|Welcome to "Glorious Locavorious"!|
On Friday June 13th, Pop Up Hamilton took our love of local food to the next and most delicious level. With the help of four of the city's most talented culinary masters and SIX unparalleled purveyors of incredible, quality local food at Hamilton's iconic Farmers' Market, we set out to create an unforgettable dining experience and transform the architectural marvel that is the York Street Atrium into an elegant "Great Gatsby-themed" dining room for ninety five people! The premise was: take four spectacular local chefs and have them each design a course using ingredients from some of the Hamilton Farmers' Markets best vendors! THEN, have one of the best wineries in the country - Flat Rock Cellars - select a gorgeous and appropriate wine pairing for each course. Sounds delicious, right?! The idea really ran away with itself and left us watching the magic unfold!
Here are all the juicy details (with pictures by Nicole Longstaff)
Hamilton's Farmers' Market is a gorgeous, modern space and the York Street Atrium may be its crown jewel. On any day, this area is a community space that showcases local artists, hosts fundraising activities, engages citizens in the political process or serves as a lovely place to eat lunch!
On June 13th, under the direction of local events guru, Leslie Lamont, we transformed the lovely York Street Atrium from this:
We were very fortunate to feature six Hamilton Farmers' Market vendors that are beloved ambassadors of unparalleled quality local food, champions of small business & truly engaged with their customers and community. Our featured vendors were:
Jepson’s Fine Meats, Sam’s Cheese & Meats, Julia’s Poultry, Vos Eggs, Dilly’s Organics and Bentford Orchards.
Taking these food items of the highest quality and turning them into unforgettable culinary masterpieces, we enlisted the help of four culinary masters in their own right to create four courses of magic. Our featured chefs were (in order of courses):
Matt Johnny from James Street South's Radius, Salar Madadi from buzzworthy upstart Meat Ventures "Meat Wagon", Dan Megna owner and executive chef of the white hot "Twisted Lemon" (also host of "Real Food Sexy") and Josie Rudderham of beloved Hamilton bakery (and Pop Up fave) "Cake and Loaf"
In addition, we had some surprise guests at Glorious Locavorious including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra AND a jazz trio featuring brilliant local musicians Thomas Altobelli, Scott McIntosh and Aaron Bowers.
|The charismatic Lina from Sam's Meat & Cheese (far left) and Shane Coleman of Dilly's Organics (second from right)|
|Matt Johnny of Radius (left) and Salar Madadi (of Meat Venture "Meat Wagon") collaborate on the plating of Course #3 by Dan Megna|
|Karen Brookbank and Ed Madronich of Flat Rock Cellars (centre, fore table)|
|Cecilia Chang & Elspeth Thomson of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra|
|From L to R: Scott McIntosh, Thomas Altobelli & Aaron Bowers|
Have we forgotten anything? Right...
The Food & Wine
From Matt Johnny of Radius: Beef and pork (Jepson's Fresh Meats) country terrine with pickled rhubarb (Dilly's Organics), mustard, and shredded beamster cheese (Sam's Meat & Cheese. Served with a flawless 2013 Flat Rock Cellars Riesling.
|From Josie Rudderham of "Cake and Loaf" bakery: Roasted Strawberry Frangipane Tart on a Sterling Creamery Butter Crust served with Fresh Strawberry Custard Cream. Paired with 2013 Flat Rock Cellars Late Harvest Gewurtztraminer|
Flat Rock Cellars
And, of course, our fabulous guests...
|The lovely & engaging Lina of Sam's Cheese and Meats (second from left) and John Longstaff (second from right)|
Lastly, some "inside information" on how we make it happen...
|Pop Up Server Kyle utilizes the most advanced engineering technology available at Pop Up Hamilton to transport hot entrees up the ramp at the Hamilton Farmers' Market!|
As always, we have a BIG list of people to thank for making it happen: John Hertel, Alipa Patel, Donna Lee Macdonald, Leslie Lamont, Loren Lieberman, Nicole Williams of "Steel & The City", Gicel and Patricia Cartagena, Mark Furukawa and JOEY COLEMAN for kick-starting the original idea! Cheers and hope to see you at Jaikara: Pop Up India on August 16th!