Panel Discussions

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Day 1  | Panel Discussions  |  Open to the Public

Day 2  |  Ticketed Culinary Events  |  Open to the Public

Panel Discussions

All attendees must register via e-mail to participate in ‘Day 1’ Panel Discussions: 

Jennifer Hunter  |  jennifer@pelc.ca  |  t: (613) 476 1811  ext.5 

2-HOUR Seminar at Waring House

Monday, August 22nd

The Art of THE TASTING MENU

11:00am-1:00PM

Lesley Chesterman, Montreal-based journalist and restaurant critic, who has covered the local and international food scene for many years, will moderate this panel titled The Art of the Tasting Menu where she will dig into a myriad of points relevant to this theme.

Is there still a big appetite for tasting menus post-Covid? Are they really the best way to experience a restaurant’s opus? How many courses should they be and why? 

Further questions like how to design the ultimate tasting menu to accommodate the seasons and defining what farm-to-table cuisine really means will also be up for discussion. 

Joining her with their insights are Chefs Jason Bangerter (Executive Chef at Langdon Hall and Cookbook Author) and Zach Littlejohn of Littlejohn Farm. Both are esteemed Canadian chefs well-versed in the subject.

Adding an alternate perspective to the theme is eighth-generation farmer Vicki Emlaw from Milford who started Vicki’s Veggies back in 2001. Vicki is one of The County’s OG farmers and has been a huge supplier of exceptional produce to many acclaimed Toronto chefs and restaurants over the years. Many of her offerings have appeared on the tasting menus of the country’s top restaurants.

A light reception with local food and drink will accompany the session.

Past Panel Discussions

2-HOUR SEMINAR AT WARING HOUSE

Monday, June 13th

The Art of Hospitality

2PM-4PM 

Top Chef Canada judge, food writer, and ex-national food critic for the Globe & Mail, Chris Nuttall-Smith will moderate an educational discussion around such questions as ‘what are the top ways to create the ultimate hospitality experience for diners?’ and ‘what are some of the world’s utmost legendary dining destinations for hospitality?’. 

Joining him with their insights are Chefs Tobey Nemeth and Michael Caballo of Toronto’s Edulis, enRoute magazine’s Best New Restaurant 2013. The 10-year-old beloved restaurant is widely considered one of Canada’s premier hospitality experiences by both the public and industry professionals. 

The Royal Hotel’s GM Sol Korngold, the mastermind behind the hotel’s design and overall point-of-view, Executive Chef Albert Ponzo, and Director of Operations Niall McCotter will also join the discussion. 

Participants are encouraged to come with questions! 

A light reception with local food and drink will accompany the session.

2-HOUR Seminar at Waring House

Monday, May 30th

The Art of Women-Owned Restaurants

10am-12pm

One of the country’s first and legendary female restauranteurs, Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen), will moderate this timely panel discussion centred around the topic of women-owned restaurants. Dooher has been a prominent part of Toronto’s restaurant scene since she opened the much-adored Mildred Pierce Restaurant in 1989 on Sudbury St. Also a celebrated cookbook author of Out to Brunch and Market to Table Cookbook, Donna starred in the popular Food Network show, Cookworks, and lays claim to introducing dining out for elevated boozy brunches to Toronto. 

Donna will be joined by Chefs Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy NYC), Leah Marshall Hannon (Stella’s Eatery), Charlotte Langley (Scout Canning), Samantha Valdivia (La Condessa and Koenji) and Stella’s Restaurant owner Cristina Meillon.

A light reception with local food and drink will accompany the session.

2-HOUR SEMINAR AT WARING HOUSE

Tuesday, May 17th

The Art of Curating the Perfect Wine List and Cooking with Wine

10aM-12pm

Edinburgh-born, Ontario-based sommelier, writer, judge, educator and Good Food Revolution’s Editor, Jamie Drummond, will moderate an educational discussion around such questions as ‘what goes into creating the perfect wine list?’ and ‘what are the must-haves for any wine list?’. One of the world’s top sommeliers Véronique Rivest, and Adega’s double-certified sommelier Thierry Alcantra-Stewart will also speak to these questions. 

The Governor-General award-winning locavore Chef Jamie Kennedy will also share his tips and tricks around cooking with wine. 

Participants are encouraged to come with questions!

A light reception with local food and drink will accompany the session.