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Saturday December 15th, 2012

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Gourmet doughnut shops have been popping up all over North America, turning the humble fried treat into something more.

Using fresh ingredients and decadent, sometimes quirky flavor combinations, they are a whole new kind of beast, fit for a fork and knife; doughnuts for grown-ups. Sound like something you just may want to try? Are you thinking that it’s about time Windsor got it’s very own fancy fritter joint?

Johnny Oran found himself thinking that same thing recently and he’ll be testing the waters this coming weekend at winter fest.

Oran has recently moved back to Windsor after having cooked his way all over Canada in some of the country’s top restaurants, including le 357 C in Montreal and the infamous Splendido in Toronto. Since his return, he has started Joie Catering, specializing in intimate events and impressive displays. He is a fine dining chef through and through, but there is something about the modest doughnut that calls to him.

Oran thought that downtown would be the perfect place to start such a venture. “I think it would be a great fit for the businesses crowd. People on their way to work or students needing a coffee and sugar boost to get through yet another all night-er…” The Downtown BIA is offering pop-up shops to local businesses during Winter Fest in hopes of bringing more businesses back downtown, giving him a chance to showcase his designer danishes.

This week’s offerings will include: Chocolate salted caramel, Lemon and pistachio, Maple Bacon, Peanut butter and Concord grape jelly, summer preserved raspberry and caramelized white chocolate, and doughnut dots for the smaller appetites. He’ll also be serving hot cocoa with homemade candy cane marshmallows, pumpkin latte, coffee and mulled cider.

This pop up shop will be on Victoria in the downtown core on Saturday from 11am to 11pm.

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