Amazing Near You Dinner @LoblawsON #NearYou

If you noticed my evening-long picture shares via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook you know that I experienced a magical evening on August 13th.

The evening was spent celebrating and exploring regional specialties … fresh seasonal ingredients grown, raised, and aged ‘near you’.  A special group of people met at Loblaws Forest Hill Market, at 396 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto, Ontario and spent two wonderful hours meeting knowledgeable growers, farmers, and producers.  I couldn’t have imagined a better evening!

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Vineland Growers Co-operative – a wholesaler and marketer of peaches, cherries, nectarines, apricots, pears and fresh grapes which are grown and packed on family farms.  Vineland Growers farmers grow more than one million trees on an estimated 5000 acres in the Niagara Region.  The co-operative celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 and is dedicated to the preservation of the family farm.  Visit http://www.vinelandgrowers.com

Windmill Farms – the original Windmill Farm was built in East Toronto in the early 1960s and produced 50000 lbs. of mushrooms per year. Windmill Farms have since expanded and now produce over 25 million pounds of mushrooms every year. The close proximity of Windmill’s mushroom farms to the GTA and Loblaw’s distribution centers means that fresh mushrooms are packed and shipped to Loblaw within hours of harvest every day.  Visit http://www.windmillfarms.ca

Blue Goose – founded in 1992, on the belief that if you look after your land and animals, they will look after you, and that everyone has the right to healthy food from humanely raised animals. Blue Goose raises Organic and Natural poultry in the historic farming community of Listowel, Ontario. Blue Goose chickens are antibiotic free, free to roam, raised in low population dessities, and are never fed animal by-products. Blue Goose takes pride in the high quality food they produce, and the standards they hold themselves to.  Visit http://www.bluegoosepurefoods.com

Cole Munro – founded in 1994 in Port Stanley, Ontario. Today, Geoff and Susan Cole own and operate Cole-Munro out of St. Thomas, Ontario, maintaining the tradition of fresh, locally produced and processed Rainbow Trout and strong family values. The secret to Cole-Munro Trout is based on three essential cristeria: pristine and abundant cool freshwater, natural and hearty rainbow trout, and a natural diet of marine nutrients.  Visit www colemunro.com

What better way to share my experience with you than to share the recipes from that night?  This chicken was amazing … I know you’ll love it!

Chicken Herb Butter ....

Cold soup?

Gazpacho

I don’t know which one I liked more …

Ceviche

We had a super delicious dessert too!

Grilled Peach ...

I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to experience this wonderful #NearYou evening.  Thank you Loblaws.

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