Once every two months MAG Artists, sponsors of the MAG, and art lovers from the village and abroad come together to share in the MAG conversations about Art, as it is defined in the broadest sense. In March, we were treated to the wonderful exploration of the growing, preparing, and savouring of food.
Janet Campbell, owner of Mrs. McGarrigle’s, is famous for her mustard. The story of her fine food shop is one of hard work, determination, and courage. And perhaps just a touch of luck.
Janet shared that when she began preparing her mustards in the 1980’s, there was little competition. She cooked up small batches and sold them at fairs, in food shops, and at festivals. When she decided to open the bricks and mortar store to house her mustards, she realized that she’d be raising her profile to new level. Now Mrs. McGarrigle’s is a thriving business and Janet ships her award-winning mustard to over 500 locations across Canada and attracts customers from the US and Europe.
In a friendly exchange with audience members at the SideCar Café in Merrickville, Janet shared her stories of adventuring to Italy, where she fell in love with olive oil. Her passion for things Italian has developed into an offering of culinary tours twice a year to Umbria where she introduces her guests to local wines, cheeses and markets with fresh produce. The days are spent collecting the ingredients for wonderful meals prepared together, under Janet’s tutelage, and shared afterwards with gusto.
A fine evening was had by all.