On a visit to Quai du Vin's store, event space and vineyards you might get the sense that everything you see before you has come about, like a nice wine, in a natural way with liberal inputs of passion and hard work. And it has … Rob Quai reflected recently on the work (and fun) that has gone into the twenty five years since he and wife Lisa opened the winery that has become a picture-perfect place for quality, affordable wines and memorable events.
Read the entire article in the Relish Elgin Summer 2015 Edition
There is something to be said about desserts that can be made ahead of time. A triumphant souffle, towering as it comes out of the oven, will quickly deflate if you bake it before the guests arrive. An apple pie crust once tender and flaky will become soft and soggy if more than a day old. We love these desserts but the elegance diminishes if prepared too far in advance.
Read article, plus recipe for Pear, Cranberry & Almond Cake in the Relish Elgin Holiday Edition.
In 1969, Rien Van Brenk had completed an education in business and pomology (the study of tree-grown crops) in Holland. He knew he wanted to grow apples and after looking at farms in Australia, the US and Canada, he was determined to pursue his dream in Canada.
Rien’s son Brian says, “Dad went all over Ontario digging holes looking for the farm he wanted. (It’s important for an orchard to possess uniform soil texture throughout.)” In London Ontario, Rien also met wife-to-be Helen, a nurse from Australia traveling abroad. They married, purchased 135 acres on Erin Line and started their farm and family near Wallacetown.
Read the Ven Brenks' story in the Holiday Edition of Relish Elgin magazine.
Photos by Mark Girdauskas
The GCW Kitchens Grand Opening on September 26th WAS grand in oh so many ways ...
Railway City Brewing Co.'s annual home brew competition winning entry is now available. The Platform series is brewed each year as a salute to the home brewing community – Platform 14 is a “Big, Brown & Beautiful Belgian Ale”. It and all of the competitors and winners will be celebrated at a Sunday September 14th event at the brewery.
Franz Seeberger wanted wholesome bread and pastries that were prepared with whole grains; bread that would rise properly, perhaps a bit heavier but also rich in flavour with perfect nutrition. Over the years, what was once a side project has developed into a small business as Franz soon discovered his family and community also had a strong interest in nutrient-dense "real food".
Read Cindy’s article on the Franz Seeberger farm near Aylmer, along with her recipe for Red Fife Buttermilk Biscuits …
Elgin County’s guide to bringing home unbeatable flavours from local producers has evolved over the years, from a line drawing to a full-colour map/guide. In 2010 it was also rebranded with a new logo and the “Buy Local, Buy Fresh” name. On August 20th, the network launched a brand new interactive website version of the map, linked to individual farm pages, Facebook and Twitter.
Photos by Mark Girdauskas
All of the contestants at Clovermead’s 10th Annual Bee Beard Competition exhibited nerves of steel, gaining the crowd’s respect along with a few pounds of chin-adorning bees. Each also won money for their favourite charity and two became this year's Judge's Choice and People’s Choice Champions.