Friday, July 23, 2010

8 Great Wines at the LCBO for July 24th

Hi Everyone …as we move into the heart of summer the LCBO has some great wines that they are releasing tonight/tomorrow. I’ve picked 3 reds; 4 whites and 1 desert wine that are drinkable now and they are all priced under $20. To see my picks from Wine Align click on the link below. If you are looking at this on your blackberry or smart phone scroll down to see the picks. Try them and enjoy your weekend …Greg

Thorn Clarke Shotfire Quartage 2007, Barossa South Australia; $19.95 #24091 Rating – 90
A nice 4 wine blend (cab, merlot, petit verdot and Malbec)

Domaine Les Yeuses Les Epices Syrah 2007, Vins De Pays D’oc; Languedoc Roussillon (Midi), France; $12.95 #177584) Rating – 89
You can’t go wrong with the price. Wine Align says try it with ribs or chili.

Château De Pena 2006, Ac Côtes Du Roussillon Villages; Languedoc Roussillon (Midi), France; $13.95 #178392 Rating – 88
A full bodied Red and again, you can’t go wrong at this price. Can cellar for 5 or 6 years.

Chateau Saint Roch Vieilles Vignes Grenache Blanc/Marsanne 2009, Languedoc Roussillon (Midi), France; $13.95; #175232; Rating – 88
A nice medium bodied summer pleaser. Wine Align says try with grilled calamari

Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay 2007, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Ontario; $16.95 #681247 Rating – 88
A great Burgundy style white from Niagara’s bench region. If you haven’t tried wines from this area, here is one to start with. Roast chicken or grilled salmon match up well.

Goats Do Roam White 2009, Western Cape South Africa; $12.95 #943167 Rating – 87
A medium bodied white blend. If it’s anything like their red blend this is one to buy a case of. Serve to your thirsty friends.

Highfield Estate Paua Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough New Zealand; $14.95 #164020 Rating – 88
A very good wine with some complexity and a great value.

Gonzalez Byass Oloroso Dulce Solera 1847; Spain; $15.95 #972109; Rating – 93
Try this with some chocolate after dinner, you won’t be disappointed.

Greg Heller
The Chef Upstairs
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Toronto ON
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Friday at Kid's Camp

Chef Amy has a great day planned for her class today ...etitled: Friday Challenge

Mexican Breakfast beans

Jr Iron Chef competition - secret ingredient pizza dough

Grocery shopping - purchase ingredients for a sweet or savoury pizza as well as for a side based on what was learned throughout the week.

Blind tasting - kids guess each other's ingredient

Afternoon picnic with homemade lemonade and snacks

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Kid's Camp at The Chef Upstairs

Who would believe that you could have so much fun at a cooking camp? Well the kids at our summer cooking camp are having a blast. Yesterday Chef Amy Symington had them designing a 4 course menu for a dinner party. The ideas they came up with were amazing!
Every day Chef Amy takes the kids grocery shopping for the day's ingredients. Yesterday they were at Sobey's on Mount Pleasant and the Store Manager took time to talk with the children and threw in a free bag of cherries ...what a treat!

Today’s theme is Delicious Dairy and Alternative Day. Here is the schedule for the day:

Breakfast: Eggs a la Chef (Eggs Benedict with portobello mushrooms and asparagus) with watermelon juice

Amy will talk about the top four allergens and their substitutes, as well as how to read product labels

Grocery shopping!

Lunch: Gourmet grill cheese with an easy lime aioli and a no milk milkshake

Snack: Apple and Brie tarts

Afternoon activities: Food charades and chef hat decorating

If you think that your child would be interested in one of our programs at The Chef Upstairs give us a call at 416-544-9221 or visit us at