Winterlicious Stop 1: Hawthorne Food & Drink
My first stop at Winterlicious was Hawthorne Food & Drink. They provide free training for those unemployed youth and those receiving Ontario Disability Supports for free! They help people get the skills they need to land work. Amazing! I did not know this until I got there and my Chef Aunt educated me on it. A cozy spot with an organic feel serving up local eats and the good they do makes it taste even better!
We started with the Daily Croquette. It was a mashed potato croquette sprinkled with old cheddar. Wow. They don't mess around! The potato was pureed smooth and the coating was perfectly crisp.
For the , I went with the Carbonara and my Aunt chose the Jerk Pork. I smoked chicken and crispy chicken skin were the highlights of my dish; I found the sauce a little salty, but the pasta was cooked perfectly. My Aunt could not say enough good things about the Jerk Pork. It was deconstructed and delicious.
Dessert time! My Chef Aunt chose the Winter Vegetable Cheesecake and I picked the Portuguese Egg Tart. The Cheesecake was really interesting. I was trying to figure out what the vegetables were and I was terrible at it! When my Aunt told me what they were, I got it, but I definitely failed that test! My tart was deconstructed. I wish I'd had the original tart before, so I'd have something to compare it to. It was alright. Pastry was nice and flaky.
The service was great. Knowledgeable and personable. Plates were cleared quickly and water glasses kept full. They also had a great local wine selection. Not bad for $28!
A great start to Winterlicious!