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Holding two imaginary handfuls of lettuce, Liebrecht explains that fresh lettuce grown close by can produce 45 to 48 portions compared to only 35 portions of produce from one of the big food suppliers. He balances the imaginary lettuce up and down to demonstrate the difference. It makes clear sense and the non-existent props prove the point nicely.
"When you break it down we're talking 25 to 30 cents a portion more, which is a highlight feature on the dish when it goes up," says Liebrecht.
When it makes economic sense to spend the extra for the locally produced food, Liebrecht does it and the superior quality reflects in the taste on the plate.
Tomato season is a favourite season for the local chef and entrepreneur.
"Tomatoes that you get from the local farm are way nicer," he says.
Liebrecht is a big fan of local suppliers in addition to local growers. He cites syrup and Himalayan salt as examples of products that aren't produced here but he buys through suppliers here.
The Living Room owner is also excited that the golf course at Garibaldi Springs will be opening as a bare bones operation this season. He's looking forward serving what he calls the "beer-drinking crowd" he expects will take to the golf course at Garibaldi Springs.
He loves serving beer as much as he loves serving fresh tomatoes and greens from Sea to Sky farm fields where hurricanes are never a threat.
Liquid Centre Chocolate Cake
Soften the 50 g of butter and liberally rub inside of four five-inch oven safe ramekins. Place the 50 g of sugar into one of the ramekins and roll the ramekin so the sugar coats the bottom and sidewalls completely. Pour remaining sugar into the next ramekin and repeat until all are completely dusted with the sugar.
Over a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate and 125g of butter together. Pour in espresso and whisk until chocolate and butter mixture is smooth.
Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat and slowly whisk in the eggs. Add flour one-third at a time and whisk until fully incorporated.
Pour evenly into the ramekins and place in the oven at 375F for 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and run a butter knife around the inside edge of the ramekin and turn out the cakes onto a plate. Serve with fresh berries and vanilla-bean ice cream (and Van Gogh Espresso Vodka!).
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