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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

Mother’s Day Weekend 2013

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Looking to celebrate mom, this mother’s day? Whether it’s in the city or outside the GTA there is plenty to do. Flowers can be a key love for all women, and a new market at 99 Sudbury is a great place to buy flowers.

Starting this Saturday May 11, the Toronto Flower Market opens at 10 am and runs until 3pm. It is Toronto’s first outdoor flower and plant market and will feature Ontario growers. The market runs from May-September every second Saturday of each month.

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Also happening this weekend is the Handmade Market located in the Niagara County at Ravine Vineyard. The market is the perfect opportunity to treat mom to a lovely wine, food and artisan craft filled afternoon. It happens this Saturday and Sunday May 11 and 12, starting at 10 am and finishing at 5pm. The market will feature food from El Gastronomo VagabundoThe Tide & Vine Oyster Co and Hometown Ice Cream.

You can also take your mom out for some afternoon tea. The Montgomery Inn located at Islington and Dundas and is offering and afternoon tea which includes the traditional finger sandwiches, scones and of course tea. The cost ranges from 10-19 dollars and is first come first serve. You can reach them at 416-394-8113 or via this website.

Whatever you choose to do have a pleasant and happy mother’s day weekend.

May 9, 2013 | By | Reply More

Chef Rodney Bowers Makes the Perfect Burger with Boulart Bread at SIAL 2013

Boulart produces a bread that combines traditional, artisan bread making with modern convenience. Boulart carefully selects its ingredients, specifically top-quality unbleached, untreated flour, filtered water, and sea salt. They then utilize a long fermentation time, which allows the dough to fully develop nuanced flavors and aromas. The result is a fabulous looking bread with a crisp, golden crust, a moist and tender honeycombed crumb, and a delicate, inviting taste.

Chef Rodney Bowers’, Hey Meatball, is located at 719 College St. Located at Crawford & College in the heart of Toronto’s little Italy, Hey Meatball! boasts all Farm-to-table ingredients, sourcing everything offered to customers within a 100 miles radius. Also try their natural sodas and soft serve ice-cream! Daily hand made pastas are also available as side dishes as well as vegan options. Make sure to check out his other restaurant Hey!, located at 89 Roncesvalles with a more of a sit down feel (think less meatball sandwiches, and more salads, pasta and meat).

For more information on Boulart visit boulart.com. For more information on Hey Meatball! visit heymeatball.com and follow Chef Rodney Bowers on Twitter @rodneybowers.

May 6, 2013 | By | Reply More