Friday, May 22, 2015

The After the Harvest Podcast, Episode 2: Josh McJannett, Dominion City Brewing Company

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I am excited to share Episode 2 of the After the Harvest Podcast! It has been a few months in the making due to day job commitments and that nasty Spring cold which also delayed things, but I am very happy to finally be sharing it with you! I have more episodes that I'm editing and I promise it won't take me as long to get those episodes on iTunes :)

You can find the podcast on iTunes here, and on Soundcloud here (also embedded below).

In this second episode I welcomed Josh McJannett of Dominion City Brewing Company! Listen in as we talk about beer, brownies, guacamole, and local farmers, among other things.

The music featured in this episode is from the talented singer/songwriter Kris Orlowski and his band who hail from Seattle, Washington. (Scroll to the end of this post for more music from Kris).

So, pull up a chair at the table and join me. Grab a drink and a favourite snack -- eat, drink and connect along with me and my guest.

To harvest means “to collect” or “gather” and there is nothing I love more than gathering great food and drink and even better people around a table. It is in these moments that we eat, drink, … and connect.  So, that image of sitting around a table enjoying good food and drink and great conversation? That’s what I hope this podcast will be.

Each episode I will invite a guest or two to my table to enjoy, and talk about, delicious food and drink -- as well as travel, childhood memories, in general. Each episode will also feature a band or musician, and I plan to focus on independent artists. I will also ask each of my guests my "trademark" After the Harvest Question: If they could have a dream dinner with 5 people, who would their guests be, where would the dinner take place (location and setting), and what would they be eating and drinking? Scroll down to see who Josh's dinner guests would be!

After each episode is launched, I will be providing "show notes" -- links to some of the people, places, food and drink my guest and I mention in the episode. See below for the show notes from this episode, and you can also enjoy some photos from Josh in this post!

All three above photos by Blair Gable Photography.

Show Notes: Episode 2

The After the Harvest Question: If you could have dinner with 5 guests (living or dead) anywhere in the world, who would you dine with, where would this dinner take place, and what would you eat and drink? 

Josh's Answer: 

Where: A beach in Tofino, B.C. 
Guests: Anthony Bourdain, Michael Jackson (not that one), Peter Mansbridge, Margaret Atwood, and Lester B. Pearson
Food: Fresh-caught salmon cooked over a fire
Drinks: A B.C. Beer - an island-brewed IPA and an Okanagan Valley white wine
Dessert: Dominion City's Lost Train Oatmeal Stout served with a warm brownie :) 

We also talked about some of Josh's favourite things:
  • Dream Concert: Opener -- Hey Rosetta, Headliner -- The Band
  • Favourite movie: Jurassic Park
  • Favourite book: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Favourite actor: Denzel Washington
  • Favourite actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Josh also shared his wife Margaux's recipe for chocolate cake made with Dominion City Lost Train Oatmeal Stout, so stay tuned to the blog as I'll be making the cake and sharing the recipe with all of you! Thank you for listening, reading, eating, drinking and connecting.

Hope to see you at the Dominion Day party! 

Check out the video for Believer by Kris Orlowski! 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Terroir Symposium: Chefs, Conversation & Community

Imagine an event where you are able to enjoy some of the world's best food and with people who are as obsessed with it as you are, and where you can rub shoulders and clink glasses with some of Toronto's food elite, as well as accomplished chefs, sommeliers, food photographers, culinary tourists, food writers and more from all over the world. Then imagine you pack this all into one day and cap it all off with a wicked after party. Don't think about the hangover yet...

You don't have to imagine, as this event does exist, and it is called Terroir Symposium, and it is taking place on Monday, May 11th at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Will you be there?

From the Terroir website,
Terroir Hospitality brings together innovative and creative influencers from the field of hospitality, including chefs, food and beverage experts, writers and business leaders. Our organization attracts people who are serious about the business of hospitality and who are looking to constantly develop and refine their careers. Terroir is a not-for-profit committee of industry professionals that put on an annual symposium that is about education, networking, sharing collective resources and building a community that helps to strengthen our industry.
Basically, if you're serious about food and you want to talk about it, eat it, and maybe even meet people who you can work with, you want to be at Terroir. It's a day of chefs, conversation, and community, where important food topics are discussed, ideas and connections are sparked, and bellies are happy. Don't get me wrong, it's not just about gluttony, although it's difficult to refrain from re-filling your plate throughout the day. Each year there is a theme, with this year's being "Pioneering Change: Crafting the Way We Eat". 

Check out this video which can tell you more, featuring three of my favourite people who are pioneering change in the food industry: Chef Jamie Kennedy, Joshna Maharaj, and Rebecca LeHeup.

So who are this "food elite" I'm referring to? Last  year I breathed the same air as the likes of David Chang, and Daniel Boulud, among countless others. I was a volunteer last year, and although I enjoyed running to and fro to do whatever needed to be done, I decided to attend this year and soak up as many of the talks and networking opportunities as possible.

Chef Daniel Boulud

This year I look forward to meeting many of the amazing speakers and food professionals they have lined up. To check out who's coming, click here.

They have also put together a dinner series in Toronto where traveling chefs will collaborate with the locals. I am unable to stay in town for any of these dinners, but if you are in Toronto, you should totally check them out. You can read about the dinners and events by clicking here.

A creative veggie display by the team at Ryerson Eats from last year's Terroir.

If you'd like to buy tickets to Terroir Symposium, click here. Maybe I'll see you there!