Our tour yesterday evening was led by Shannon Gomes, who is the public relations manager of Williams Sonoma. She came up to Edmonton from the Williams Sonoma head office in San Francisco for the sole purpose of opening the store. Shannon shared with us the story of how Williams Sonoma came to be; A while back, okay about the 1950's, Charles (Chuck) Williams visited France for the first time and discovered that there was some quality cookware and kitchenware that he had never seen before. Thus, became his quest to bring all of this French cookware back to America. Chuck, ended up opening his first store in Sonoma, California and hence the name "Williams-Sonoma" came into every household.
|Simple but ever so elegant French dinnerware.|
|Canning & Jamming Jars.|
|Waffles & Maple Syrup|
|My favourite wall-Le Creuset!|
|Various coffee makers and their accessories|
The Williams-Sonoma grand opening is on Saturday Sept 22 (tomorrow) at 10am. Demonstrations start at 11am and go until 6pm. Sunday, demos go from 11am-4pm. Chef Casey noted that there will be tastings and demos from Crave Cupcakes, Bon Ton Bakery, The Art of Cake, Green Eggs and Ham and more! Check them out this weekend at West Edmonton Mall. They are located on the upper level, across from the Apple store.
For more photos check out Michelle's post (The Tiffin Box) and Karlynn's post (The Kitchen Magpie).