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Aug 10, 2009 09:26 AM

Piment d’Espelette

Anyone in Calgary know where to get Piment d’Espelette in any form? It is a Basque pepper, so it may be in retail shops or mail order shops that specialize in either French or Spanish food products.


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  1. Maybe Cookbook Co. can help you out.
    On Page 3 of their catering menu they list
    "Crispy Olives stuffed with Spolumbo’s Italian Sausage and Espelette Aioli"
    I am assuming they are using Piment d’Espelette.

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      1. The Spanish Table is a shop in Seattle that may carry and ship what you are looking for. A fellow chowhounder directed me to for spanish style coffee but the shipping was $30 so I didn't complete my order. I guess it would be worth it though if you plan on ordering other products. I would try the one is Seattle first to avoid heavy shipping costs...

        1. A Canadian supplier

          Smaller jars at the bottom of the page.
          "The standard delivery fee for most orders across Canada is $15.00, depending on how large your order is and where you're located."

          1. You can buy it at L'Epicerie on 1st Street SE (the little strip with the Callebaut factory and Manuel Latrowe patisserie). Have a foie gras bagette while you're there. In fact, all of the baguettes from L'Epicerie are delicious.

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            1. re: Suzi Edwards

              Mrs Scary went to L'Epicerie yesterday and picked some up.

              I had emailed them asking if they carried any, and Dominique Moussu responded almost immediately in the affirmative.

              So it's Basque recipes thie weekend.

              And a foie gras bagette next time I'm in the area.

              Thanks to all for the suggestions.

              Oh, and finally I also emailed Silk Road Spices, and though they didn't carry it they were willing to source some for me and stock it thereafter. They are eager to try to fill any request for hard to source herbs, spices, etc.

              1. re: Scary Bill

                Does Silk Road Spices have a retail location, or Mail Order only?

                1. re: worldwidestuff

                  I'm pretty certain they sell through their website only. They are Calgary based.

                  1. re: Scary Bill

                    They had a booth this weekend at the Farmers' market. Not sure if it's temporary or permanent.
                    Great display with some nice giftbox ideas.

                    1. re: worldwidestuff

                      In addition to mail order, Silk Road Spice Merchants has a permanent location at the Calgary Farmer's Market now. I also understand that they will be opening a full-blown retail location in Calgary (I think) during the summer of 2010. As of about mid-January, they started carrying Piment d'Espelette.