Toronto (thankfully) has a few places where a really good bagel may be bought, and yesterday the MPC Culinary students spent the morning at St Lawrence market learning about good food, fresh food, local food and enjoying three guided tastings.
We started with a history lesson and scavenger hunt ... in one hour the entire market had to be covered and stall-keepers interviewed, small tastes begged for,
At 10h30 after the hunt time had wrapped up we all met across from Scheffler's stall for the tasting. Ruby had laid out the fare ... Leah and Keely
Three cheeses were featured ... Gorgonzola picante,and the two favourites were the Mimolette and La Tur. Hearty gorgonzola ... not so much. I still have a goodly chunk of it in my fridge at school! (It will go into omlets next week.)
Four cured meats were tasted ... a good quality Italian proscuitto, a proscuitto from Chef Mario Pingue in Niagara, a Jamon Serrano and Schinkenspeck.
Two styles of bagel were on offer ... one with sesame, the other with poppy seed. No favourite ... all of them disappeared as though by hoover.
Aaand ... inevitably, a few students had to supplement their field trip with a fresh dose of poutine
That evening we catered to our Monarch Park School Community Council, so stayed and worked until about 19h00. A long day ... but worth it!
What a wonderful day!
Thanks Ruby for all the support of our students.