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A couple of weeks ago, the team at Biff's Bistro invited guests to the Dirty Bits Party! Here are some photos my colleague Nicole snapped of the festivities!
 
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America Restaurant has launched its new fall menu - here's a look at Chef Bill Osborne's new dishes!


New Fall Dishes at America Restaurant New Fall Dishes at America Restaurant
Bella Casara Burrata with arugula, pickled cherry, balsamic


New Fall Dishes at America Restaurant New Fall Dishes at America Restaurant
Heirloom Tomatoes with 100km squash, olive oil, monforte dairy goat feta


New Fall Dishes at America Restaurant New Fall Dishes at America Restaurant
Wild-Caught Salmon Fillet with minted peas, buttered fingerling potatoes, cucumber


New Fall Dishes at America Restaurant New Fall Dishes at America Restaurant
Whole Roasted Dover Sole with charred lemon, brown butter, parsley


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10oz New York Strip Loin


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Canoe Twenty - Tasting Menu

10/08/2015 | 19:59 PM
It's been twenty incredible years at Canoe.

Earlier this year, Canoe hosted special Saturday openings featuring dishes from years past, dating back two decades.  Canoe Twenty, the latest tasting menu at Canoe, commemorates the restaurant's 20th anniversary with dishes celebrating the present day Canoe. 

"You'll taste ingredients that are in season, sourced from coast to coast from both small suppliers and larger producers. Over time, as the seasons spread across the country, we'll change where we source some ingredients - which is pretty special when you think about it!" says Executive Chef John Horne.

Here are beautiful shots from my recent Canoe Twenty photo shoot - with insights from Chef John on each dish.


Canoe Twenty Tasting Menu

Mason Jar
:  "Coming from a farming family, preserving was the only way to keep your hard work from spoiling. This mason jar is a play on preserving ingredients at their peak so you can enjoy them throughout the winter and spring months."


Canoe Twenty Tasting Menu

Lobster Carpaccio - pickled daikon, sesame shrimp cracker, lobster vinaigrette + screech Marie Rose sauce
"One of our long time suppliers, "Lobster George" of Yarmouth Lobsters was recently hospitalized.  We wanted to continue to use his amazing Yarmouth lobsters to help support him while he recovers. Lobster is something that always has appeared on Canoe's menu. We wanted to do something different and came up with lobster carpaccio."


Canoe Twenty Tasting Menu


Forest Lasagna - wild James Bay rabbit, matsutake, heartnuts, caribou moss + evergreen Mornay
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  "This dish is very much about what’s in season in our forests that can be harvested. We also wanted it to remind you of a walk in the woods on a crisp fall day, and bring up some smells, textures and tastes you might experience in that setting."


Canoe Twenty Tasting Menu

Fogo Island - jigged cod, Tanner crab boudin, ocean salt potatoes + pickled seaweed
:  "This was inspired from a recent trip to the East coast for a collaborative dinner with chefs from the U.S. and Canada. We were shown so much of Newfoundland - their sights, smells, and ingredients. Upon returning to Toronto, we were approached by a group of fishermen from Fogo Island to buy their crab, cod and other seafood delights. Buying direct ensures the fishermen receive 100 percent of the profits."


Canoe Twenty Tasting Menu

Cerf de Boileau Venison - Swiss chard, Jerusalem artichoke soubric, dehydrated grapes + ice wine jus
: "Venison is traditionally harvested at this time of year, so you can stock your freezer for the winter months. We sourced this amazing venison from a Quebec farm.  Something that is often overlooked are the amazing grapes we have in Ontario at this time of year, so we wanted to highlight them with venison."


Canoe Twenty Tasting Menu

100km Squash - cattail crêpe, white chocolate ice cream, Prairie seeds + grains
: "We wanted to do a spinoff of the classic pumpkin pie. When we started to see the amazing squashes being harvested, we switched gears to highlight them while playing off of pumpkin pie."



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Icons & Innovators - Susur Lee

10/01/2015 | 15:12 PM
Icons & Innovators - Susur Lee

The first time I attended the Icons & Innovators breakfast series at Toronto Region Board of Trade was three years ago, featuring our very own leaders, Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini.  It was an inspiring discussion on what it takes to be successful and how you learn from each step to become a true icon and innovator.

Since then, Kostuch Media has continued the series with more of our industry's greats, including Mark McEwan and Zita Cobb.  We couldn't be more proud to be presenting sponsors.

Yesterday morning, I was delighted to attend the latest installment featuring Susur Lee - a chef who has truly helped shape Toronto's culinary scene with his passion for innovative East-meets-West cuisine.  Michael Bonacini delighted enthused guests with his memories of meeting Susur thirty years ago in his introduction.

Here are some shots from yesterday's thoughtful Q&A, hosted by Rosanna Caira.  If you missed it yesterday, stayed tuned to their website to watch the interview soon.


Icons & Innovators - Susur Lee

Icons & Innovators - Susur Lee
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Canoe Twenty - 20th Anniversary

09/21/2015 | 20:12 PM
Twenty years ago today, Canoe opened its doors for the first time.

The momentous date was September 21st, 1995 - and guests have been enjoying distinctly Canadian cuisine atop the TD Bank Tower ever since.

When I first dined at Canoe four years ago, I had just moved to Toronto from Saskatoon.  I was wowed by the incredible dining experience - the food was spectacular and sitting at the Chef's Rail was so memorable.  I remember the warm hospitality from each and every team member I encountered.  It became one of my places to dine, like it has for so many others over the course of the last two decades.

Beginning today until November 20th, you can enjoy Canoe Twenty, a commemorative tasting menu that showcases present-day Canoe, highlighting the brilliance of Canadian ingredients from coast to coast.

To celebrate this special occasion, here's a commemorative video of Canoe Twenty.

Here's to another twenty years; happy anniversary, Canoe!




Video by Acquired Taste
Producer & Director: Chuck Ortiz
Cinematographer: Ryan Varga
Editor: Marlee Maclean
Audio Engineer: Andrew Chung
Production Assistants: Kailey DeRubeis & Ashley Wetherall
Music: "Your World" by Delicate Beats

Special Thanks: Tamarack Farms


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