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Indulge in your Guilty Pleasures with Loving Spoonful

On the evening of February 1st, the culinary community of Kingston came together for the fourth annual Guilty Pleasures event at Olivea Restaurant for an evening of fabulous food, fun and fundraising in support of Loving Spoonful. With a seven-course tasting menu inspired by the culinary teaching and creations of Julia Child, this years line up of chefs included: Stev George of Olivea, Derek MacGregor of Le Chien Noir Bistro, Ian Arthur of Chez Piggy, Paul Muller of Bella Bistro, Andrew Smythe of Tango Nuevo and Marty Huxtable of Dianne’s.

Better with Butter was the nights theme and boy, was it executed marvelously. Each chef worked seamlessly alongside bringing together creations of pure wonder all in the name of a worthy cause. It was quite a sight to see local chefs, businesses and members of the community join forces for the sole purpose of enhancing healthy food access, skills and engagement for individuals and families in the area.

But seriously the night couldn't have been any better. My foodie partner-in-crime and I were seated with a group of like-minded folks whom we chatted with all night long over local events, favourite restaurants and the list goes on. This a must event to attend!

From the mind of Stev George of Olivea:
Egg and Caviar Toast.
Paired with NV Prosecco, Italy.

{Stev George of Olivea}

From the mind of Ian Arthur of Chez Piggy:
Quadra Island Scallop with pickled vegetable salad.
Paired with 2014 Chinon Rose, France.

{Ian Arthur of Chez Piggy}

From the mind of Marty Huxtable of Dianne's:
Trout Amandine with cauliflower puree.
Paired with 2014 Frascati, Italy.

{Marty Huxtable of Dianne's}

From the mind of Paul Muller of Bella Bistro:
Rabbit ragu with dupuy lentils and buttered kolhrabi puree.
Paired with 2011 Chianti Rufina, Italy.

{Paul Muller of Bella Bistro}

From the mind of Derek MacGregor of Le Chien Noir:
Duck Cassoulet.
Paired with 2012 Syrah Grenache Carignan, France.

{Derek MacGregor of Le Chien Noir}

From the mind of Andrew Smythe of Tango Neuvo:
Braised Short Rib with bordelaise sauce, pomme paillasson, celeriac puree and pickled mushroom.
Paired with 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California.

{Andrew Smythe of Tango Neuvo}

From the mind of Stev George of Olivea:
Tarte Tatin with calvados whipped cream.
Paired with Ice Cider, Quebec.

{Stev George of Olivea}

Together we can make a difference.

See you at next year's Loving Spoonful event!

For more information, visit www.lovingspoonful.org!

- xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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