10 Things Janice Beaton Loves

The owner of the gourmet cheese shop Janice Beaton Fine Cheese shares why she can't live without Caffe Beano's Americano, Aleppo chiles from The Silk Road Spice Merchant and her mother's oatcakes.

Photograph by Jennifer Friesen


One of Janice Beaton’s strongest childhood memories is holding onto her grandmother’s skirt and watching as she separated milk on the family’s farm in Cape Breton, N.S. It would be the beginning of a passion for homegrown food — a passion that followed her all the way to Calgary. Beaton was the original owner of Caffè Beano, which she ran from 1990 to 2010. These days she’s best known as the owner of gourmet cheese shop Janice Beaton Fine Cheese (JBFC). Here are 10 things she can’t live without.


Margin Gem Pac wood stove

My husband and I have one in our cabin northwest of Edmonton and it’s amazing. I love cooking and baking with wood heat. I grew up with a wood stove, so it’s like a throwback to my childhood.


Peggy Freydberg poetry 

I just found her a few months ago and she’s extraordinary. She started writing poetry when she was 90 and passed away last year at 107. A lot of her perspective comes from living this long life, so her work is full of wisdom.


JBFC Housemade Cordials

This is my new go-to when I want something thirst-quenching, refreshing and healthy. I love the tang and that the fruit comes through — that’s the best part, because it tastes real to me. 


The Road Home

It’s my husband’s radio program on CKUA. I swear, I fell in love with him 10 years before I even met him from listening to this program. It’s spoken-word poetry and such beautiful music. 


Sukin Australian Natural Skincare

I discovered it a few years ago, and I haven’t looked back. I have to say, I use everything from the body lotion to face creams. They’re amazing products, they work year-round and they’re super-reasonably priced.


Caffè Beano Americano

I honestly cannot live without it. We developed the espresso blend 26 years ago when I was working on opening the store, so no one else in town sells it. I love the depth and richness of it — it’s so flavourful. 


Aleppo Chiles from The Silk Road Spice Merchant

They have a subtle and complex flavour with high notes of citrus that make them so versatile. They have a lot of layers but aren’t super-hot, so they’re perfect for tomato sauce and salad dressing.


West Mabou Beach

The beaches in Cape Breton are pristine, wild and generally undiscovered. And the Atlantic is my ocean; the water is so clear and it changes the beach with every tide. There’s a new sculpture every day.


Goat Cheese Fritter Salad

Cheese and salad are the two major cornerstones of my diet, so I love this because it’s those things together in a delicious combination. I first had salads like this in the south of France, and it’s delightful.



My 81-year-old mother makes these oatcakes back home in Cape Breton, and she’s been mailing them to us to sell in the store for 14 years. They’re just so full of love and deliciousness. 


This article appears in the August 2016 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here. 


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