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Bounty of the County: Fiorito

So pleased to be mentioned in Joe Fiorito’s article in today’s Toronto Star.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/08/03/the-bounty-of-the-county-is-so-near-fiorito.html

Angelo Bean is a man I admire because, some years ago, he said he wanted to retire from his job at the LCBO and start making Italian sausages. A man after my own heart, and arteries.

And many people have that dream, or its equivalent, but Angelo not only did what he said he’d do, he does it as well as it can be done.

He makes salsicce and salume, and many of his sausages are flavoured with the wine and cider of the region, and he fed us these things and more for lunch, and then he pointed us in several directions and turned us loose.

 

Here I am with my beautiful, bountiful wife, Karen xo

Exciting Development with my Hands-on Cooking Classes

This year all my Toronto based cooking classes will be held at Grano Ristorante.

I reached an agreement with my friend Roberto Martella of Grano to conduct a class each month on  Wednesdays in the north room or the west room leading to the outdoor patio with the beautiful fountain.  This  arrangement is doubly beneficial as I now have the support of the staff and kitchen for the events and my  guests can enjoy the hospitality that Grano is well known for. Read more

Life in the County

The process of buying property in Prince Edward County (PEC) lasted almost a full year. After seeing beautiful century homes without a basement, we opted for a more modern house with a solid basement to house my lab and curing room for my salumi.  The two acre lot is full of tall mature maple and beech trees.  I plan to cultivate mushrooms, have a little vineyard in the back, herb garden, a couple chickens with their own pen, build a full size jerk pit (after seeing the real thing in Jamaica, I will have no peace until I have my own – the good thing is that it can double as a smoke house) …will this lifetime be enough?  The location is on Christian Road in the vicinity of County Roads 1 and 2, very close to the wineries in Hillier.  I plan to have a tent/booth ready for featuring my sausages at wineries and events during the summer. Read more