Sep 24, 2010

Tasting Series: Rundown

Tasting Series has been running full throttle. We've seen Chris Woods treating customers with Risotto, Palais Royale's Executive Chef, Steffan Howard capturing the splendid local tomato season stuffed with Italian Boccacini and Globe Bistro's Kevin McKenna, utilizing fresh Duck Eggs for the Ravioli stuffed with squash and ricotta.

In the midst of Tasting Series, on Oct 8th, Cheese Boutique celebrated their 40th anniversary and CBC Radio One was on hand to do a featurette on the manic practice of affinage. CBC's Jason Osler who puts together Metro Morning's JoPublic segment (click to listen), came by the store and through the magic of editing Jason built a story from 50 min of dialogue into 4 min of feeling like you were talking directly with Afrim.

Rundown of net links:
We were at the Brickworks Picnic: Jamie Drummond's musings, and James Chatto's blog

For our Tasting Series we linked into a fanatical gourmand of ours who reached out to us to want to try all the restaurants that Cheese B was hosting over 8 weeks.
We found out since that Raymi is one of the pioneer bloggers and has a unique approach and style with a dedicated audience, on top of being a web blog award winner and marathon we set her free and here's her experience so far:
Cowbell Part 1, Cowbell Part 2, Palais Royale, Cheese Boutique, Café du Lac

Tasting Series presentations are every Saturday from 12-4 pm. until October 30th.
For current and more immediate updates of the event--there is a Facebook page set up for it here.

Sep 14, 2010

Tasting Series-Fall edition 2010

Tasting Series is back! Last Saturday, Café du Lac with Chef Bernadette Calpito came by to present a Quebecois Goat Cheese Terrine with a .5 inch slab of fig fused with Australian Chiraz. For the carnivore version, it was wrapped in prosciutto. Missed it? No problem, there are 7 more Saturday's to go. Here's the full rundown:

Studying before sampling.
Meet the Chef! Knowing the people behind the food that you enjoy is a great way to understand process and style, and take home a few tricks.
Terrine-Quebecois Goat Cheese with fig.
Kathryn Ashby (Owner-Café du Lac), Executive Chef Bernadette Calpito
For more--there is an event page here (Facebook).