SAIT Tastemarket, Cook for the Cause
February 2, 2019
Ashley James, Vice-Chargée de Presse
On a frosty, who are we kidding it was freezing, minus 22⁰C February evening, members and friends of Chaîne Calgary gathered at SAIT Tastemarket to celebrate Cook for the Cause, raising funds for SAIT scholarships, Jeunes Chefs, and Jeunes Sommeliers competitions.
Guests were greeted with flutes of Taittinger Champagne along with three artistic appetizers, created by SAIT Chef Steve Lapine. Osso bucco with cabbage, truffle ricotta tortellini, and butter poached lobster with potato.
Welcoming words from our emcee Joe Scorgie, introduced our guests to the evening.
The first station, courtesy of Chef Rogelio Herrera of Alloy delighted us with a togarashi crusted Albicore Tuna, pickled mango, citrus dressing, and sheared romaine.
Next a popular wine station provided by Luigi Bosc: Argentina, Joseph Drouhin: Burgundy, and Maison Sichel: Bordeaux
The following station offered a creation by Chef Rosalyn Ediger from SAIT, a flavoursome vegetarian dish of confit celery root, sweet roasted peppers, basil, onion crisps, and chili oil.
Quinn Staple joined us from Hotel Arts, sampling a luscious deconstructed baked potato, potato gnocchi along with crème fraiche, chives and bacon bits, topped with grated mimolette.
Next Chef Andrew Springett from SAIT, served a perfectly tender smoked duck breast, parsnip parfait, salad and crisp, and golden raisin sauce.
Followed by Chef Jan Hansen serving Vietnamese shaking beef striploin, basil infused pea puree, accompanied by flawless wild mushroom aranchini.
Beyond that was a cheese and charcuterie station. The charcuterie was skillfully prepared by SAIT students, served alongside an enticing selection of cheeses donated by Worldwide Specialty Foods Ltd. SAIT chefs supervising the charcuterie were Chef Desmond Johnston and Chef Georg Windisch.
Next to the bar, Carlie Latta from Burwood distilleries was sampling their brands Gin, Vodka, Medica: Honey Liqueur, and Honey Eau de Vie. Steven Martinson created a unique champagne cocktail that was refreshing and summery. Transporting us, it could have been July! Here’s hoping the recipe soon follows.
In addition at the bar were a tempting trio of The Grizzly Paws beverages, a Root Beer, Powder Hound Pale Ale, and Alpenglow Winter Ale.
For dessert SAIT provided an orange pistachio creamsicle with cotton candy, served beneath a superb sugar statue created by Christine Beard, incorporating a sugar Chaîne plate, along with another sugar Chaîne plate among the cotton candy.
Completing the evening, we sampled Kensington Wine Market’s 25th anniversary 1992 Vintage Port, from the cellars of Taylor Fladgate.
Our grateful thanks to all the chefs who participated.
Boosting the funds raised, our silent auction items all proved popular, attracting brisk bidding activity. They were donated by:
- The Post Hotel Relais et Chateaux
- The Hyatt Calgary
- Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
- Hotel Arts Group
- Vero Bistro & Robert Kulawy
- Willow Park Wines & Spirits
- Calgary Petroleum Club
- The Ranchmen’s Club Calgary
- Calgary Golf & Country Club & Le Creuset
- The Glencoe Club
- Calgary Winter Club
- Gordon Food Service Canada
- La Chaumiere
- Niche Market Imports – Llyn Strelau and Rodney Shaver
- David Tetrault
- Galileo Wine & Spirits
- Zenato Wines
- Clever Canines
- Satwant Lota
- Yalumba Wines
- Vertigo Theatre
- Chicken on the Way, McKenzie Towne
- Glenfarclas Whisky
- Luigi Bosca Wines
- Taittinger Champagne
Thank you to Simply Elegant for the bird of paradise floral arrangements, adding tropical colour, helping everyone at least for a little while, to forget the chill awaiting us.
Thank you to the culinary sponsors in making the evening a success:
- SAIT Tastemarket
- Hotel Arts Group
- Alloy Restaurant
Thank you to the food sponsors, without you we would be unable to sample the tasty creations made by our sponsors above:
- Worldwide Specialty Foods Ltd.
- City Fish
- Gordon Food Service
Last but never least, an enormous thank you to all the guests who braved the cold to join us making this an evening to remember. We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for your supporting future generations of Chefs.
Vive la Chaîne!