Spotlight Roundtable Podcast – Episode 2

After the great response we got for our first roundtable podcast, we got together for another to reflect on what were up to in February, to discuss articles and conversations that caught our interest and fill to you in what we'll be up to in the coming weeks.

You can find our first roundtable podcast here.

Spotlight Toronto Roundtable Podcast – Episode 2;

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Suresh and Michael just came-off a weekend at Cuvée, the Ontario wine industry awards where winemakers judge peer-submitted wines and honour those that represent excellence in the Ontario wine industry. You can see all the winners here. Michael also follow-up Cuvée by attending the Experts' Tasting at Brock. This excellent invite only tasting gathers those in the wine industry for an afternoon of exploration and education in VQA wines.

David and Suresh talked about their 24 hour round trip to Montreal to attend the launch of chef Martin Picard's Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack cookbook. Above you'll see a video highlighting some of the antics at the party.

We talked about some exceptional meals we had last month at Keriwa Café, Hopgood's Foodliner, Hockley Valley Resort and Gusto 101.

Suresh led a conversation about the no reservation policy at some Toronto resturants inspired by this article and how it might be time to start revisiting it.

Michael talked about winemaker Thomas Bachelder's new Chardonnay project and got the inside scoop about what happened from Rick VanSickle when the Oregon wine was pulled from LCBO shelves.

Mark talked to us about terroir in Scotch based on these comments from the owner of Bruichladdich. The discussion centered on how tradition more than the climatic differences in the regions themselves has the biggest impact on flavour.

David led a group conversation regarding Dish Duel and talked to one of its co-founders about the competition, what its aim is and about the critical discussion it sparked on Twitter.

Michael talked to the group about the phenomenon that's engrossing the Twitter wine community Jonathan Wilson's and Joel Wilcox's Marc Madness aka #marcmad. Michael talked to co-creator Joel about the origin of the competition and how the format has evolved this year.

We closed the podcast talking about what to look for from Spotlight in March, including: a GwaiLo preview dinner, more Metropasser installments and a couple of new columns involving your kitchen, as well as wine in restaurants. Also look for a guide to St. Patrick's Day with a possible Tweet-up, another Food Truck Eats event at the University of Toronto and our next staff tasting involving take out Sushi.

Speaking of, we're taking suggestions for this so feel free to chime-in using the #sushigoTO on Twitter or take it to our Facebook page. We always appreciate your comments, suggestion and feedback so if you have something you'd like us to explore in March's podcast please feel free to reach out to us. Thanks for listening.

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  1. Harriet says

    Hi Suresh! The podcast cut off just before 46 min when I was listening and I’m not sure if it’s a problem with the file or my computer? Thanks!

    • Suresh Doss says

      Hi Harriet
      It could be that your browser stopped downloading the podcast at 46min. I tested it here and with another individual and it appears to be fine. Could be just a one-time glitch. Can you try again by refreshing the page and then skipping directly to the 47min mark?

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