This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a fundraising function for the Canadian Culinary team to attend the 2012 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. The event was cleverly named hot chefs, cool bEATS. It was well organized from the beginning.
I attended the event with my hot date, Sherril who happens to me my mother-in-law. She is a great partner to go anywhere with, as she is willing to go and try anything. We went in slightly blind, as this was the first year it was held and we were not sure we were walking into. In a way it was a good thing, we had no set expectations.
The event was held in Hall D of the Shaw Conference Center. We walked in to a street festival. There were several food trucks and other restaurants serving some great street style food. The scene was complete with mock graffiti artists, hip hop dancers and music. It was a lively & interesting set up! We tried all kinds of food and drinks, such as St. Germaine champagne cocktail, jerk chicken from the Drift Food Truck (picture below) and duck fat poutine. Oh yes, poutine just got fattier!
Now we’re enjoying some fantastic wine and watching some dancing and not sure what was happening from there. We saw through the crack of curtain a whole other area set up. At 8pm they opened the curtains and we walked through to a whole other culinary world. Picture below is a picture of an awesome art display with pots, pans and other utensils.
A french brasserie with mussels and fries, cheese and croque monsier! (Matt’s favorite)
Mini Granville Island seafood bar with fish and chips (pic below, it was a cod fish stick and potato foam) salmon tacos and escargots sliders and beer!
Sushi and saki bar!
Little India with butter chicken rolls and henna art.
To finish it off Duchess Bakery made amazing macarons (pictured below) and Transcend Coffee had espresso bar set up!
Oh, I just about forgot the spectacular Ice Bar! My Hypnotic Martini was sent flying through an ice sculpture into my mini martini glass! It was great!
We also got to watch an “Iron Chef” style competition between two members of the Canadian Culinary team. It was super entertaining! Iwish I could’ve been the judge.
Next we were sent through another area for a full sit down dessert. It was set up really beautifully and vibrant, complete with chocolate centerpieces! We sat and enjoyed delicious pastries and desserts made by Team Canada Pastry Chef James Holehouse.
As I mentioned before, the whole event was a fundraiser for the Team Canada to attend the Culinary Olympics later this year. There was a silent auction and one item that intrigued us a lot! A pastry boot camp for 6! We bid and won!
Chef James came to talk to us about the boot camp and I had to ask about the centerpieces. He said for us to bring them home! Without hesitation we walked out of Shaw with full bellies and flower arrangements to satisfy any sweet tooth!
We will definitely be attending next year!
p.s. happy birthday to my hot date SHER! love amy