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Redstone Agency Inc.
with a Twist
y definition, traditional means something that is
with drab colouring due to the extreme temperatures that
long-established and habitually done. When we
are used to cook the foods or the thick and heavy ingredients
think about the "traditional" holiday meal, certain
typically found within the recipes. To bring more cheer and
foods come to mind: an oven-roasted turkey, a
spirit to the holiday meal, we should use ingredients that
succulent ham, a rich and decadent whipped or mashed
are fresh and appealing not only to our stomachs but to
potato, a starchy stuffing, cranberry sauce, greens - whether
it be brussel sprouts or asparagus - and a sweet dessert to
complete the meal.
Although the holidays are tradition, and we gather with
How about a caramelized pear and goat cheese croquette
salad that includes brussel sprout petals, fresh tarragon,
pickled heirloom golden and candy cane beets, roasted
friends and family annually to celebrate, it doesn't mean we
walnuts, and a charred carrot vinaigrette; followed by a grilled
can't bring something new to the table ... literally!
rosemary focaccia bruschetta topped with wild mushrooms,
To help shed some light on bringing a twist to traditional
holiday meals, I caught up with Toben Kochman, executive
sweet potato mousseline, roasted apple-cranberry chutney,
pistachio dust, and celery hart leaves.
chef and owner of Toben Food by Design, one of Toronto's
Sounds delicious doesn't it? We thought so too.
top catering companies that specializes in providing fresh,
Another way to elevate the holiday meal is to use new
local, artisan cuisine, custom menus, and event management
cooking techniques and presentation styles. Going back to
services. Toben shared some key ideas they use to play up
the traditional whole turkey, Toben suggests substituting
traditional holiday meals. As we head into the season and find
with a turkey leg confit. He suggests pairing the confit
ourselves finalizing the food and beverage components of
with asparagus and wilted kale, Yukon potato gnocchi, a
our upcoming programs, we can draw from the concepts and
citrus-white wine brown butter, crispy sage leaves and
recipes below to reinvigorate the traditional holiday menu.
shaved fennel-cranberry slaw.
At Toben Food by Design, they take a modern twist by
Tradition calls for a sweet ending to the holiday meal.
incorporating traditional elements in a way that reflects the
Toben suggests a pumpkin cheesecake ice cream pop - a
trend of clean, healthy eating and reduced portion sizes.
unique presentation style. Considering guests are usually
Instead of serving up a whole turkey packed with stuffing and
quite full by the end of such a decadent meal, this dessert
all the fixings, Toben incorporates all of the traditional food
incorporates the creamy, harvest pumpkin flavor reminiscent
elements in a deconstructed manner. They serve a smoked
of the holidays in a bite size and unique presentation. Guests
and carved turkey breast panzanella salad. Their suggested
will be pleasantly satisfied. Another fun option is mini candy
ingredients include smoked and carved turkey breast with
apples - again, bite sized portions with an original display.
garlic and rosemary sourdough croutons, heirloom tomatoes,
pickled butternut squash, crispy Brussel sprouts, fresh mint,
Changing things up on your holiday menu will leave guests
with their taste buds tantalized and minds blown.
and a sage-lemon vinaigrette.
Toben stressed the importance of keeping food colours
fresh and vibrant. Traditional meals sometimes yield food
Carly Ekstein is the Chief Executive Officer at Redstone
Agency Inc. and can be reached at email@example.com.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - November/December 2015
Welcome, New Members!
Going Healthy: Trend Not Fad
The Foodies’ Dine Around
Traditional Holiday Menus with a Twist
Member Spotlight: MPI Toronto’s M+IT Hall of Fame Finalists
Destination Spotlight: Québec
Food & Beverage Risk and Liability
Today’s Menu: Culinary Engagement and Team Building
Winery Events and Then Some
Fueling Our Mind and Bodies
Food & Beverage Trends 2016
I Spy MPI
Advertisers’ Index & Advertisers.com
Meeting MPI Toronto - November/December 2015