A Taste of Burlington is a prix fixe dining program, similar to Summerlicious, that features twenty-four of Burlington’s restaurants presenting a three-course prix fixe dining menu at $15 or $20 for lunch, and $30, $35 or $40 for dinner. The event will run from July 21 – August 5, 2013.
Last night I attended the media launch for A Taste of Burlington, which was held at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The event gave guests the opportunity to sample dishes from several participating restaurants and the chance to speak with the chefs behind the food. Guests were encouraged to nominate their favourite restaurant for the “People’s Choice” award. There was also a panel of adjudicators who were judging for the “Best Taste” award.
I came up with my own list of “winners”, based on the food I sampled and the friendliness of the chefs I spoke to. I’m hoping to be able to visit these three restaurants during A Taste of Burlington, but if not I’ll be sure to check them out at another time.
This is the Grilled Tomato and Asiago Stuffed Jumbo Ravioli with sun-dried tomato pesto and toasted sunflower seeds from Eatalia restaurant. This dish was my absolute favourite from the whole night. The pasta had bite, the filling was delicious, and I loved the crunch from the sunflower seeds.
These delicious bites are Peppered Chicken Liver and Andouille Sausage Pate with mushroom ketchup on olive oil crostini from Paradiso restaurant. I asked the chef what mushroom ketchup is since I’m not familiar with it. He explained to me that originally ketchup wasn’t made from tomatoes, but from mushrooms. He makes his by extracting the liquid from mushrooms and combining it with other ingredients. Chef Adam received the “Best Taste” award for this dish.
These are the Sweet Potato Phyllo Dumplings with a ginger and thyme honey drizzle from The Queen’s Head Pub. These were sweet, savoury and crunchy, and I could have eaten at least 5 of them. I almost missed The Queen’s Head Pub booth because it was upstairs, but I’m glad I found it. This item received an honourable mention for the “Best Taste” award.
Here are some other photos from the event:
This is the Coffee and Ancho Braised Beef Short Ribs with a salad of bell pepper, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and cilantro honey oil.
West Plains Bistro won the “People’s Choice” award for this dish. I did taste this one, and thought the beef was very tender.
This is the Four Mushroom Crostini with Ontario cambozola on a roasted garlic crostini from Pepperwood Bistro. This was a tasty bite too.
I didn’t eat this item, so I can’t comment on the taste. This is the Walker’s Fish Market Bronzed Fish Taco with guacamole, shredded lettuce, and bronzed white fish.
This is another dish that I didn’t taste. This Summer Salad is from Water St. Cooker.
These are the Hoison Glazed Pulled Pork Tacos with a carrot and bean sprout slaw from Stone House. I did not eat these.
These cute little cups are Asparagus Vichyssoise from The Purple Heather. They were creamy and had a nice flavour, I’m just not a fan of cold soups in general.
There were other dishes that I tried, but not all of my photos turned out. Almost everything was tasty, although there were a couple of dishes that I did not enjoy. I didn’t get to try anything from Rayhoon Persian Eatery, which was too bad because they were serving Crisp Saffron Rice layered with chicken and that sounds like something I’d enjoy. They were already out of samples by the time I got upstairs.
Overall the event was fun to attend, and it was nice to be able to taste a dish from each restaurant. The event organizers did a great job creating an entertaining evening, and you may be interested to know that all of the plates, forks and napkins were biodegradable (which means less waste from the event).