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Seventeen former and current clergy members of the St. Joseph family joined the 150-year celebrations. Concelebrating the Mass from left: Fr. Ronald Angervil, Associate Pastor St. Joseph Grimsby; Fr. Christopher Kulig O.Carm, Carmelite Monastery Niagara Falls; Deacon Ed West, Star of the Sea; The Most Reverend Gerard Paul Bergie, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines; The Most Reverend John Sherlock, Bishop Emeritus Diocese of London;  Fr. Ed Jankowski, retired priest Diocese of St. Catharines;  Msgr. Leo Clutterbuck , Pastor St. Julia; Fr. Rico Passero, Pastor St. Joseph Grimsby.   Photo courtesy of Paul Scott

Upon this rock St. Joseph Church celebrates 150 years in Grimsby By Joanne McDonald he family of St. Joseph Church has grown some since 1866 when Fr. Theophilus Laboureau baptized baby Daniel Kerr in the sanctuary of the newly constructed church on Patton Street. It was faith that brought 120 tenacious souls together to build the first Catholic church in Grimsby - knowing not that the foundation they laid with rocks from the Niagara Escarpment, would set in


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stone the rich tradition of parish community for centuries to come. That faith is still very much alive as St. Joseph celebrates the 150-year anniversary of roots that were planted deep in fertile ground, and a congregation that has grown to more than 2,700 families and 8,000 souls. “This is purely the work of the Holy Spirit as the population of Grimsby has grown,” said St. Joseph Pastor Fr. Rico Passero, sharing highlights of the success-

ful celebration held June 11, and crediting the many hands that made it a huge success. “Terrie Morrison, Bernadette Walsh and Carmela Bodogan combed through archives to put together displays of our rich parish history.” The clergy, the congregation and the entire communion of saints were together to give thanks for the love and labours of the parish that has grown through three church moves, from the original location

Continued From Page 6 on Patton Street, to Robinson Street in 1954, and the present Livingston Ave. location in 1995. More than 1,000 people turned out that day, “and we fed them all” said parishioner and parish bookkeeper Pam de Laat who planned together with St. Joseph’s associate pastor Fr. Ronald Angervil and pastoral team member Tracy Piggott, parish secretary. “It was just a wonderful celebration of community love.” And it was a community effort including the St. Joseph Catholic Women’s League and the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Lake Council 4917. The Mass was concelebrated with The Most Reverend Gerard Paul Bergie, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines; Bishop John Sherlock, Bishop Emeritus Diocese of London; and both former and current clergy.  Fr. Passero was in good company with two bishops, 12 priests, one deacon and two seminarians present for the Mass. “It’s important to look back, to be thankful for the past where we’ve come

from as a Catholic community and the impact on the growth of Grimsby,” said Fr. Passero. “It reminds us of our need to be gracious and thankful. We’ve come from simple beginnings and we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.” St. Joseph’s has been instrumental in preparing young men and women to serve in different capacities and is a popular training ground for seminarians. “It’s not about our three buildings; it’s the fact that God inspired people to come together as people of faith in worship of God but in support of one another and where God is leading us in the future.” “The beautiful thing about the St. Joseph community is no matter where we’ve come from it’s our faith that unites us here. Many have deep roots in the community of Grimsby…..the reality is today’s church has a diverse congregation,” Fr. Passero said. With Blessed Trinity High School, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Joseph and St. John elementary schools under its wings, “the education of our young people is

paramount, especially building up of the faith. We are passing the baton from one generation to the next.” The late Bob Walsh, author and former parishioner wrote the comprehensive History of St. Joseph’s Parish Grimsby, Ontario 1866 – 1966 by R.E. Walsh. It’s a treasure of church history painstakingly gleaned from what little was recorded “of the faithful, of their problems, their

St. Joseph Church pastoral team standing alongside the statue of St. Joseph. From left: Pastor Fr. Rico Passero; Parish secretary Tracy Piggott; Parish bookkeeper Pam de Laat; and Associate Pastor Fr. Ronald Angervil. Photo by Joanne McDonald

PASSIONS Heritage Continued From Page 7 sacrifices and their victories.” In his history book, it reads, “through the heroic efforts of the priests of that era and the handful of the faithful, a church was built in the town of Grimsby and the parish came into being.” Researching through the history of the Archdiocese of Toronto published in 1892, Mr. Walsh recorded, “This Mission, situated in the County of Lincoln, comprises the township of North and South Grimsby, Clinton, Gainsborough, and Caistor.” The local history dates back to 1821 when Sylvester and Elizabeth Doran, with their young family emigrated from Carlow, Ireland and settled in the Grimsby area. They were the only Catholic settlers in the neighbourhood. “The beauty of the Catholic church can be traced all the way back to Jesus, and while we have a 150-year tradition of faith here in Grimsby, our roots go all the way back to the apostles,” Fr. Passero said.

The Catholic tradition has encompassed and nurtured the spiritual growth in men and women alike, in vocations to priesthood, religious life, married, family and single too.” In his 1966 epilogue Mr. Walsh writes that parishioners face as great a challenge as their predecessors of 1866. “To meet this challenge we need the same attributes which helped the founders of our parish. We need their faith – a three-fold faith, faith in ourselves, faith in our fellow man, and faith in God. We need their perseverance, to meet adversity and to keep on trying. And we need their sense of involvement, to recognize that if conditions are going to improve; that if peace, true peace is to be achieved, it can only be accomplished with the participation of everyone……” St. Joseph parishioner Bruce Jones has since taken the baton to update the parish history in his soon-to-be published book, History of St. Joseph’s Parish

Grimsby, Ontario 1866 – 2016. Currently in the editing stage, the book is an equally rich history of the last 50 years. Mr. Jones has been digging up information and will compile both sets of history including the first book by Mr. Walsh into one volume. As a longtime active parishioner, much of the content for the new book is lived history, and each page, a labour of love. Mr. Jones recalls the years when the Knights of Columbus met at the original church location on Patton St. “In 1960 the Knights held their meetings in the old church with the permission of Fr. Wildred Murphy, pastor at the time. We lasted there almost 43 years and left in 2003.” The building had become a burden for upkeep and in 2006 was purchased privately to be converted to a residence. The move to the Robinson St. N. location in 1954 was due in part, Mr. Jones said, to accommodate the group of enterprising adventurers and new parishioners who moved into town with the Grimsby Homebuilders’ Housing Co-op.

The original St. Joseph Parish on Patton Street in Grimsby, now converted into a residence.

Continued From Page 8 The move to the Robinson St. location in 1954 was due in part Mr. Jones said to accommodate the group of enterprising adventurers and new parishioners who moved into town with the Grimsby Homebuilders’ Housing Co-op.

It was June 1953 when several hundred people met at Cathedral School in Hamilton. They were there to hear Bishop John Sherlock and Monsignor William O’Brien explain the house-building program. In search of affordable housing, they found a $14,000, 11-acre parcel of lakeshore land and built each other’s homes together through sweat equity and hope for the future. They worked 30-hour weeks, on top of regular job commitments of 44-48 hours to build a community of 59 new homes. Everybody was in by June, 1956. Raised in Montreal, with a brother who became a priest, Monsignor Barry Egan-Jones, Mr. Jones moved to Grimsby in the fall of 1963 and with his wife Barbara became immersed in the life of the St. Joseph community and involved in the affairs of church building and maintenance. Now doing final edits to update the church history, Mr. Jones credits the ground covered by Mr. Walsh. “Bob did a lot of research to produce this history.” As too has Mr. Jones who said the book’s content covers a history of each pastor’s pastorate over the past 50 years.

He writes in the book’s opening pages, “while the church exists for people to worship God through the liturgy and every day is a liturgy day, it is people and what they do that gives the whole history.” And quoting the words of an unknown writer, Mr. Jones says, “The church’s vitality is dependent upon the people who form it and the energy, insight and inspiration of those who direct its works and carry out its tasks. The church is not a building, not a minister and not an organization - it’s people.”

(Inset above) St. Joseph’s 40-year locaation on Robinson Street. (Above) Its current Livingston Avenue location, since 1995.

Longtime St. Joseph parishioner Bruce Jones has taken the baton to update the parish history in his soon-to-be published book, History of St. Joseph’s Parish Grimsby, Ontario 1866 – 2016. Currently in the editing stage, the book is an equally rich history of the last 50 years. Mr. Jones will compile the 50-year history together with the 1866-1966 100-year history written by the late Bob Walsh into one volume. As a longtime active parishioner, much of the content for the new book is lived history, and each page, a labour of love.    Photo by Joanne McDonald

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By Mike Williscraft anadian Special Olympics has come a long way since the first games were held in Chicago in 1968. While next year will mark the organization’s 50th year, this year marks the 10th anniversary of Grimsby/Lincoln chapter. While the organization has just recently cleared the 90-athlete plateau, there were not nearly that many members when a small group first got together. “Our kids,” said Maria Archibald, while looking over at her good friend Lisa Posavad, “are the only originals left, right?” Lisa confirmed, Chelsea Archibald and Benjamin Posavad are the two remaining of the original half-dozen athletes who were part of the mix when things got started. At that point, the Special Olympics event


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What started as a group of five, now numbers more than 90 athletes. Continued From Page 12 younger organization. practice day for running, javelin, long was the only event on the local chapjump and other pursuits. “Word gets out that we are a younger ter’s schedule. group and some of the athletes feel more Back in mid-July, the Grimsby/LinOver years, it evolved to include fivecoln chapter had an excellent showing comfortable coming to be with us,” said and 10-pin bowling, soccer, basketball, powered by some standout performances. Kim, who has been a volunteer with the curling, snowshoeing and golf among group since Day 1. Among them, Owen Konkle earned five other activities. The physical activity is certainly a key gold medals, while Clem Bezemer earned A cornerstone of the Special Olympics part of the group’s purpose. As Werner double gold with wins in mini-javelin movement is Dr. Frank Hayden. MemUnger, the organization’s community co- and standing long jump. bers of the Grimsby/Lincoln chapter The local chapter operates with a comordinator, notes, “Many of these athletes have had an opportunity to meet him. would be just watching TV, playing on a munity council - which includes parents, Dr. Hayden, while a member of the computer or exercising their thumbs if it coaches and volunteers - and a board of faculty at Western University in London, weren’t for getting out here.” directors. Ont., conducted research on the role Besides the physical activities, the so“Here” - on this day - was the track that physical activity could have in the at Grimsby Secondary School. It was a cial aspect of the Special Olympics is also lives of disabled children. In immeasurably important. the 1960s he conceived of and “To see the relationships and developed fitness programs for friendships develop for these intellectually disabled children athletes is incredible,” says which attracted the attention Werner. of the Kennedy Foundation “If some of those kids never and its patron, Eunice Kenthrew a bowling ball at our nedy Shriver. Wednesday night bowling I The result was the staging of don’t think they would care the first Special Olympics in one bit. They have developed 1968 in Chicago. very strong bonds, heck, we’re Dr. Hayden served as exeven going to have our first ecutive director of the Special wedding soon.” Olympics from 1968-72 and While the competition and founded the European arm exercise which go hand-inof Special Olympics Internahand with all the sports the tional. As well, he took on the athletes take part in, the true role of consultant to Canadian benefit of participation comes Special Olympics throughout automatically, win, lose or the 1990’s. draw. Here in Niagara West, the “It really is about achieveGrimsby/Lincoln chapter has ment. It is about doing someseen steady growth and devel- Brandon Cook, right, hams it up with winner of five provin- thing well in a sport you come oped a reputation as a bit of a cial gold medals, Owen Konkle, during track practice at GSS. July/August 2017 | clubwest.ca


PURSUITS Harmony Continued From Page 13 to love,” said Maria. And that simple formula is what has not only kept athletes coming back, but drawn in more from Niagara West and the surrounding area. “We have a soft border,” said Werner, in describing where some of the member athletes come from. As Lisa noted, if a younger athlete in Stoney Creek feels comfortable with the Grimsby/Lincoln group they are welcomed with open arms. Such was the case for Justin Ferrier, whose father, Doug, learned of the Niagara West group through his son’s involvement with the swimming program in Stoney Creek. “He has really loved it here. The program is excellent,” said Doug. Everyone involved is very quick to point out the intense support the group receives in the community. Whether it is time at their practices from volunteers from FORT (Foundation of Resources for Teens) or funding support from organizations such as Grimsby Rotary Club, Fergie Jenkins Foundation, Knights of Columbus, Masons, Community Living and others, the Grimsby/ Lincoln chapter officials appreciate every bit of contribution. “We’re not an ‘asky’ bunch. We don’t ask for much but, when we need to, people

Kennedi Willis shows her skills against Welland. just ask, ‘what do you need’,” said Werner. “We keep our costs down and nobody gets turned away.” The athletes have T-shirts, for example. If money is an issue, the group covers the cost to ensure all are included. Some of the activities like bowling and golf have nominal costs. Those, too, are covered when necessary. When something special arises, like sending a curling team to the national bonspiel - which cost $1,400 per curler -

sponsorships are sought. “The people at Get Crackin came through there and paid for the whole thing,” said Werner. On the human resources side, Maria noted their group enjoys excellent support as well. “We are fortunate. The parents and families are incredible supporters and that is not always the case.” For more information on the Grimsby/ Lincoln Special Olympics chapter, email: wunger@cogeco.ca

Some Grimsby/Lincoln chapter members got to meet the founder. (L to R) Ian Mcleod, Katie Groothedde, founder of SO Canada Dr Frank Hayden, Kristen Smeents and Joshua Baglole.

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By Brent Bochek s the days get shorter and the nights get longer, I find myself looking back on a summer that was non typical as far as the weather goes. Wind and rain can prevent a day of fishing, especially on big bodies of water such as Lake Ontario. This wasn’t the case one weekend in July when I had some special guests from Colorado come to visit and do a little fishing. Steve Shelton, John Quarrels and I are all members of the Lowe Boats Pro Staff and I have gotten to know them over the past few years through social media and telephone conversations. One idea led to another and suddenly, I’m picking them up on a Thursday night at the Buffalo airport as we prepare to spend some time on the water fishing together. After a short night’s sleep, with boat in tow, we were headed to Port Dalhousie but not without introducing them to an


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iconic Canadian establishment, Tim Hortons. Although Steve and John spend a lot of time on the water fishing walleye tournaments in Colorado and surrounding states, they have never been on a lake the size of Lake Ontario. While fishing close to Port Weller, the blast of a fog horn from a Great Lakes freighter caught their attention as it travelled towards the Welland Canal through the fog. A first for them but something we see all the time. This provided a great opportunity to talk about the locks that lead to Lake Erie and also about all the cargo that these ships carry into Hamilton harbor and some other ports on the north shore of Lake Ontario. While they were here, I gained an appreciation for our lighthouses that we have at Port Dalhousie and in Grimsby. They asked questions about them that made me think about not only their purpose, but about their history. Even with today’s

Continued From Page 16 electronics we have on our boats such as depth sounders and GPS, it’s always good to see the green light on the lighthouse when returning to port after an evening’s fishing. Due to my lack of scheduling skills, I had a wedding to attend on Steve and John’s second full day here. Fortunately, my good friend Mark Counsell agreed to take them over to Lake Erie for some Smallmouth Bass action. Lake Erie had 3 ft waves which to us locals is not uncommon or unfishable. Even battling bigger waves than they are accustomed to, the boys from Colorado managed to hook a bunch of bass, and even a few of Lake Erie’s finest earning Steve a new moniker, #SheepheadShelton. On Steve and John’s final day in Canada, the alarm clock went off well before the sun was up to allow us as much time on the water as possible. Another stop at Tim Hortons (they’re gonna miss that place) and we were on our way, this time to put the boat in at Foran’s Marine in Grimsby. It didn’t take long to put fish in the boat as our first fish, a feisty 18-lb Chinook salmon, grabbed one of our offerings shortly after getting all the rods set. They found it pretty amazing how the CN


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By Lorraine Simpson t’s incredibly difficult not to fall in love with Italy when there is so much incredible history to be explored, food to be savoured and wine to be tasted. In Rome one can simply not go without visiting the Colosseum from inside or out, posing for a photo with a gladiator, or throwing coins in the trevi fountain… Rome will inescapably grab you with its charm, history and character. We spent two jam-packed days here on


our journey through Rome and Tuscany and would highly recommend getting the skip the line passes when you visit the sites you most want to see. Next we spent a morning in the town just outside of Rome called Frascati. This gem is one of several attractive historic hill-towns to the south-east of Rome known collectively as the Castelli Romani. Every weekend these towns, and Frascati in particular, fill up with Romans looking for a change of pace, clean air, good food and wine.  The

wealthy built villas here, many of which are still standing although they’re not open to the public. The most impressive is the Villa Aldobrandini, designed by Giacomo Della Porta for the nephew of a pope. This palace dominates the town, hovering above the central piazza in faded splendour.  We were greeted by Alexander Minardi who is fifth generation winemaker at the Minardi Winery and he took us on a very interesting walking tour of his village before introducing us to some of the local delicacies such as the Porchetta on the wood fired focaccia bread which was to die for! Then we went to his family owned trattoria where we learned “hands on” how to make home made pasta and gnocci. This was such a fun experience in this authentic setting and our host was an Italian grandmother giving us her secrets to pasta making which felt all the more special. The pasta had to dry for an hour or so before eating so we went on a tour of the winery and tasted his wines

A relaxing moment in Montepulciano.

PASSIONS Travel before returning to eat a delicious antipasti platter followed by the pasta and gnocci we made ourselves with delicious sauces prepared by the chef.  The next day it was time to leave Rome and head for Tuscany.  When you close your eyes and imagine Tuscany, you’re likely to envision rolling, sun-kissed hills dotted with olive trees, grape vines and the occasional farmhouse or villa. It’s a place where time slows and you can savour the rustic, earthy foods and wines that prevail here. As with all regions in Italy, uniquely bold food traditions pervade the area, such as a liberal use of beans, hearty soups, crusty loaves, fennel-scented salami and sheep’s-milk cheeses. Chianina cattle and wild boar --

or cinghiale -- are among the prized Tuscan meats, and locals enjoy stuffed pastas like ravioli. Wash it all down with a bold local red like a Brunello di Montalcino, a Chianti or a Super Tuscan. After all, Tuscany produces some of the best-loved wines in all of Italy. Standing high atop a hill in southern Tuscany not too far from Siena, Montepulciano is a medieval town of rare beauty. I highly recommend visiting Tuscany. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the

wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it. Passing under the imposing gate of Porta al Prato, you soon enter the Corso, full of all kinds of shops and fashionable stores. A series of sumptuous and elegant palaces succeed one after the other, until you come in front of the Church of Sant’Agostino, designed by Michelozzo, an important artist working for the powerful Medici family. We stopped in the Enoteca of the fortress to sample some wines which was quite a unique experience. The Enoteca in the fortress has a glass floor where you can clearly see below the workings of the ancient cistern system and grain storage vaults from hundreds of years ago. Along the walls you find a series of wine dispensing machines where with a card payment system that you load with around 10 Euro you can choose 6-10 wines to try while you sit on the top of the fortress overlooking the beautiful hills. It was a great way to try some of the wines of the area and soak in the scenery.  Then off to lunch in the Osteria where we discovered the unassuming owner who was well under 40 years old and had recently been chosen as sommelier to the Obamas on their Tuscany visit. He was so interesting to talk to and actually agreed to join our group coming to Italy this October to talk about wines of the region to our food and wine lovers. The food and the view were equally delightful as we spent two hours grazing on local meats, cheeses, pasta and of course sipping the famous Brunello wine.  Our next stop was Castello Di Potentino. The castle itself dates back to at least 1042, when  it belonged to Count Pietrone. Over the centuries the property passed through the hands of many well-known Tuscan families of noble descent - the Tolomei, the Bonsignori and the Salimbeni, who once received Saint Catherine of Siena as a guest. It was

The dining room at Castello di Potentino is waiting for you.

Continued From Page 20 recently purchased and restored by the Greene family, who have given new life to the ancient traditions of the magnificent castle. Former Vogue-journalist turned-winemaker Charlotte Horton and Alexander Greene, publisher and co-founder of the Frontline Club in London bought and restored Potentino in 2000, the sister and brother now regularly host cultural retreats of every hue at this stylishly eccentric Castello, as well as making their own wine, olive oil and grappa. Potentino is not only a working estate and vineyard, but also a centre for cultural events—whether planned, as with the summer concert series, or spontaneous, depending on who might be staying the night. A yearround bed and breakfast, the

Castello hosts weddings along with yoga retreats, wine tastings, and gourmandise weekends, such as a recent collaboration with Rococo Chocolates of London. Yoga classes are held beside the castle’s recently installed  swimming pool that overlooks the valley and vineyards.  Many of the wines are named after the precious stones historically identified with the classical world, echoing Horton’s feelings that “winemaking is an expression par excellence of one’s relationship with one’s environment.” There can be little doubt over the quality of Horton’s relationship with her setting: for the last three years, her Sacromonte, a textbook sangiovese, has won the Vino di Eccellenza from the Guida de l’Espresso, identifying it as one of the 500 best wines from Italy. Our

tour and tasting at the long table of the great hall was both delicious, funny and educational. I can’t wait to go back in October with our group. We continued our journey over the next few days in a similar way… slowly moving through the running countryside, tasting the wine, eating the food and meeting the people of the area… yes you will find it hard to resist falling in love with the place.   My specialty is small intimate groups of food and wine lovers. We travel all over the world sipping, swirling and eating our way through the local specialties while staying in luxurious places with local authenticity. If you would like to hear more about our adventures and join us on one of our custom gourmet food and wine experiences September/October 2017 | clubwest.ca


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Chef In Residence CUISINE

Winter Squash and Maple Bisque

I usually try to make a point of keeping recipes succinct, forward-flavoured, and enjoyable to replicate. The ingredient list rarely exceeds 6-7 items, and this holds true here as well. The recipe is based on winter squash; Butternut, Sunburst or Hubbard squashes work well. Be sure to give it a good wash. • 1 small squash, 2-2.5 lb, peeled, coarsely chopped, seeds out. • 1 each: medium onion, medium carrot, coarsely chopped • 1-inch piece of gingerroot, (about ½ the size of a regular cork) • 1 L chicken stock • 3 Tbsp maple syrup, dark, locally sourced • Salt and pepper to taste • heavy cream for drizzling (optional) Directions In a pot, combine the squash, onion and carrot with a splash of oil, and begin gently roasting it on the stove top, stirring it frequently to avoid excessive browning.

After about 5-6 minutes, deglaze with a bit of the Chicken stock, then add the rest of the stock, and the ginger. Add a small amount of salt, and pepper, and simmer until soft, 15-20 minutes. Pour half of the liquid out of the pan into a separate container, and reserve. In a blender, process the rest into a smooth

puree of brilliant yellow/orange, adding in cooking liquid to reach the correct, (or preferred) consistency. Correct your seasoning. If you serve it immediately, add the maple syrup, incorporate it thoroughly into the soup, and serve. Drizzle with the cream and a few drops of syrup, for a beautiful effect, and extra richness.

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September • Niagara Grape & Wine Festival - If you are a fan of the vine, this is the time to visit wine country. The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival Discovery Pass is your key to three weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara. Discovery Pass holders can enjoy eight experiences per pass. Experience the seasonal bounty of Niagara at awardwinning wineries sipping and savouring the best in local wine and cuisine. This self-guided program is the perfect way to explore Niagara wine country. Here are a few of the participating wineries in West Niagara: 13th Street Winery, Creekside Estate Winery, Fielding Estate Winery, Flat Rock Cellars, Greenlane Estate Winery, Kacaba Vineyards Winery, Legends Estates Winery, Magnotta Winery, Malivoire Wine Company, Megalomaniac

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Winery, Redstone Winery, Ridgepoint Wines, Stoney Ridge Estate Winery, Tawse Winery, Vineland Estates Winery. • Labour Day Long Weekend - Sept. 1 @ 11 am - Sept. 4 @ 5 pm, celebrate with Malivoire! The Cheesy Guys will be on location with their travelling artisan cheese shop. So many cheeses to go with wine! (Cheesy Guys are on site Fri, Sat. and Sun.) Complimentary wine and cheese tastings on both Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a glass of wine on the patio. Now, all of wine by the glass comes with a Malivoire GoVino glass as a memento of a great visit. Malivoire Wine Company, 4260 King St. Beamsville. 905-563-9253 • Firepit Fridays – Sept. 1 & 15 from 6-9 pm. Wine, music, wood-oven pizzas and a summer evening with friends. What could be better? Enjoy our beautiful gardens and casual setting next to a warm fire. No cost

of entry. Family friendly! Stoney Ridge Estate Winery, 3201 King St., Vineland. 905-562-1324/ • Burger Day - Saturday, Sept. 2 join us for Burger Day as we celebrate the last long weekend of the summer! Enjoy delicious burgers prepared by our in-house chef - Chef Alex with a glass of our Burger Blend Pinot Noir & Gamay Noir or Riesling & Pinot Grigio. Burgers available 11am -3 pm. 13th Street Winery, 1776 Fourth Ave, St. Catharines. 905.984.8463 • Paint Nite® - Sept. 8 at 7 pm. Raise your glass to a new kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over cocktails at a local restaurant or bar, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative

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Chicken Confit Salad Traditionally done with fatty poultry, such as duck or goose, Chicken Confit is equally delicious, and a lot simpler to procure. INGREDIENTS • 4 Chicken legs, bone-in (plus extra chicken fat, ask your butcher) • 1 Cup dark sugar (turbinado is especially nice) • ¾ Cup coarse salt • Oil (unflavoured, ie canola, vegetable, sunflower) • Fresh thyme • Fresh ground pepper • Lemon zest DIRECTIONS Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then pack the chicken legs in a small container, layering the cure all around it. Let sit overnight, in the fridge (8-10 hrs). In the morning, rinse, and pat dry. In a deep, small sauce pan, put all the chicken fat, and enough oil to have about

2-3 cups in total. Slowly heat this, and render all the chicken fat down. Remove any meaty bits once they start to fry. Carefully place the legs in this simmering fat, and lower the temperature to maintain a gentle simmer. (Alternatively you could do this in the oven, but it takes longer, and is more tedious to check.)

Your chicken legs will slowly tenderize in the fat. Periodically check, they should be completely tender throughout. Depending on the size of the legs, it will take between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. Once they are done, they will be golden brown, and absolutely delicious, served boneless, hot or cold, over a fall salad.

Continued From Page 24 September muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Must be of legal drinking age. Food and drink may be purchased at the event. Aure Wines, 3749 Walker Rd., Beamsville. 905-563-7256 • Yoga Retreat In The Vineyard - Sunday, Sept. 10, 10:30 am-4:30 pm. Breathe in the fresh air and soak in the peacefulness of the serene surroundings at Cave Spring Vineyard. Start your day with a gentle yet invigorating yoga class (suitable for all levels). Get nourished with a healthy (nutritionist approved) lunch, catered by Inn On The Twenty. Take a guided stroll through the vineyards during harvest to start a glorious hike along the Niagara Escarpment (approximately

2 hours in total). Cost $129 +HST. Cave Spring Cellars, 3836 Main Street, Jordan. 905-562-3581 • Crash Vegas ~ Sunday, Sept. 10.Toronto folk-rock heroes Crash Vegas are getting ready to play their first shows in over 20 years – or so. The impetus for the reunion ~ the reissue their iconic Malcolm Burn-produced 1990 debut, Red Earth. It was out in April on vinyl and, for the first time, digital. Vocalist Michelle McAdorey, guitarist Colin Cripps and drummer Ambrose Pottie will be reunited and joined by other acclaimed musicians.Tickets are $69 pp + HST. Redstone Winery 4245 King Street Beamsville. Phone: 905-563-9463 • Sweet Yoga - Tue, Sept. 12, 6-8 pm. Wine, yoga and dessert, what more could you ask for? Enjoy yoga in the vineyard instructed by Ganga Moon Yoga. After-

wards have a tasting in our retail store featuring desserts from Bella’s on the Bench. Contact 289-228-9330. Vieni Estates, 4553 Fly Road, Beamsville. • Fall Handmade Market - Sept 15-16, Friday 11am-7 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, This is an outdoor event. $6 admission (under 16 free). ATM on site. Event runs in all weather. No pets please. Shopping with 110+ artisan vendors. Featuring artisans offering jewellery, hand-sewn bags, fashion accessories, canning & preserves, natural bath + body products, original art, designer + children’s clothing, home decor, wood products, leather goods and more! 13th Street Winery, 1776 Fourth Ave, St. Catharines. 905.984.8463 • Yoga At Back 10 Cellars With Vinyassa By The Vines - Sept. 17. Immerse yourself in a morning of rejuvenating

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Chef In Residence CUISINE

Shaved Courgette Salad This salad, again, is incredibly quick to assemble and prepare, a great way to really highlight Garden-to-Gourmet eating. The fact that it is versatile and can adjust easily to your ingredients only enhances the appeal, and makes it something that could be enjoyed regularly (until frost, that is). Use the small to medium zucchini, 6-10 inches, as beyond that, the skin gets tougher. Serves 4. INREDIENTS • 10 small to medium zucchini, mixed colours if possible • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, mixed colours if possible • greens, flat parsley, sprouts or arugula

• 4 green onions, finely sliced DIRECTIONS Wash the courgettes, and shave into strips, using a kitchen mandolin, or a vegetable peeler. Wash and halve the cherry

tomatoes, and add to the courgette, then include your choice of green. I am using sunflower sprouts in this recipe. Lightly season with salt and

pepper, then add your favorite dressing, like sundried tomato, Greek, or even a creamy herb, and arrange on plates. Sprinkle with the green onions, and serve immediately.

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Continued From Page 25 September yoga outdoors in the vineyard followed by a tasting and a light snack. $25 for one or $45 for two or $60 for 3. Back 10 Cellars, 4101 King St., Beamsville. 905-562-3365. • Cream Tea – Sept. 17, 2:30-4 pm. Finger sandwiches, sweets, scones and cream with teas imported from England. All fit for the Queen. $25 + HST Please phone for reservations (905) 563-7256 or book online at events.aurewines.com. Aure Wines, 3749 Walker Road, Beamsville. • Harvest & Equinox Party – Sept. 22, 6-9 pm. Join the Westcott family and Bolete in celebrating the 2017 Harvest. Reserve your seats – email victoria@westcottvineyards.com and she will get you on the invite list. As always, Westcott Wine Club members get first dibs at the seats. Westcott Vineyards, 3180 Seventeenth

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St., Jordan. Ph:905-562-7517. • Nuit Blanche and Sparkling Wine Release! - Sept. 23 11 am-5 pm. Join us for our long-awaited release of our award winning 2015 Nuit Blanche, as well as our 2012 Natur, a Traditional Method sparkling wine. Terroir Tastings are $15, and groups of 4 or more are asked to please call 905-563-8700 and reserve a tasting. Limited quantities available. Hidden Bench Estate Winery. 4152 Locust Lane, Beamsville. 905-563-8700. • Good Girth Supper Club: la Vie en Rose – Sept. 23. A dinner with a decidedly French twist. Vive la difference! No membership required, but reservation are, please call 905-563-6333. Cost $60 pp, to be held at The Good Earth, 4556 Lincoln Ave., Beamsville. • Sip, Stomp ’n’ Sashay Your Way to Dance Glass - Sat., Sept. 23.This summer

Creekside Winery welcomes you to Dance Glass, your invitation to dance! dance! dance! in our extraordinary Barrel Cellar Ballroom. World-travelled Dance Luminary Alice Burke and her cast of experts will show you the moves. 1-3 pm, $20pp. Includes one hour of dance instruction, a 5oz glass of featured wine + cool down snacks from Sweetie Pie’s Kitchens. Reservations required – Email: atreservations@creeksidewine.com. or call (905) 562-0035 ext.235. October • Good Girth Supper Club: Harvest Thanksgiving - Oct. 7 @ 6:30-8:30 pm. Celebrate the bounty of the harvest with your family and ours as we give thanks Good Earth style. Good Girth Supper Club is a sumptuous prix fixe dinner menu priced at $60pp. (Gratuity, HST and all beverages extra). No

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Pistachio Pesto – Crust The crust, (in this recipe used on a crisp-roasted chicken breast), is a beautiful, richly aromatic topping for various meats – awesome on pork tenderloin, or even sea bass. It is so, so simple to make. As is typical with the recipes I put together, your own tastebuds must play a role here for the final product. INGREDIENTS • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed • 1 cup toasted, shelled pistachio nuts • 4 cloves roasted garlic • 1 lemon, zested and juiced • ¼ cup XV olive oil DIRECTIONS Combine all of the ingredients, reserving ¼-cup of the pistachios. Puree this and, at the end, add the last pistachios for just a bit of presentation and texture.

I prefer to keep the cheese out of this recipe, as it tends to burn, but for a dip, or

as an addition to charcuterie platter, add in ¼ cup of parmesan, if desired.

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Continued From Page 26 membership required, but reservations are, please call 905.563.6333. The Good Earth 4556 Lincoln Ave, Beamsville. • Thanksgiving Weekend – Oct 9-10. Chef Sider has created a Thanksgiving menu to showcase the fall bounty of Niagara. His seasonal select menu features the freshest fall ingredients sourced daily from local farmers. The 3-course menu offers guests a choice of appetizer, main course and dessert and is $40pp + taxes and gratuities. An optional wine pairing is also available. Thanksgiving menu served Sun. Oct. 9 from 11:30 am-9 pm and Mon. Oct.10 from 11:30 am-3 pm. Reservations open now and highly recommended. Redstone Winery, 4245 King St. Beamsville. 905-563-9463. • The Deck by In The Smoke Cookery

Every Friday till Oct. 9. Chef Nathan, of In the Smoke Cookery, explores his love of barbecue, and has a rustic approach to preparing locally sourced food. With an industrial Southern Pride smoker in tow, he has made The Deck at Creekside his home. Until Oct. 9: Friday Lunch & Dinner Service 11:30am-9 pm, featuring live music at our Friday Night Creekeasy; Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays 11:30 am-3:30 pm. Creekside Estate Winery 2170 Fourth Ave, Jordan Station. (905) 562-0035 • The Pinot Affair - Oct. 13 & 14. Are you ready for a love affair with Niagara’s most sultry and sexy wine? Back by popular demand! Intimate tastings, lusty food & wine pairings and more. Learn first-hand from those who make the wine why they only have eyes for

Pinot Noir. Tawse Winery, 3955 Cherry Avenue, PO Box 822,Vineland. 905562-9500 • The Vertical - Saturday, Oct. 14 starting at 6:30 pm. An exceptional evening with a multi-course Tuscan dinner and a vertical tasting of big, bold red appassimento wines. Price: $250pp (includes taxes and gratuities). To Reserve: Space is limited and this event will sell out. We will be taking a $50 deposit to reserve seats. This deposit is refundable up to 2 weeks before the event. To reserve, call (905) 562-9898 from 11 am-5 pm. The Foreign Affair Winery, 4890 Victoria Ave N., Vineland Station. (905) 5629898 • A Tribute to the Legends! – Oct. 20, Join us for a fabulous evening of Food and Fun. We are pleased to September/October 2017 | clubwest.ca


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Pumpkin Apple-Butter Tartlet (makes 6) INGREDIENTS • ¼ Cup pumpkin puree • ¼ Cup sugar • ¼ Cup milk • 1 Egg • 1 Tsp pumpkin spice (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger) • 2 Tbsp apple butter • 6 Tartshells • 1 Apple, peeled, cored and sliced. DIRECTIONS Pre-bake the tartshells, and gently roast the apple slices (same oven, and time). Combine all ingredients (except, of course, the tartshells and the roasted apple) and blend until smooth and airy. Divide over tart shells, and bake at 375F. 15-20 minutes. Artfully arrange the apple slices to form roses on top of the filling.

You could finish this with more apple butter….Awesome! To contact Chef Jan, email:

chefjan@goculinary.ca Find us online at www.goculinary.ca, or call 289-567-0487

Continued From Page 27 welcome back Stars on Stage! – North America’s Top Tribute Artists to Casablanca Winery Inn in the Grand Ballroom. The evening will include a delicious 4 -course dinner followed by performances by Tribute Artists for Elvis, Motown and Sir Tom Jones. Multi-award winner Gordon Hendricks will be performing as Elvis this evening. Tickets: $64.95pp + $3 service fee/pp + tax = $76.78/ticket. Casablanca Winery Inn & Spa, 4 Windward Dr., Grimsby. 905-309-7171. • Good Girth Supper Club: Dia de los Muertos on Oct. 27-28. Our annual Mexican celebration of The Day of The Dead is NOT to be missed! Good Girth Supper Club is a sumptuous prix fixe dinner menu priced at $60pp. (Gratuity, HST and all beverages extra). No membership required, but reservations are, please call

905.563.6333. The Good Earth, 4556 Lincoln Ave, Beamsville. • Yoga + Lunch + Funky Pumpkin Painting - Saturday, Oct. 28th, 10:30 am-3:30 pm. Begin this fun day with a gentle yoga class overlooking the stunning Twenty Valley from the Windows Room at Inn on the Twenty. Recharge with a Winemaker’s Lunch, paired with a glass of Cave Spring wine, in the private dining room at Inn on the Twenty. Retreat into the ‘spooky’ cellars for a pumpkin painting class, led by local artist Sonia Wilkinson. $159pp +HST. Cave Spring Cellars, 3836 Main Street, Jordan. 905-562-3581. Multi-Date Events • Food Truck Saturdays - Saturdays from Noon-4 pm. Join us for a glass of wine and delicious food truck fare. Wine by the glass will be offered. Food Trucks will set their own menus and pricing, and accept

cash only (we do not have an ATM on site). Food Trucks and schedules are subject to change. Sept. 2 – Panwich Company; Sept. 9 – The Wandering Gourmet; Sept. 23 – Waxy’s; Sept. 30 – Born2Eat, and; Oct. 7 – Waxy’s. Thirty Bench Wine Makers, 4281 Mountainview Rd, Beamsville. 905-563-1698. • Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch - Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery is continuing its support of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch with the release of its latest vintage — Falcon’s Nest. One dollar from every bottle of the 2013 pinot noir sold will be donated to the organization which maintains an annual count of birds of prey during the spring months. Falcon’s Nest is a single vineyard pinot noir using grapes from the McNally vineyard. Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery, 5600 King St. W., Beamsville. 905-563-0900

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