Wednesday, April 21, 2010

North Attends California Wine Tasting

Andrew, Kait and I attended a wine tasting at the Royal York Hotel on Monday afternoon.

We sampled some fantastic wines - all from California. It was really pretty overwhelming!! We needed to plan out our tasting strategy - there was no way we could have possible have tasted even 5% of all the wine that was available.

After a few hours we had to declare defeat, but we decided to end on a high note and give our senses a parting treat by sampling a Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet, listed at $135/bottle. What a wonderful way to finish off a fabulous afternoon!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

North's Inviting Coffee Shop and Lounge

Come on in to the coffee shop and lounge side of the restaurant and enjoy a great cup of coffee and a made-to-order sandwich. Relax on our inviting furniture, read a great magazine and soak up the sun!
Our coffee shop and lounge is the perfect place to meet a friend or enjoy a moment or too of peace and quiet!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

North Restaurant - Exciting Action Shot!!!!!

Wahooo! I bet you're sitting on the edge of your seat looking at this action filled picture!
This is another shot from our seed planting workshop at Grenville Farms last weekend.
I've included this shot in our blog because it gives me a sense of how much Diane and her crew love what they do. During this time of year, Diane and her crew plant thousands of seeds a day so that their customers will have a steady supply of produce throughout the season. Just think about that the next time you're eating a salad with Grenville Farms' lettuce, or freshly sliced tomatoes and basil from the farmers' markets around the area.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Grenville Farms Planting Workshop

Our Catering Coordinator, Kait and I went to a terrific workshop on Sunday. Held at Grenville Farms in Severn River and organized by Savour Muskoka, this workshop took us through the step by step process of planting seeds, potting out and the correct soil mix for each stage.

Host and our favourite organic farmer Diane shared her hard earned secrets and expertise on how she grows such amazing produce in our Muskoka climate.

We had a lovely spring day - enhanced by this year's chicks and baby lambs, and met and networked with some like-minded people wanted to support our local producers. We can't wait for the growing season to get in to full swing so that we can feature Grenville Farm's produce once again in the restaurant!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Doing our Homework

Alain and I were lucky enough to travel with good friends to England in March.
We managed to visit 20 pubs in 9 days (a record that Alain is quite proud of!). We drank nothing but 'hand-pulled' pints, tasted some wonderful food and read some creative menus. It was refreshing and invigorating! You'll see some influence from this trip on our summer menu that will be revealed in May.