Jun 25, 2010

Slow Food: Chef Series: reds bistro

On Friday, June 18, reds bistro hosted Slow Food Chefs Series dinner. The charcuterie buffet that ended the evening alludes to the tempo of evening indulgences. Just take a look at the still life!

After a 7-course meal, to see this buffet was a brain teaser on full blast ....eyes told me yes... stomach said, don't you dare, you're already spending the weekend at the gym.

The buffet was not left untouched as the event ended with the host culinary team from reds in a much more relaxed state to mingle with dining guests rounding out the festive evening. Service was excellent and a well deserved after party.

What was on the menu? (click to enlarge).The event fund raiser was presented by Slow Food Toronto and behind the scenes in the kitchen a powerhouse lineup of chefs were running the line, helmed by reds executive chef, MICHAEL STEH.
The lineup:
Bertrand Alépée | Amuse-Bouche
David Castellan | Victor
Jeff Crump | Ancaster Mill
Mark Cutrara | Cowbell
Donna Dooher | Mildred's Temple Kitchen
Jonathan Gushue | Langdon Hall
Jason Innis | Amuse-Bouche
Jamie Kennedy | Jamie Kennedy Kitchens
Chris McDonald | Cava
Kevin McKenna | Globe Bistro & Globe Earth
Afrim Pristine | Cheese Boutique
Leslie Steh | Four & Petit Four

Slow Food Toronto Mission:

Slow Food Toronto is on a mission to change, foster and steward the relationship to food of a city of six million people. Slow Food Toronto believes that access to good, clean, fair food is an irrevocable human right.

We’re tackling this mission on 5 levels:

Community: By building food community networks that include producers, artisans, chefs, food activists, youth leadership, and co-producers* (consumers).

Ecology: By ensuring biodiversity in our local agriculture systems and working towards abolishing GMOs, we’re supporting local, small-scale sustainable farm operations and opposing government support of corporate-controlled industrial farming.

Economy: By Creating sustainable, local food economies that support just wages for producers while ensuring that we still provide access to good, clean, fair food at a reasonable price for all.

Conviviality: To reconnect people with the pleasure of good food of authentic origin and flavour through taste education.

Culture: Sharing traditional and ethnic food cultures to ensure their preservation for future generations.

Sweet endings and hit repeat on this night.

Jun 10, 2010

World Cup party platter

Cheese or Meat platters designed specifically to last for those 90 min fútbol games.
Ask coach Afrim to customize your gameplan. I recommend challenging Afrim to create one plate of each filled only by countries of that game day.

Cheese Platter
Roaring Forties
Guiness Cheddar
Gruyere of Switzerland
Le Grand Chevalier
Aged Thunder Oak Gouda

Meat Platter
Berkshire Chobai
Hot Gemoa Salami
In-House Fire Ham
Centre Cut Prosciutto Principe di San Daniele
Turkey Breast
In-House Roast Beef
Filled Goat Cheese Red Peppers

Jun 4, 2010

June is an event-filled month

Festival of Chefs 2010 is now a warm memory, and photos from all five weekends can be found in our gallery. The last couple of weekends had a very strong closing with lots of attendance, and the chefs outdid themselves with some amazing food preparations.

In the meantime a few announcements for events happening in June are on the agenda:

'Slow Food Chefs Series' is being hosted by reds bistro on Friday, June 18th. Chef Michael Steh will host a 7 course meal with CheeseB's Afrim Pristine representing 3 of Ontario's cheesemakers for the evening among many other chefs in attendance working their magic. The event aims to generate funding for a chefs field study Terra Madre, Italy. For tickets, contact reds bistro or purchase tickets online at Eventbrite.

Tuesday Evening, June 22.
CheeseB is a featured presenter with reciprocal support of their 2nd Annual Seafood for Thought™ hosted by the Toronto Zoo. As they have been promoting all month at our May Festival--the event proceeds supports their Conservation Fund for projects that will protect wildlife and wild spaces. It will be the cheesekeeper hanging with the zookeepers for a bonanza outdoor evening. Further event details and ticket ordering can be found on their site here.

And one other event to plan for... kick off the summer in style with a Canada Day Long Weekend start to Langdon Hall's—Weekend Barbecue Series. Each week Chef Gushue hosts a featured chef and/or presenter. Afrim Pristine will be in attendance for weekend getaway packages.

Plenty of Indulgence abounds for the month of June!