Local food, local beer and local chefs are a recipe for success at Ciboulette et Cie, a Midland restaurant with an eight-year history.

Owner André Sanche, who has painstakingly built his brand on high-quality, local cuisine, is expanding this spring by opening Larder & Pantry at 4 Robert St. in Penetanguishene.

The new casual café and artisan food market will be serving Ontario roasted specialty coffees, Ontario blended teas as well as a selection of Ontario craft beer and wine.

“There are a lot of coffee roasters in Ontario. It’s a great scene right now,” said Sanche. “It’s all about specialty. Things you can’t get anywhere else.”

At the 290 King Street location, Ciboulette et Cie offers a selection of craft wines, beers and spirits, many of which are not available at the LCBO or Beer Store. It serves pastries, breakfast, lunch and dinner with table service in its new location since opening March 2.

Larder & Pantry will be a counter service-style restaurant serving up locally sourced foods for the homemaking of pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads as well as smoothies, take-home meals and specialty food items.

Ciboulette et Cie will be the central hub of cooking and baking for Larder & Pantry.

“We are hoping to see a number of savings on that front that we can pass along to our staff,” said Sanche.

Employing more than 30 people including bakers, bread makers, chefs and serving staff, Sanche believes in respecting his workforce by providing them with a livable wage, not minimum wage.

A livable wage in Simcoe County was calculated to be $17.74 an hour in 2016.

“Our staff, after their probationary period, will start at $17.74 so they can support a family working at a café.”

Paying a livable wage for working in a café is not the norm and Sanche said he hopes it will help him retain staff.

Staff dedication will also help Sanche in his future expansion plans of Larder & Pantry.

“The ultimate goal is to have four of five of these in the area and get everything coming out of one central kitchen,” which will then be distributed to the other locations.

Sanche is also committed to supporting local businesses by employing food entrepreneurs and/or selling their products in his shops.

“I believe there is a lot of talent in Simcoe County and I think we really need to showcase that. We are trying to help others get their businesses started.”

At the same time, it’s very important for people to eat fresh, whole foods and avoid processed “garbage,” Sanche said.

Again this summer, Sanche will be operating the Hive, a seasonal, casual eatery with a giant deck at 18 Franks Lane in Honey Harbour. The Hive offers all the same fresh food at Ciboulette et Cie with counter-style service.

Open from the May 24 weekend to Thanksgiving weekend, the Hive will also host special events such as craft beer and spirit tastings.

For menus and more information visit www.cibouletteetcie.ca.
– Gisele Winton Sarvis/Metroland