Featured Business Profile in May 2021

Did you know that you can get your healthy and eco-friendly bulk products in Embrun? Since 2007, the Gourmet Academy has continued to expand its selection of products and services. Located at 993 Notre Dame, the boutique offers quality kitchen accessories, in-house meals to go, smoked salmon on-site as well as cooking classes offered to children and adults for the fun of learning. A large selection of bulk products such as organic food, oils and vinegars, teas, natural home cleaning and body products, and eco-friendly accessories have now been added to the product line at this carefully decorated boutique.

Having dreamed from a young age of living out her passion for food, Maryse Lapalme, chartered accountant for 15 years, decided to put this career aside to open her very own boutique. Thus, the Gourmet Academy was established. With great pride, Maryse obtained in November 2019 her designation as a registered holistic nutritionist, which leads her to add the health component to her business. The offering of nutrition counselling and online courses are in the company's plans. The owner is also passionate about teaching cooking classes to children. What could be more unique than organizing a children's birthday party to discover new recipes and possibly a love for the culinary arts?

In addition, the company believes in the importance of giving back to the community. The owner has been treasurer of the Prescott-Russell Chamber of Commerce for 5 years now. The Department of Economic Development is proud that the Gourmet Academy is among our business community and congratulates Maryse for her work and involvement in the Township of Russell.

We invite you to visit the store, shop online on their website and follow the company on Facebook. The store is open Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can contact Maryse at 613-443-1700 and she will be happy to answer your questions.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: Follow your passion!