Jun 30, 2008

Local Farm + Top Chefs = Berry Delicious

The First Taste of Spring Event, all about local Strawberries, came to Cheese Boutique on Sunday:

Howland and Gushue and the Spread

Jonathan Gushue, Executive Chef (whom we saw recently during the Festival of Chefs) and Rob Howland, Pastry Chef, both of Langdon Hall, prepared an amazing selection of Strawberry dishes. I knew it was going to be good, yet still I was surprised by just how good it was. Also impressed by the time they took to explain the food in detail, and their reason for being there-- to fight the dying out of Ontario strawberry farms.

Strawberry Consommé and Sparkling Wine, Strawberry Cured Duck Breast served with Charred Tomato and Strawberry Salsa

Grilled Focaccia and Bocconcini with Olive Oil/Balsamic marinated Strawberries.

Not pictured here are Coconut Rum marinated Strawberries topped with Coconut Cream, and White Chocolate Lavender Truffles. Siiigh.

And of course inside the store there were Cheese tasting stations set up, manned by your friendly neighbourhood Cheese Experts.

Afrim and the Langdon Hall Boys

Baskets of Berries to take home

I brought some of the Strawberries to a family barbeque later on. Needless to say, despite competition from other desserts, they were all eaten up in short order, straight from the basket!

You can get your own from Cheese Boutique while supplies last...

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