Must have: a Taste of Burlington!

Last night’s Taste of Burlington launch was a foodie’s fantasy! Well, for any food lover and Burlingtonian who appreciates good food – and the fact that we’re lucky to have a great selection of restaurants in the city.

I relished the chance to go to (taste) this event: an opportunity to try dishes from 19 local restaurants (the full list below). I told my tummy going in that I was going to spoil it, and it was not disappointed. In the time I had to browse both the upper and lower floors at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre where the event was held, I made my way (and my waistline) to 13 stations – plus a stop at Tamp Coffee for a little hand-poured brew. Can’t wait to make some visits around town this summer to enjoy a full meal!


A Taste of Burlington” runs from July 21- August 5, 2013. It’s a prix fixe dining experience of 24 of Burlington’s finest restaurants. You get a fantastic three-course meal at $15 or $20 for lunch and dinners at $30, $35 or $40.

What & who was cooking @ the launch event: 

Celli’s Osteria serving Porchetta Sliders served with iceberg lettuce, spiced pepperonatta and tomme cheese
Downtown Bistro serving Cobb salad boat
Eatalia serving Grilled tomato & Asiago stuffed jumbo ravioli” w/ sun dried tomato pesto & toasted sunflower seeds
Honey West serving: Pulled pork wontons with apple and bacon relish
Ivy Bar & Kitchen serving braised pork belly and roasted peaches on in-house pork rind.
Paradiso serving: Peppered Chicken Liver & Andouille Sausage Pate with Mushroom Ketchup on Olive Oil Crostini
Pepperwood Bistro serving: Four Mushrooms Crostini: Cremini, Shiitake, Porcini and Portobello Mushrooms, Ontario Cambozola on a Roasted Garlic Crostini.
Pluckers Wing & Crabshack serving crab cakes served with a caper aioli sauce & housemade coleslaw
Purple Heather Gastro Pub serving: Asparagus Vichyssoise & Tuna, Cucumber + Shiitake Bites
Queen’s Head Pub serving: sweet potato and pork belly phyllo dumplings, both the pork and sweet potato being local ingredients, with a ginger and thyme honey drizzle.
Rayhoon Persian Eatery serving Tachin – Crisp saffron rice layered with chicken
Red Canoe Bistro serving Spiced Summer Vegetable Gazpacho with marinated Scallops
Rose Garden Restaurant serving: a sweet & spicy shrimp….a lightly battered golden fried shrimp on a bed of julienne Asian vegetables in a sweet and spicy glaze
SB Prime serving Dry Ribs & Roasted corn salad w/ tomato avocado cotija cheese & a lime aioli
Stone House Restaurant serving: Hoisin Glazed Pulled Pork Tacos w/a carrot & bean sprout slaw & fresh coriander
Walkers Fish Market serving: Bronzed fish tacos- Bronzed white fish, guacamole, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, fresh coriander, chipotle aioli on a grilled soft flour tortilla
Water St. Cooker serving: Summer salad with fresh local ingredients
West Plains Bistro serving: coffee and ancho braised beef short ribs with a bell pepper salad with pumpkin and sunflower seeds and a cilantro honey oil
Ye Olde Squire serving: Butter Shrimp – Succulent Shrimp sautéed in a house made butter sauce, w/ hints of cardamom & Tandoori. The flavor is intense, the heat subtle. Served w/ house made Naan bread.

Also visit with Tamp Coffee Co. sampling hand-poured & CHEMEX brewing coffees

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