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Evening At St.Lawrence Market

Noshing and Grazing

Last month was a stealth review, this month is a review of a non-restaurant. As Torontonians, we are sometimes guilty of taking for granted what our city has to offer. For example, I’m a lifelong resident who’s never been to the CN Tower. We have a world class food market, right in our midst, but how often do we visit? St. Lawrence market, with its 120 merchants, vendors and farmers was ranked the top food market in the world by National Geographic.

On November 12th Naomi and I attended “Evening At The Market”, a benefit for Foodshare - where owners of the stalls and kiosks at St. Lawrence Market were paired with chefs creating dishes to showcase their fantastic foods. The event was hosted by Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford and her partner Lora Kirk - who held some interactive cooking demonstrations. Beer was supplied by Amsterdam Brewery and wine from Union Wines. There was a DJ and some circus performers, but the real stars were the delicious dishes.

There were over fifty booths serving at least one or two dishes - too many to sample, and too many to discuss here, but the point was made. St. Lawrence market has vendors providing fantastic, fresh and local products.

Our favourites included: The Mustard Bread at Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard - buttery and flaky pastry, with the tang of mustard. Scheffler’s Delicatessen featured traditional Swiss Raclette (melted on toasts) and Mushroom Risotto mixed inside a carved out Parmesan wheel. Olympic Cheese Mart sampled Truffle-infused Macaroni and Cheese. Di Liso’s Fine Meats served up a delicious Korean spiced Wagyu Miami Beef Rib with slaw. And for the brave (not me - I stuck with the Venison and Duck burgers, yum) White House Meats had Kangaroo Burgers.

I’d like to say there were lots of fresh vegetable dishes and fruit to have...I’d really like to say that. There were a few salads and vegetarian dishes - but this was not a vegetarian-focused event. Which brings me to dessert. Future Bakery stepped up with some lemon cheesecake, shortbread cookies and rum balls. Cruda Cafe’s vegan Key Lime Pie Tarts rocked. As did the Gateau De Soiree - Vanilla Bourbon French Pastry Cream Squares at Aren’t We Sweet. I’m a pistachio nut (bad pun, sorrynotsorry), so I appreciated the Macarons at Eve’s Temptations. But I have to say, my favourite bite of the evening was the Portuguese Custard Tarts at Carousel Bakery - sweet and caramelized, it was the toothsome crust that made this the best Portuguese tart I’ve ever had. And yes, that was me stuffing extra tarts into my pockets “for my kids at home”. Even if you don’t get to the St. Lawrence Market for next year’s Food Share event, you should try to go as soon as you can.

For hours, directions, parking and all other information about the market, please visit stlawrencemarket.com