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Harvest Wednesdays: Fall Harvest with Chef Akshay Shastry
The Gladstone Hotel and Executive Chef Akshay Shastry invite you to experience Ontario’s late autumn harvest at the Hotel’s signature local food event, Harvest Wednesdays. Celebrate local producers through a menu designed using ingredients from Chick-A-Biddy Acres Farm and 100km Foods (an organization that connects Ontario farmers to urban restaurateurs). The experience will begin with a sparkling cocktail and canapes in our second-floor gallery, followed by a three-course family-style dinner in our historic Ballroom, accompanied by live music and a meet & greet with some of our local food heroes.
Reserve your spot on OpenTable by choosing Nov 27 and the 6:30pm seating. Please specify dietary restrictions.
6:30pm: Cocktail Hour in our second-floor Art Gallery
7:15pm: Seating in our magnificent Ballroom
7:30pm: Dinner begins
(tax and tip not included)
$20 Local Wine Pairing (2 glasses of local wine)
$40 Local Wine Pairing (two glasses of premium local wine)
$50-200 Local Bottles of Wine
Cicchetti & Tapas
Stuffed Eggplant, Fried Cauliflower & Zucchini, 100 km Salumi, Marinated Olives, Stuffed Focaccia, Caponata, Grilled Peppers, Marinated Eggplant & Arancini
Chive Butter, Olive Tapenade, Chilli Oil, Parmiggiano Reggiano
Butternut Squash Manicotti
With Micro Basil
Whole Roasted Kolapore Farms Trout
With Fresh Ginger, Garlic & Lemon Stuffed, Charred Shishito Peppers
100Km Fingerling Potatoes
With Peppers & Onions
Seasonal Green Vegetables
Harvested the day before from Chick-A-Biddy Acres C.S.A.
100Km Foods Green Salad
Cylindrical Beets, Purple Radishes, Watermelon Radish in a Riesling Vinaigrette
Red Wine Poached Pear Panacotta
Chef Akshay Shastry is the Executive Chef of the Gladstone Hotel, known for the “simple, farm-fresh and nicely done” food he’s cooked up all over the world! Starting his culinary career in his hometown of Hyderabad, India at the Marriott Hotel Hyderabad, Akshay went on to lead kitchens at Marriott Hotel locations across North America, including Seattle and Muskoka where he opened Teca, an Italian family-style dining restaurant. Soon after, he made a career move to Omni Hotels to help open their first location in Melbourne, Australia. In Melbourne, Akshay was introduced to a local Farmer’s Market where he’d shop every morning for fresh veggies, meat, and seafood – a habit that he’s never kicked! Bringing his passion for hyper-local food back to Canada, Akshay became the Executive Chef of Hockley Valley Resort where he harvested his ingredients from their on-site garden, farm, and beekeeper. Aligned with the Gladstone Hotel’s commitment to sustainability and long-term relationships with local farmers, Chef Akshay is excited to begin a new local food journey in the city!
What is Harvest Wednesdays?
Harvest Wednesdays began in 2006 as an opportunity to connect urbanites with rural producers and create a dialogue that helped shape the community around Toronto’s artisan food scene. By showcasing local produce at each event alongside community organizations and local producers, Harvest Wednesdays sparks conversations about Community Shared Agriculture (CSA), and the global impact of choosing to eat locally while enjoying seasonal Ontario produce, picked from the land just the day before!
Harvest Wednesdays menus are inspired by the specific weekly “harvest” of a local CSA as the core produce. Our Executive Chef Akshay Shastry works with farmers and producers throughout the season.
What is Community Shared Agriculture (C.S.A.)?
Community Shared Agriculture is a concept that allows people to reclaim a connection to the production of food. It allows farmers to be supported locally and for people to eat food grown in their area, not shipped across the continent. CSA farmers grow food for a predetermined group of consumers who pay an annual fee to purchase their ‘share’ of the harvest. It is a relationship of shared bounty and shared risks. Since 2006 CSA farms have grown from 600 to 13,000 in North America!
Enriched through Partnerships:
Chick-a-Biddy Acres CSA produce forms the core inspiration for the flavour narrative and each event is enriched by the participation of other producer partners. The Gladstone highlights and features the work of local food and drink partners at each Harvest Wednesdays dinner. This year we will be putting an emphasis on producers from 100km Foods. Harvest Wednesdays draws on partnerships with local producers big and small to provide guests with the chance to experience local wines, meats, cheeses, and specialty foods as well as access to information about food advocacy groups, community partners and local musicians.