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We recently caught up with Kevin Durkee, the big cheese of Cheesewerks, at the 2013 National Home Show. The Cheesewerks booth showcased many great local products, including sauces, tapenades and salsas from La Natura Fine Foods, freshly popped caramel corn from Crazy Corn, and even some house made pickled veggies from Cheesewerks themselves. Cheesewerks is hosting the IDEA Stage presented by Reno & Décor Magazine. By adding a culinary element to the show with the main stage, they’ve reinvigorated the familiar home show format. To intrigue all of your senses, they’ve featured new food ideas from chefs and products like Lirad Kligman from Neptuno Oysters, Geoff Wiseman from Mill Street Brewery and Chef Scott Savoie from the Culinary Adventure Co.
Cheesewerks is an unique Toronto-based restaurant and retail operation that places cheese and artisan products at the centre of every offering. A menu of artisan grilled cheese, house-made soups, fine cheeses and other gourmet food can be enjoyed with their house-made sodas, a glass of wine or a small-batch artisan brew. Cheesewerks is located at 56 Bathurst Street in Toronto. Visit cheesewerks.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
The 2013 National Home Show runs through March 24, 2013 at the Direct Energy Center at Exhibition Place in Toronto. For more information visit nationalhomeshow.com.
On February 16, Abbeys Kitchen hosted Sips and Nibbles (SnN), presented by the Toronto Underground Market (TUM) for a food-themed Valentine’s Day event. SnN was held at Steam Whistle Brewery and featured an all-you-could-eat menu from La Carnita, Fidel Gastro, Rock Lobster, Babi and Co, ESE, Neptuno Oysters, Hotbunzz and more. There were also fabulous cocktails provided by alcohol sponsors including Sailor Jerry’s Rum, Forty Creek Whisky, Dillon’s Distillers, Huff Estates Winery, Tromba Tequila and of course, Steam Whistle. Gastropost was there handing out pictures snapped by #SnN attendees to remember the night. All in all, Sips and Nibbles was the perfect way to spend a snowy and romantic February evening.
Tickets for the March 6, 2013 TUM are still available, purchase here.
Neptuno is a boutique oyster catering company that specializes in sustainably-sourced Canadian oysters and amuse bouches. Experience by Design. Oysters Reimagined. The Neptuno commitment is to consistently deliver an experience that fuses classic delicacies with artistic design, while operating with exceptional service and attention to detail. Based in Toronto, Neptuno was founded on the principle that what’s important about gourmet cuisine is not simply what it can take you, but where it can bring you. Flavour, texture, design, and scent are the building blocks of the Neptuno approach and form the holistic sensory experience that makes us unique.
For more information on Neptuno, visit neptuno.ca.
Alexander Keith’s Birthday Festival took place this past Friday at the Brickworks in Toronto. Fans of the beer and foodies came out to celebrate Alexander Keith’s 217 birthday at the sold-out event. Although there was a little bit of rain, it didn’t put a damper the celebratory vibe.
Of course, there was plenty of Alexander Keith’s beer on hand, with both their India Pale Ale and their Red Amber Ale available. They were also showcasing their Alexander Keith’s Original Cider, served in official Keith’s Cider glassware. There were plenty of non-alcoholic options as well. Paired with the beverages was a diverse range of offerings from local food trucks and pop ups.
Here are some of the food highlights from the night:
Gourmet Gringos, a latin themed food truck/pop-up, were dishing up a variety of taco options; pork cochinita, pork carnitas, chicken, and mole short ribs. Below are their beer battered mahi mahi fish tacos with cabbage slaw and fresh guacamole.
The Neptuno gang was kept busy shucking New Brunswick French Kiss oysters. The sustainably-grown oysters (from Canadian farms) were served on ice with lemon, and topped with a variety of condiments including horseradish, cocktail sauce, red wine vinaigrette, and their signature hot sauce.
Babi & Co. is a pop-up specializing in Indonesian street food. Their menu featured pork satays, pork belly on a bun, corn fritters and mie kuah kacang (below left), with cold noodles, veggies and ricecakes tossed in peanut sauce. Dobro Jesti, a food truck focused on hot, wholesome, European food, was on the flip side of the spectrum with their schnitzel themed menu. The Kraut (below right), featured their chicken schnitzel with sauerkraut and mustard. It paired well with their butternut squash soup and risotto balls.
Some of the other food vendors included the omnipresent Rock Lobster, serving up their famed lobster rolls. Fidel Gastro was kept busy dishing out his Sgt. Slather and other extremo sandwiches throughout the night. Bonfire Catering had their wood oven pizza. Caplansky’s Deli Truck was serving up plenty of their smoked meat sandwiches. Stuft Gourmet Sausages, a newcomer to the local food truck scene had an interesting offering with their thanksgiving themed “Creole Turducken” (consisting of turkey, duck, and chicken seasoned in authentic creole spices). The Turkducken was a big draw of the night, as was their Thai Chicken Sausage. Pretty Sweet was there with their cupcakes for all those with a sweet tooth.
Aside from the excellent food and drinks, there were musical performances by Matt Mays and special guest Dwayne Gretzky. Attendees had a great time taking pictures in the photo booth. There was a games corner where players had the opportunity to play games and guess trivia questions with Keith’s girls. Game winners were awarded with a special edition Keith’s mug. There was also an engraving station as well as complimentary glassware, with the signature Keith’s Original Cider glass being given away throughout the night.
Additional Keith’s birthday celebrations were also held in Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver and many other Canadian cities. For more information on Keith’s visit: Keiths.ca