Celebrity Chefs & Ontario Craft Brewers Paired in Unique Tasting Event

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

TORONTO, Ont. – Celebrate Ontario’s inaugural Local Food Week at the Brewers Plate on Wednesday, June 4, an indulgent evening featuring unlimited sampling of a menu inspired by partnerships between renowned local food chefs and Ontario Craft Brewers. Now in its seventh year, this charitable event has been established as a memorable toast and thank you to the province’s brewers and farmers.

Participating chefs and breweries from across Ontario are collaborating to create dishes that will tell a story about local food and beer and the delicious ways they can be prepared. Catch the once-in-a-lifetime pairings of Chef Lora Kirk of Ruby Watchco in Toronto’s east end with Sawdust City Brewing, ChocoSol Traders’ delights harmonizing with Black Oak Brewing, and Chef John Robertson of The Big Carrot with the ever-popular Wellington Brewery. See full list of chef, brewer and artisanal partners below.

Proceeds from this year’s event will directly support work that is growing the diversity and distinctiveness of Ontario-grown product. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the beneficiary of Brewers Plate 2014, works to preserve the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, right here in Ontario.

“We are excited to receive such a generous donation and to be a part of an event that celebrates what’s grown in Ontario’s very own backyard,” says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Greenbelt Fund. “We will use this contribution to support our continued commitment to both local food and craft brewers, especially given their increasing interest in sourcing locally grown product, including Ontario hops.”

At nearly two million acres, Ontario’s Greenbelt protects prime farmland, forests, wetlands, open space and rural communities around the Greater Golden Horseshoe. More than 5,500 farms in this region produce more than a quarter of all apples consumed in the province and more than 85% of its peaches and grapes. In keeping with the vision of The Brewers Plate, the Greenbelt is also home to local hops and supports Ontario hop farms, which enable brewers to purchase their ingredients locally. For more information, visit

Tickets can be purchased online at Sampling is unlimited; please enjoy responsibly. Media requests can be directed to


Where: CBC (Barbara Frum) Atrium, 250 Front Street West, Toronto ON.

When: Wednesday, June 4th 2014, Doors open at 6:15pm

Ticket price: $125.00 + HST + Service Charge


Participating Chefs: Chef Brad Long (Café Belong), Chef Lora Kirl (Ruby Watchco) Chef Bruce Wood (Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.), Chef Chris McDonald (Cava), Chef Madeline Sperry (Flaky Tart), Chef Howard Dubrovsky (Fonda Lola), Chef Dan Sanders (Globe Bistro), Chef Brook Kavanagh (La Palette), Chef Tony Sabherwal (Magical Catering), Chef Andrew Muto, Chef Steffan Howard (Pegasus Hospitality Group), Chef Chris Klugman (PaintBox Bistro), Luis Valenzuela Robles Linares (Torito and Carmen), Chef John Robertson (The Big Carrot).

Participating Artisans: Merchants of Green Coffee, Neal Brothers Foods, Toronto Garlic Festival, ChocoSol Traders

Participating Brewers: Amsterdam Brewing Co., Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co., Bell City Brewing, Black Oak Brewing Co., Cameron’s Brewing Company, Grand River Brewing, Granite Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery, Hogsback Brewing Company, King Brewery, Thornbury Cider, Mackinnon Brothers Brewing Co., Mill St. Brewery & Brewpub, Muskoka Brewery, Neustadt Springs Brewery, Niagara College Teaching Brewery, Nickel Brook Brewery, Railway City Brewing Co., Sawdust City Brewing Co., Spearhead Brewing Company, Steam Whistle Brewing, Brickworks Ciderhouse and Wellington Brewery.

Participating Wineries: Southbrook Vineyards