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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!

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 popuphamilton@gmail.com, 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:


Before


Into this!


After

After
 
 
 
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

POP UP GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE UNTIL CANADA DAY

 



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 popuphamilton@gmail.com to order yours today! A limited number are availble between now and July 1st, 2014! Don't miss out!