Everyone knows that the best parties always end in the kitchen. With our series Kitchen Party, we’re sitting down with Feast On Chefs to get to know them, and the local foods that inspire them, a little better.
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What’s your favourite seasonal ingredient?
I can’t pick one but my favorites tend to signal the change in seasons. Asparagus for me means spring has truly arrived, as it only pops up once things are green again and we have got some sun. Tomatoes, for sure, as they really get good right in the heart of summer. Corn means summer is ending and giving way to fall and also represents harvest time. Squash – particularly butter cups – are my favorite fall vegetable.
On a less local front – I’m a sucker for spot prawns which are one of the pinnacles of Canadian sustainable seafood!
What’s your drink of choice?
On a day to day basis – flat whites/cortados/cappuccinos! In the cocktail department – I’m a huge fan of the Negroni and the Sazerac. Come summertime, I’m thinking a lot of Aperol Spritzers and really solid Gin & Tonics.
Most underrated ingredient?
Lovage – an amazing herb that is something like a cross between celery and parsley.
– it may seem like an uninspired answer, but it’s just so solid. I’m a sucker for a good carbo load.
Honourable mention: Bar Raval, Dailo, Woodlot
… wait why are all my favorite restaurants on one corner? In all seriousness though, there are a bunch of incredible restaurants in Toronto these days. It’s really hard to keep up! The level of cooking is higher than it’s ever been and our scene is really coming into it’s own. It’s a very inspiring time to be cooking, as well as eating, in Toronto.
What’s the best part of working with Ontario food and drink?
This is easy – meeting other entrepreneurs and learning about their stories. Really – we view Farm’r as a vehicle to be able to celebrate these people. Every craft brewer, winemarker, farmer… has an incredible story that inspires us. We are always so excited to share these special products and stories with our guests.
Why is Feast On important to you and your restaurant?
As a consumer – sometimes navigating the food system can be tricky and Feast On makes it easy for people to connect with businesses that share their values – as well as businesses to connect with each other. We should be proud of our suppliers and producers (as well as our great restaurants) in Ontario and Feast On helps promote that!
Fill in the blank: “If I entered a competitive eating contest, I’d definitely win if the item was _______”.
What does your ‘Perfect Weekend’ in Toronto look like?
I live in the West End so my perfect week-end would start with a coffee and a pastry, either from Mabel’s Bakery
or The Tempered Room
It would for sure involve some time either at High Park, Bellwoods or Toronto Island (or more than one). Maybe some ping pong in the park – it’s awesome how they have stone tables at almost every park in Toronto now – just have to bring your own paddle and balls!
If there is a Jays game on a Saturday or Sunday that is a no-brainer. Probably cruise around and do some bar/restaurant hopping on the bike – which is the best way to get around Toronto full stop. If it could end with Bang Bang ice cream
– that wouldn’t be so bad.
Being honest though – my perfect weekend is in my spiritual (and formerly actual) home – the Prince Edward County/Belleville area. It usually involves the beach, lots of wine, golf and good friends.