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Harvest Wednesdays: Let the real taste of Ontario blow your freakin’ mind!

Our beloved Harvest Wednesday is back by popular demand! The Gladstone Hotel invites Toronto’s urbanites to experience our food philosophy through a series of local food events harvested in the natural rhythm of Ontario’s growing season.

For the 2016 season, Gladstone Hotel’s Chef Katie Venables-Lloyd will create menus inspired harvest from farmer Sherry Patterson of Chick-A-Biddy Acres CSA, as well as local meats, cheeses, wines and beers from our Harvest Wednesday Partners.  Harvest Wednesday has gathered a number of chef fans over the years as well, in our 2016 season watch out for some exciting guests including Jamie Kennedy, Chris MacDonald, Bob Blumer, Brandon Olsen and Newcomer Kitchen! The harvest changes from week to week, and so does the menu. There are many ways to enjoy Harvest Wednesdays:

Harvest Sip + Savour | Sept 14, 28 | $20-30pp
Cocktail party style Sip + Savour events kick off each month with tastes of the season in progress and an opportunity to meet with local producers and partners. Tasting events include seasonal hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer tastings and talks or live music.

Harvest Table Dinner | Aug 24, Sept 7, Oct 5, Oct 12 | $50-80pp
A family-style meal that starts with hors d’oeuvres, followed by the farmhouse harvest dinner. Guests will enjoy their meal at a large communal table where they will share large platters and get a taste of everything! Dinner will include a cocktail, two glasses of wine, a guest speaker and live music.

 

Harvest Wednesdays 2016 Schedule

 


AUG 24 | Ballroom
Harvest Table Dinner with Newcomers Kitchen

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SEPT 7 | Ballroom

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Harvest Table Dinner with Suzanne Barr from Saturday Dinette

Suzanne Barr’s Saturday Dinette is a modern diner created for the Leslieville and Riverdale locals. Inspired by the local diner it once was, she has rejuvenated this vacant space and returned it to the community. Saturday Dinette is an accessible and inviting local spot operated by an enthusiastic and creative food curator. A 30 seat restaurant with classic diner dishes inspired by worldly travels and local produce.

Saturday Dinette has introduced an employment programme placing women from the YWCA Toronto organization. An organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls fleeing violence or women and girls who want to establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. Get a taste of Toronto East, in Toronto West!

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SEPT 14 | Gallery

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Sip and Savour with Food Network Host Bob Blumer

Along with hosting the television series Surreal Gourmet, Glutton for Punishment and World’s Weirdest Restaurants, Bob has written five acclaimed cookbooks and serves as an Ambassador to Second Harvest in Toronto spreading the word about food rescue and hunger relief. He even designed one of the Gladstone Hotel’s artist designed hotel rooms called the Surreal Gourmet.

Vendors for the evening include Bob Blumer, Gladstone Hotel, Collingwood Whiskey, Stratus Vineyards, Grange of PEC, Kacaba Vineyard, Lost Craft Brewery, Second Harvest, Abokichi  and more!

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SEPT 28 | Gallery

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Sip and Savour: Taste of Parkdale

In the spirit of Harvest Wednesdays, this Sip and Savour connects urbanites with rural producers by incorporating produce from Chick-a-biddy Acres with the restaurants and producers from our own backyard: Parkdale! Parkdale is a rich and culturally diverse neighbourhood with equally diverse food offerings. From Tibetan treats to artisanal jams to breweries that are as local as it gets, there is something for everyone! We’ve invited some of our West End faves to showcase the multifaceted tastes of our beloved neighbourhood, all the while incorporating produce from Sherry’s farm. Let’s bridge the gap between urban and rural. Come hungry!

West End Food Co-Op will speak at the event. They are a not-for-profit cooperative in Parkdale that seeks to provide viable food security that uniquely meets the needs of Toronto’s west end food communities. Vendors include Chick-a-biddy Acres, Gladstone Hotel, Collingwood Whiskey, Grange of PEC, Kacaba Vineyard, Lost Craft Brewery, West End Food Co-Op, Tibet Kitchen,  Abokichi and more!


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OCT 5 | Ballroom

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Friendsgiving Harvest Table Featuring Chocolates x Brandon Olsen

For Friendsgiving (which traditionally occurs on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day), we invite you to gather with your pals, experience the gorgeous fall harvest from Chick-a-biddy farms and get a taste of Chocolates x Brandon Olsen (CXBO) 

Brandon launched Chocolates x Brandon Olsen (CXBO), together with his partner Sarah Keenlyside in 2016. Brandon Olsen is formerly chef de cuisine at two of Toronto’s top restaurants – Bar Isabel and The Black Hoof – and trained under chef Thomas Keller at Napa Valley’s The French Laundry and Ad Hoc restaurants. He approaches making chocolates the way he cooks, mixing up unique flavor combinations and playful presentation with skillful technique. Sarah Keenlyside is near and dear to the Gladstone family–the visual artist and designer did a complete recreation of Ferris Bueller’s Bedroom for Come Up To My Room this past year and it’s since gone on to tour around the world, wowing over 7000 visitors and counting!


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OCT 19 | Ballroom

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Final Harvest Table with guest Chef Jamie Kennedy!

Jamie Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada. His innovative approach to gastronomy, commitment to sustainable agriculture and advocacy of local food have been unwavering. Jamie has helped pioneer ‘farm to table’ practices nationwide and has continued to foster important ties between farmers and chefs across Ontario. Jamie will prepare a farm-forward feast paired with wines from the Grange of Prince Edward County Vineyards.


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Harvest Wednesday began in 2006 as an opportunity to connect urbanites with rural producers and begin a dialogue that helped shape the community around Toronto’s artisan food scene. The concept was simple: the Gladstone would buy “shares” in a Community Shared Agriculture(CSA), and let each week’s bounty shape the offerings on the plate—imagine a local food version of “Chopped”. This direct support of farmer Sherry Patterson of Chick-a- Biddy Acres CSA was the beginning of a beautiful dialogue.

WHAT IS A C.S.A?
Community Shared Agriculture allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. It is a relationship of shared bounty and shared risk.