Yes, I made this!

Yes, I made this!

Raspberry Basil mustard. 

Sounds amazing? And I made it - with the help of the experts at La Maison Maille, the 269-year-old French mustard house. Maille's expertise sets the standard for Dijon mustard across the world. In fact, La Maison Maille was the official supplier to the kings of France and many European royal courts.

This weekend, The Maille Flavour Studio made its stop in the Vancouver area as part of its three-city tour across Canada (Toronto and Montreal being the other two) giving visitors a one-of-a-kind culinary experience led by headmaster mustard sommelier, Harry Lalousis.

 Maille Mustard Sommelier Harry Lalousis

Maille Mustard Sommelier Harry Lalousis

Lalousis demonstrated simple ways to incorporate mustard into everyday meals through three culinary workshops at the event. I was also invited as part of this media event to customize our own mustard with super fresh ingredients like field berries, maple syrup, and various herbs and oils. I made mine with fresh raspberries, basil leaves, and maple syrup. It tasted heavenly and would be perfect with fries!

 Making my own customized mustard!

Making my own customized mustard!

Guests were also treated to a number of appetizers and desserts made using mustard as a key ingredient as well as an amazing mustard cocktail served in small mustard jars that were so adorable. Perfect to alleviate the discomfort of a sweltering hot day! 

 Mustard sampling bar!

Mustard sampling bar!

 With La Maison Maille Mustard Sommelier, Harry Lalousis.

With La Maison Maille Mustard Sommelier, Harry Lalousis.