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Celebrating Life, Sharing Food

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Celebrating Life, Sharing Food

By Chef Michael Williams, Sands Funeral Home

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Hello! My name is Michael Williams. I am a classically-trained chef, born and raised in Victoria. I have traveled to many places in the world to learn my craft and now I am happily settled in Victoria. Many people know me as the ‘Country Grocer’ chef. For the past three years, I’ve been the Executive Chef offering catering services to all of the ‘Sands Funeral Home’ locations on Vancouver Island, including Colwood.

I use my culinary knowledge to create a varied menu of sandwiches, wraps, desserts and platters. Everything is made from scratch, using fresh, local ingredients, whenever possible. On a typical day, you will find me baking my own focaccia and other breads, making mayo from scratch, creating Chorizo Sausage Rolls with pasture-raised Metchosin pork and roasting and slicing all the meats used for sandwiches. I also make all desserts from scratch.

In my opinion, making things from scratch is the only way to go with food preparation—especially when the food forms part of a celebration of someone’s life. When I came on board to take over the Sands catering contract, I felt very fortunate to be able to contribute to celebrations such as these that can provide more meaningful support for grieving families.

The response has been phenomenal. Although the circumstances that bring people to us are sometimes difficult, our families appreciate the food so very much. The convenience of designing a customized menu to honour their loved ones and share it with others brings comfort to many. You really see people coming together around our thoughtfully-prepared menus and truly enjoying each and every bite!

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