Our story

For 35 years the Tott family have been creating award winning recipes and artisan blends in their home village of Morin Heights, located in the Laurentians, a land of lakes and mountains an hours drive north of Montreal Quebec, Canada.

Mike & Linda Tott started Gourmet du Village as hobby Christmas 1982.

Son Alex was just 2 and daughter Ashley was a newborn. Mike combined his talents for design in the advertising industry with Linda wishing to do something more while at home with the new family, she went back to her love of dressmaking. At first Linda was creating floral children’s dresses much in the style of the times as epitomised by ‘Laura Ashley’.

Mikes marketing influence soon took over and the pair started to print their own fabrics and create little bags filled with Herb & Spice blends.

Unique packaging combined with the finest quality was and remains a cornerstone of their endeavours.

They gave their hobby the name of ‘Gourmet Village’ two bilingual words understood in both French and English as their home was and is located in Quebec the French speaking heart of Canada.

The business grew as they participated in more and more craft shows and Farmers Markets, creating new tastes and products to meet the growing demand.

At first their babysitters were enrolled to help with putting spices into little bags to be packaged as ‘Mulling Spices’ their very first recipe, then their cleaning lady joined them as a full time employee, then summer students all from their home Village of Morin Heights and so the story went on and a cottage industry was born.
At first their babysitters were enrolled to help with putting spices into little bags to be packaged as ‘Mulling Spices’ their very first recipe, then their cleaning lady joined them as a full time employee, then summer students all from their home Village of Morin Heights and so the story went on and a cottage industry was born.

The company has always believed in marketing and getting exposure for their products, from Farmers Markets to Consumer Craft shows to Trade shows.

Some of their displays have been quite spectacular winning awards along the way, but always meeting with consumers and buyers of all kinds, sampling, tasting and sharing their love of food.

The company has always believed in marketing and getting exposure for their products, from Farmers Markets to Consumer Craft shows to Trade shows.

Some of their displays have been quite spectacular winning awards along the way, but always meeting with consumers and buyers of all kinds, sampling, tasting and sharing their love of food.

From their very first Mulling Spice recipe in 1982, they have constantly added new products and recipes to share.

Linda retired from the company in 2009 up until then she had been responsible for creating the blends of Herbs & Spices, the signature products for the company, Dip Mixes, Seasonings for the Barbeque, toppings for Baked Brie and the recipes to go with them. During that time, they published their first book of Linda’s recipes.

Constantly creating new products, designing the packaging and sharing them with customers has been the biggest joy over the past 35 years. The addition of recipes and blends using Herbs was a big step, allowing them to introduce the first of their award winning dips.

The most prestigious Award to date being the SOFI from the NASFT Specialty Food Association in New York in 2013.
The most prestigious Award to date being the SOFI from the NASFT Specialty Food Association in New York in 2013.

Ashley grew up with the hobby/business and after graduating from the ITHQ ‘Insitute D’Hotelerie du Quebec as a chef joined the company in 2004, at first she worked in the warehouse, then became very involved in purchasing and planning, then Sales and Marketing.

The Grange: their flagship retail boutique, café and restaurant opened in 2012 to focus on  recipes and products, to learn more about the business to share with their customers.

Today Ashley has just taken over as President, primarily responsible for the Operations, and especially  Sales and Marketing of the business.

In todays changing market, with a new generation of consumers taking over from the baby boomers, locating and identifying where and how consumers shop is a complete change. Both the products, the marketing and the market are all changing

Mike has taken on the role of CEO but focuses on his first love ‘Creative Director’ creating new products and packaging, traveling searching for new ideas to share, directing the vision of the company.

The new catalogue for Holiday 2017 has just been completed, a whole new website linked to a Social Media program is next.

Ashley grew up with the hobby/business and after graduating from the ITHQ ‘Insitute D’Hotelerie du Quebec as a chef joined the company in 2004, at first she worked in the warehouse, then became very involved in purchasing and planning, then Sales and Marketing.

The Grange: their flagship retail boutique, café and restaurant opened in 2012 to focus on  recipes and products, to learn more about the business to share with their customers.

Today Ashley has just taken over as President, primarily responsible for the Operations, and especially  Sales and Marketing of the business.

In todays changing market, with a new generation of consumers taking over from the baby boomers, locating and identifying where and how consumers shop is a complete change. Both the products, the marketing and the market are all changing

Mike has taken on the role of CEO but focuses on his first love ‘Creative Director’ creating new products and packaging, traveling searching for new ideas to share, directing the vision of the company.

The new catalogue for Holiday 2017 has just been completed, a whole new website linked to a Social Media program is next.

LET US SHARE OUR MISSION AND
VISION GOING FORWARD

Mission

We love to share our passion for food by creating new and innovative quality products, supported by our superior service and great “Village” attitude.
At Gourmet du Village, we make it easy to make homemade.  We add the taste to the basics in our customer’s pantry or fridge with our easy to make recipes and products to share with family and friends.

Vision

Our vision at Gourmet du Village is to adapt to a changing consumer market, and grow consumer awareness.  To double our sales in the USA within 1-2 years, and be recognized as a go to brand for home entertaining tastes and ideas. We also want to strengthen our commitment to simple, clean, quality ingredients.

Two generations of the Tott family, Mike & Ashley, now combining their talents and their love for the business.

LET US SHARE OUR MISSION AND
VISION GOING FORWARD

Mission

We love to share our passion for food by creating new and innovative quality products, supported by our superior service and great “Village” attitude.
At Gourmet du Village, we make it easy to make homemade.  We add the taste to the basics in our customer’s pantry or fridge with our easy to make recipes and products to share with family and friends.

Vision

Our vision at Gourmet du Village is to adapt to a changing consumer market, and grow consumer awareness.  To double our sales in the USA within 1-2 years, and be recognized as a go to brand for home entertaining tastes and ideas. We also want to strengthen our commitment to simple, clean, quality ingredients.

Two generations of the Tott family, Mike & Ashley, now combining their talents and their love for the business.