Join the Fight for Sustainable Seafood!
Overfishing is the biggest issue our oceans face today. Join Canada’s growing sustainable seafood movement as Canada’s top chefs compete head-to-head for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in each city. Taste each of the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.
Toronto Ocean Wise Chef Finalists
- Chef Michael Wilson | Luma
- Chef Charlotte Langley | Catch Seafood Restaurant
- Chef Stuart Cameron | Starfish Oyster Bed and Grill
- Chef Leanne English | Sodexo Canada
- Chef Doug Neigel | Trattoria Mercatto
- Chef Koichi Fujioka | Hapa Izakaya
- Chef Maxine Knight | The Healthy Butcher
- Chef Sonia Potichnyj | John & Sons Oyster House
- Chef Travis Cropley | Pure Spirits Oyster House
- Chef Felipe Faccioli | Fishbar
- Chef Siobhan Dolan | The Sweet Potato
- Chef Thomas Heitz | Port
- Chef Joshua Dyer | EPIC, Fairmont Royal York
- Chef Ibrahim Tams, Earls Kitchen and Bar King Street
Calgary Ocean Wise Chef Finalists
- Chef Ron Jacobson | Bistro Rouge
- Executive Chef Chris Dewling | Blink Restaurant
- Chef Kyle Groves | Catch Restaurant & Oyster Bar at the Hyatt Regency
- Chef Paul McGreevy |CRAFT Beer Market
- Chef Darren MacLean | Downtownfood
- Chef Justin Leboe | Model Milk
- Chef Andrew Keen | Redwater Rustic Grille
- Chef Andrew Winfield | River Café
- Chef Dustin Schafer | Sky 360
- Executive Chef Paul Peddle | The Rimrock at the Fairmont Palliser
- Chef Rebecca House | Thomsons Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency
Vancouver Ocean Wise Chef Finalists
- Chef Chris Whitaker | Forage at the Listel Hotel (Defending Champion)
- Executive Chef Ned Bell | YEW Restaurant + Bar at the Four Seasons
- Chef Aleks Kornat | Manhattan Restaurant at Delta Vancouver Suites
- Chef Michael Lackner | Sodexo Canada
- Chef Joanna Astudillo | Vancouver Aquarium Catering & Events
- Executive Chef Eric Pateman | Edible Canada
- Chef Nicolas Hipperson | C Restaurant
- Executive Chef Dana Hauser | Herons West Coast Kitchen at Fairmont Waterfront
- Chef Hiro Amano | COAST Restaurant
- Chef Kevin Benes | Savoury Chef Foods Catering Company
- Chef Benjamin Curtis | The August Jack
- Chef Paul Cecconi | Brodo Kitchen & Catering with CodFathers Seafood Market
- Chef Tim Evans | The Cascade Room
Tickets are in all three cities are $50 plus tax. Tickets include samples of all chowders and beer pairings. The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is a 19+ event.
November 18, 2013 at 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency Calgary
November 19, 2013 at 7 p.m., Fermenting Cellar at The Distillery Historic District
November 20, 2013 at 7 p.m., Vancouver Aquarium
Purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Toronto’s Festival of Beer, frequently referred to as Beerfest, is an annual event taking place on Exhibition grounds in Toronto. The festival celebrates Canada’s rich brewing history, featuring over 200 brands including many Ontario craft breweries. The 19th annual Festival of Beer took place July 26-28th.
With entry you are provided a glass to use for sampling. This year’s glass was an impressive and hefty glass beer mug. Sampling tokens were available for $1 each. At most vendors, samples were 1 token for a half glass (4 oz.) or 2 tokens for a full glass (8 oz.). We attempted to work our way through the festival.
Some of our beer highlights included:
- Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. (@beausallnatural / Facebook). Beau’s was pouring their flagship Lug Tread, along with Festivale and seasonal brews Opa’s Gose, and The Tom Green Beer.
- Kensington Brewing Co. (@DrinkGoodBeer / Facebook). Kensington was showing off their popular and tasty seasonal offering Fruit Stand Watermelon Wheat.
- Spearhead Brewing Company (@SpearheadBeer / Facebook). We enjoyed Spearhead’s refreshing Hawaiian Style Pale Ale, perfect on a July afternoon.
- Alexander Keith’s (@AlexanderKeiths / Facebook). Keith’s had their mobile brewery on site and along with an excellent tour were offering their new Hop Series Ales alongside their popular India Pale Ale.
A noticeable change at the festival over the past few years has been the increase of quality food offerings. Here were some of our favourite food finds:
- Fidel Gastro (@FidelGastros / Facebook) was serving up a mix of his famous sandwiches including the Gorgeous Jorge (pulled pork, peanut butter, bacon jam and pig crackling) and Lisa Marie menu favourites like the Alabama Tailgaters (smoked bacon wrapped beef carpaccio, cheese and kimchi).
- Melt Grilled Cheese (@Meltgrilledchz / Facebook) was dishing up ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwiches including the decadent Tattooed Chicken (cheddar, mozzarella, grilled chicken, bacon, herbed tomato and garlic aioli).
- Rock Lobster Food Co. (@RockLobsterFood / Facebook) had their popular lobster rolls (also available as tacos). Unfortunately, festival favourite “pickle on a stick” were all sold out by the time we got there.
- Pizzeria Libretto (@PizzaLibretto / Facebook). Rocco Agostino was serving up pizza pies as quickly as they came out of the wood fired oven.
- The International Centre’s Crafting Fuzion had one of the most interesting offerings, the Seoul Bandido Nacho Libre, a Korean-Mexican mashup featuring pork bulgogi and kimchi.
We also bumped into our Eat Up TO friends from FoodShootr (@FoodShootrApp / Facebook) in the social media lounge (which was sponsored in part by Neal Brothers and NOW Magazine). FoodShootr has just released version 2.0 of their app and were at the festival capturing the festivities. The images above are FoodShootr‘s foodie finds at the fest.
Another great festival year. We’re looking forward to the next one!
Vendors will include farmers with fresh produce; grocery items from local purveyors like cheeses, breads and meats and locally made products like sauces, pickles, preserves and baked goods. Food vendors, including local restaurants, pop ups, and food trucks will sell freshly made food to eat at the market or to take home. Stay for a drink from one of the local drink vendors including wineries, spirit distilleries and breweries. Retail vendors including artisans will be on hand selling clothing, jewelry, art, crafts, flowers and more.
The market will take place in the 99 Gallery space every Wednesday evening beginning July 3rd, 2013 and running until October 23 2013.
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.
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.
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!