I love food. I love how it tastes, I love how it smells, I love how it makes me feel. I love thinking about food, I love planning our next meal, I love trying new foods and I love finding delicious new restaurants. Being around food, learning about it, touching it, eating it . . . it all puts me in my happy place. So when I had the chance to attend a Farmers’ Market Cooking Class at Le Dolci (the fabulous bakery and foodie studio where I learned to make French Macarons a few weeks ago), I could barely contain my excitement.
Le Dolci offers a fun selection of cooking and baking workshops. Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of participating in the Trinity Bellwoods Market Class with (the very charming and very French) Chef Christophe Measson, a Pastry and Baking Professor at George Brown College. The class began with a field trip across the street to the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market, where under the guidance of my new favourite Chef, we learned about and selected local, fresh ingredients. We then headed back to Le Dolci’s culinary classroom, where we all participated in preparing (and eating) a delicious 3 course meal. The evening was full of fantastic food, delicious wine, new friends and amazing company.
Lisa Sanguedolce, the owner of Le Dolci, (whom I’ve now met twice and absolutely adore), recently started a new travel company, Foodie-Trips.com. Foodie Trips aims to educate, amaze and entertain those looking to broaden their gastronomic knowledge by offering unique culinary adventures around the globe. Exciting adventures planned for the upcoming year include foraging mushrooms in the Italian Dolomite Mountains with a Michelin starred chef, learning to make croissants in Paris from classically-trained French chefs, and a food styling course on a beach in PEI. All of these experiences sound right up my alley. Future destinations for Foodie Trips will include New York, Singapore, England and Ontario.
Here are a few photos from the Trinity Bellwoods Market Class. If you are in the Toronto area, I highly recommend this class (or any of the workshops) from Le Dolci. The team at Le Dolci is just fabulous, super organized, and has a real passion for food. I hope to one day soon join them on one of their amazing Foodie Trips as well. It definitely won’t be hard convincing Justin to join me. I hope you enjoy these photos!
The menu for the night included:
– Organic Bread paired with two Sheep Cheeses
– Blinis topped with Smoked Trout, Sheep Cheese, Mushrooms and Chives
– Arugula and Baby Kale Salad, with fresh Radishes and a home-made Lemon Olive Oil Dressing
– Breaded Organic Pork Chops, marinated with Honey, Olive Oil, Sage, Garlic, Seasoning and Lemon Zest, served with a gorgeous Green Goddess Sauce, Fiddleheads with Sauteed Rapini and fresh Ontario Asparagus
– Almond Streusel with Poached Rhubarb, Rosewater and Italian Meringue
Yum, yum, and yum!