Evergreen Brick Works Picnic: A Culinary Exploration of Ontario

Posted on September 08, 2011 by Mahnaaz Dattu

As the television commercial jingle goes, “Good things grow in Ontario!” And if you ever needed proof of that, the Fifth Annual Evergreen Brick Works Picnic on October 2nd was the place to dazzle your palate. The recipe that made this event oh-so uniquely delicious: Ontario food producers partnered with Slow Food chefs to create locally-inspired dishes that had culinary oomph and flair. With help from their key ingredients – local growers, ranchers, fishers, producers and artisans – each chef delivered appetizing food that stimulated a consciously good appetite, dish-after-dish.

More than a celebratory nosh n’ meet with Ontario’s culinary crème de la crème, the Evergreen Brick Works Picnic inspires a hunger to eat and savour from the bounty of our own backyard. Keep it local, keep it sustainable, eat delicious and it all really does go down good!

Here’s a healthy heap of the lip-smacking, local tasty, that I enjoyed

Bon Appétit!

Treat: Maple sugar dusted, sweet potato doughnuts from LPK’s Culinary Groove

LPK's Culinary Groove on Urbanspoon

Not just delicious but also: Vegan, gluten-free, organic, CLS – Certified Local Sustainable

Treat: Tortilla chip topped with crisp, fried trout, tomatillo salsa and dairy crema

Culinary partners: fish store Hooked with trout from Kolapore Springs Fish Hatchery

Not just delicious but also: Ethnically nurtured trout from Blue Mountain


Treat: Chopped Salad from Paese Ristorante – Heirloom carrots, radishes, celery, golden and candy striped beets, smoked aged cheddar, pickled green tomatoes, Enoki mushrooms, chick peas, cauliflower, broccoli, hard boiled eggs, purple potatoes, oven cured cherry tomatoes, smoked pork shoulder

LPK's Culinary Groove on Urbanspoon

Not just delicious but also: Vegetables grown in the backyard, the best ‘power salad’ I have ever eaten


Minus pork shoulder

Treat: c5 Tamales with Sosnicki Organics, pico di gallo, charred tomatillo relish and pickled peppers from c5 Restaurant Lounge

C5 Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Not just delicious but also: All local of course, and nutritious!

Treat: Steam Whistle Beer Brined Pulled Fenwood Chicken in housemade maple BBQ sauce on thick, rustic bread slices, topped with caramelized onions

Made by en Ville event design & catering

Not just delicious but also: Certified Organic, antibiotic-free chicken

Treat: Monforte Pecorino Fresco (Sheep’s cheese) in Muhammara (hot pepper dip) on Evelyn’s Crackers

Not just delicious but also: 100% Ontario Heritage Grains (Evelyn’s Crackers), Red Fife Flour – Non-modified, unbleached flour

Treat: Orecchiette ‘small ear’ (pastry) with wild boar sausage, butternut squash and Cape Vessey goat cheese from Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co.

Made by Vertical Restaurant

Vertical Restaurant and Bar on Urbanspoon

Not just delicious but also: Locally-produced goat milk, Cape Vessey – Grand Champion Goat Cheese at the 2008 Royal Winter Fair


Treat: Lamb –Forsyth Farms – curry topped with puffed rice

Made by Rocky Raccoon Café

Not just delicious but also: Sustainable raised lamb, hearty and warm on a cold day!

Treat: Zane Caplansky’s Zane Eats – Smoked salami, purple onions and liver paste sandwiched by a poppy seed bun

Not just delicious but also: Liver! Mom woulda’ been proud to see me eat it!

Watch me down this baby on Street Eats in March 2012

 Just as I started with dessert, so I sign-off with sweet finishes…..

Missed out on the picnic? Visit the Evergreen Brick Works Farmer’s Market every Saturday

Bernardin: Potato Pancake with Mom’s Apple Pie in a Jar and a dollop of sour cream

Roasted goodness from Merchants of Green Coffee: Take a Coffee School course with them!

Soma Chocolate Maker: Crabapple caramel, walnuts and chocolate with a twinkle of grey salt

Grant Street Caramel Co. partnered with Organic Meadow

Soma Chocolate Maker Rating:

Soma Chocolate on Urbanspoon


Proceeds from the picnic will fund the following: children’s food gardens and cooking workshops (Evergreen), as well as learning gardens and initiatives to connect consumers to local, sustainable producers. (Slow Food Toronto)

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