Tomato Crush with Chef Alida at St. Andrew’s Market

July 25th was the first of our events at the Historic St. Andrew’s MyMarket: a demonstration of three crostini recipes by chefs from George Brown College. This Saturday, August 8th, we’ll be hosting Chef Alida Solomon from Tutti Matti as she presents a Tuscan spin on what to do with the wonderful tomatoes available at the market. Chef Alida shops at the market regularly, as do other chefs in the neighbourhood, and has been known to carry off several crates of heirloom tomatoes in a single visit.

Heirloom tomatoesAlthough my background is pretty WASP-y, I grew up in an Italian neighbourhood where we visited Italian bakeries for veal sandwiches and espresso rather than McDonald’s for burgers and Coke after school, and I consider pasta and at least four types of olive oil to be staples in my kitchen. I spent my best vacation ever at a cooking school in Tuscany, going to the garden overlooking the hills and vineyards to pick the fresh produce for that day’s lesson, cooking in an open-air kitchen, then enjoying the finished product under the courtyard pergola. Can you tell that I’m looking forward to this week’s demo, as well as returning to Tutti Matti for Chef Alida’s mouthwatering cuisine?

Mark your calendars for more events coming soon:

  • August 28th: Getting Peachy with Chef Chris from Ultra Supper Club
  • September 19th: Apples and Ontario Cheese with Leslieville Cheese Market (which now has a shop just around the corner from the market)
  • October 24th: Pumpkin Carving judged by the local Montessori school kids

We also had such a great response to the George Brown College chefs that we’re going to invite them back, probably sometime in September.

If you have other ideas about what you’d like to see at the market, or can volunteer to help organize events, email us at [email protected]. You can also join our Facebook group at //www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=77018143011, follow @standrewsmarket on Twitter at //twitter.com/standrewsmarket, and see photos of the market (and contribute your own) on Flickr at//www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/pool/.

The Historic St. Andrew’s MyMarket is at the corner of Adelaide Street West and Maud Street, about halfway between Bathurst and Spadina, in the parking lot beside St. Andrew’s Park: //bit.ly/aAQKG We’re there every Saturday between 9am-1pm, rain or shine, until October 31st.

Please spread the word about the market, we need the community to make this successful!

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