GE Cafe Series returns with 2013 lineup of chef events

The GE Café Chefs Series returned last week with a unique lineup of 10 Ontario chefs. Once a month, the province's top culinary talents host dinners focusing on sustainable, local and seasonal ingredients.

The series launched in 2011 with a number of chef-driven workshops that created a platform for discussion on food. With previous events (like the Jamie Kennedy edition) the intimate communal dinners allow for dialogue on issues such as: sustainability, local food systems, and also allow the chefs to share their culinary philosophies.

This year, the series returns with a formidable list of chefs that have redefined what it's like to dine in the city today, and chefs that continue to elevate provenance. Each workshop promises social interaction with other food and wine lovers, as well as great conversation with the chefs. Each event ($75) will feature Ontario wines courtesy of Niagara's Stratus and the Somewhereness Group— originally a group of six leading wineries dedicated to growing small lots of site-specific wines in Ontario’s ancient glacial soils.

The Somewhereness group now represents 11 wineries across Ontario and they've come together as collective voice to showcase Ontario's sense of place through wine, while also presenting their unique approach and commitment to small farms, sustainable practices, and responsible stewardship of the land. All of the GE Café Chefs Series events take place on the second Tuesday of every month, with 10 chefs being featured this year from across the province.

GE Cafe Series 2013; Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall Schedule
January 15    Regional Italian Cuisine with Giacomo Pasquini
February 12     Building Community Through Food with Chris Brown
March 12    Maple Madness with Matthew Demille
April 9    Raw & Wild Spring with Doug McNish
May 14    Gastro-Homesteader with Ryan Crawford
June 11    Clean and Fair Fish with Kristin Donovan
July 9    Past, Present & Future of Canadian Cuisine with John Higgins
August 13    Ups and Downs of Opening a Restaurant with Michael Caballo
September 10    The Stratford Food Community
October 8    Preserving Techniques with Jacob Sharkey Pearce
November 12    Local Indian Cuisine
December 10    Kitchen Party, East Coast Style with Geoff Hopgood

Workshop Fees
$75 each workshop
$420 for 6 workshops (Save $30)
$780 for 12 workshops (Save $120)
Workshops include food/wine pairings.

GE Cafe Ches Series: Masters of Food
Full schedule:

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  1. Mirza says

    What an amazing event! I love the fact that we have some amazing wineries and local chefs in our backyards and events like this are being put together to showcase the best this province has to offer. Great idea in a great venue!

  2. Laurie says

    I didn’t even know about this series but I think we all have something to learn about food, where it comes from and sustainability etc. Good for GE for putting this on and thanks for posting it.

  3. Farrah says

    Sounds like a great series. Thanks for sharing the info. I’d love to win tix to the March event!

  4. Davindra says

    Never heard about this Chef Series, but it sounds like an amazing event. I would love a chance to meet some of our amazing Ontario chefs and taste their food paired with our own ‘home-grown’ wines.

  5. Heather R. says

    Maple is my favourite flavour! Perfect in main appetizers, main dishes, and, of course, desserts. (Even salad dressings.)