaf - oct. 24, 2012
cookies for new moms
- oct. 10, 2012
new take on mashed potatoes
- sept. 26, 2012
best sweet pickled peppers
- sept. 12, 2012
a little grilled beef tenderloin and dark chocolate sauce
- aug. 29, 2012
dip recipe is a cinch to make at home
- aug. 15, 2012
some peace and this dip
- aug. 1, 2012
mezze platter is a dish full of good fun for all
- july 18, 2012
menu nights can help take you on a trip
- july 4, 2012
these goat cheese tarts
- june 20, 2012
nuts a great treat for dad
- june 6, 2012
style shrimp with tomatoes and feta a perfect summer treat
- may 23, 2012
french toast makes a nice mother's day treat
- may 9, 2012
learn to love broccoli with this nuts & pancetta recipe
- apr. 25, 2012
tea asparagus cigars with prosciutto & parmesan
- apr. 11, 2012
to make them forget what they're eating - mar. 28, 2012
ricotta cake with a taste of nostalgia
- mar. 14, 2012
taquitos - delicious & simple by any name
- feb. 29, 2012
up with chicken pot pie
- feb. 15, 2012
tina roberts' kitchen classic revealed
- feb. 8, 2012
jan's banana cake with cream cheese icing
- jan. 18, 2012
tasty post-christmas, christmas party snack
- jan. 4, 2012
great ways to take care of the leftover turkey
- dec. 21, 2011
different kid of shortbread
- dec. 7, 2011
ultimate grilled cheese
- nov. 23, 2011
muffins are definitely a guilty pleasure
- nov. 9, 2011
it up with indian food
- oct. 26, 2011
the great canadian buttertart
- oct. 12, 2011
- sep. 28, 2011
recipe that's 'to die for'
recipe for the start of school
- aug. 31, 2011
refreshing, in-season salad
- aug. 17, 2011
dessert fit for a prime minister
- aug. 3, 2011
easy meal for hot days
- july 20, 2011
tasty and easy summer recipes
- july 6, 2011
nice birthday surprise featuring delicious fried squid
- june 22, 2011
inspired by the world’s best donut
- june 8, 2011
asian twist on chicken salad spices up fundraiser
- may 25, 2011
twist on the scone
- may 11, 2011
can be a snack or a meal
- april 27, 2011
for a dip on girls’ night
- april 13, 2011
up a special birthday treat
- mar. 30, 2011
and cheese from michigan
- mar. 16, 2011
some sunshine with key lime cookies
- mar. 1, 2011
to like february
- feb. 15, 2011
- feb. 1, 2011
french onion soup for your soul
- jan. 11, 2011
of spending the holidays in Italy
- dec. 22, 2010
sprouts for the holidays
- dec. 7, 2010
perfect hostess gift
- nov. 24 2010
best chocolate chip cookie ever
- nov. 10, 2010
adult halloween treat
- oct. 27,
milk substitute for soup
- oct. 13, 2010
tapenade tribute to zia
- sept. 29, 2010
- sept. 15, 2010
sauce from the eastern seaboard
- sept. 1, 2010
the beaten path
- august 18, 2010
hazelnut cake can be made gluten-free - august 4, 2010
case of emergency
- july 21, 2010
of veggies means saying goodbye to ho-hum salads
- july 14, 2010
noshing on some grownup s'mores
- june 30, 2010
rice goes great with barbecue
- june 16,
world-famous salmon & scrumptious salad
- june 2, 2010
the south in the kitchen
- may 19, 2010
to the sea without a boat -
may 5, 2010
brunch so good you’ll need to detox
- april 21, 2010
to sneak fruits and veggies into a toddler’s meal
april 7, 2010
pizza inspired by niagara
- mar. 24, 2010
shops for something different - mar. 10, 2010
a beginner some easy-to-make dinners - feb. 24, 2010
big game requires chili - feb. 10, 2010
a recovery by revelling in some scrumptuous dishes
- jan. 27, 2010
of eating solid foods again
- jan. 13, 2010
cookbooks for new year's -
dec. 30, 2009
great holiday (cheese) appetizers -
dec. 16, 2009
old-fashioned meal needs a good dessert - dec.
salmon perfect for sandwich, pizza - or class - nov.
an anniversary with lamb meatballs - nov.
treat from a blushing bride - oct.
veggies a quick little way to help a busy family - oct.
muffins capture the flavour of the season - sept.
but sweet family visit nets a new dessert - sept.
fall-off-the-bone ribs are a favourite birthday treat - aug.
pavlova is a sweet summer treat - aug.
a new home with crepes - july
cheese, old friends & new memories - july
Italian treats that made the ‘Shortt’ list - july
pork dish even dear old dad can make - june
home to a garden full of rhubarb - june
3 , 2009
on the birthday burgers - may
up mom’s favourite mother’s day treat - may
spring into cooking - apr.
recipe provided by a friend who continues to inspire - apr.
cake for first charity bake sale
- mar. 25, 2009
tips on grilling the perfect steak just in time for the start of barbecue
- mar. 11, 2009
tips for entertaining at home
- feb. 25, 2009
no excuse not to make a special dish on st. valentine’s day with
this coeur à la crème recipe
- feb. 11, 2009
holidays help pass the winter
season - jan. 28, 2009
eating for the new year with salmon & salad - jan. 14, 2009
in the new year with cheese fondue - dec. 31, 2008
appetizers not as difficult to make as many amateur chefs think
- dec. 17, 2008
recipe that's sure to delight foodies - dec. 3, 2008
dishes are worth extra effort - nov. 19, 2008
it cheese please - nov. 5, 2008
recipe that cake people love - oct.
new pumpkin treat for thanksgiving - oct. 08, 2008
with risotto recipes - sept.
passion for cooking began with a childhood brownie-baking fiasco
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hosts event for service dogs
- the waterloo chronicle
date - oct 13, 2010
Shortt Gourmet will be hosting a Soup and Cracker fundraiser on Oct.
15 from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. at 55 Erb St. E, Unit 101, in Waterloo.
fundraiser will feature soups, crackers and lots of free samples from
the kitchen of Dana Shortt Gourmet, the Barrie Brothers, Thiru’s
Classic Indian, Village Kitchen and Stonewall Kitchen.
profits from the sale of the featured items will help place a Certified
Autism Service Dog with a local child from Waterloo. The child is currently
on the waiting list to receive a dog from National Service Dogs. which
is a children’s charity located in Cambridge.
has been involved with numerous charities throughout the years by donating
gift baskets to help raise money for local charities, as well as hosting
her own annual spring Bake Sale To Benefit for Kids Ability.
addition to her spring fundraiser, Shortt has decided to host an annual
fall fundraiser to raise money for other local charities.
the fall of 2009, she hosted a charitable bake sale event for Children
and Family Services.
year, Shortt was introduced to National Service Dogs and was inspired
to raise money to sponsor a local child with autism.
is committed to enriching the quality of life and enhancing the independence
of children and families like Tessa’s.
Autism Service Dog’s from NSD are valued at $30,000 over the eight
to 10 year working life of each dog.
thanks to the support of local business such as Dana Shortt Gourmet
and other community members, they are provided at no cost to families.
more information on NSD, visit www.nsd.on.ca or phone 519-623-4188.
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- the record
date - july 15, 2006
author - Carla McLennan
article - find of the week: the pope's jam
by: Carla McLennan, for Grand River Life
When Pope John Paul II was in Toronto for World Youth Day, he tasted
some of this jam and subsequently asked that two cases be shipped to
official name is Red Lavender Strawberry Merlot Jam, but I just think
of it as the pope's jam. Made for over 20 years by Swiss chef Urs Abey
and his company A Bisket - A Basket out of the St. Lawrence Market,
it's preservative-free, at least 70 per cent real fruit and handmade
from top quality all-natural ingredients.
expect the Pope had this jam for breakfast on his english muffins, but
I served it the other day with brie and crackers and it seemed to be
a big hit. You can buy this jam at Dana Shortt Gourmet, 55 Erb St. E.,
Waterloo, (across from the LCBO) where it sells for $7.99 for a 250mL
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had a great appetite for hard work
in starting up successful firm
- business times
date - april 2006
author- lisa kember
a successful catering business with no car seems almost impossible.
But that is how Dana Shortt started her business. The earliest phase
of what is now Dana Shortt Gourmet operated in Toronto using the bus
and subway system to trek food, platters and catering supplies from
place to place.
Dana Shortt – who was recently awarded 2006 Young Entrepreneur
of the Year by the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce – is
not one to get bogged down by circumstances. Shortt is a confident business
entrepreneurial venture started at the age of 24 while she was studying
at the George Brown College Chef School in Toronto and simultaneously
working as a private chef and catering small events. She had already
completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel and Food Administration at
the University of Guelph before going to George Brown.
her fellow students were preparing to work their way through the hospitality
industry, Shortt started looking for alternatives.
realized that I didn’t see myself as a chef in a restaurant –
that wasn’t what I wanted to do,” Shortt says. “I
wanted to do catering, food writing and private label products.”
her creativity and salesmanship, she did an unusual apprenticeship in
2004 with the approval of the George Brown faculty – apprenticing
for herself while launching her dream and renting space at the Breithaupt
Community Centre. That was unheard of at George Brown, where students
typically work under a chef in a restaurant or a hotel.
vision and drive comes naturally to Shortt. She is the product of an
entrepreneurial family. Both parents own separate companies and this
is not her first business venture.
always assumed I would work for myself,” says Shortt. “I
knew I wanted to start a business – and I wanted to do it here,
in Waterloo region.”
a true entrepreneur, Shortt is quick to recognize opportunities and
capitalize on them. “I first rented the commercial kitchen at
Breithaupt in 2002. But after lugging platters up and down the stairs
and running to Zehrs for food supplies because I couldn’t accept
deliveries, I knew it was time to do something different.”
opened the store on Erb Street and opened Dana Shortt Gourmet in 2004.
I had just finished an amazing Christmas season and I began to realize
there was a market for people who just need good-quality take home food.
And I launched the store so I could offer “Pick-up Catering”
– providing people the opportunity to pick up the whole meal or
just a single appetizer or entrée.”
the store, customers select fresh soups, entrees or desserts from a
fridge or plan ahead meals from the freezer. They can enjoy the convenience
of selecting from a menu or picking a la carte from available items.
and her team – which now consists of an Executive Catering Chef,
Resident Chef and various support staff – still do catering and
food delivery. But they also focus on building the clientele who have
discovered this life-saving resource for busy hosts and hectic families.
Shortt has been focused on building the business, people have been buzzing
about her exceptional food and unique business model.
done very little advertising,” Shortt says. “We have expanded
on the basis of word-of-mouth. One client has lead to another.”
award, a closely-guarded secret until the day it was presented, was
sponsored by the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology.
The fact that she was selected out of the 10+ nominees was a complete
surprise. “It is a great honour for me. I have always enjoyed
exceptional support through the Chamber.”
for her advice for other entrepreneurs, Shortt is quick to respond.
“Surround yourself with people who are going to be supportive.
It is exciting to build a company – but it can be hard at times.
You have to work really hard and be committed and focused. So it helps
to have the right people around you.”
as she develops the gourmet take-away meals, builds her team and continues
to service her growing clientele in the store, Dana Shortt is envisioning
plan to develop private-labelled food – a selection of signature
items – and sell them in other retail venues. I will continue
to increase the catering business and grow the store. Maybe eventually
I’ll write a cookbook.”
she won’t be giving away the recipes that make her shop’s
take-home gourmet items a hit with customers. She wants to keep them
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guide - love is in the air
- grand magazine
date - january | february 2006
article - gourmet made easy
your sweetheart to a gourmet food package, priced at $50 and up, which
includes a sampling of our best-selling signature items, all ready to
eat and enjoy. Many items are freshly made, along with a few imported
specialties. Or give your Valentine a break and purchase a selection
of our fresh and frozen entrees. If you call ahead, your order will
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gifts to last
- grand magazine
date - november | december 2005
author - jennifer king
holiday, at least in my family, is centred around food," says Waterloo
chef Dana Shortt. So when in doubt, go with food, she suggests. "It's
perfect for people who have everything. It's not going to sit in the
closet. It's not going to sit up in the attic. It's going to be savoured."
company, Dana Shortt Gourmet, is creating six gourmet brunches, to be
delivered to the doorstep on selected Sundays every other month through
dishes are prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients, bought locally
whenever possible, and just reading the menus will make anyone's mouth
brunch features items like caramelized leek, goat cheese and roasted
red pepper frittata, with maple-glazed sausage and her signature lemon-currant
scones. Every brunch includes freshly squeezed juices, gourmet pastries,
and "a little extra," courtesy of Dana.
a great gift for newlyweds or parents, priced at $399 for six set brunch
dates for two people, including delivery. Add extra friends or family
for $32.99 per person, per brunch.
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- the record
date - may 11, 2005
Dana Shortt has opened Dana Shortt Gourmet, a specialty food shop and
catering business located at 55 Erb St. E., Waterloo. (Waterloo Plaza
(opposite LCBO), 880-1555, www.danashortt.ca)
Gourmet comfort foods, unique products and pick-up catering. Call ahead
to order hors d'oeuvres for a soiree, quiche and lemon scones for a
baby shower or organic chicken pot pie for the cottage. Corporate catering
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- the record
date - winter 2005
author - Sara McLennan
article - find of the week: colander
own two very sad colanders - one that is destined for a spot of honour
at Doon Heritage Crossroads and another that is even more embarrassing.
If you, too, are in the market for a shiny new colander, I've found
the perfect one.
Dana Shortt's Gourmet Made Easy, at 55 Erb St. E., Waterloo (in the
mall across from the LCBO) to see this nifty Vancouver-made colander
which sells for $23.99.
of plain holes, words like beans, blueberries and pasta have been punched
you'd like, Shortt can use this colander as a base for a gift basket
- um, I mean gift colander - filled with gourmet goodies and kitchen
What home chef wouldn't love to receive that?
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- women's culinary network news
date - may, 2005
2004 saw the launch of Dana Shortt Gourmet. Located in Waterloo, this
shop features fresh and frozen gourmet meals-to-go, appetizers, desserts,
entertaining accessories and hostess gifts.
kitchen is located in the back to provide full-service catering to take-away
single meals or hors d'oeuvres. They also have a large selection of
family and single-sized frozen entrees (savoury pies, meat and vegetable
lasagna, curried chicken, etc.) and delectable pies, cakes, squares
and tarts from Phipps and Dufflets.
More details along with what's cooking this week features can be found
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