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Harbourfront Centre wishes you and yours a
Sappy Valentine’s Day!

Ninutik maple syrup products now available at Bounty


TORONTO, ON (Feb. 5, 2010) – Maple syrup is a quintessential Canadian cultural icon. What better way to show your sweetheart just how luscious your love is than to TAP INTO SAP! Forget about chocolates, teddy bears and roses – go for originality and innovation in your tastebud-tantalizing Valentine’s Day gifts this year with Ninutik’s maple sugar products, now available at Bounty Contemporary Craft Design at Harbourfront Centre!

Ninutik (nee-noo-tik) is the Ojibwa term describing maple sugar; this company and its products are greatly inspired by the respect, care and love of maple syrup they share with Canada’s First Nations people. Ninutik’s hard maple sugar products are also influenced by the First Nations tradition of keeping maple sugar in hard blocks.

These sleek and stylish products, designed and packaged with art and aesthetics in mind, make perfect gifts for any occasion. Family, friends, hosts, guests and business associates will all appreciate both your gifting taste and the sweet maple taste! This is NOT your souvenir shop maple candy.

Ninutik products are also a green choice – the championship maple sugar bush that supplies the maple syrup is certified organic. Tapping trees is a sustainable use of our maple tree population; healthy trees can be tapped for hundreds of years, across generations. Ninutik is also a member of Green Enterprise Toronto (greenenterprise.net), which supports local, green business helping Toronto to become a sustainable city. Among their other green efforts, Ninutik’s kitchen runs partly on solar power and waste water is diverted to a nearby community garden.

From breakfast through dinner and dessert, maple syrup is a versatile flavour addition that works in both sweet and savoury applications. It has fewer calories than white sugar, corn syrup and honey, making it a smart way to add sweetness. Maple syrup is also a great addition to your daily diet – it’s full of calcium, zinc, manganese and iron.

Do something tasteful for your sweetheart this year and have a Sappy Valentine’s Day!

Note: High-resolution images available on request.

Available in person at Bounty (235 Queens Quay West), by phone at 416-973-4993 or via email at bounty@harbourfrontcentre.com. Domestic and International shipping available.


Ninutik Products

CUBE 57
250g of hard maple sugar
Inspired by Canada’s First Nations, this hefty handcrafted cube of pure maple sugar plays on the tradition of keeping maple sugar in hard cakes. Enhancing both sweet and savoury dishes, CUBE 57 is to be grated like fresh Parmigianino Reggiano cheese – maple sugar shavings can be added to fruit, ice cream, oatmeal, meats, coffee, etc. Each stately and delicious cube is one-of-a-kind due to unique marbled veins, small bubbles and white flecks. Offered in two gorgeous presentation choices, CUBE 57 makes a sophisticated and distinctive gift.

VITRUM 100
100g granulated maple sugar
Limited edition porcelain box of maple sugar with spoon. Commissioned by Ninutik, Canadian artists Alissa Coe and Carly Waito slip cast and hand finished each unglazed, white porcelain box. A celebration of the elegant perfection of nature, it comes full of pure, world-renowned maple sugar along with a spoon and lid, making it gorgeous table décor as well as an unexpected and impressive condiment.

SWEET 100
100g pure granulated maple sugar
Certified organic, fine-grain maple sugar from a two-time world champion, family-run Ontario sugar bush. Comes in an eco-friendly solid maple box, ready to spoon.

BOUQUET 6
6 soft maple sugar lollipops
A whimsical bouquet of six sweet, long-stem maple sugar lollipops. Handmade from pure Ontario maple syrup, these gorgeous treats will delight both the eyes and the mouth! Eat as is, dipped in chocolate, or swirled in coffee or tea. Makes a popular centerpiece for entertaining, and gift presentation can be customized to fit any occasion. Also available in bulk packages of 24 for catering, special events, corporate gifts, etc.

BUBBLE 80
80mL pure maple syrup
Limited edition. Ninutik commissioned Canadian glass artist Brad Sherwood to design these beautiful borosilicate glass “bubbles”, each individually blown and filled with pure organic maple syrup. When the occasion calls for a Canadian gift of distinction, this glowing droplet of syrup promises to impress.

COCO 22
8 maple chocolates
Limited-edition white chocolates, hand-painted in colours reminiscent of October maple trees. Master sugarmaker William Haggart provided maple butter for two delicious varieties: COCO 22 Speckle (filled with a rich maple butter fondant and a small pearl of hard maple sugar) and COCO 22 Swirl (filled with a smooth maple whiskey gel). Each gorgeous box contains four of each variety.

MARVEL 35
8 soft maple sugar wafers
Single-serving soft maple sugar wafers. A gorgeous dinner finale and a fabulous conversation starter. Try with cognac, tea or espresso. A perfect package of four square and four round, individually-wrapped wafers, each with unique marbled veins, small bubbles and white flecks.

SQUEEZE 250
250 mL pure maple syrup
Ninutik’s signature maple syrup bottle – filled with certified organic Canada No. 1 light pure maple syrup from a two-time world champion sugar bush – lets you drizzle with precision and without mess. Understated and stylish, refillable and recyclable, SQUEEZE 250 is the perfect gift for any home chef, friend or business associate.


ABOUT NINUTIK
Elegant, modern, distinctive - these are the words that describe the spirit of Ninutik gifts. Our intent is to present maple syrup - a Canadian cultural icon - through the lens of design, art and sugarmaking. Ninutik was created by Toronto industrial designers Dianne Croteau and Richard Brault, the founding partners of Studio Innova. For several years Dianne, Richard and their son Andre made small quantities of syrup from majestic sugar maples on protected land along the Niagara Escarpment. What started as a personal harvest soon evolved into a design exploration featuring maple syrup and sugar as the medium. In 2007 and 2008, Ninutik designs received an 'Award of Excellence' at Design Exchange Awards. For more information about Ninutik, visit ninutik.com.

ABOUT BOUNTY
The Contemporary Craft Design Store at Harbourfront Centre has a 30-year history of showcasing Canadian craft – especially work created at the in-house studios. Now, with the introduction of Creative Genius, Bounty also features great design with a range of products from around the world that improve everyday living. From personal, desk and home accessories to books and multimedia, all our products have been chosen to reflect the very best in contemporary design.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

For additional information about Harbourfront Centre and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.

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rshaw@harbourfrontcentre.com

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