This past weekend (October 21-October 23, 2011), The Delicious Food Show was put on by the Food Network in Toronto. It consisted of: Stellar culinary creations, Cutting edge kitchen design, Fine wines, Top industry professionals, Celebrity chefs, Innovations in food preparation, Exciting new ingredients and The latest trends in food and design. Hosting Food Network celebrities such as David Rocco, Mark McEwan, Corbin Tomaszeski, Bal Arneson, Lynn Crawford and Padma Lakshmi.
I was invited to go with my mother, freelance writer Melody Wren, with press passes and all. I had originally thought that I would want to go to meet the foodie celebs and see all of the shows, but I was wrong! We spent 4 amazing hours, touring around the exhibits, hearing about different products and stuffing ourselves so full of samples that we barely wanted lunch.
Of course, I took lots of pics of baking exhibits for all of you out there….but I couldn’t pass up including some of my fav non-baking displays as well!
A bakery that has 3 locations in Canada and 1500 in the U.S. Every loaf is baked fresh with no preservatives and all of the leftovers at the end of the day are given to Food Banks and Group Homes (that’s one of my fav things about them, no waste!). They also created a cherry vanilla bagel in the shape of a Breast Cancer ribbon and in Oct, all of the proceeds go to research. I regret not picking up a loaf of their tomato bread.
St. Phillips Bakery
Located in Vaughn, everything at St. Phillips is made from scratch. They make 3000 wedding cakes a week and have 50 different styles of pastries. The adorable owner Joe Bozzo told us that the bakery is 3rd generation, and despite suggestions of not joining the family business, he wanted to. Joe demonstrated how their amazing zappoles are made. Zappoles are a kruller cut in half, filled with chantilly creme and aramona cherries. More info can be found at http://www.stphillipsbakery.com
Bite Me Bakery
A bakery that creates bite-sized cupcakes – - great for those who don’t want to indulge in a whole one! They have a variety of flavors including Lai’d (coconut); and Elvis (chocolate, peanut butter, banana and bacon). The cupcakes can be bought individually, in multiples, or they can be ordered in a the form of a cake of cupcakes More info can be found at http://www.bitemebakery.ca
And now….my other favorites!!
Euro Mediterranean Foods Ltd
Obviously passionate about what he does, Kosta Kostis is the manager of Euro, started by he and his father. Their 32 different products have no artificial ingredients and they offer spreads, dips and salads. Their best seller is the crab and 3 cheese dip (it is sooo yummy), and Euro is still a family run company 5 years later. More info can be found at http://www.euromediterraneanfoods.com
Hank Daddy’s BBQ
Born Frank, this down-to-earth owner says the name is because his friends call him “Hank” and his kids call him “daddy”. Simple enough. The feature of this exhibit was pulled pork parfait – a plastic parfait cup filled with layers of pulled pork, mashed potatoes, special sauce and topped with baked beans. I was too full of samples to test it out but there was a line up at his stand for lunch time! Hank Daddy does catering of different meats and sides, and is thinking about settling down in a retail location. More info can be found at http://www.hankdaddysbbq.com
I’m a sucker for lemonade, so this exhibit and its samples caught my eye right away. This original recipe is based out of Rockwood, ON and 1 bottle of the lemonade concentrate makes 7 litres. Lighthouse Lemonade had the honor of being asked to provide lemonade for Prince William and Kate’s Royal Wedding this past year. Yes, its that good. Want more info? http://www.lighthouselemonade.com