If you haven’t heard there is a new Food Show in town – Delicious Food Show!
As the title suggests some of my favourite food professionals are involved. (Not all, but some). I know, favouritism… but the reason I like food festivals and events is that I get to see talented, interesting and friendly food folks making and serving tasty, interesting and exciting food. So isn’t favouritism kind of built in?
So here are the folks I’m eager to see again!
- Chef Matt Kantor on Saturday at 2:30pm (note the change in day and time!) doing a demo on Modernist Cuisine (As you should know by this point Matt is my Co-conspirator and Chef of the Secret Pickle Supper Club)
- Sarah & Allyson on Saturday at 3pm telling us how to set up the Ultimate Sweet Table from selecting the sweets to how to present them. (Sarah and Allyson are the founders of Bobbette & Belle and create the most amazing wedding cakes, not to be missed macaroons, and they are whip smart too!)
- Afrim Pristine on Sunday at 11:30am bringing us on his journey through cheese. You want to go on this journey! He has never, ever, fed me something I didn’t rave over. Never. (Afrim is a Cheese Knight. Seriously! He, and his father Fatos Pristine who founded the Cheese Boutique, have both been inducted into the Order of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Taste Fromage de France. This guy knows his cheese and does some very cool things with it!)
- Preena Chauhan on Friday at 6pm talking about spices! (Preena is the co-founder of Arvinda’s Indian Spice Blends, one of the best grocery solutions to getting those true subtle but intoxicating flavours and aromas of Indian cuisine into your own kitchen… Yup, I’m that kind of fan)
- Ben Gundy on Saturday at 4:30 showing us how to make sausage using the “trim” from George Madill’s butchery demo of a whole pig. (Ben is the butcher at Sausage King by Olliffe in the St. Lawrence Market and George is the Olliffe Head Butcher.)
- Matt Jones Friday at 1:30 hosting the Maker’s Mark Mixo-Gastro Contest where finalists Michelle Tham and Michelle Usprech of Beer Bistro, Taylor Joseph Douglas Corrigan and Chef at Origin, Joshua Oliver Prout and Chef of Boehmer, Christina Kuypers and Patrick Kriss of Splendido, and Sam Dalcourt and Chef of Barbu compete for the Grand Prize trip to KENTUCKY. (I don’t know Matt, yet, but bourbon cooking contests… how can I not have at least a little crush?)
- Chef Tawfik Shehata Saturday at 6:30pm demoing his own philosophy of local and seasonal through the preparation of Roasted King Cole Muscovy Duck Breast, Apples Poached in Beau’s Oktoberfest Lager & Savoy Cabbage. (Another chef who I’ve favourited from afar, still mmmm duck and Beaus. Without even knowing it Tawfik is turning my head with nods to many of many favourite flavours and even a nod to my Saint John roots in using King Cole Tea!)
- Nick Saul from The Stop on Friday at 5:30 talking about Never underestimate the power of a great meal: the role food can and should play in building healthier, sustainable and more equitable communities.
- Dolores Smith Saturday at 11:30 demonstrating extra virgin olive oil, how to buy it, how to use it and the wide range of flavours and styles. (Dolores runs The Olivar Corp and kindly donated a premium imported, award-winning & rare olive oil and vinegar prize pack to last year’s HoHoTO raffle and it got a great amount of attention!)
- Chef Mark McEwan Thursday at 7:30 signing his new cookbook Fabbrica: Great Italian Recipes Made Easy for Home with the great folks from the CookBook Store (While this is another Mark I don’t know well enough to ask a favour of, he is a big supporter of one of my other favourite charities Second Harvest and I get to say “hi” once a year at Toronto Taste)
And of course there’s Padma Lakshmi on Saturday at 1pm cooking up “something Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet” and signing her new book not so surprisingly named Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet
[note: the days and times have been updated to reflect the final schedule on 19/10/11]