By: Jessica Blaine Smith
Good food. We all love it and we cannot get enough of it.
Food in Toronto is being elevated to a much higher level than ever before. These days, there is a lot more interest in the quality of the ingredients in our meals and in knowing who is making it. It is no surprise that Toronto has three of the ten restaurants voted for the Best New Restaurants in Canada 2013 in EnRoute Magazine. We love our food and we want the best that we can get.
The Delicious Food Show took place in Toronto this past weekend and it was filled to the brim of some of the best food and drink around. I had no idea what to expect from it but as soon as I saw that the Martha Stewart would be headlining the show, I jumped at the chance to go.
I think of shows like this being filled with people trying to sell you things that you are not really interested. Instead, I discovered people who were passionate about what they make – whether it be cheese, tea, doughnuts or bubbly water. The people that I encountered love what they do and they wanted you to as well.
There was a beer and cheese pairing area where Beau’s brews were paired with Canadian cheeses.
At The Tea Emporium booth, owner Shabnam showed us how to make cocktails from her jasmine tea.
Jelly Modern Doughnuts gave me the kick of sugar that I needed that early in the morning.
Throughout the show, food trucks were set up and a portion of all sales from their food at them went to Mount Sinai Hospital.
I love awesome food but let’s be honest, I was there for Martha Stewart. The Martha. She is such a icon that I was interested in seeing if she really is just who she appears to be. Guess what? She is. While waiting for her to arrive at the media question period we were treated to a continental breakfast. Provided by Petite & Sweet with tea by Pluck, this was the most gorgeous and elaborate continental breakfast spread that I have seen. It was totally up to Martha standards.
Martha was honest, thoughtful and intelligent. She manages to do it all while wearing tall wedges at the age of seventy-two. This woman is incredible. She also gave some good advice. What inspires her? People who work in fields that she is interested in, whether it be cooking or gardening, etc. . “You can learn from everyone if you ask questions and seek the right knowledge.” What would she bake for a guest on a whim? If it were the morning: her famous Angel Biscuits with poached or scrambled eggs. If it were the afternoon: a crumble with fruits from her garden.
When asked about hosting a dinner party Martha laughed and said, “I never keep my parties simple.” She offered a couple of tips by saying to keep the menu within your ability and to be organized (have enough glasses, food and especially drink.) Her best advice for hosting a dinner party? Have a tray of really good cocktails ready for when guests arrive. It’s the best way to start a party. “To soften it,” she said. Martha suggested a really strong drink such as a Bourbon Sour or Old Fashioned. I like her style.
— Jessica Blaine Smith