Several of Niagara’s top chefs are sharpening their knives in preparation for the 25th anniversary celebration of Cuvée on March 2nd.
The annual culinary celebration takes place at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara falls — shining the spotlight on Niagara cuisine and wine. You can read our recap from last year's event where Mike Di Caro attended Cuvée and tasted some of the best Niagara has to offer in Food and Drink.
For the 25th anniversary, organizers have changed the format of the event and it is moving away from a competition event to a celebration of Ontario wine culture, as wineries are invited to pour their personal favourites from their winery's line-up. In addition to the 40+ wineries participating at the event (full list here), a group of local restaurants will present their best pairings to local wines.
- Chef Ray Taylor, Fallsview Casino Resort
- Chef Chris Smythe, Escabèche at Prince of Wales Hotel
- Chef Frank Romano and Don Dyson, Inn on the Twenty
- Chef Stephen Treadwell, Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine
- Chef Tim Mackiddie, Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate
- Chef Jason Dobbie, Zees Grill at Shaw Club Hotel
- Chef Giovanni Del Priore and Chef Leonardo Priore, Criveller Cakes
- Chef Manager Bruce Worden C.C.C. with Chef Dan LeBlanc, Chef Sam Seaver and Chef Professor Philippe Corbiere, Benchmark Restaurant at The Canadian Food and Wine Institute
The chefs will present their creations that will pair well with the variety of VQA wines that have been specially selected for the Grand Tasting Gala by 40 Ontario winemakers representing wineries from Niagara, Prince Edward County, Pelee Island and Lake Erie’s North Shore. Guests will also enjoy a selection of artisan cheeses from The Dairy Farmers of Canada and an assortment of gelato from Italian Ice Cream.
The Gala is only one part of the weekend’s festivities, which also include the Cuvée en Route passport touring and tasting program. Ticket and event information, details about Cuvée en Route, overnight accommodation packages, and event announcements can all be found on the Cuvée web site, www.cuvee.ca.
Proceeds from the Cuvée Wine Weekend go to the Niagara Community Foundation. Established in 2000, the Foundation has raised almost $20 million and granted over $4.8 million from its endowment fund created to support local charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development. Community foundations are one of the world’s fastest growing philanthropic movements, with more than 1,100 similar organizations in 42 countries.