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Raising money never taste so good

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Sip | Savour | Support…all at Tastings 2011.

Quickly becoming the most exclusive wine and food event of the year in London, you can’t forget that “Tastings” is also an incredible night of fund raising for the London Health Sciences Foundation.

If you know Trish and I well you know how much wine and food are a big part of our lives.  We make a serious point of exploring food and fine dining as much as possible.  So it’s no surprise that last week we were in our glory.  On Thursday May 5th we spent an exquisite night at the London Hunt and Country Club recording this black tie event while over $150,000.00 was raised for London Health Sciences Head and Neck Cancer research.   Tickets were $250 per person and an extra $250 per person for the “Pre-Event” Tasting that is reserved for only 24 lucky tasters.  Of course a lot of the money raised comes from the wine auction where donated bottles of wine are the main attraction for the silent auction.  This year’s big attraction was a bottle of Petrus valued at $5000.00 that one lucky bidder stole for $4000.00.  But don’t think you need thousands of dollars to be a successful bidder at this auction.  I eyed up many bottles that could be bought for under $50 and some spectacular bottles just under $100.00.  I was happy to see a Giuseppe Quintarelli on the list that I personally have in my cellar.

At times it’s easy to forget why everyone is there as patrons sip incredible wines from around the world supplied by Lifford which has an impressive portfolio of wines.  Having the opportunity to try so many wines under one roof is a treat. A treat that is then taken to another level as exotic foods surround the many tables of world wines.  For example, Smoked kelp encrusted lamb loin with pan roasted scallops and sea lettuce broad bean salad prepared by our friend Chef Jonathan CollinsNaturally raised New Zealand “Cervena” seared venison short loin with sunchoke puree, spice poached rhubarb, cipollini onion tarte tatin and chocolate paint prepared by Hunt Club Executive Chef Alan James.  Traditional antipasto display with beef braciole prepared by Jacqui Shantz of Blackfriar Bistro and CatererChurasco of Norpac’s Ontario prime beef rib eye, purple potato, Chilean “Pebre” cilantro sauce, morel jus and Cabernet beurre rouge prepared by Tim D’Souza, Excutive Chef at the Idlewyld InnBC spring salmon and wild leek terrine, pickled spruce tips, smoked morels, leek top emulsion prepared by Kristian Crossen, Excutive Chef at Braise Food & Wine and so much more.  Lastly the night wouldn’t perfect without a stop by Nicole Arroyos’ table of deccadent desserts from Auberge du Petit Prince.

I can’t forget to mention what an honour it was to meet Canada’s first Master Sommelier, John Szabo.  Very warm and welcoming even to an amateur wino like me.  In a situation like this he could have easily been pretentious like some wines.  I have to admit though, I was quite envious watching him taste the wines during the very secretive closed door Pre-Event.

As I said before, it is easy to forget why you’re at this event but one must not.  The funds raised at the events arranged by the London Health Sciences Foundation for the hospital are so important to continue their fight against cancer.  Everyone of us has been touched by cancer whether personally, with a family member or friend and it ‘s events like this that keep research moving forward.

There are many success stories that come form research in London and you can be assured the money is well needed and well spent.  We all know the great legacy that London has for medical research.

In the next month we will have more images and some great video footage to get your palate watering for next year.  Until then here are a few photos.


Trevor and Trish

Ps.  Whats your favourite wine?  Any recommendations?  I’m all about value wines under $18.00.  Check out the Argentinian wines!

Ps.  You can still support the London Health Sciences Foundation by buying your ticket for the Dream Lottery.  We bought ours today and hope to win.

The next big fun event will be the Country Classic Auction.  See you there November 5, 2011.