Monthly Spotlight – Lesley Stowe Fine Foods

Lesley Stowe is a Parisian-trained chef who began her own catering company more than 25 years ago in Vancouver. A culinary pioneer, Lesley has helped to develop and refine the palettes of Vancouverites.


 Frustrated by the lack of specialty foods in the city, she opened lesley stowe fine foods, offering customers a wide range of world class cheeses, breads, homemade entrees, desserts and hard-to-find grocery items. Lesley was also a frontrunner in offering tastings and classes to the public. Her specialty fine foods store was one of the first in the city providing Vancouverites the chance to sample extra virgin olive oils and 25-year-old balsamic vinegars and quickly became a destination shop.


 In 1990, Lesley started selling her delectable dessert creations to the city’s top restaurants and became known for her decadent Death By Chocolate confection. The store’s success, combined with Lesleys ability to predict and capitalize on food trends resulted in the creation of raincoast crisps, an artisan cracker that was recently featured on Oprahs O List and in Martha Stewarts Whole Living magazine.


 Fnew photos 004ollowing expansion of the crisps into more than 4,000 stores across North America, Lesley added a new addition to her specialty foods product family in 2011 with the launch of the raincoast cookies, a line of all-natural, wholesome power cookies. This year, Lesley also introduced wheat-free raincoast oat crisps to accommodate the growing number of consumers with gluten sensitivities.