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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Pop Up Hamilton presents - "JAIKARA - Pop Up India" - Saturday August 16th, 7pm

Pop Up Hamilton is thrilled to invite you to JAIKARA: Pop Up India - an incredible one of a kind event celebrating fantastic local Indian cuisine, drink and entertainment. Join us on Saturday August 16th at 7pm to discover all of the magic and beauty of India. Titillate your senses surrounded by sumptuous colour, music, surprise entertainment while experiencing the culinary artistry of our secret local chef to be revealed 48 hours prior to the event.
 Prepare for the ULTIMATE foodie and entertainment experience - Your tickets include all food, drink tastings, non-alcoholic beverages, music, entertainment and most importantly an UNFORGETTABLE, one of a kind event! Dress code is smart casual (wearing a Sari or other India inspired fashion encouraged but not required.) To secure your tickets  click here

For more information, questions please contact us via email at, twitter @popuphamilton or direct at 289-788-3283.  See you on August 16th!

Monday, 14 July 2014

PHOTOS: "Glorious Locavorious" at the Hamilton Farmers' Market!

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)
The Place
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:


Into this!


The People
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
Course #1

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.

Course #2

From Salar Madadi of Meat Ventures "Meat Wagon" - smoked chicken confit (Julia's Poultry) with basil oil, asparagus ribbon salad (Dilly's Organic) with a runny egg and smoked cheddar (Sam's Cheese & Meats), and a chicken skin crisp with goat cheese and chicken heart. Paired with the gorgeous 2010 Flat Rock Cellars "Good Kharma" Chardonnay

Course #3

From Dan Megna of "Twisted Lemon" - Pork tenderloin ballotine (Jepson's Fresh Meats) with pulled ham hock wrapped with Sam's salami (sam's Meat & Cheese) served with maple roasted pork belly, sunchoke croquettes, golden beets (Dilly's Organics), shaved sage cheese natural pan husband and fresh herbs.  Paired with Flat Rock Cellars award-winning "Gravity" Pinot Noir

Course #4

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!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014



Thanks for your continued support, Hamilton!  We have some BIG events planned over the next few months including a "mobile" Pop Up Dining experience, a BIG outdoor dinner party with some stellar, unforgettable entertainment and a celebration of one of the planet's most gorgeous & beguiling countries.  You can expect the same phenomenal culinary masterpieces & gorgeous wines you've come to expect at our events AND at a considerable discount!  From now until Canada Day, you can purchase Pop Up Gift Certiciates for Two (redeemable at any Pop Up event) for $170 all inclusive (that works out to $85 per person for food, wine, non-alocholic beverages and whatever surprises we have in store for you - and we DO have some surprises up our sleeve!

Gift certificates are $85.00 per person - cash, e-transfer, V/MC - and are available for home or electronic delivery! Contact us at 289-788-3283 or at to order yours today! A limited number are availble between now and July 1st, 2014! Don't miss out!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Glorious Locavorious at the Hamilton Farmer's Market: Everything You Need To Know!

Glorious Locavorious: a gala four-course celebration of local cuisine and wine unlike any other!

When we launched Pop Up Hamilton in October 2013, we made a commitment to local food.  We choose to work with chefs that support local farms and businesses like the visionary Ken Lefebour of Nellie James, the unparallelled Matt Kershaw of Rapscallion Rogue Eatery and the amazing Leo Santos of Papa Leo's Restaurant (just to name a few).  In addition to supporting the Hamilton community that has been so supportive of us since we launched and the unrivalled customer experience that is buying from a real family instead of a 'logo'; you CANNOT dispute the superior quality and taste of food from local farms (and, truthfully, taste governs most of our decisions). 

On June 13th, we are taking our love of local food to the next level.  With the help of four of the best eateries in Hamilton: The Twisted Lemon, Radius, The Meat Ventures "Meat Wagon" and Cake and Loaf Bakery, we are going to shine the spotlight on local food in an unforgettable way.
First, we have selected six of our FAVOURITE vendors at the Hamilton Farmers' Market (who should come as no surprise: when we talk to people we meet about the Farmers' Market, their names come up!).  Our six spectacular vendors are:

  1. Jepson's Fresh Meats
  2. Sam's Meat & Cheese
  3. Julia's Poultry
  4. Vos Family Farm Eggs
  5. Dilly's Organic Farmacy
  6. Bentford Orchards

These purveyors of impossibly delicious farm fresh food have been assigned to four chefs, one from each eatery.  Each chef, is responsible for creating one of four courses that highlight seasonal ingredients from these vendors.  What THAT means is that we have four chefs using the absolute best ingredients you will find anywhere to create a culinary masterpiece.

As a Pop Up Hamilton event wouldn't be complete without wine.  We are THRILLED to announce that for Glorious Locavorious, we are featuring one of Canada's best wineries and one founded by native Hamiltonian, Ed Madronich: the multiple award-winning, Flat Rock Cellars!

Second, in keeping with our mission of "Transforming spaces, one spectacular celebration at a time"; we are going to celebrate the gorgeous architectural marvel that is the Hamilton Farmers' Market.  For one night only, we are going to transform the York Street Atrium into a Great-Gatsby inspired ballroom courtesy of local events maestro, Leslie Lamont!  On June 13th, expect to see the stunning York Street Atrium at its most breath-taking and inspiring.

A limited number of all-inclusive tickets are on sale now through our site (see ticket window above) or by telephone at 289-788-3283.  We hope to see you at our unforgettable four course celebration of Hamilton's phenomenal local food & farms on June 13th! 



Monday, 5 May 2014

Behold the Imcomparable Magic of "The Ultimate Pop Up" (PICTURES AT LAST!)

On April 12th, we hosted "The Ultimate Pop Up Dining Experience"; a six course food and wine extravaganza at Hamilton's breath-taking.  At "The Ultimate Pop Up", we featured six of Ontario's best wines.  For each course, we assigned each wine to one of Hamilton's hottest chefs (six in total).  These chefs were responsible for creating a culinary masterpiece that paired perfectly with each wine.  There were no rules or requirements to create a soup/salad course.  Each chef was given 'carte blanche' to create the perfect food accompaniment to their wine.  In every possible way, these chefs exceeded all expectations....
Our "one night only" restaurant at Liuna Station

Our first wine was Inniskillin's wonderful crisp 2012 Riesling Reserve with tropical fruit, peach and wet stone aromas and flavours.
 For his dish, our first chef, Leo Santos of "Papa Leo's Restaurant" on Concession,  designed a savoury Chicken Terrine with arugula, crisp apple & an inspired curried mango sauce.
Our second feature wine was Pelle Island Winery's newest addition "Lighthouse Sauvignon Blanc" a gorgeous, elegant, medium bodied white with citrus notes and aromas of fresh cut grass.
Our second chef, Jonny Blonde of "Jonny Blonde Food Truck & Catering" created an unforgettable masterpiece: Foie gras duck confit with caramelized root vegetable stuffing and white wine pearl barley, garnished with blue oyster mushroom.
Our third feature wine came from beloved Niagara region winery, Pillitteri Estate Winery who brought their award-winning 2010 Cabernet Franc, an easy drinking with tastes of sweet fruit and a touch of mocha, sour cherry, raspberry
To pair with Cabernet Franc, beloved Westdale chef, Robert Wilton of "Bean Bar"  prepared a succulent cider-braised pork belly with roasted beet trio, gratin potato and 2010 Pillitteri Estate Winery Cabernet Franc jus and peach preserves.
Our next wine, won "Best Syrah" at the most recent National Wine Awards: Creekside Estate Winery's 2012 Syrah; a big, bold red with an aromatic nose of damson plum, black raspberry, cherry and cracked white pepper.
For his dish, our next feature chef, the incomparable Ken Lefebour of Dundas's "Nelie James Gourmet Food to Go" prepared an unforgettable Rosemary molasses rubbed local wagyu (Kobe) short-ribs with purple sweet potato Gallette, Shanghai Bok Choy, Fried Serrano ham and an East Coast Partridge Berry Bourbon reduction.
 Our fifth feature wine was Chateau Des Charmes "Earth & Sky Pino Noir" a gorgeous, suble red that shows nuances of strawberry, mushroom and mossy earth engage your nose while the fine tannins and balancing acidity roll off your tongue.
Our main course chef, legendary Hamilton chef Manny Ferreira of "Earth to Table: Bread Bar" prepared a tantalizing maple glazed pork belly, fennel and rhubarb kimchee, pomme purée, ginger scallion
Our last wine of hte evening was also the first winery ever featured by Pop Up Hamilton: Palatine Hills Estate Winery.  Our friends at Palatine Hills shared their wonderfully decadent Gewurztraminer Icewine; an unusual, unique, distinct and very tasty Icewine redolent of the spiciness of Gewurztraminer but amazingly complemented with sugar.

Our first (and only) choice for dessert was the consistently amazing Cake and Loaf bakery (Nicole Williams & Josie Rudderham) prepared a fittingly decadent and unforgettable Vanillala Spiced Pear Cake with Rhubarb Compote and Palatine Hills Estate Winery Gewurztraminer Ice Wine Truffle

 Much love to all of Hamilton's hottest chefs for their mastery and commitment to excellence!

Cheers until next time!