From August 2013

Food Forest: New Plant-Based, Whole Food, Gluten Free Café Opens in Peterborough

food forestI haven’t had a chance to swing by, but I’ve definitely heard the buzz about Peterborough’s new — and only — plant-based, whole/living food, gluten-free café.

While that sounds like a mouthful — a healthy, nutritious mouthful at that — the concept is simple:  healthy foods that anyone can eat.

From the Food Forest website:

We are a brand new cafe located in Peterborough, Ontario. Our menu is 100% plant based; containing no meat, dairy, egg or gluten. We serve fresh organic juices and smoothies at our juice- bar, gourmet salads, soup, delicious desserts, cooked and raw entrees, and whatever else comes into creation in our kitchen. We also have a beautiful selection of teas and organic fair-trade coffee. Our goal is to provide delicious and healthy, common allergen-free foods with as much organic and local produce as possible!

You can find their full menu online.

Have you been to Food Forest?  What did you think?  We’d love to hear your thoughts on Peterborough’s newest — and healthiest — website.  Drop us a line in the comment section.

You can find the Food Forest Cafe at 641 George St. at Edinburgh St., north of McDonnel St.

They are open daily until 4 p.m.

 

Meat Sweats: Judging the Kawartha BBQ Contest ~ Also, Coming Soon: Flavours of Stratford

So serious that I have to stand up for the job.  From left: Dave Russell from Firehouse Gourmet, Chef Brian Henry, Shari Darling (the Sophisticated Wino; Kawartha Flavour Fest), and yours truly.
So serious that I have to stand up for the job. From left: Dave Russell of Firehouse Gourmet, Chef Brian Henry, Shari Darling (the Sophisticated Wino; Kawartha Flavour Fest), and yours truly.

As many of you know, last weekend I had the honour of being a judge at the the Kawatha BBQ Competition, held by the fine folks at Friendly Fires.

A few things of note: all of the competitors should be proud of their work.  I went through a lot of beautifully browned, succulent ribs.  It was definitely tough to judge a winner.

Also:  I now know what the meat sweats feel like.

Seriously.

That was a lot — and I mean a lot — of rib tasting involved.

You can find full coverage and photos of the event at the Peterborough Examiner website.

The winners:

First Prize: “Sibling Rivalry,” teammates Marc Mathe and Joseph Drader travelled to Peterborough from Quebec for the challenge.

Second place: “Triple D,” a local team from Douro Dummer Township run by Wayne Heath and Steve Carveth

Third Place: “Newton’s Law of Que,” manned by Toronto jazz musicians Matt Newton and Harley Card.

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In other news, Krista and I will be attending the Flavours of Stratford Culinary Tour this weekend.  We look forward to sharing all the details.  Look for a blog entry and photos next week.