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Friday, September 16, 2016

Food for Thought with Alex Bielak - Sips and Bites

Sips and Bites: A is for ANNA, B is for BIG HEAD, BLACKTREE & BUNDT, and C is for CHILIFEST 

Here is an exciting grab bag of upcoming and recent events for readers.

A is for ANNA: The wonderful Anna Olson (lately of all those Home Hardware ads on TV and print, and truly an extremely talented chef and baker) will be at Springridge Farm, near Milton, Saturday, September 24 at 2pm. She’s releasing her new book, Bake with Anna Olson, and to participate in a meet and greet with her sign up on the website. While there you can also check out the October 1st event with perennial visitor, and tallest chef in Canada, Michael Smith. A prodigious author, with a great

team behind him, he’s releasing a new book too, Real Food, Good Food: to read my interview with Smith at Springridge a couple of years ago, click here.)

B is for BIG HEAD, as in Big Head Wines. The premium winery, on Hunter Rd. in Niagara-on-the-Lake – is run by winemaker Andrzej Lipinski and his family. They celebrated their 3rd birthday during the summer, so an over-due Sto Lat (the Polish equivalent of Centi Anni) to them, and best wishes for continued success and growth. Lipinski is known far and wide as the guru publicly, and sometimes quietly, behind the products of a variety of other successful wineries, and it is great to see him striking out so successfully in his own venture. Their wines are fabulous and the winery well worth a visit.

B is also for BLACKTREE Restaurant where the amazing chef Matteo Paonessa continues to do what he does best, which is amaze. He is offering tasting only menus these days: they’re wildly inventive and change often. Blacktree, hidden in the Roseland plaza at New Street and Guelph line is open Wednesday to Saturday and you can check out stunning photos of some of the dishes on the website or via his Instagram (matteoblacktree).

And B is also for BUNDT CAKES. Yes it is, and Fairview Street, is now the home to a new location of Nothing Bundt Cakes, whose grand opening is Saturday, 17th September. They open at 9:00 a.m. and the first 100 customers qualify for a free bundltet, once a month for a year. Burlington was chosen by the company as the first Canadian location of the popular US franchise which sells the premium ring-shaped cakes, and seeks to “maintain the warmth and nostalgia of its "at home" kitchen roots.”

C is for CHILIFEST. Specifically the 4th Annual Flamborough Chili Fest to be held Tuesday September 27, 2016 from 4pm - 8pm at the Waterdown Legion, in support of the Flamborough Women's Resource Centre. I’m thrilled to have been asked back as a judge and Shannon Hamar with the Centre informs me that at least twelve local restaurants will be vying for titles this year. They include Earth to Table Bread Bar, Bo’s Sports Bar, Flamboro Downs, Copper Kettle CafĂ©, Cascata Bistro, Boston Pizza, Dutch Mill Restaurant, Izabel's European Restaurant, The Pita Pit, Geraldo’s, Bliss Kitchen & Harrington Lane Farms!

There’ll also be music and live entertainment, and, as usual, the whole local community rallies to this cause: Apart from many volunteers, there are some wonderful sponsors who contribute very significantly to making it all happen. A particular shout out to my favourite foodie optometrist, the generous Derrick Thornborrow of Waterdown Optometric Clinic who are a Platinum Sponsor again this year, joining eleven other local companies in a fully-subscribed roster of sponsors. For a full listing and the latest news about the event, check out the link above.

Adult tickets are just $10 each (early bird price) while kids can fill up for only $5. Buy now as prices rise to $15 after Monday, September 26, 2016. They are available for purchase at the FWRC location at 17 Main Street South, Waterdown, by phone (289-895-8580) or at the Waterdown Farmers Market this Saturday only, 8 am to 1 pm.

There’s a lot more alphabet to go, and many worthy events in the region to mention, but time is of the essence so that’s all for this, the 99th Food for Thought: see you when I’m a hundred!

To see all past columns please see (and “like”) the Food for Thought Archives
Alex (Alex can be reached on twitter @AlexBielak)

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