The founders and first members of the Ontario chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier met on the 25th of November 2019 at Jules Bistro on Spadina in Toronto for a welcome dinner and fundraiser. There was a constant flow of interesting and stimulating conversation as members from the culinary and wine industry shared their passions and interests in the industry and found common ground.
The prix-fixe three course menu featured delicious French classics such as soupe à l’oignon, and salade de chèvre chaude for starters. Among the main course choices where saumon grillé and steak frîtes. Followed by delectable favorites such as mousse au chocolat and crème brûlée.
The silent auction fundraiser gained momentum as members tried to outbid each other for the wine gems and other experiences on offer, as members gave generously for LDEI cause. The J de Telmont 2009 Blanc de Blanc Champagne was highly coveted as its estimated value was a modest $69. The La Collina dei Ciliegi Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2003 was another very popular item. One very interesting wine that attracted attention was a wine from Sweden: Blaxsta Vineyard ‘Akero” Apple Icewine 2006
There were auction items of a non vinous nature and the bidding was furious for a gift certificate for a prix-fixe à la carte 3 course dinner for two from Kanvas catering and events, by executive chef and founder Crystal Power, valued at $200. There were 2 such experiences available for auction and members wished to buy both in order to create a real private dining special occasion. Due to the great generosity of the sponsors, this auction was made possible.
LEDI would like to thanks Tod Warner and Kathryn Taggart Braneff and Esprit du Vin. Also Crystal Powell, executive chef and founder of Kanvas catering and events. Chantal Fry, founder of Saletti and lastly Doris Miculan Bradley and Liz Palmer for donating wines from their private cellars