Behind the Scenes at Mushrooms Canada: Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards

I was lucky enough to spend this past Monday outside of the office and instead spent the day with my friends at Foodland Ontario. I hit the road to Toronto for the annual Retailer Awards, recognizing Ontario grocers for their excellence in promoting all of the Good Things that Grow in Ontario.


During the reception, we were treated to some of Ontario's finest appetizers! King Cole Smoked Duck with Cherry Lane Farm Cherries, Niagara Region Pingue Prosciutto on Bread Sticks, Roasted Beef Striploin with Koslik’s Mustard and Norfolk County Micro Greens, Ontario Mac & Cheese Croquettes, Round Plains Squash Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Grimo Hickory Nuts and (Montforte) Toscano Cheese, Manitoulin Island Smoked Trout with Cucumber & Tomato Salad on Cohn Farms Potato Roesti, Apple Celery Root Soup Shooters & Mini Spadina (Woolwich Goat Cheese with Meadowview Honey) Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!


What a mouth full! I was beginning to think I would never eat again, when they announced it was time for the awards and the lunch to begin. With opening remarks from Ontario Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Kathleen Wynne, the awards were underway. Proud faces filled the room, as representatives joined the Premier onstage to collect their award and pose for photos.


With the awards wrapped, lunch was served! First course was a Cream of Onion Soup adorned with a Cheese Crostini, Greenbelt Farm Greens & Pickled Mushroom Salad with Pumpkin Seeds & Crispy Parsnips with Chef's Vinaigrette.


The delicious entree was a House Smoked Willowgrove Hill Double Pork Chop, Bone-in, Mascarpone & Round Plains Plantation Sweet Potato Mash, Hillside Gardens Farm Heirloom Carrots, Red Onions and Beets with Cherry Lane Farm Spiced Peach Chutney.


For dessert, arguably the most important course, we were treated to Woolwich Goat (cheese) Cheese Cake, Cherry Lane Farm Berry Compote and a Sugar Cookie.

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Thanks for Foodland Ontario for putting on such a wonderful event in honor of the retailers and the great work that they do. Congratulations to all of the winners and to the proud district reps that were seen smiling throughout the room. 

-Shannon

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