An aerial theme this week, as well as a couple of more earthly delights for you to consider.
It turns out Food for Thought has a fan in Los Angeles. Deborah Bryan made the link between the Hamiltonian having a political bent, as well as a food and wine column.
She sent a link to a video titled “Flying Kitchens over parliament - Happy Beefgiving.” Produced for Meat & Livestock Australia, it pokes fun at two Australian politicians, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott.
Deborah wrote they “rarely get along,” but my Australian contacts (thanks Andrew and Fin) were basically a lot less polite about the two and the havoc they are wreaking down under.
I got the sense from them that even the rock bottom of the Chretien/Bouchard or Harper/Duceppe relationships would not be a match: So watch the video’s punch line and imagine our PM and the retired Bloc leader soaring over our Parliament, or perhaps, given the recent news, the Premiers of Alberta and B.C. spiraling over the oil sands.)
In more prosaic and culinary vein, the video features several chefs grilling over an amazing, and soon to be airborne grill. I want one!
All this, coupled with the images of numerous construction cranes rising over Hamilton reminded me or another aerial connection I recently came across. I wonder which enterprising Hamilton entrepreneur would like to host a “Dinner in the Sky?” They’d be in good company following in the footsteps of folk in Montreal and in cities in forty other countries!
The premise is that a crane hoists the diners up 50 meters and a team of up to three chefs/servers/entertainers cater what is literally a meal for high flyers. The only down side I saw when reading the FAQs was that if you need to use the facilities the whole table essentially has to accompany you!
More down to earth is the Taste of Burlington promotion running through to August 6th. It features a couple of dozen restaurants and prices range from 18 – 40 dollars for prix fixe lunches and dinners respectively.
Also in Burlington, Lakeside a la Carte is coming to Spencer Smith Park, August 12th. This popular, annual fundraiser is organized by the Rotary Club of Burlington Central, with tickets available online at $110. Guests can sample food and wine as they stroll between the tents set up for the event that includes a silent auction and the chance to win Air Canada or Via Rail tickets.
Over 40 Restaurants and Wineries will be represented, including Blacktree (a personal favourite and I hope subject of a future column) and Strewn. Not surprisingly given the location, Spencer’s at the Waterfront, where I have enjoyed some great events, will also be there.
It strikes me that this would make for an excellent venue for a future aerial dinner! Food for Thought, anyone?
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