This is how I learned about Pilar coming to town, which is exciting in itself. I got a call from Andrew Gardner, my old friend from my days at Xango, whoâ€™s now part of the management team at Reds Bistro. He and Reds Chef Michael Steh, invited me to come and talk to them about […]
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I have been stewing over this post and then putting aside and then picking it back up for a couple of months now. Wouldn’t you know it: just as I get ready to post, the Globe does a piece on sherries. And then my friend Tammy tells me yesterday that the Vintages site is featuring […]
Iâ€™ve been following pastry chef Charmaine Baanâ€™s career for years. The first time I heard about her was through Andrew Gardner, when he was at Splendido, back in the day. Her name would crop up in the food press from time to time, and I finally met her in person at Terroir in March. She […]
I got an interesting a call from Jessica Loving the other day. Jessica is Inniskillinâ€™s brand manager. We met last year when I put on a cooking demo that focused on ice wine. The spectrum of ice wineâ€™s tasting notes is astounding. I donâ€™t think people realize the breadth or diversity of ice wineâ€™s flavour […]
Luis Suares is a well-know Toronto chorizo master. Heâ€™s from the Asturias, a northern region of Spain on the Atlantic coast, with brilliant beaches and gorgeous landscapes. The region is also known for its Sidra, a sparkling apple cider, and some of the best cheeses produced in Spain — Cabrales, Beyas, Pitu, Peral to name […]
Pan-Latino Spanish chorizo, olives, fennel & pine nuts Fried green plantain w/spicy shrimp & tomato sauce Tamarind roast pork tenderloin w/rice & red beans Chocolate chili truffles with berries French Celery root soup with caramized shallots & white truffle oil Pan-seared sea bream with fennel salad Beef tenderloin with duchesse potatoes, French beans & demi-glace […]
Recent dinner parties ** Italian Organic baby Arugula, figs & aged pecorino salad w/ balsamic glaze Lobster raviolo, caramelized onions w/spinach & truffle oil emulsion Bacon-wrapped pork back loinw/ rosemary polenta stuffing & natural juices[ Mama style] Prosecco Zabaglione w/ fresh berries ** French Asparagus, green peas & king mushrooms w/ porcini oil Pan seared […]