Holiday High Jinks at Hamilton Farmers' Market!

Pop Up Neighbourhoods (Tasting Tour #1)

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

THIS Is Pop Up Hamilton!

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A glimpse inside the unforgettable experience that is a Pop Up Hamilton event featuring the culinary magic of The Aberdeen Tavern, Mike Weir Estate Winery, Dillon's Small Batch Distillery and the music of Six Shooter Records artists "Harlan Pepper". Stay tuned to this page for all of our exciting events!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

AT LAST! PICTURES! Vines Pop Up Harvest Soiree, October 4th


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One of the clues posted to our secret location (a close up of the exterior of the gorgeous clubhouse on the old course).


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The beautiful Knollwood Golf & Country Club (also NOT the site of our Pop Up!)

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THIS is the site of Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree...on the golf course!

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Tables set and we're ready for our Pop Up guests!


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D├ęcor at the Pop Up Harvest Soiree stage

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Pop Up guests arriving



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We were very fortunate to have the incredible Harlan Pepper do their sweet thing on the Pop Up Harvest stage! Incredible songwriters/performers and wonderfully authentic people!

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Pop Up guests that brought non-perishable goods for Ancaster Community Services (which, at last count was "everyone") were treated to a gorgeous harvest cocktail prepared by The Aberdeen Tavern's maestro Director of Wine & Spirits, Avi Constam using the delicious, smooth (and multiple award-winning) Dillon's Small Batch Distillery Unfiltered Gin 22.

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Mixing and mingling in the Dillon's Cocktail Lounge 


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Please be seated!  The food and wine experience of a lifetime is about to begin! (That man on the left with one side of his collar over his sweater that looks suspiciously like me?  My Dad.)

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Visionary entrepreneur Jason Cassis kicks off the event and introduces our Pop Up guests to The Knollwood Golf & Country Club and The Aberdeen Tavern.

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Mike Weir Estate Winery's ace wine maker, Jeff Hundertmark prepare our guests for the four exceptional wines they are about to experience along with some history about their award-winning winery!

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Course #1: 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. Many people described this co-creation by master chefs Nathaniel Beattie & Ches Zaborowski as "The best soup they'd eaten in their lives" (and we are not disagreeing with any of them).

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The first course was paired with Mike Weir Estate Winery's Family Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay (gorgeously aromatic with crisp acidity) and followed it with their exceptional fruit forward, grassy 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.  A perfect pairing for...

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Course #2: Seared Sea Scallop with charcoal grilled root vegetable hash, duck crackling, sage jus gras. 

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The audience appetite for Harlan Pepper's pure talent and incredible rock & roll was insatiable!

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A view of our one-night-only Pop Up Dining room from the outside.

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Night falls on Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree (but WE are just getting started!).

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Chef Nathaniel Beattie captivates the room with a detailed description of the evening's third course...



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Course #3: Seared Sea Scallop with charcoal grilled root vegetable hash, duck crackling, sage jus gras paired with the exceptional 2012 Weir Family Vineyard Cabernet Franc, easily one of the most bold and luscious Cabernet Franc wines in the history of the wine.



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In preparation for the fourth and final course of the evening, the beautiful, decadent Mike Weir Estate Winery Vidal Ice Wine is poured
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Chef Nathaniel Beattie prepares the final course of the evening...





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Course #4: Beautifully rich, moist carrot cake with homemade maple bourbon and rosemary ice cream, roasted peach preserve

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The other half of the evening's culinary horsepower, Chef Ches Zaborowski puts the finishing touches on an unforgettable dessert!


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A genuine honour to share the stage with Harlan Pepper!

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Sadly, all good things most come to an end and, with that, we bid "Adieu!" to our lovely Pop Up guests until our next adventure: Holiday High Jinks at Hamilton Farmers' Market on December 3rd!





Photo courtesy of Ancaster Community Services


Addendum: We did have ONE more stop to make at Ancaster Community Services to drop off a much larger delivery of non-perishable goods for their food bank then we (or they) were anticipating! Thanks to everyone for their generosity!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Pop Up Hamilton's Holiday High Jinks at the Hamilton Farmer's Market!

We make no secret of our big love for the holidays.  It's impossible to not adore a time of year synonymous with celebrating our families and communities AND raising a glass to Hamilton; the beautiful city that we call "home".

This year, we're celebrating in a place that is both one of the gorgeous crown jewels of Hamilton's downtown but also the place where we most frequently bump into our Pop Up guests!


On December 3rd - for one night only - Pop Up Hamilton and the Hamilton Farmers' Market are hosting an unforgettable celebration of the holiday season and all things local & wonderful in Hamilton's historic Farmers' Market.  "Holiday High Jinks at Hamilton Farmers' Market" featuring four exceptional chefs, a gorgeous Ontario winery, entertainment, surprises and more! With the help of four of the best local chefs, we are going to shine the spotlight on local food in an unforgettable way!

First, we have selected six local food vendors at the Hamilton Farmers' Market who we'll be featuring on this site in the coming weeks.  These purveyors of impossibly delicious farm fresh food have been assigned to our four chefs, one from each eatery.  Each chef, is responsible for creating one of four courses that highlight local 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.

Also, after the great success that was Dillon's Cocktail Lounge at Vines Magazine's Pop Up Harvest Soiree, we're working on a pre-event cocktail lounge in support of one of the great community organizations that supports those that need it.

We'll be sharing more details in the coming weeks about "Holiday High Jinks at Hamilton Farmers' Market" so stay tuned! Tickets are on sale now.  (Only 80 available for the event).

Celebrate the holidays with Hamilton Farmers' Market (and us)!

Cheers!




Saturday, 11 October 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving Weekend everyone!