Since starting Taste T.O. early last year, Sheryl and I have been going to a good number of gourmet food events, and as you’d expect, the vast majority of them feature wine as the beverage of choice, with the beer choices (if there even are any) often limited to one or two mainstream offerings. So I was pretty stoked a few weeks ago when I found out about the Brewers Plate, a gourmet tasting event pairing (mostly) local food from some of Toronto’s top chefs with beers from some of the area’s best craft breweries, all in support of Green Enterprise Toronto.
The event took place this past Friday, April 11th at the picturesque Berkeley Church, and was a success on pretty much all levels, from the quality of the food and drink, to the size and enthusiasm of the crowd. I’m going to be writing up a full report for the summer issue of TAPS, but in the meantime, here are links to a few write-ups that have been posted by others elsewhere:
Some photos (most taken by Sheryl, ’cause I’m a klutz with the camera) are available behind the cut.
Tasty veggie pizza from Magic Oven at the opening reception
You’ve gotta be fast to get the oysters from Oyster Boy
Potato and onion galette topped with Monforte smoked sheep’s milk cheddar garnished with Toronto Sprouts’ Super Mix and Steam Whistle Pilsner-toasted mustard seed vinaigrette by chef Marc Breton of the Gladstone Hotel
beer pairing: Steam Whistle Pilsner
The band was a great jazz/swing combo – I’m sure they have a name, but I didn’t catch it
Fruit tarts with crème friache – served for dessert along with homemade maple ice cream, chocolate truffles, and a cheese plate from the Ontario Cheese Society – a daunting task to get through after everything else we’d eaten, but we managed. Heh.