by Merlene Paynter
I was privileged to spend some time at the Delicious Food Show in Toronto this past weekend. Celebrity chefs, delicious food and drink, so many things to see and do I can’t even begin to outline them all. With over 200 vendors, the sights, sounds and TASTES of the show leave me without words (and anyone who knows me knows how hard that can be). Instead of a lot of blabbity-blah about it all I’ll give you the story in a few images instead.
Friday kicked off with Food Network Chefs Mario Batali, Tyler Florence and Chuck Hughes doing a brief press conference and Q&A before the show officially opened. During the Q&A we learned that if Chef Mario Batali had only one day left to live he’d probably have better things to do than eat when asked what his last meal would be. All three Chefs were friendly and fun.
One of my first stops on the show floor was at the Samuel Adams – Rock Lobster booth. As it was only 10:30am I didn’t get to sample the Sam Adams beer, but Chef Matt Dean Pettit of Rock Lobster more than made up for it by making a lobster roll for me. I grew up in the Maritimes and I can say this was one of the best I’ve ever eaten. (Matt, I’ll be heading to Rock Lobster for my next dinner in Toronto.)
I’m already thinking of buying looser pants for next year.
And bringing along an assistant to photograph things and carry my purchases as I graze my way through the show.