Cynthia Peters leads a From The Farm Cooking class in Toronto
Cynthia Peters brought Prince Edward County to downtown Toronto earlier this month when she and her neighbour, winemaker Caroline Granger from The Grange of Prince Edward, came up to the city for a From The Farm cooking class ‘Under The Sultan’s Tent’, featuring Morrocan cuisine. The sold-out event was held at the AGA Le Cornue Shop on King Street, so Cynthia and her students could cook on the luxurious equipment, including a La Cornue range with a sticker price of just under S50,000, and an old fashioned AGA range that never shuts off. (Also on hand a home rotisserie unit that I am told Gwyneth Paltrow is very satisfied with, but was afraid to ask the cost.)
Much fun and merriment were had, aided by Granger’s lovely wines, including a spectacular 2010 Gamay (the menu and wines are reproduced below). I brought my camera and caught a few pictures of what went down.
Daniel Frohlich, who manages the sales of AGA and La Cornue in Eastern Canada, shows the class what it’s like to cook on a luxurious range.
Caroline Granger warms the class up by talking about how she makes wine.
Students are taking the class very, very seriously.
The February 7 From The Farm team: Caroline Granger, Daniel Frohlich and Cynthia Peters next to the model of AGA that shuts off!
Reception – 2007 Sparking BRUT
Course one –2012 Estate Pinot Gris* and 2010 Estate Gamay Noir*
Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Dip
Artichoke & Lemon Dip
Seasoned Pita Toasts,
Hot Peppers String cheese
Course two – 2009 Select Chardonnay, 2009 Select Pinot Noir
Moroccan Beef Cigars
Three Cheese & Herb Bites
Roasted Beat & Orange soup
Course three – 2010 Grange Northfield Cabernet Franc
Lamb Tagine with apricots & herbs
Israeli Couscous with
caramelized vegetables & toasted pine nuts
Course four -2010 Late Harvest Sparking Riesling
Baklava with pecans, almonds & maple syrup
Dried figs, Red Grapes, Clementines,
homemade Turkish delight,
All wines by The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery
Those noted with an * are available at select LCBO outlets.
Suppliers from Prince Edward County and area:
Stone House Farms
Vicki’s Veggie Farm
Hubbs Sugar Bush
Cross Wind Goat Farm
Malcolm Jolley is a founding editor of Good Food Revolution and Executive Director of Good Food Media, the company that publishes it. Follow him at twitter.com/malcolmjolley