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It makes sense for me to launch a hospitality and culinary issue, because that’s where
it all began. Back in my days at Georgian College, then to Dunlop Street, private yachting, international travel, and many titillating events in between.
Returning to Newfoundland to interview Canada’s Top Chef, Ross Larkin, was kind of like
a pilgrimage: we all know the significance of home and Larkin reminds us of the importance of home cooking. From the Rock to the soil, we head to Eigensinn Farms to see first hand what a farm-to-table experience looks and tastes like.
Patios and dining rooms are where some of the best Pie interviews, meetings, and good
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Pioneering a paradigm shift in how we think about the food we purchase. medley festival
A food revolution created by Philip Moore and Jeff Atley. renegade
Which diet can you make a lifestyle? glamping
Wading through the muck in your Louboutins to get another tin of beluga caviar and a champagne refill. chef michael stadtlander
Inspired dining, as close to nature as possible. top chef canada
Memories of fried capelin and bread at his Grandmotherâ€™s table. high tea
Socialites and shopping at Cookstown Antique Market.
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Local organic provisions and a hefty pinch of passion for the craft: timehonoured food staples for your table. bob dylan
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Chef Marco Ormonde
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HEAD CHEF - SAUNDRA VEZEAU
Tucked in under a tree on King in Midland this Canadian-inspired restaurant is sophisticated and welcoming. Head Chef Saundra Vezeau brings to Maple the familiar quality and love for food found at The North, her sister restaurant owned by Chef Marco Ormonde. Maple’s menu is brilliantly compiled using local ingredients and Canadian staples – think game meats and cooking with beer – laced with a hint of maple to stay true to its namesake. Upscale pub fare, Ontario craft beer, and a perfect selection of wine, The Maple is an approachable restaurant that truly does feed the soul.
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Farm to Table
WITH FOOD-TECH START-UP FRESHSPOKE Supported by the vibrant Barrie startup ecosystem | photo sébastien dubois-didcock
We grew up hearing the phrase “Good things grow in Ontario.” The jingle is probably stuck in your
head. More than simply catchy advertising, the motto has credence: consumers are looking inward, rather than outward, for their food. People are hungry for fresh, organic, and sustainable ingredients from within their own communities and the farm-to-table industry is expected to generate revenue in excess of $20 billion.
Greater Simcoe Region is leading world-innovation in sustainability and food. Canadian startup
FreshSpoke is a service that connects farmers and micro producers with restaurants and food wholesalers, markets from which they were previously excluded. Partnered with Georgian College’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre and other incubators, FreshSpoke has pioneered a paradigm shift in how we think about the food we purchase. The company has allowed us to become closer to the ingredients we consume, taking a bigger stake in farming sustainability and becoming champions of community support. It’s also good business: according to FreshSpoke CEO Marcia Woods, “Consumers care about local and sustainably-grown food and are willing to spend more to get it.”
The start-up has changed the food industry by creating a convenient and cost-effective way for
consumers to purchase locally-farmed meat and produce.
They proudly offer over 1,500 fresh, frozen, and prepared items from a wide range of over 175
regionally-specific producers. The service, available online and on the company’s app, handles every aspect of the purchasing pipeline: ordering, payment, and delivery for consumers as well as local farmers, growers, and artisans.
The company is also setting the international stage. Despite hundreds of applications, FreshSpoke
was one of only eight start-ups invited to participate in a prestigious accelerator held in New York by Food-X, the largest global investor in early-stage food companies. FreshSpoke is even planning to bring Canadian know-how to the United States, launching first in Southern Michigan and Northwestern Ohio.
Think of your last trip to the supermarket. You probably noticed tomatoes from California or
broccoli from Mexico, but the reality is we have options—oftentimes preferable, be they organic or hormone-free—locally. Local also means less transportation, which can be especially beneficial when dealing with livestock; animals endure less stress and are treated more humanely.
It’s also an opportunity to try new recipes or restaurants featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables.
A common misconception is that harvesting occupies a small timeframe, but the reality is that
certain vegetation thrives during the colder months or can be grown year-round. Ontario squash, beets, and leeks are primarily available during the first months of the year and are great additions to some of your favourite dishes. Greenhouse farming magnifies this by producing food outside its typical season. Which means you can ditch the out-of-country vegetation for something grown within a few kilometres of your home.
FreshSpoke’s philosophy is farm-to-table and the company is doing everything in its power to
shrink our collective carbon footprint. They’ve even revolutionized the way we transport meat and produce.
By leveraging the unused cargo capacity of vehicles already on the road, FreshSpoke is able to
deliver to customers’ doors without adding a single truck to the roads. “This drives down cost and gives commercial drivers, including producers, the ability to earn extra income delivering food.”
FreshSpoke is putting a face to food by connecting us with meat and produce farmed by people
in our own communities. It connects producers with a highly-engaged cohort of consumers with incredible buying power—people who value fresh, organic food grown locally and sustainably. They want to know what they’re purchasing and do it in a way that promotes local production while putting money directly in the wallets of farmers.
The FreshSpoke app is available on Google Play and the App Store; freshspoke.com
Michael and Nobuyo Stadtlander
AS CLOSE TO NATURE AS POSSIBLE Believing in people, nature, food and art by
R. Leigh Krafft |
Are you in need of inspiration? There appears to be no shortage of it in rural Singhampton. Canadian celebrity chef, Michael Stadtlander, can be found working on sculptures, repairing outdoor paintings, or crafting a gate to keep adventurous pigs off the lawn. “Being a farmer, you have to know how to do things yourself.” he said, and when he isn’t offering world-class, fine French dining at Eigensinn Farm, he is continually inspired to do so much more. The farm hosts several special Events each year, always a singular, exceptional dining experience, including at least 7 delectable courses, served in uniquely designed dining areas, as you stroll through forest trails, enjoying his newest sculptures and installations. A modern artist, his work includes political and ecological commentary, but allows for bravado and whimsy. He even makes distinctive pottery to frame his culinary masterpieces for Eigensinn’s Events.
He considers carefully when blazing a new trail, cutting down the least number
of trees possible, continuing to honour the philosophies of his teacher and farming guide, Masanobu Fukuoka; Japanese farmer, philosopher and natural farming guru. His gardens and crops are managed by those principles: “as close to nature as possible”, with nasturtiums and mustard greens protruding from piles of rocks.
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Eigensinn farm black currant, honey and gin sorbet
Pan fried Georgian Bay white fish and Eigensinn farm morels with green asparagus, in chervil sauce.
Stewardship is evident: “The Farmer” stands in the field, surrounded by a lush sea
of waving grass, composed of various metal pieces. Old, rusted parts of tractors and equipment were donated by local farmers, which he requested; when the sculpture was finished, Michael hosted a meal right there under The Farmer’s supervision, to thank them. He is man of his community, believing in people, nature, food, and art.
He and his wife, Nobuyo, have been bringing farm to table since 1993, presenting
Eigensinn’s Trail 25 Event as a “crystallization of what I’ve learned, gastronomically, technically…” Of course, you don’t have to wait for an Event. Once named one of the world’s 10 best restaurants, it feels more like coming home. Guests who have visited recall the history of the farm, the long table, crystal and linen, big steaming bowls and a sense of wholesomeness. Home is, after all, where you are most yourself; and this is Michael Stadtlander’s home.
Attending one of Eigensinn’s Events will certainly allow you into his creative
vortex, sampling his ingenious and delicious culinary creations. As ever, seating is by reservation, and the menu will be announced, along with a suggested wine list, BYOB. Accommodation at nearby bed and breakfast locations (with shuttle service) enables patrons to come from all over the world to enjoy their evening in total relaxation, and they do. Eigensinn Farm has become a mecca for foodies, chefs, and connoisseurs of fine food worldwide; almost a right of passage. Apprentices, too, come to study and work on the farm with Michael, for six months at time. He finds it incredibly rewarding to see them go on to great successes of their own, and to receive their thanks. An intensive education, it would be: Michael lives by deeper values paying attention to details, never wasting anything, “you could go the easier route, but that’s not an option for me”.
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A quaint, unpretentious laneway leads you to the farm’s bounty.
Behind this door, the magic happens slowly in the smokehouse.
Those philosophies guide raising livestock, fowl, gardening, fishing, foraging, and
beekeeping: most of his ingredients are grown and raised on the farm. This level of authenticity and integrity is admirable, indeed, and you can taste it. Michael knows how fortunate he was to grow up this way in Germany: his school in the pine forest, apprenticing in his mother’s fragrant kitchen garden and learning to forage for wild foods in nature. He is a third-generation chef, after his mother and grandmother, and fondly recalls his grandfather’s Volkswagen, with a large tank, delivering milk door to door. In our modern, social, work-a-day world, we can feel quite distant from the land and its bounty, and yet, we are inextricably linked to the natural world in which we have evolved. Is it a memory of wholeness and a sense of connection that brings people back, year after year, to Michael’s table?
In a small clearing, he gestured at a statue from a previous Event. “The Chef”, he
explained, “is like a messenger, the liaison between the farmer and the people”, and Michael Stadtlander is both, providing a very classical, refined, sensuous experience in his own personal art gallery. His culinary mentor, Vincent Klink, is known to host a jazz performance, read from his own work, and then advertise for his restaurant, when he isn’t painting or mountaineering. If you set the bar high, your students will rise. Now it’s Michael’s turn; he is offering you more than sumptuous sustenance for your body. What you take away is up to you, and if you can be open enough to receive it, you, too, may be inspired.
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Cookstown Greens by
Walking up to the classic red barn at Cookstown Greens Farm, you can’t help but notice
subtle hints of onion, garlic, and fresh herbs, teasing olfactory organs. There is something to be said for the quiet charm of a thriving vegetable farm, especially one that grows organic produce ethically, cared for by people who genuinely love what they do.
Vicki and Mike Ffrench, lovers of root vegetables and routines, are truly committed to
their life’s work at Cookstown Greens. They manage 5 heated greenhouses and 100 acres of farmland that supplies a multitude of retailers and farm-to-table restaurants spanning the GSR and the GTA. Methodical farming methods include a strict three-crop rotation which contributes to above-average flavour. No wonder these vegetables are sought after by the regions top chefs.
At the mercy of the weather, the Ffrenchs keep diligent records year after year to help
them determine trends and what to expect when harvest season rolls around. During hot and dry summers, irrigation is almost constant on the 100 acre property using water from Egbert Creek, which runs along their property then into the Nottawasaga River.
Cookstown Greens harvests an endless list of organic vegetables, priding themselves
on their potatoes and rightfully so, once roasted they literally melt in your mouth. Summer tomatoes, garlic scapes and bulbs, six varieties of onions, a blend of summer greens for every palate—the farm even supplies chefs with Jerusalem artichokes, rutabaga, and black salsify.
Recent dabbling in the realm of mushrooms has taken their product line up a few notches.
The endeavour has produced oysters, shiitakes, and chestnut mushrooms which have made their way into megalopolitan markets.
Cookstown Greens is certified organic outdoor farming with traditional roots, and the
Ffrenchs have mastered the art of quality farming.
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Fun with Fungi know your mushrooms by
Chicken of the Woods Laetiporus Sulphereus
Chicken of the woods has vibrant yellows and oranges. The magic of this mushroom: when cooked, it resembles chicken in taste and texture – it’s truly a plant-based eater's dream. It works amazingly in pasta, as taco filler, in a sauté, or as deep-fried “chicken” fingers. You want to harvest this mushroom when it is young; the older the mushroom, the more bugs it will have, and the tougher the mushroom becomes. 22 PIE DIGEST
Lobster Mushroom Hypomyces lactifluorum
Generally found in late August to October, this fungus is an easy one for beginners to identify. It has ridges instead of true gills. This is a parasitized mushroom and it's colours range from burnt red to oranges when young, and as it decomposes it turns a brilliant fuchsia colour. There is no distinct stem or cap, it is irregularly shaped and the surface is rather hard. It has a distinct seafood smell, stronger with age. This mushroom can be tricky to clean; itâ€™s best placed in water and soaked for a few minutes. When grated, it can be used like crab, moulded into crabcakes. PIE DIGEST 23
Chanterelle Mushroom Cantharellus
These Golden Chanterelles are a wonderful find in the forest. There are over 40 different varieties found in North America. The flavour of this mushroom is mild, nutty, almost apricot-like. Many prepare this mushroom sautéed in butter or used in cream sauces, served with chicken or egg dishes. These mushrooms start to come out mid July and are abundant in the fall. When looking to identify this mushroom, look for colours that range from off-whites, golden yellows, to brightoranges. It has “false” gills or forked ridges that squiggle between the stem across the underside of the cap. The flesh of a chanterelle will rip apart like string cheese and will appear almost fibrous.
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Morel Mushroom Morchella esculenta
These are one of the most prized edible fungi, gathered in the wild. Every spring, mushroom enthusiasts and foraging chefs hunt these little forest treasures. It is best to look for these fungi in pastures, sites of fire, meadows and orchards. There are some key identification characteristics with the true morel that should not be mistaken with a false morel. The colour of this fungi can vary from blonde to dark grey. It has a honeycomb-like exterior, with â€œcombsâ€? or pits on the outside cap that can be tight or loose and form an imperfect pattern. True morels, when sliced in halves, are hollow in the center, from the stem to the tip of the cap. The base of the cap is fused to the stem, unlike false morels. High in protein and fiber, it offers a meaty texture and has an earthy and nutty flavour. Morels are high in iron, copper, vitamin D, folate, riboflavin, zinc, and antioxidants. This mushroom is great cooked low and slow for best flavour extraction, or breaded, stuffed, or fried. PIE DIGEST 25
Bringing It Back Home ROSS LARKIN, TOP CHEF CANADA
R. Leigh Krafft |
You would think that Ross Larkin's specialty is humble pie, when he talks about
filming and competing in The Food Network’s 2018 season of Top Chef Canada. Yet, when he joined an elite, chosen few, Larkin went on to win the prestigious title, representing Atlantic Canada and his home province, Newfoundland. His modesty is perhaps due, in part, to how he developed on his career path. Once he “got serious about food”, he realized that he could learn something valuable “from everyone in the kitchen”, and he started listening, watching, reading, and studying intently. “Chef” is a title he uses when speaking to others who “have earned it, out of respect”, and yet, as Chef de Cuisine at one of Canada’s top restaurants, he smiles and says… “you don’t have to call me that.” While he may feel he is lacking in formal culinary training, he has more than made up for it with sheer ingenuity and creativity; made from scratch is an understatement.
When you live on The Rock, as it’s affectionately referred to, you are at once
connected, yet distant… “we’re the last stop for ferries, shipping… you can’t always count on everything always getting here. You have to know what’s on the Island and use it.” A sudden cold snap that damages greens, storms that keep the fishermen off the water; learning to substitute has become a passion and a science for Larkin. “When everything is growing, we preserve it… it’s what we have.” He describes using seabuckthorn, now heralded as a super-food, to make a vinegar, (the acidic berries act as a substitute for citrus).
One of the challenges of competing on the show was exactly that; he is accustomed to
preparing his own seasonings months in advance, “rather than just reaching for something that can build flavour quickly.”
Larkin discusses his approach to food, preparing and presenting a plate, and to life, in
much the same way: simple is best. He thoughtfully arranges temperatures and textures together, complimenting one another, but with the basics of only a few ingredients. That does not mean uncomplicated flavours; on the contrary, he strives for “food that will eat differently, but give you flavours you remember… you build around it, it’s warming; makes you feel good.” He speaks about connecting to something familiar, perhaps a childhood experience. Not surprising, since his own fondest food memories are with his family, sitting down at his grandmother’s table to fried capelin and bread.
It’s a cue to discuss points of etiquette: he encourages people to be open-minded, to
have a sense of place. Wherever you go, focus on that experience; anticipating what you will get, something new and unexpected, as opposed to what you won’t have. Of course, in Newfoundland, you will get cod, fish and brewis, fish cakes, but also “beautiful vegetables, hidden gems that we don’t share… that isn’t necessarily a bad thing!” 26 PIE DIGEST
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The incredible dishes created and plated by Larkin for the win certainly have garnered
international attention. “The culinary scene is changing in Newfoundland, with many young, talented cooks and chefs who want to be here and be a part of it,” observes Larkin, with food as the tip of the proverbial iceberg, in terms of relaxed luxury lifestyle on the Island.
Newfoundland boasts beautiful boutique bed and breakfasts, unique artisans, breathtaking
landscapes, fine dining, and “a welcoming reputation throughout the world”.
In the interview with the Publisher at Raymonds, Ross Larkin adds “nobody moves to
Newfoundland for the weather, but everywhere you go, people have a lot of heart, you have a great work ethic… proud to be from Newfoundland.” As for the title of Canada’s Top Chef, it’s “great for the Island, to bring this back home, here.”
Those seem to be the key words, home and here, when we look at Larkin’s cuisine and
his raw ingredients. Working with his respected mentor, Jeremy Charles, at Raymond’s, in Newfoundland, culinary innovation “is based on what’s available… I never know what’s coming through the door, berries, mushrooms, but I know what time the fish came out of the water, and what part of the water it came from.” Ross Larkin takes the character and history inherent in the flavours of traditional foods and transforms them into a fine dining experience with his fresh, ingenious use of only a few key components.
“I grew up berry picking with my grandparents, hunting and fishing, but some people,
they have their boat and they have their house and they fish and they hunt. They literally live off the land and they’ve been doing it for centuries,” he said. “They have fish, salt fish, berries and preserves in the pantry, moose, rabbit and partridge in their freezer, vegetable gardens and root cellars… it’s not about trending toward foraging or sustainability, it’s just something that’s always been done here. It’s how you live… coming full circle; we know our history and we remember our heritage and it’s always been honoured and appreciated.”
Let’s let the Chef have the last word. He’s earned it.
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SPIRITS, SNACKS, AND SPECTACLE AT MEDLEY Annual Medley Food and Drink Festival by
Kolter Bouchard |
You’re driving along the highway—“hey,
Medley has partnered with award-winning
what’s that?” Twin skydivers, smoke trailing from
Canadian chefs to include master classes
their packs, a Canadian flag suspended between
and smaller, more intimate workshops in its
them. It’s your first look at Medley Food & Drink
programming. Guests can interact with industry
Festival, a collection of curated experiences for
experts, learning how to take home cooking to
those hungry—and thirsty—for refined Northern
higher degrees of proficiency. The festival treats
Summers. If the sky-bound entertainment is
cocktail preparation with the same reverence and
any indication, this is something so completely
enthusiasm it does food, offering flare bartending
revolutionary in the industry as to be in a lane of its
events, a primer on Caesars, and a cocktail
competition. It truly is a food and drink show.
Medley is the brainchild of Phillip Moore
Even the way the fare is presented is unique.
and Jeff Atley, friends and business partners
Organizers preserved some of the staples of food
sharing thirty years of experience in marketing
and beverage festivals, such as exhibition-style
and hospitality. The initial conversation began,
food vendors and meat-and-cheese pairings, but
unsurprisingly, over a couple drinks and what
have done so with a Food Truck Corral—complete
was initially a thirty-minute catch-up grew into a
with 1800s-style wagons—and Charcuterie Cave,
three-hour business development. It’s clear they’re
respectively. There’s absolutely no pretension here:
just as excited to enjoy the festival as the guests
it’s extremely accessible for both retailers and
The pair have created an experience targeted at
Regardless of when you arrive and how long
small-to-medium- sized Canadian cities, opening
you stay, the festival is designed to allow guests to
to retailers and high-earning individuals who may
enjoy it in their own way.
not typically travel to existing food and beverage
It's important to the organizers that there is
festivals. Moore & Atley also want to redefine what
an effortless flow and each guests' experience
these festivals encompass: beer and wine, sure,
can be unique. Lounges and other activations
but also music and spectacle. They want to make
are strategically placed in order to facilitate the
a statement: “we’re appealing to people who are
dichotomy of families and singles or couples.
enthusiasts of food & beverage culture, but want
"Guests should look forward to buskers, a kid's
zone, axe throwing and car shows.
PHILLIP MOORE, ANITA HEIDEMA, CHEF DARIO TOMASELLI, JEFF ATLEY
One of the festival’s signature non-edible
It’s a matter of broadening guests’ horizons.
offerings is the 20 minute Chill Zone: an air
“We want to keep our network diverse—a good
conditioned yurt where guests can cool down with
balance of big and small vendors.”
a cocktail and escape Canada's July heat. Guests
will also have access to one of the largest private
responsible for the festival’s being, they have
collections of antique wooden boats in Ontario,
abstained from managing vendors’ directives.
being displayed by Heritage Boats. These, in
According to the pair, their clients already have
addition to the lakeside venues and other not-so-
great ideas—brands just need a big enough
subtleties like Muskoka Chairs, cuts to the heart of
platform to make them happen. In fact, Medley
what organizers believe to be Canadians’ fondest
and its clients have a symbiotic relationship—
memories of Summer: an eagerness to enjoy the
each has grown the other into something bigger,
natural beauty of this country.
more spectacular. Medley Food & Drink Festival
will be the new forbearer of Canadian Summers,
Medley Food & Drink Festival is an opportunity
Though Moore and Atley are principally
for markets to showcase local producers—
signalling throughout markets across the country
distilleries, vineyards, and restaurants chief among
that it’s time to embrace what unites us: our
them—but also national ones. This means guests
rich and varied landscapes, our indomitable
can get reacquainted with products and services
cuisine and libations, and our family and friends.
offered by their neighbours and also get to know
companies that have traditionally operated outside their borders.
THE GROOVY FAMILY
Owner Melanie Barrett and her team work
Chef Sarah Jones has been with Melanie
hard in their bustling downtown Barrie bistro.
since she took over the bistro in 2011. Together
The cozy dining room gives guests a unique
they have strived to achieve a balance in their
experience with the comfortable familiarity of
menus, often being ahead of food trends and
being in someone’s home. Having been in the
fusing familiar home cooking with interesting
industry for 20 years, Melanie always knew
twists and melding of flavours.
the sense of community that she wanted to
achieve in her own restaurant.
people coming back for more. Their open
Her staff shares in the same values and beliefs
kitchen allows guests to watch as their dishes
and continue to invite guests into the bistro,
are being prepared, fresh to order. Offering an
with their own brand of ‘Groovy’ banter. From
array of gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free and
the minute you walk in the door, you can
other dietary modifications to their dishes,
expect to be treated like an old friend who has
there is nothing that they won’t do to make
come to visit.
your visit exceed your expectations.
Guests can always expect to see something
These intriguing twists are what keep
It’s not uncommon to have one of the
new on the menu, as it changes with the
cooks deliver your food to the table or to see
seasons. Sourcing fresh and local ingredients
your server plating up a dish. The sense of
is an important step in preparing their ever-
comradery is evident in the way that the bistro
evolving, yet familiar dishes.
hums with excitement as it fills up.
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The staff work closely with each other to
Melanie and her ‘Groovy Family’, as she
give you the very best, whether you are coming
affectionately refers to her staff and guests
in with friends, family, or looking for a romantic
alike, have formed an undeniable bond. The
night out with your significant other.
sense of comfort and outpouring of love that
goes between everyone, including Mel’s toddler
Groovy Tuesday’s Bistro hosts everything
from birthday parties to intimate wedding
Frankie, is evident in every experience that
gatherings. Putting love into every event that
makes Groovy Tuesday’s Bistro what it has
they plan, they always cater to what their guests
become. To be here is to be fed, to laugh, and to
are looking for. Bringing back old favourites
indulge. This is a family that you want to be a
from one of the 28 menus that they have created
to date is something they love. Building custom menus for events always brings out their flare for creativity. There is no challenge too big for this little bistro.
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High Tea in Cookstown
What is High Tea? Unknown to many, the term High Tea was actually developed in working class communities of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in response to industrial workers coming home famished after a long grueling workday. This altered the manner in which the upper class took tea. The elite society adopted the term High Tea in place of their routine afternoon tea, and it became a bridge between two meals. Historically accompanied by lighter fare such as crackers, cheese, cold meats, and fruit, High Tea had become a mini-meal in itself. In our stunning event space, High Tea is our specialty. The antique dining table takes centre stage, surrounded by unique collectibles and antique pieces. Open 362 days per year, our event room exudes ambience, and is an ideal spot to host an event, or attend one hosted by us. “Today’s little moments become tomorrow’s precious memories”
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LIBERTY NORTH All-inclusive Hospitality by
Kolter Bouchard | Morgelli Photography
The most stressful part of hosting an
Liberty North offers 5,000 square feet of
event is planning the logistics. Sometimes,
event and meeting space, set to nearly double
you just about want to pull out your hair.
after a late-2018 renovation and expansion.
You’ve selected the venue, then what? Food.
They can accommodate up to 500 people
Linens. Atmosphere. Oh, the caterer pulled
for a banquet-style event and up to 800 for a
out at the last minute and you suddenly have
standard reception. The space can be divided
an extra forty guests showing up? What now?
to accommodate a number of separate
or associated events, such as seminars,
Welcome to all-inclusive hospitality in
Greater Simcoe Region. The team at Liberty
conventions, galas, and private celebrations.
North offers single-invoice assurance, which
means you only deal with one contact.
venue offers full-service on-site catering.
Event Manager Lori Buch will create a
Experienced chefs work with you to develop
bespoke experience using the many services
a memorable menu that highlights whatever
the company offers—ensuring you’re not
mood you want to set. One of the group’s
spending valuable time chasing down
signature features is a chef’s table, manned
by Executive Chef Mark Brasier—this can
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"Get ready for a good time"
Treat yourself to a menu expertly paired
Focus on enjoying your event by letting
with wine and spirits.
the Liberty North team skillfully execute an
extraordinary affair. Take pride and comfort
The team also offers off-site and corporate
catering: LN to go. Guests have been so taken
in knowing you have on your side a crew of
with the fresh menu at Liberty North that
individuals adept at every aspect of party
many wanted takeaway versions of the same
planning, ensuring its absolute success. And
gourmet meals. From creating meals for your
most importantly: get ready for a good time.
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Which diet can you make a lifestyle? CONSISTENCY AND COMMITMENT by
Amy De Wolfe | photo Sébastien Dubois-Didcock
It is well-known that fad diets have developed into a profitable industry, always featuring a new diet-du-jour on the menu. But why? Fact is, not all diets are designed for everyone. We are each unique in the way we navigate our lives regarding work, health, and routine (or lack thereof ). If you find a diet that you can stick with, chances are you will see results. The most important factors are consistency and commitment.
Ketogenic (KETO) Lifestyle This diet is currently flooding social media feeds everywhere. It’s likely that your friend/ co-worker/cousin is trying it, and you watch on as they drop weight quickly… or struggle to manage. Doctors recommend KETO to lower blood sugar and balance hormones. The Skinny: By upping your fat intake and lowering your daily net carbs to 20g or less, your body starts to absorb fat instead of carbs for fuel. The exact amount of fat required varies from person to person, so expect a learning curve before discovering your sweet spot. The Verdict: The KETO lifestyle is effective for weight loss – IF you can stick with it. Cheating on carbs will get you into big trouble (literally). Luckily, there are great carb replacement recipes out there to help you battle cravings.
Plant-Based This is about eating plants, plants, and more plants! Vegetarian, vegan and most raw diets fall into this category. The Skinny: Plant-based diets call for little-to-no consumption of animal products. There are healthy plant-based choices. Sprouts, spinach, and anything that travels straight from the earth to your plate. But, there are less than healthy choices… Think french fries and vegan birthday cake. The Verdict: Supplements and guidance can help for long-term success. Beware of processed vegan food products. Vegan does not always equal healthy, but healthy can always be vegan.
Paleo The Skinny: Paleo is based on the ancient Palaeolithic Caveman hunter/gatherer diet of lean proteins, veggies, nuts, seeds, other oils and a generous sprinkling of wild berries. You have to drop dairy, processed food, and agricultural grains. The belief is that hunter/gatherer diets are genetically natural, and can eliminate modern health issues like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The Verdict: It is impossible to replicate a hunter/gatherer diet with the cultivated meat and produce available in modern-day grocery stores, as they have different nutritional profiles than their wild counterparts. Sticking to Paleo principles is a healthy diet worth striving for.
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Elimination or Gut Health Diet This is the diet your naturopath swears will reduce your adult-onset acne, bloating, headaches, stuffy nose, insomnia, eczema, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, muffin-top… you get the picture. The Skinny: This diet requires you to eliminate specific foods from your diet for a three-week period, then slowly add them back one at a time while monitoring your body’s reactions. It helps you and your MD identify allergies and food sensitivities that might be producing undesirable reactions. Elimination can be done in tiers by eliminating a group of foods at a time, ie. dairy, gluten, soy and eggs. The Verdict: Heal your gut and understand which foods are helping you thrive and which are hurting you. Which diet will work for you? Consider your food preferences, your schedule, and your personal “Why”. Cooking and preparing your own food is the most reliable way to ensure your new healthy lifestyle is sustainable for the long-term. Commitment is key, so choose something you think you can stick with over time. Good luck and happy dieting.
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A MINDFUL PLACE TO EAT
It should be an experience…the music, the food, the vibe.
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NOTHING EXCITES AN EPICUREAN’S SENSATIONS LIKE THE VIBRANT TASTES OF AUTHENTIC EAST INDIAN CUISINE. Sylvia Parks specializes in that venerable cuisine…and is willing to share a few secrets. Going beyond catering and meal preparation, Indian born Sylvia, a director with Pampered Chef Canada, and Founder of Indian Plates, has carved out an innovative niche in the local food industry by offering clients the chance to learn vintage East Indian delicacies through interactive cooking classes. Ideal for in-home celebrations or office galas, her recipes are rooted in her Mother’s custom-made garam masala, an enticing medley of 12 herbs, part of every fresh curry dish she prepares and teaches. Sylvia’s creative business and imaginative menu are proving to be a temptation that food lovers would do well to indulge. indianplates.ca - 705.770.2221
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SMOKED PINEAPPLE MARGARITA by
Kevin Harris |
1 oz – Leyenda Milagro Reposado ½ oz – Leyenda Oaxacan Mezcal ½ oz - Triple Sec 1¼ oz - lime juice 1oz - pineapple juice ¾ oz - jalapeno agave syrup Instructions: In a mixing glass add all contents together. Shake and strain into a medium sized wine carafe. Rim an oversized old fashioned glass with a mixture of smoked sea salt and kosher salt. Fill with ice and a dried pineapple chip. Using a handheld food smoker and hickory wood chips, fill the carafe with smoke and cover with a napkin. Swirl and pour slowly into the glass. 58 PIE DIGEST
ILLUMINATI 1¾ oz – Gordon’s London Dry Gin 1 oz – Sage- Lime cordial ¼ oz – Green Chartreuse 2dashes – Dillon’s Lime bitters top with Lavender Foam spritz with lime peel then garnish with lime chip & lavender wand Sage - Lime cordial 24 oz sugar (volume) 1 tsp tartaric acid 1 tsp citric acid 12 oz water 10 grams roughly cut sage leaves 12 oz lime juice peels of 10 limes Instructions: Mix first 3 ingredients together and then add water and bring to a boil. Add sage, lime juice and lime peels. Stir and simmer for 1-2 mins. Set aside and let cool for 30 mins. Strain sage leaves but leave lime zest. Place in fridge for 24 hrs, then strain.
2 cups sugar ¾ tsp Xanthan powder 3 grams lavender buds 2.5 cups boiling water Instructions: Mix first 3 ingredients together thoroughly, then add boiling water and stir until all sugar is dissolved. Steep for 45 minutes, strain + refrigerate.
12 oz lavender syrup 3.5 oz egg whites 1 oz lime juice Instructions: Add all contents together and stir thoroughly. Pour into ISI canister. Charge with 1 NO2 tube and shake. Wait 5 mins and charge with 2nd NO2. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
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A Premium Spirit by
Dave Gordon |
John Shearer and Gab Bonghi
Bob Dylan – iconic singer, legendary songwriter, and Nobel laureate –
became a whiskey maker in the Spring of 2018. Called Heaven’s Door, the batch comes in three varieties: a “doublebarreled” American whiskey, a seven-year-old bourbon, and a rye finished in French Vosges oak barrels.
The idea was launched in 2015 when Marc Bushala – former co-
owner of Angel’s Envy bourbon – noticed that Dylan had applied for the trademark of the term “bootleg whiskey”. Intrigued, Bushala contacted Dylan, and together, they poured over the idea of creating small-batch whiskeys. They raised $35US million from investors, and today the 76-year-old Blowin’ in the Wind singer isn’t merely lending his name; he’s a partner in Heaven’s Door Spirits.
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“We wanted to create a collection of American whiskeys that, in their
own way, tell a story,” said Dylan, who is in fact very much a long-time and dedicated devotee of whiskey, having sampled countless brands over the course of many decades. Having raised his glass on the topic, he recorded Moonshiner in 1963, and Copper Kettle (The Pale Moonlight) in 1970 – which describes the distilling process.
Bushala learned of the singer’s discerning palette during meetings at
the minstrel’s Los Angeles metalworking studio, Black Buffalo Ironworks, whence the label design of crows, iron gates and wagon wheels is inspired.
In fact, much of the artist’s tactile creations comprise of found objects
collected from farms and scrap yards across America. “Everything from farm equipment, children's toys, kitchen utensils and antique fire arms to chains, cogs, axes and wheels,” the singer explained. “I was born and raised in iron ore country, where you could breathe it and smell it every day. And I’ve always worked with it in one form or another.”
As for the gate imagery in particular: “Gates appeal to me because of
the negative space they allow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways there is no difference.” The times they are a-changin’ in their favour: sales of American whiskey bumped up more than fifty percent since 2013, today a $3.4US billion industry according to the Distilled Spirits Council.
The regular batch of the 90-proof bourbon contains oak-derivative
notes, with hints of caramel and vanilla, and a smell reminiscent of sandalwood and leather. The double barrel whiskey, at 100-proof, covers the palette with an array of notes as allspice, berries, wood smoke and ground pepper. The straight rye, at 92-proof, corrals flavours as dill, cocoa, and tobacco. These bottles range in price from $50 to $80US. As for the name Dylan initially played with – it won’t evaporate like the angel’s share; rather, the Bootleg Series will be an annually limited edition 25-year-old bottle, adorned with his original paintings.
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FINER DINING IN NATURE by
Leslie A. Goodreid
Glamping – or glamorous camping–brings
Before long, the festival scene was teeming
up images of wading through the muck in your
with brightly coloured camping gear, as music
Louboutins to get another tin of beluga caviar.
fans embraced the celebrity lifestyle. The trend
Although some sites cater to every decadent
mainstreamed as vacationers, concerned about
whim, most are geared towards comfort in the
their carbon footprints and the risks of overseas
wilderness. Glamping is about getting in touch
travel, revisited camping—with a dash of
with nature, without nature getting in touch with
The origin of glamping dates back to the
shrinking in the early part of the 21st century. It
Turkish Ottoman Empire, with sultans reclining
got a needed boost from glamping as it made its
in sumptuous yurts. It later resurfaced with lavish
way across the Atlantic. Resort-themed glamping
African safaris in the 1900's. The modern reboot
sites began to pop up with safari-style canvas
was kickstarted by actress Sienna Miller and
tents, tree-forts, floating cabins, Mongolian-style
model Kate Moss, romping in the mud at rock
yurts, and teepees.
concerts in couture wellies and Panama hats.
camp on Ontario's Lake Obabika, in one of the
oldest red and white pine forests in the world.
The camping industry in Canada was
Out of this was born Outpost Co, a remote
Guests fly out of the Toronto Island
It overlooks Lake Erie and Turkey
airport to the unplugged camp by seaplane,
Point Marsh, and promises a wilderness
where they're treated to an opulent
immersion with all the creature comforts,
heritage experience that includes sleeping
including king-sized beds, hardwood floors,
in traditional hand-crafted tents, with
indoor plumbing, and electricity. The
comfortable beds and the finest trappings.
glamping site also boasts an observatory,
Nights are spent around a communal
winery, and includes Zodiac boat tours,
teepee with a fire pit and a library, while
mountain bike trails, zip lining, and kayak
the days belong to exploring the pristine
winery, have an awesome gourmet dinner,
“This is the way the coureur des bois,
“You can wander across the road to our
and the voyageurs would have paddled these
and get a couple of bottles to bring back...and
waters, with the Ojibwe and the Iroquois,”
take a glass to the big, communal campfire,”
says Outpost owner, Constantin von Flotow,
says manager Payden Shrugg, boasting of the
proudly pointing out how he sourced the
site's renowned hospitality.
site's specifications from museums. “We're
using the same materials. We're just doing it
and will charter a private amphibian aircraft
in the 21st century with a few added benefits
from either YYZ direct or Billy Bishop island
and comforts...mainly the wine and the great
airport Toronto to their marina.
glamping experiences in Ontario and abroad
Where Outpost caters to the inner
explorer, Long Point Eco-Adventures is geared toward both thrill and chill seekers.
Outpost Co. is your glamping concierge
You can find out about the rich variety of
WHAT ANGELS DRINK
A Primer on the Art of Drinking Scotch by
Bruce Meyer |
Single malt whiskey is the nectar of angels.
A flight, a row of three drams, is how one
Whenever a fine, amber, single malt from
samples a selection of fine scotches, comparing
the Islay peninsula or the heather-carpeted
not only the taste, but the nose, the colour,
Grampians is left to its own devices, a dram
and the layers of flavours that unfold in the
of it always goes missing. The missing ounce
mouth. Ranging in color from dark, mysterious
is known as “the angel’s share.” Angels know
tea-toned brews to almost clear-as-water
what’s good for them.
statements of invisible perfection, whisky is
the beverage of those who dream of finding
Most lovers of the divine brew will tell
you it is a sin to leave a bottle of the good stuff
their inner king or queen, or simply those who
unattended for any length of time. Those
understand that art can sit on the tip of the
drinkers of fine scotch will tell you the only
tongue as well as on the walls of a museum.
way to love it and give it the fine home it
More sensual than fine rums, more layered
deserves is to pour two or three fingers full
than Tuscan brunellos, fine scotches are, in
into a cut glass tumbler, a fine vessel reserved
themselves, an evening’s entertainment of the
only for single-malts, add a drop of water to the
highest order. It is the liquor of royalty.
brew, watch as the spirits swirl and dance in
the liquid, and before letting a drop of it pass
when it comes to fine whiskies. Though she
the lips, inhale the perfume of it deeply. Then,
had an extensive background in marketing,
and only then, can it be sipped. Those who
Price longed to own a pub. In her mind, the
swill single malt are not forgiven by the angels.
pub she envisioned would not be any mere
ale house. It would be a place where the art
According to the great scotch aficionados,
Stephanie Price is Ontario’s kingmaker
such as Scotland’s celebrated national poet
of the fine drink could be celebrated, where
Robert Burns, (he who also savored the
the distiller’s craft would be enshrined. Her
delicacy of haggis and the love of a red, red
dream came true when she opened The Dam
rose) the brew known as “John Barleycorn”
Gastropub and Whiskey Bar in Thornbury,
is meant to be celebrated as the nectar of the
Ontario, over a decade ago. It is an Ontario
gods. Scotch is the poetry of beverages that
landmark for those who love a good flight.
has been recited in every corner of the world.
Fine fare notwithstanding, the spotlight
From Japan and India to the heights of Machu
belongs to the whiskies. For those longing to
Picchu, the mother’s milk of the Scots has been
get acquainted with the tastes and subtleties
born and born again in distilleries that pursue
of fine single malts, Price presents a “flight” of
the magic of the ancient dram.
three drams served in beautiful bulb-shaped
Some sources claim the word whiskey has
glasses that encourage the nose as well as the
mystical roots, that it is a Celtic word, uis
tongue. A drop of water, a very small drop,
(meaning water) and ge (meaning life): the
releases the spirit and the fire in a good single
water of life. A true connoisseur of scotch
malt. Hold one up to the evening light as the
never speaks of a glass or a shot, but as
drop dances in the malt, and you will think you
something measured in fine portions known as
are watching the clouds rolling over heather
Price understands that scotch, as well as
Highland malts from Caithness are spicy
the whiskies gathered in her collection from
and nutty in their flavor with a gentle metallic
all over the world, are magical and possess
note of heather (and heather, a low evergreen
intrigue and allure beyond words.
that blooms purple over the windswept hills
of Northern Scotland is unlike anything I have
“A friend asked what I would call my new
pub, and I said, ‘I don’t know what I’ll call the
held and put my nose to in Canada – it wants to
damn pub.’ It was one of those instances of
be cedar, but it is far more subtle).
brilliance. The house is around the corner from
a dam on the Beaver River. That’s how The
in the west have a peaty flavor to them. I
Dam Pub was named.”
remember sipping on a bottle of Oban a friend
gave me, and when I closed my eyes I could
The Dam Pub currently serves one of the
The Island scotches from Mull and Skye
largest lists of whiskies in Canada, with over
almost see a thatched cottage with the sea in
nine hundred and thirty five varieties from
the background and a brick of turf curling into
around the world on its encyclopaedic menu.
pale purple smoke on the hearth.
Price, never one to rest on her malt, is in
constant pursuit of new varieties.
peaty, but not as heavy. Islays want to tease you
like a riddle in a Robbie Burns poem.
The world wanted in on the Scottish
An Islay from north of Glasgow is hardy,
miracle. Whisky distilling is a long, labourious
A Campbelltown, from the lower peninsula in
craft, but it is an industry that offers the
the west, has a definite salt and brine cast to its
highest return on investment of any liquor.
taste, as if it has caught the sea air.
“How much does the distillery industry in
whiskies gross each year, worldwide?” I ask
regions of the Cheviots and Melrose and
Jedburgh, are soft and smooth.
“It is hard to say, but because it is such a
universally admired drink, I’d have to put it at
it has been drenched with its lucky drop, close
your eyes, and sit back and think of Scotland.
The most popular dram on the menu at The
The world makes whiskies, but only
The Lowland malts, from the border
The key is to put a dram to your nose after
Scotland makes true scotches. There is
something in the waters of a clear, cold,
Price says it depends who is drinking and who
highland stream or in the nuances of Scottish
geography that cannot be duplicated in taste
As in the old tradition of “whoever pays the
or quality anywhere else in the world. Canada
piper calls the tune,” the choice of whisky
makes Rye. Kentucky produces Bourbon.
depends on who is paying.
An everyman’s single-malt such as Glenfiddich,
Scotland gives us Scotch, and only the best
scotches qualify as single malts, the liquid of
a ubiquitous and popular brand, runs about
fermented oats that is not blended with other
$8.00 for a nip (3/4 ounce) and $15.00 for a
alcohols. True scotch is purity wedded with
dram (1 ½ ounces). From there, however, the
sky’s (or should I say the Isle of Skye’s) the
limit with the most expensive whiskey coming
There are six whiskey regions in Scotland,
and to a true scotch drinker, it is possible to
in at a rare $860.00 per dram.
tell the region of the dram’s origin even if the
drinker is blindfolded.
you back $168.00 for a dram.
Is it worth it? Better keep an eye on the angel's
The Speysides from Forfar and Inverness at
the top of the Grampian region are sweet and smooth.
A good thirty year old Glenfarclas will set
BEHIND THE DOOR by
Stu Lynam |
The most successful pubs become such an integral part of their city, they almost blend into the background. Rather like a City Hall or a historical memorial, they project a sense of familiarity and community that routinely attracts patrons on any given day, as is the case with Donaleighâ€™s Irish Pub. Yet were you to peek beyond the wood panelled bars and radiant signage, you would find that their establishment resembles more of a finely orchestrated stage play, with vibrant food and drinks taking the spotlight and guests filling in the audience.
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Directing this nightly production are an
Rapid growth isn’t always beneficial for
experienced team brought together by Don
an organization. Yet it’s worked here, because
Kellett and Steve Ricalis, the entrepreneurs who
they have been consistent in assembling the
founded Donaleigh’s in 2011.
best possible team, which Don says is key to
establishing an atmosphere that will keep patrons
The duo have been the backbone of the
successful Celtic hub since the doors opened, and
are the architects of a growing organization that
now includes nearly 100 employees in multiple
right clientele…we look for maturity at a young
age, and experience. We need people who can
walk into a kitchen on a Saturday night with 15
It’s all the more impressive when you consider
“Hire the right people and you’ll get the
that their initial goal was slightly less bold.
cooks and servers running around and not get
“All we were looking to do was open a small
neighbourhood pub”, says Don, recalling the plan
he and Steve contemplated when they met and
of the food service industry. Staff wages,
became fast friends almost a decade ago.
technological advancements, and rising food and
labour costs are putting a strain on establishments
“We wanted to bring something downtown
Donaleigh’s isn't immune to the challenges
that wasn’t there; an Irish public house with an
everywhere. Steve sums it up matter of factly,
emphasis on fresh food and great live music”
“You have to fight to make a profit in this business.
Steve adds, formerly part of a culinary team that
People don’t see how much goes into just getting
catered to giant musical acts like the Rolling
a meal to your table, how small those margins can
Stones and U2 and has since retired from touring
to pursue the restaurant business.
navigates the stresses of operating a business in
It wasn’t an easy path; as anyone who has seen
We’re curious as to how a partnership
a Food TV program knows, most restaurants and
such a competitive landscape. Don is quick to
pubs fail to make it beyond their first few years.
answer. “We both have different strengths, and
we can influence the people in our organization in
“It was a gamble, for sure. But we had a
passion for it.” said Don, who was already
different ways. I’m more comfortable managing
a restaurant owner when they launched
the front of the house, whereas Steve is great
Donaleigh’s, and thus keenly aware of the slim
in the kitchen and with the live music. We
odds. But he also knew the simple secret to
compliment each other”
acts who have come to play here (including The
“Hard work…that’s all. For the first two years,
And while the litany of impressive musical
we worked 12-18 hours a day, usually seven days
Strumbellas and Ron Sexsmith) the expertly
a week before we could afford to hire a full time
crafted menu of vintage Irish meals, and a skilled,
hardworking team empowered by their employers
are key pieces, Don credits at least some of their
With timing and a bit of a luck on their
side, the duo followed their vision of a “small
success to a simple credo, which he offers as
neighbourhood pub” that quickly became one of
the city’s most popular establishments, leading to
an unexpected chance for expansion to a building
make the same mistake twice”
couple of directors who know how to put on one
“We had an opportunity to get bigger, and we
felt that there were enough people being left on
“You’re going to make mistakes, just don’t A simple enough script to follow, from a
hell of a show.
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A passion for socializing with friends—dishing and dining—has inspired some pretty sweet favourites within these pages. Add a glass of Sauvi...
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