Vines Magazine: Pop Up Harvest Soiree Tickets

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree: The Details (So Far)

We thank everyone for the valiant guesses as to the location of our next fabulous Pop Up Dining experience.  Excellent attempts but, so far, the cat's still in the bag!

What we DO know is this:

The Chefs

The Aberdeen Tavern's Executive Chef, Nathaniel Beattie & Ches Zaborowski (if you haven't experienced the Aberdeen Tavern's exquisite cuisine, you owe it to yourself to go there ASAP).



The Winery

Multiple Ontario Wine Award winner Mike Weir Estate Winery will pair all four courses of the Pop Up Harvest Soiree menu with one of their impossibly gorgeous wines.



The Menu

1st Course
Soup duo; 1) Sunchoke puree (Jerusalem artichoke) garnished with Sunchoke chips & roasted honey mushrooms 2) Roasted Butternut squash soup with lardons, parsley and apple cider and creme fraiche. 

Wine Pairing – 2012 Weir Family Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay
 
2nd Course
Seared Sea Scallop with charcoal grilled root vegetable hash, duck crackling, sage jus gras

Wine Pairing – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

3rd Course
Grilled Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin, roasted wild mushrooms with barley, celeriac puree, baby heirloom carrots, bordelaise sauce.

Wine Pairing – 2012 Weir Family Vineyard Cabernet Franc
 
4th Course
Carrot cake with maple bourbon and rosemary ice cream and roasted peach preserve.

Wine Pairing – Vidal Icewine
 
The "Spirit of Harvest Season" Bonus
 
Guests joining us that would like to enjoy an exceptional cocktail in our "Dillon's Distillery Lounge" may do so for the low price of a donation of non-pershiable food items that will go to the great folks at Ancaster Community Services.
 
The Entertainment
 
We can't announce the evening's entertainment but they're local, incredibly talented, amazing to see live and you will be THRILLED that you came!
 
The Clues
 
The three pictures were all taken by  photographer, Nicole Longstaff at the location of Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree.  Think you recognize these images?  Share your guess with us on Twitter (@popuphamilton)
 
 
Watch CHCH's "Morning Live" on October 1st where we will reveal all!
 
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, October 4th at 5:30 pm for our biggest Pop Up Event to date! Tickets available at the top of this page!
 
CHEERS!
 
 
 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Pop Up Hamilton Votes: Mayoral Candidate Michael Baldasaro On The Hot Seat!


People might not realize this but, in addition to throwing spectacular, unforgettable Pop Up dining events (Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree! October 4th! Tickets available on this page!), we're also journalists with THREE MONTHS of experience, unafraid to ask the tough, hard-hitting questions.  For the next few weeks, we'll be putting some of our local candidates under our uncompromising scrutiny as part of our commitment to bring you the TRUTH!

Join us as we shine the spotlight on candidate for Hamilton mayor, Michael Baldasaro and ask the tough questions about leadership choices!



 
Michael Baldasaro, the thoughtful, well-known Hamilton political and religious figure speaks of his ambition as mayor of Hamilton to introduce truly accessible leadership; to represent the "real" people of Hamilton and his strategies to keep young people out of the criminal justice system, and people are listening.  Sure...that stuff may play well with the politically astute and learned in Hamilton, Brother Michael!  But we represent the voters with NaRoma Pizza Bar on speed dial and a photographic memory of local LCBO hours and we have a few questions! 
 

 1. What is your “go-to” restaurant for guilty takeout pleasure in Hamilton?


"Wendy's, small chill with a small vanilla frosty. (Gluten free)."

2.       Which Hamilton restaurant do you frequent so often you’re considering seeking treatment for addiction to their food?

"The Delta Bright Spot Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Hamilton." (ED: People have insisted we eat at the Delta Bright Spot since we moved here last year and we haven't made it yet but their fans are passionate and vocal!)


 3.       Wine: Red, white, rose or sparkling? (Please note: We don’t accept ‘None’ as an answer because science has taught us that the challenges of governance cannot and should not be mitigated without wine. Please don’t argue with science.)  


"I don't drink alcohol. Personal preference, mainly because I never enjoyed the taste." (ED: We ran Michael's response through our state-of-the-art proofreading software and there are no typos in this sentence.)


4.       What was the most recent gorgeous Ontario wine you enjoyed and which over-the-top adjective would you use to describe it?

"I haven't had wine since 2001. I was getting to like it too much and quit when I started looking forward to a drink at the end of the day because really, the day never ends and I prefer to be prepared. The enemy always attacks after the after party."





 
5.       Which beer is your favourite post yard-work and/or council meeting beer? 

"I don't like beer. Drinking alcohol before a council meeting is not my idea of running a city and/or an activity I advise before working. Have a drink or 2 after work as my father did. A glass of wine, homemade or Ontario, beer of choice now and then and a shot of whisky during winter months. He grew up in North Bay, during the depression and was never a drunk, never abusive and always considerate yet he enjoyed alcohol on a daily basis. He never drank in bars but would have wine and/or beer in restaurants, with his meal. I am not against drinking, I'm just against abuse of any kind."

To learn more about voting in the upcoming election and how YOU can get involved; visit the City of Hamilton's Election site here.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Ward One Candidate, Sandy Shaw...EXPOSED!!!


People might not realize this but, in addition to throwing spectacular, unforgettable Pop Up dining events (Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree! October 4th! Tickets available on this page!), we're also journalists with THREE MONTHS of experience, unafraid to ask the tough, hard-hitting questions.  For the next few weeks, we'll be putting some of our local candidates under our uncompromising scrutiny as part of our commitment to bring you the TRUTH!

Join us as we shine the spotlight on Ward One's Sandy Shaw and ask the questions few Hamilton journalists are brave enough to ask!


 
Woman of Distinction award winner, Sandy Shaw may think that her sterling reputation in Ward One and track record of making positive change happen in Hamilton will impress us: helping secure funding for Hamilton's beloved Mustard Seed Co-op (Full Disclosure: any candidate that makes great food things happen wins points with us as per our 'Candidate Evaluation' policy, section 32.7a), her work with great organizations like the Social Planning and Research Council and the United Way in addition to chairing the board of the $2.5 billion First Ontario Credit Union.  Not so fast, Sandy!  We've talked to "the people" (at the LCBO on Dundern) and they demand some answers before you get THEIR vote!

 1. What is your “go-to” restaurant for guilty takeout pleasure in Hamilton?


"Hardly a fair question for someone like me who lives in Ward One.  I think that we have the most diverse and delicious choice of food “go-to’s” in Hamilton.  Instead, I will tell you where “I went” in the past few weeks.  For Indian takeout it is Shehnai Restaurant on Main St., for pizza it has been NaRoma on Locke, but let's not discount Valentinos in Westdale.  For Italian you can not go wrong with Express Italian Eatery in Westdale, but lets not leave out the Bean Bar,or My Dog Joe’s.  For Mexican Ole Gourmet Mexican Grill is a favourite.  For the good burger you can always count on West Town Bar and Grill.  Of course this list could go on forever, but I just chose the last two weeks.  I guess I get a lot of take out on the run!"
 

2.       Which Hamilton restaurant do you frequent so often you’re considering seeking treatment for addiction to their food?

"I like to walk to restaurants, and close by is the Aberdeen Tavern.  My go to there is the Potato Gnocchi.  I am also a huge fan of wandering over to Rays on Sunday morning for the family breakfast."


 3.       Wine: Red, white, rose or sparkling? (Please note: We don’t accept ‘None’ as an answer because science has taught us that the challenges of governance cannot and should not be mitigated without wine. Please don’t argue with science.)  



"I have to admit, I am partial to Red Wine.  I have been known to enjoy a White Wine in the heat of summer on the patio."


4.       What was the most recent gorgeous Ontario wine you enjoyed and which over-the-top adjective would you use to describe it?

"Recently a friend gave me a bottle of the Courtney Gamay from Malivoire.  Even though it is more expensive then what I usually buy, it was divine."





 
5.       Which beer is your favourite post yard-work and/or council meeting beer? 
"How could I not support, Michael Duggan and Brad Clifford of Ontario Brewing Company and hop grower Hugh Brown of Heritage Hill Organics – who together produce Ontario's first all-local brews 100 Mile Ale and 100 Mile Lager.  They were big players at the the Because Beer Festival in July, also featuring Harlan Pepper the band my son plays in.  As a proud Mom of course I will support them."

To learn more about voting in the upcoming election and how YOU can get involved; visit the City of Hamilton's Election site here.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

THE TRUTH About Ward One Candidate - Jason Allen! No Stone Unturned!

People might not realize this but, in addition to throwing spectacular, unforgettable Pop Up dining events (Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree! October 4th! Tickets available on this page!), we're also journalists with THREE MONTHS of experience, unafraid to ask the tough, hard-hitting questions.  For the next few weeks, we'll be putting some of our local candidates under our uncompromising scrutiny as part of our commitment to bring you the TRUTH!

Today, we ask Jason Allen, candidate for Ward One, the questions the mainstream media is afraid to ask!
Jason Allen

As a member of the Participatory Budget Advisory Committee and contributor to Raise the Hammer, GO Transit's Training & Quality Leader, Jason Allen is no stranger to Hamilton politics.  He wants you to believe that he would make an effective Ward One councillor because of his successes with the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association, Down Syndrom Association, Westdale Teaching Garden and other enthusiastic  community work.  Not so fast, Allen! Sure, you're charming, smart and passionate but how about you tell Ward One voters what they REALLY need to know about you?


 1. What is your “go-to” restaurant for guilty takeout pleasure in Hamilton?


"My guilty pleasure go-to for takeout is Crystal Dynasty on Cannon at Bay.  We have a four person family, and Chinese food usually means a long day of work, or a bit of a celebration, so the numbers often swell to 8 or 10.  Their food is affordable, their service is brisk, and the meal is the best Chinese food we have found in Hamilton."
 

2.       Which Hamilton restaurant do you frequent so often you’re considering seeking treatment for addiction to their food?

"Ben Than Viet Thai on James North.  I eat there more often than I'd like to admit. Usually lunches with my wife, who has an office on James North, so if I'm downtown, we meet there. Not for Pho, but for Bun (the noodles and spring rolls), which has to be my all time favorite guilty pleasure.  They do it better than most."


 3.       Wine: Red, white, rose or sparkling? (Please note: We don’t accept ‘None’ as an answer because science has taught us that the challenges of governance cannot and should not be mitigated without wine. Please don’t argue with science.)  



"Red wine.  Definitely red wine.  The redder the better.  Fat Bastard is one of my all time favorites."


4.       What was the most recent gorgeous Ontario wine you enjoyed and which over-the-top adjective would you use to describe it?


"Because I'm a red wine fan - I know you probably won't want to hear this - but I don't feel Ontario does red wines as well as they do whites, or as well as other jurisdictions.  If I had to pick one, it would be the 30 Bench Merlot I had a couple of years ago - that broke the mold for what an Ontario Red wine should be.  If I had to choose an Ontario beverage though, I would choose Forty Creek's Copper Pot Select Whiskey, which is simply the finest, most complex and interesting Canadian whiskey I've ever had the pleasure of drinking."


5.       Which beer is your favourite post yard-work and/or council meeting beer? 


"Beer.  There are simply too many I love to name.  My favorite "I'm-so-tired-from-mowing-my-big-back-yard-with-my-environmentally-concious-push-reel-mower-that-I-can't-lift-my-arms" beer would have to be Old Speckled Hen from the UK.  My favorite sit-and-enjoy-a-lovely-beer-in-the-evening-with-friends beer, changes almost from month to month, but right now the winner is Butler's Bitter from the Niagara College Brewing Program, the sales of which go to support the program. I love good beer, and I love teaching people how to brew good beer (I'm an avid home brewer), so this helps with both."

To learn more about voting in the upcoming election and how YOU can get involved; visit the City of Hamilton's Election site here.

Monday, 15 September 2014

ALL THE FACTS ABOUT MAYORAL CANDIDATE, BRIAN MCHATTIE!!!


People might not realize this but, in addition to throwing spectacular, unforgettable Pop Up dining events (Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree! October 4th! Tickets available on this page!), we're also journalists with THREE MONTHS of experience, unafraid to ask the tough, hard-hitting questions.  For the next few weeks, we'll be putting some of our local candidates under our uncompromising scrutiny as part of our commitment to bring you the TRUTH!

Our second candidate - Brian McHattie - is running for "The

Big Chair" - mayor of Hamilton. 




From a credentials perspective, Brian McHattie seems to

have all the right components of a successful,

effective Hamilton mayor - demonstrated business acumen, a

reputation for tireless & authentic representation as a

Ward One councilor, solid policy experience and a

progressive vision for Hamilton's future, "street cred" within

the academic community, dreamy eyes, solid dance

moves ...maybe a little TOO perfect?  What's he hiding?!

We decided to catch Brian on his 100 Day Neighbourhood

Tour to dig a little deeper to find out more about the

currently leading mayoral candidate.  Where does he stand

on the issues that REALLY matter to Hamiltonians?

 1. What is your “go-to” restaurant for guilty takeout pleasure in Hamilton?


"Nice try Dave Hanley. Good politicians don’t have a single favourite restaurant, so I’m going to break the rules and list a few great spots my wife Elaine and I enjoy. Let me say on the record, there are plenty more.

We love sitting on the terrace overlooking the lake at Baranga's on the Beach in the east end. We love the energy in our own neighbourhood where we can literally walk to more than a dozen restaurants of all kinds. When we want a quiet night out, we tend to go to either Bar on Locke or Aberdeen Tavern, both have great atmosphere. Best backyard patio, Courtyard Cafe. For pure vegetarian Indian food, can't beat The Himalaya in Stoney Creek.  Best new restaurant for us is Burnt Tongue, James and Cannon (thanks Paul and Anne!). We also enjoy Narula’s, and India Village - Dundas and Ancaster locations. And Kampai for sushi on King. Still looking forward to 2 Black Sheep, Rapscallion and quite a few others. We just keep adding great restaurants across Hamilton. And you thought I’d give just one restaurant :)
 

2.       Which Hamilton restaurant do you frequent so often you’re considering seeking treatment for addiction to their food?

"Tie ball game between pizza at Naroma or Bread Bar, although sometimes I’m feeling nostalgic and do my share of Capri Pizza delivery."


 3.       Wine: Red, white, rose or sparkling? (Please note: We don’t accept ‘None’ as an answer because science has taught us that the challenges of governance cannot and should not be mitigated without wine. Please don’t argue with science.)  



"Mostly white wine in summer and red in winter, although I have to admit overlap does occur. Champagne when our son got into University of Windsor Law School!"


4.       What was the most recent gorgeous Ontario wine you enjoyed and which over-the-top adjective would you use to describe it?


"Most recent gorgeous Ontario wine would be the 2012 Twisted from Flat Rock Cellars which we recently visited on the Jordan Bench. One word - fruitacious! How’s that?"


5.       Which beer is your favourite post yard-work and/or council meeting beer? 


"Love the golden liquid. It would be Rhyme and Reason from Collective Arts Brewing on our very own Burlington St. E where Nickel Brook Brewing Company also resides.  Looking forward to trying that too."

To learn more about voting in the upcoming election and how YOU can get involved; visit the City of Hamilton's Election site here.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Pop Up Hamilton Votes! Get the Important Facts On Hamilton Candidates Before October 27th!


People might not realize this but, in addition to throwing spectacular, unforgettable Pop Up dining events (Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree! October 4th! Tickets available on this page!), we're also journalists with THREE MONTHS of experience, unafraid to ask the tough, hard-hitting questions.  For the next few weeks, we'll be putting some of our local candidates under our uncompromising scrutiny as part of our commitment to bring you the TRUTH!

First up, Ward 2's incumbent candidate, Jason Farr
...



Sure, he's known as a Hamilton enterprise champion, tireless advocate for local non-profit organizations and the arts community...his slogan is "Dedicated to the Core" but we wanted to know what's REALLY going on behind that former television & radio personality smile?  Read on, if you have an appetite for the truth...

 1. What is your “go-to” restaurant for guilty takeout pleasure in Hamilton?

“Charred. The Farr's have not set foot in a Swiss Chalet since Mark opened. They do good business from our family.  My staff are regulars for grab and go and dine-in too.”


2.       Which Hamilton restaurant do you frequent so often you’re considering seeking treatment for addiction to their food?

 “Charred again but I also tend to over-indulge on the cheese platter at Radius. I try to get around. Spaghetti and meatballs at Work (James Street North), Soup of the Day at the Burnt Tongue, the Art Gallery of Hamilton has fresh lunches, Tailgate Charlie’s Nachos, Anchor Bar’s chicken wings… there are so many more options and I definitely take advantage of those options. The girth to prove it.” 


 3.       Wine: Red, white, rose or sparkling? (Please note: We don’t accept ‘None’ as an answer because science has taught us that the challenges of governance cannot and should not be mitigated without wine. Please don’t argue with science.)  

“Cabernet Sauvignon at room temperature after breathing for one hour.”


4.       What was the most recent gorgeous Ontario wine you enjoyed and which over-the-top adjective would you use to describe it?


“Pelee Island…’sick’ - to quote my nine year old.” 


5.       Which beer is your favourite post yard-work and/or council meeting beer? 

“I am still a (Molson) Canadian man after all these years and MGD the odd time, but I do enjoy the craft beers.  I tried the Tom Green out of Ottawa at “Because Beer” Fest and loved it. I can't wait for Shed to open in Dundas. I played some ball back in the day with the owner and if Eddy competes in beer like he did on the hard-wood, Shed should put Dundas taps on the map.   Major accolades to Nickel Brook and Collective Arts for making the local investment on Burlington Street.  As candidate for Ward 2, I promise to buy more local beer.” 

To learn more about voting in the upcoming election and how YOU can get involved; visit the City of Hamilton's Election site here.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

October 4th: Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree!


When the great people at Vines Magazine - THE Canadian consumer magazine for wine, food and travel lovers - said they wanted to create a Pop Up dining experience with us, the only question we had for them was: "When?"

Now, we know that date is October 4th.  At 5:30 pm on October 4th, in a secret - and more than a little beautiful and unexpected - location, our next adventure begins...

Join us for four masterful culinary creations paired with four exceptional, gorgeous wines, cocktails and phenomenal entertainment in a location you'll be talking about for weeks (as always, we'll reveal our secret location 48 hours before the event!)

We'll share additional details on this site very soon but we CAN give you a hint...one of the two brilliant chefs delivering this gastronomic masterpiece for this event is one of the chefs featured in our article in the coming issue of Hamilton Magazine...

We look forward to seeing you at Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree!  Tickets on sale now!