Last week the historic St. Lawrence Market hosted ‘Evening at the Market’, a gastronomic event celebrating the various merchants of the market.
For $75, guests explored the upper and lower levels of the south market from 7 to 10 pm in a lively atmosphere full of circus acts, live music and a plentiful supply of food and drink.
From the moment I entered the building, all I could smell was fresh parmesan from the sizzling risotto and the smokiness of polish sausages on the grill. The food options were overwhelming, but I slowly made my way to many of the vendors to sample the exquisite foods that they had been busy preparing. All of the merchants were very excited to be showcasing their foods and some of them even shared stories about the many years they had worked at the market proudly serving Torontonians. They take pride in what they sell, and rightfully so, as the St. Lawrence Market contains over 120 specialty vendors known for some of the best quality foods in the city.
Chef Lora Kirk and Lynn Crawford were in attendance giving live cooking demonstrations.
Some highlights of the night:
Scheffler'sMeats & Delicatessen - Homemade Porchetta
Uno Mustachio - Eggplant Parmigiana
Dnister Ukrainian Store - Cabbage Rolls, Perogies, Sausages, Salads
Mike's Fish Market - Oysters
Manotas Organics & Fine Foods - Fresh Guacamole with Tortilla Chips
Aren't We Sweet - "Gateau de Soiree" - Vanilla Bourbon French Pastry Cream Square
Rube's Rice - Seafood Paella
Cruda Cafe - Pumpkin Pie Tarts
St. Lawrence Pizza and Pasta - Ravioli with Beef and Cheese, Variety of Gourmet Pizzas
Olympic Cheese Mart - Mac and Cheese with Truffle Oil
La Boucherie Fine Meats - Mini Burgers, Chicken Breasts, Sausages
Yianni's Kitchen - Apple Fritters with Cinnamon
Chris' CheeseMongers - Fondue
Urban Fresh - Chicken Liver Mousse on a Purple Potato Chip
Domino Foods - Baci chocolates handmade on-site by Chef Christian Pritchard of Aurora Imports
The entire event was well organized, with what seemed to be an endless amount of food and drink, wonderful entertainment and a great gathering of people. Most importantly, the event not only supports Toronto's passionate shopkeepers that have kept the market thriving for over 200 years, but also FoodShare Toronto, a non-profit agency working to improve access to affordable and healthy food from field to table.
All in all, it was a fabulous event and one that makes me proud to be a Torontonian. Looking forward to next year’s event already!