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Stratford Chefs School Alumni Win Savour Stratford Grand Tasting Awards

For Immediate Release
July 21, 2014

Stratford Chefs School Alumni Win Savour Stratford Grand Tasting Awards

(Stratford, ON) Savour Stratford announces the winners of The Grand Tasting presented by Scotiabank, Sunday July 20. Paired local chefs and producers created culinary delicacies infused with ingredients from coast to coast to coast, to compete for the prestigious GE Café People's Choice award and Grand Tasting Awards.

Winners include:

. GE Café People's Choice Award - Mercer Hall (Stratford), Chef Tim Larsen and Sean Collins paired with Church Hill Farm, Owen and Eva Lass; A Taste of Church Hill Farm, A Bloody Bun
. Best Meat Dish - The Bauer Butcher (Waterloo), chef Matthew Kendrick paired with Yorkshire Valley Farms (Peterborough), Krysten Cooper; Chicken and Wild Mushroom Terrine
. Best Vegetarian Dish - Pazzo Taverna (Stratford), chef Yva Santini paired with Shallothill Specialty Vegg (Sebringville), James Harrison; Agniolotti with sweet peas, carrots and beets
. Best Dessert Dish - The Stratford Chefs School (Stratford), chef Margaux Whillans-Browne and Maple Morning (Sebringville), James Harrison; Maple Candy Floss, Maple Marshmallow, Maple Taffy, Maple Macaroon
. Best Beverage - Tea Leaves Tea Tasting Bar (Stratford), Tea Sommelier Karen Hartwick; Three Mint Enhanced Tea
. Best Beverage Containing Alcohol - Dillon's Small Batch Distillers (Beamsville), Whitney Dillon; Strawberry Agua Fresca with Dillon's Method 95 Vodka, strawberries, rosemary, simple syrup and lemon bitters
. Most Creative Dish - The Prune (Stratford) chef Ryan O'Donnell paired with Chris Meeuse Farm (Union), Chris Meeuse; Seabuckthorn Rocket; seabuckthorn, raspberry, crème fraiche

Alison Fryer, Grand Tasting host commented "The Grand Tasting is by far one of my favourite events at Savour Stratford, a gem of a culinary festival in Ontario's farming heartland. Ingredients and tastes come together in such a satisfying way; care and respect is given by the chefs to the farmer's products. Drinks are a standout, and not just alcoholic, but non-alcoholic as well."

Thank you to the judges, chef Bryan Steele from The Prune (Stratford), Top Chef Canada's Dale MacKay (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), sustainable seafood chef James Walt (Whistler, British Columbia) and our host Alyson Fryer (Toronto) of The Cookbook Store.

Follow us on Twitter @SavourStratford and Facebook or visit for updates and culinary events throughout the year.



Cathy Rehberg
Marketing Manager
Stratford Tourism Alliance
519-271-5140 ext 2

POSTED ON 2014-07-23

Savour Stratford Thanks Sponsors, Donors and Community For Their Continued Support

(Stratford, ON) Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival presented by GE Café (July 19-20) raised a glass to salute its sponsors and donors at The Parlour Inn (accommodation partner) on Monday, June 9. Niagara's Reif Estate Winery, the festival's wine sponsor unveiled their signature Savour Stratford Riesling and Cabernet Merlot. Community sponsors were the first to taste the signature wines in appreciation of their support of the culinary festival.

Respected Ontario vintner Klaus W. Reif is a leader in establishing VQA wines in Ontario. Klaus will present a guided Tutored Talk and Tasting of back vintage wines from Reif Estates own wine library. Festivalgoers can taste the Savour Stratford signature wines at the open -air Mill Street Beer and Wine Pavillion, the Taste of Ontario Artisan Alley and Sunday Grand Tasting presented by Scotiabank. In addition the Savour Stratford labeled wines will be for sale in the Farmers and Artisan Market, local LCBO and a number of local restaurants with $1 from every bottle sold being donated to the Local Community Food Centre.

Stratford's celebration of food could not happen without the support of our sponsors and donors. Our generous sponsors and community support are at the heart of the festival and it is because of these efforts that the festival continues to win accolades.

Savour Stratford expressed their gratitude to everyone who participates in making this culinary celebration possible. For a complete list of sponsors, more information and tickets visit 



Cathy Rehberg
Marketing Manager
Stratford Tourism Alliance
519-271-5140 ext 2

POSTED ON 2014-06-10

Savour Stratford Goes Hog Wild

June 9, 2014
For Immediate Release

(Stratford, ON) Savour Stratford goes hog wild as ten area restaurants offer unique and delicious pork dishes June 18-22, our culinary complement to the Ontario Pork Congress (June 18-19) and Stratford Blues and Ribfest (June 20-22).

Stratford and Perth County know pork and our talented chefs are creating exciting menus for lunch and dinner for you to savour. From a Five-Course Nose to Tail Pig BBQ Tasting dinner, to Italian pork sausage on pizza or pasta and traditional favourites like pork schnitzel, and for those who love dessert best- Butter Tart Pulled Pork Sandwiches!

"With Stratford's reputation for raising pork, more than 375 pork producers in Perth County, hosting the Ontario Pork Congress for more than 40 years, and our own Blues and Ribfest our chefs present the perfect way to celebrate." says Cathy Rehberg, marketing manager for Stratford Tourism Alliance.

Plan to enjoy lunch and/or dinner at one of the ten participating restaurants to savour Perth County's best.
• Bentley's Bar and Restaurant - 99 Ontario Street
• Boar's Head Pub - 161 Ontario Street
• Canadian Grub Restaurant - 85 Downie Street
• Fellini's Italian Mediterranean - 107 Ontario Street
• Madelyn's Diner - 377 Huron Street
• Mercer Hall - 104 Ontario Street
• Molly Bloom's Irish Pub - 26 Brunswick Street
• The Parlour Inn Restaurant - 101 Wellington Street
• Pizza Bistro - 72 Wellington Street
• The Prune - 151 Albert Street

Complete Hog Wild Week menus and details are available at
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Contact: Cathy Rehberg, Marketing Manager
Stratford Tourism Alliance, 47 Downie Street Stratford, ON N5A 1W7
Office: 519-271-5140 Email:


POSTED ON 2014-06-09


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