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Father’s Day Ideas For This Weekend

Looking for something to do this Father’s Day. From places to eat, road trips that aren’t too far of a drive and a great way to give back.

Take a walk, during The Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer, to raise awareness in the fight against prostate cancer.

Take in some eats. If you happen to be around Blue Mountain on June 15th 2013, check out the Blue Mountain BBQ Championship. It’s really what you think, delicious BBQ being ranked on taste and you can partake in it. The Blue Mountain BBQ Championship is the official home of Canadian BBQ located in the heart of the Blue Mountain Village. Competing BBQ teams spend the weekend slicing, seasoning and sizzling pork, chicken and beef in hopes that their cooking will earn them a portion of the cash prizes and supreme bragging rights on the KCBS BBQ Circuit. Teams adorn their areas with elaborate decoration, trophies attesting to their boasting rights, and as one can imagine, clever and creative team names. Sample over 20 professional BBQ teams award winning ribs and sauces, and wash it all down with delicious Bubbly suds while listening to Blues and good old fashion rock ‘n’ roll.

Just in time for father’s Day,  All the Best Fine Foods is featuring Angelo Bean. He is offering up samples of his tipsy dogs. Try them with All The Best Fine Foods recipe for Grilled Corn and Lima Bean Salad. They are also offering cupcakes for $3.50 each only for Father’s Day weekend. All June they are also featuring in store specials to complement your BBQ season. Have some good ol’ comfort food at Cheesewerks. They have a great selection of grilled cheese as well as artisan cheese, artisan breads and gourmet pantry items. Fidel Gastro owner Matt Basile opened the new Lisa Marie restaurant. It has a great selection of shared homestyle food and cichetti (an Italian version of tapas) and bar snacks. Take a look in the back of the restaurant, you can find jarred homemade goods in the market.

Take in a movie! TIFF has a great selection of series on film whatever your dad may like. A Century of Chinese Cinema runs from June 5-Aug 11. Some of the other series featured include Food on Film, Science on Film and Books on Film.

Head out on a road trip with dad to Dillon’s Distillery. The distillery is located in Beamsville, ON and has a tasting room where you can sample their products which include rye, Canadian rye whisky, vodka, gin and bitters.

Looking for a late Father’s Day gift, The Culinary Adventure Co. is running an Uncork the County series all summer long. Beginning Sunday, June 30, join a chef and a wine maker, for a leisurely day of picturesque landscapes, stunning vineyards and scenic shorelines as you uncork the County. Sample 12 premium Prince Edward County wines at 4 different wineries. Enjoy lunch overlooking a vineyard and share tasting notes with your own private sommelier. Each tour includes a Grab n Go breakfast, complimentary transportation, lunch, and 12 wine tastings at 4 wineries. Visit thecountywines.com for information on all the wineries.

Whether its big or small celebrate dad this Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16!

Photo credit: millerm217 via photopin cc

June 11, 2013 | By | Reply More

A Taste of Summer with Beaujolais Wine at Acadia

The Beaujolais Wine Council recently threw a BBQ at Acadia Restaurant in Toronto. The wine tasting and luncheon featured an array of Beaujolais wines perfectly paired with a variety of international cuisines. Anthony Collet, head of marketing at Inter Beaujolais was our host at Acadia Restaurant and introduced the spectrum of what Beaujolais had to offer. In total, we tasted 12 different wines paired with a five course tasted menu consisting of Indian, Korean, New Orleans and Portuguese inspired dishes. We savoured sweet, spicy, and exotic flavours created by chef Patrick Kriss and the team at Acadia.

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The BBQ started out with Beaujolais Chardonnay
Château Des Jacques, Beaujolais, Grand Clos De Loyse, 2010

Creole Shrimp with Anson Mills Grits
paired with Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais Fun, 2009 and Louis Jadot, Beaujolais-Villages, Combe Aux Jacques, 2011

Piri Piri Chicken Leg with Yogurt
paired with Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Beaujolais Supérieur, 2011; Jacques Dépagneux,  Morgon, Côte Du Py, 2011; Joseph Burrier, Saint-Amour, Côte de Besset, 2009

Grilled Eggplant with Peanut, Coconut and Curry Condiment
paired with Château de Pierreux, Brouilly, 2011; Villa Ponciago, Fleurie La Réserve, 2011; Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais-Villages, 2010

Korean Short Rib with Crispy Rice, Sesame and Chili
paired with Domaine Manoir Du Carra, Juliénas, 2010; Domaine Du Vissoux, Moulin à Vent, Les Trois Roches, 2010; Domaine Piron-Lameloise, Chénas, Quartz 2009

Dark Chocolate Ganache with Chantilly Cream, Caramel Popcorn

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Photo credit: Daniel Yam

Beaujolais_MapLocated north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais runs from Burgundy in the north to Rhône in the south. The Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River. Extending along 55 km from south to north, the Beaujolais region is enclosed between Lyon and Mâcon.

The official release date for the Beaujolais Crus is March 15, with the exception of Saint-Amour, which comes out on February 1. It takes until the following spring for the aromas and flavors to develop completely. The producers prefer to let the wines mature until March or April before bottling. Once bottled, most Beaujolais wines need to age at least two years to achieve their full potential.

The characteristic and exception of Beaujolais wines is that only one grape variety is used to make them all: Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc (the skin is red while the juice is white). It is, on Beaujolais’ limestone-clay and granitic soils that this plant has found its true home. Nearly 70% of the 36 000 hectares of land planted with Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc throughout the world is in Beaujolais. The Gamay grape is used to make all Beaujolais wines with the exception of white Beaujolais, or Beaujolais blanc, which is made of Chardonnay grapes. Only manual harvesting is allowed in the Beaujolais region. Handpicking means that before being vatted, entire bunches are sorted to remove any bad grapes. This winemaking method is specific to the Beaujolais region.

There are 12 different Beaujolais appellations, 10 of which are known as Crus. The 10 Crus are the region’s most celebrated wines, and each is unique thanks to the combination of soil, vine and climate characteristics. Following the course of the River Saône. From south heading north, they run on one after the other: Brouilly is followed by Côte de Brouilly, then Régnié, Morgon, and Chiroubles, after which come Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Juliénas and finally Saint-Amour, which marks the northern boundary of the Beaujolais region, before the Mâconnais begins.

The wines do in fact have a lot in common, but because of the distinctive characteristics drawn from each appellation area terroir (an alchemy of soil, vine and climate), they are clearly distinct from each other, each with their own unique personality. Each portrays the typical character of the Gamay grape combined with its own local terroir, giving it its own unique style.

Inter Beaujolais, www.beaujolais.com

Look for Beaujolais wine at your local liquor store or LCBO. For more information about Beaujolais wine visit beaujolais.com.

For more information on Acadia visit, acadiarestaurant.com or follow @AcadiaToronto. Follow Chef Patrick Kriss on twitter @Patrickkriss.

Acadia Restaurant and Bar, 416.792.6002, 50C Clinton St., Toronto, Ontario, M6G 2Y3

June 3, 2013 | By | Reply More

Eat Up TO, An Innovative Food Networking Event on June 23, 2013 at 99 Sudbury

eatupto_logo Eat Up TO is an innovative food marketing and networking event – farmers’ market meets tech conference – uniting food and drink vendors, product makers, service providers, speakers and technology.

The purpose of Eat Up is to build community and promote the creation of innovative ideas in the local food world through collaboration and networking. Eat Up provides a platform for all food lovers and industry professionals to connect and share their passion for great food.

ABOUT THE EVENT

Food vendors including home cooks, pop-ups, food trucks, restaurants and professional chefs can try out new ideas, market themselves and get immediate customer feedback. Drink vendors, including local wineries, breweries and spirit distillers can share their brews and cocktails with the local community. Product manufacturers can sell their wares directly in our marketplace – olive oils, pickles, preserves, tea, desserts, kitchen tools and much more. Service providers can show off what they do and find new customers. Food lovers can use the platform to inspire and engage the community by speaking on topics that they are experts in.

BE A VENDOR AT EAT UP!

Interested in becoming a vendor at Eat Up? We are seeking food, product, drink and service vendors. Show off your food, test new concepts and sell directly to your audience. Sign up here.

SPEAK AT EAT UP!

We are seeking industry experts and food lovers to speak on subjects relating to the food world. Use the platform to inspire & engage the community by sharing your knowledge. Sign Up here.

VOLUNTEER AT EAT UP!

Eat Up will depend on the assistance and dedication of volunteers.Volunteers will receive free admittance into the event and a promotional gift bag. Register now to help out!

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What: Eat Up TO presented by Foodea.com
When: Sunday June 23, 2013, 12pm – 6pm
Where: 99 Sudbury
Cost: Tickets are $20 and are available through Uniiverse (uv.rs/EatUpTO2013).
Includes gift bag with promotional items.

This event is 19+. 

PURCHASE TICKETS

Tickets are available via Uniiverse.

For more information visit EatUpTO.com.

May 21, 2013 | By | Reply More

Amsterdam Brewery is Making ‘Dam Good Beer

The Amsterdam Brewing Company is an independently owned and operated craft brewery that is deeply rooted in the city of Toronto. A pioneer of craft beer in 1986 and initially called the Amsterdam Brasserie and Brew Pub, “The Amsterdam” was the first of its kind in Toronto to offer patrons hand crafted lagers and ales that were brewed in-house. Today they brew over ten different beers including their flagship lager – Amsterdam Natural Blonde, the award winning Big Wheel Amber and Boneshaker IPA, along with multiple year-round, seasonal and specialty brews. The Amsterdam Brewing Company uses traditional brewing methods and their beers are made with four all natural ingredients – malt, hops, yeast, and water. All beers are GMO-free, without preservatives, and never heat pasteurized.

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The new Amsterdam Brewery Retail Store is located at 45 Esandar Dr. in Toronto. Visit for a tour and tasting session, or just pop in to say hi and pick up some beer! They are open 7 days a week including holidays.

For more information, follow @AmsterdamBeer on Twitter, and like Amsterdam on Facebook.

Amsterdam Brewing Company, 416.504.6882, 45 Esandar Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 4C5
Hours: Open 7 Days a week, Monday-Saturday 11-11 Sunday 11-6. Also open on holidays!

May 20, 2013 | By | Reply More

Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium: Battle One is Coming!

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Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium (AKS) is a celebration of Toronto’s vibrant food culture that brings together the city’s hottest restaurant, food truck and pop-up vendor chefs to raise money for local food initiative, My Food My Way. My Food My Way is a youth nutrition education program that aims to engage youth in food and nutrition in a way that makes sense to them. Rather than distributing nutrition facts or telling students what they should eat, MFMW seeks to empower them using hands-on learning, and collaborative education to make healthy choices for themselves.

AKS combines the model of the casual pop-up party with the diner interaction and entertainment quality of an action-packed cooking competition.

This is how it’s all going to go down:

At each event, there’s a secret ingredient chosen that will be revealed when you show up to the event.

Four Toronto culinary superstars will each prepare two dishes that showcase the chosen ingredient, and you will have the chance to purchase whatever your heart desires for $6 per item.  Delicious beer, wine and cocktails will also be available throughout the duration of the event for $6.

Approximately 2/3 of the way through the event, chefs will be invited one at a time to present their dishes to our panel of celebrity judges on the stadium stage. The judges will provide appropriate commentary and evaluate the dishes on taste, presentation, and originality.

Meanwhile, all of this action will be filmed and projected live onto a large screen for guests to watch, between which DJ Michael Anthony will be pumping out the tunes for your entertainment. There will also be food product gift baskets being raffled off so you could go home with a full belly AND a basket!

After each of the three consecutive battles, a winning chef will be selected to move onto the championship battle taking place at the Delicious Food Show on the Food Network celebrity stage. The final “wild card” competitor for the championship battle will be selected by YOU via an online poll.

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BATTLE ONE Chefs:

  • Matt Basile of Lisa Marie (NEW) & Fidel Gastros
  • Matt Pettit of Rock Lobster Co.
  • Rocco Agostino of Enoteca Sociale & Pizzeria Libretto
  • Bruce Woods of Woods Restaurant (NEW)

BATTLE ONE Judges:

  • James Cunningham (Eat St)
  • Bruce Croxon (Dragon’s Den)
  • Jordan Hastings (Alexisonfire Drummer, Co-Founder Dine Alone Foods)
  • Peter Neal (Neal Brothers Owner)

BATTLE ONE Secret Ingredient:

Um… it’s a secret? But for those with food restrictions, please know the ingredient itself is vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free (the prepared dishes, however, may or may not be).

BATTLE ONE details:

May 26th 12-4pm
MOD Club 722 College St W

$10 tickets online. $15 at the door, pending availability (there is NO guarantee of door sales). More information can be found on the facebook event page.

A portion of all ticket profits & food sales will be donated to My Food My Way.

Tickets are available now via Uniiverse.

May 13, 2013 | By | Reply More