The theme and menu for the evening was a taste of Canada, with nine stations featuring nine different Canadian chefs and nine wine pairings—all of which were selected by Food & Wine editor-at-large Gail Simmons.
This cauliflower dish below (I wish I had taken notes on it) was my absolute favorite—so much so that I went back four or five times for it! The roasted moose station was also nice enough to do a vegetarian version for me with just foraged mushrooms and parsnip purée, which was really quite delectable.
The best part about the evening (before we get to the desserts) was the wine. I have long been a fan of BC (British Columbia) wines, a region famous for white varietals in particular. But I knew little to nothing about the Niagara region. I must have spent a third of my time talking to the winemakers about what I should know about Canadian wines, and now I have to plan a trip to the Niagara wine region next spring. (And it only just became fall! Le sigh…)
And then there was dessert, which based on the photos, you can see what self-explanatory. Most of the pastry chefs were from Montreal, giving me a chance to practice my French (food and wine might be my best vocabulary category anyway) while picking up a golden slice of cake. (Yes, that box was edible!) And apparently macarons really do grow on trees!