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Winterlicious at Benmiller Inn

23 Feb

By: Travel Diva Jenna

Benmiller Winterlicious - Happy Divas

The Group – Ang, Sarah, Jenna, Monica, Kate, Courtney, Griffyn, Katie and Melissa.

I finally got out to my first Taste of Huron Winterlicious event at Benmiller Inn and was it ever delicious! What made the dinner even better was that 7 other divas joined me on this culinary evening, oh plus our token “dude” Gryffin! The Winterlicious events are such a great opportunity for people to try out menus at restaurants across Ontario’s West Coast, Prix Fixe menus, 3 courses and the cost is $29!!!

Benmiller Inn wowed us from the start, before our first course came they served us a mushroom wonton amuse bouche, which indeed made our mouths happy! Of course the whole menu is available during Winterlicious, but all of us decided to go with the special. Between all of us we ordered one of everything. I have always had a tough time getting great photos at Benmiller, since the lighting is low and I never bring extra lights, luckily Katie Schedlich was along with us and had the idea to use our phone lights to make the photos looked posed and perfect… so much better than a flash! Below are the menu options and photos of the food:

Benmiller Winterlicious - Amuse Bouche

Above – Amuse Bouche – Mushroom Stuffed Wontons


Benmiller Winterlicious - Duck RaviolliBenmiller Winterlicious - Pork Soup

Everspring farm Muscovy duck confit ravioli, honey beets, sea buckthorn mirin glaze.
Slow roasted Metzgers pork, udon noodle, dashi broth, chili oil, scallion

Benmiller Winterlicious - Fish and ChipsBenmiller Winterlicious - Gnocchi


Ausable gold potato gnocchi, Wild boar with cranberry & Berkshire pork sausage, Weth shiitake cream sauce
Panko crusted yellow perch goujons, Garlic box scape caper tartar sauce, pomme pont neuf


 Winterlicious - Poached PearWinterlicious - Cheese Plate

Blyth farms chevre with spiced pecan and Inn made lavash
Prosecco poached pear, vanilla ice cream, Johnston’s Apiary honey drizzle

I chose the Roast pork soup, Gnocchi and the poached pear, all of which were wonderful. To be honest I was full after the soup, it had three large pieces of pork that could be a regular serving for a dinner! But of course I was able to find room for the creamy gnocchi and the poached pear. Out of the whole meal I would have to say that my favourite dish was the gnocchi; the wild boar sausage mixed with the perfectly cooked cream sauce and potato dumplings made my taste buds jump for joy!

We left Benmiller feeling happy, full and excited for the next adventure. During the next week I will be heading to Eddingtons and the Black Dog for more Winterlicious dining… I can’t wait! The Taste of Huron Winterlicious runs until March 9, and there are 9 restaurants taking part! For menus and more information visit: www.tasteofhuron.ca





Delicious Time at Thyme on 21

13 Jan

By Diva Trista Russell

I have to admit that January is a blah month. After the holiday season filled with great food, parties, friends, and family, the cold and snowy days that come after seem to drag on. So, on an impulse, I decided to get out rsz_1img_2472and try a new restaurant!

I headed to Thyme on 21 in Goderich for dinner. I had never been there before, and I had heard some great reviews from my coworkers. The restaurant is located in a beautiful Victorian home along Highway 21 in Goderich, just a block away from the historic square.

First off, the service was excellent. I was greeted by the host and had a nice chat with him about the history of the property. He lead me to a nice spot by the window across from the fireplace. And when leaving, he even helped me put on my coat! Small touches like that really enhance the experience. The server, Michelle, was very friendly and courteous. The decor inside is rustic and regal, and it makes for a very intimate atmosphere. While this is a great spot to eat anytime of the day, I really think this restaurant would be a great pick if you’re looking for a romantic evening for two.

The most important part: the food! Everything was very fresh and tasty. The portions were just right: not too big and not too small. I had the smoked salmon for an appetizer, which was accompanied with dill mayo, red onion, capers and fresh baguette slices. This was something I normally wouldn’t choose, but it fit my criteria: try something I usually wouldn’t make at home. It was a great choice! For the entree, I had the special of the evening which was the beef skewers with hoisin sauce along with rice pilaf and sauteed veggies. To top it off, I had carrot cake for dessert. I have to say this had to be one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time (at least since those fantastic homemade Christmas dinners!). I will definitely be back again.


80 Hamilton Street, Goderich

Reservations: 519-524-4171

Foodie Favourite – 5 courses paired with 5 Ontario Wines

13 Aug

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

I’m sure you have checked out the Taste of Huron website, but I thought I should tell you more about the Gala!

The Gala dinner is my all time favourite part of the 2 week long event. 5 courses, paired with 5 Pelee Island wines, plus an Amuse Bouche (One perfect bite appetizer) plus there is a shuttle from both Goderich and Bayfield, so you don’t need a designated driver from those two towns! This year the menu sounds absolutely scrumptious! Of course almost all of the food is locally sourced and prepared by local chefs. This is a one time per year opportunity to have a few local chefs working together to prepare a meal for you! On top of everything, we have great music playing during the evening. Andy McGuire is going to be performing in between courses. Andy just released his second album “Body of Work”, take a listen to his music at www.andymcguire.ca Check out the Gala menu below!

$100 for one meal probably does sound like quite a bit of money, but they way I look at it is that it would cost much more to order 5 courses and wine at a regular fine dining restaurant. If you really don’t think that this dinner is affordable for you, of course there are other opportunities! We have 7 Food For Thought Dinners (3 courses for $40), 2 Locavore Lunch and Learns (2 courses for $20), the Locavore Brunch N’Blues ($20 for a local fare breakfast and a blues concert) and the Tasty Blues Cafe ($10), oh and you might get a bit of food for free if you head to the Chef Challenge, where local chefs and Top Chef Canada chefs Rob Rossi and Andrea Nicholson will be participating!

I know… I am a relentless promoter, but its not because it is part of my job… I really believe in the things that I write about and I always speak the truth about the experiences! If you get the chance, head out to the Taste of Huron!

Amuse Bouche
Local corn gelato with charcoal cone & butter powder
Pelee Island Wine: Blanc de Blanc

1st Course
Lake huron smoked white fish chowder
Pelee Island Wine: Lighthouse Reisling

2nd Course
Heirloom tomato”blt” with maple cured pork belly & foraged leaves
Pelee Island Wine: Lighthouse Reisling

3rd Course
Farro risotto with weth maitake mushrooms & garlic confit miso
Pelee Island Wine: Pinot Noir

4th Course
24 hour braised coleman farm black angus short ribs with celeriac aligot & bourguignon jus
Pelee Island Wine: Alvar Cab/Merlot

5th Course
Modernist local peach melba
Pelee Island Wine: Late Harvest Vidal

A culinary quick trip

10 Jul

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

Last month we had a visitor come up from the Ontario Culinary Tourism Association (OCTA) and we gave her a quick tour of some of the foodie experiences in Huron. Rebecca LeHuep is the executive director of OCTA and she spends her time working with Ontario communities and their culinary experiences. We toured around for two days and visited a variety of different towns and villages from Bayfield, to Dashwood, through Clinton to Hensall up to Auburn and down to Goderich. We visited many places including, The Black Dog Village pub and Bistro, The Little Inn, Hayter’s Turkey, Metzger Meats, the Whole Pig, The Garlic Box, The Lake House, Benmiller Inn and more. Here are some photos of the adventure! If you want a Taste of These places make sure to check out The Taste of Huron Culinary Festival www.tasteofhuron.ca

A culinary workshop for every taste

30 Jun

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there will be 12 culinary workshops taking place around the county. Last year I got to check a bunch of them out, soooo good. I typically got enough food for a meal! Check out the 2010 photos. I have also added the info about the 2012 workshops below!

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2011 Taste of Huron Culinary Workshops

Home chefs and food enthusiasts get their chance to learn unique culinary techniques at local dining spots working with local chefs and food specialists.
Workshop Cost: $20.00 each
Culinary Workshop Pass: 5 workshops for $80.00 ($20.00 savings)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pies, Tarts and Berries – Oh My!

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Marlene O’Brien from the Bayfield Berry Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Huron County Comfort (Foods)

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Teresa DeJong from High Creek Farms
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eggs On

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave McMurray from Whiskful Thinking
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Roll Baby Roll

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Lilia Hill from Lil’s Kitchen
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Deconstruction Site: A Look at the Cuts & Proper Prep of Meat

Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Joseph Petrinac from The Little Inn of Bayfield
Type: Cooking demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

La Dolce Vita

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter Gusso from the Blyth Station House
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pack a Punch: How to Make a Healthy School Lunch

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Spencer Vail from the Benmiller Inn and Spa
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

School of Lake Huron Fish

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Devin Tabor from Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave Koert from Koert Organics
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Summer Appy Hour

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter and Catherine King from Thyme on 21
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Going Gluten-Free

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Patti Robertson from Classic Total Concept
Type: Food prep demonstration with a delicious lunch

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Herb Garden

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Nancy Hislop from Mulberry Hill Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Do you think about food all the time? Win a dinner with the Travel Divas!

28 Jun

By: Diva Jenna

CONTEST –  to win a Food For Thought dinner with the Travel Divas

If you would like to win a dinner (see below for the dinners) at the Taste of Huron with the Travel Divas and be a star for the day on the Ontario Travel Divas site, all you have to do is:

Post your favourite culinary experience in Huron County to the bottom of this blog!

2010 Photos

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I think about food all the time! Huron is one of the most agriculturally productive counties in Ontario and we have some of the best culinary treats around! I’m going to be regularly posting about the different events that are happening during the two week event!

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there are going to be 7 Food For Thought dinners and 2 Locavore Luncheons. They are happening on week days in between August 29 & September 9. These meals include three courses, plus an interesting foodie topic, they don’t break the bank at $40 for the dinners and $20 for the lunches and they take place all across the County.

Taste of Huron – Food For Thought Dinners

Check out the website for more details www.tasteofhuron.ca

Cost: $40.00* (does not include: beverages, taxes or service)
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Details: Please call individual restaurants to make reservations

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thank a Farmer

Hosted by: Hessenland Country Inn
Contact: 1-866-543-7736

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Functional Foods: Enhancing Your Diet

Hosted by: Benmiller Inn & Spa
Contact: 1-800-265-1711

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato & More!

Hosted by: The Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro
Contact: 1-519-565-2326

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Healthy Doesn’t Have to be Boring!

Hosted by: Fireside Cafe
Contact: 1-519-357-4484

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Blyth Inn – coming soon!

Hosted by: The Blyth Inn
Contact: 1-519-523-9381

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Huron County’s Wine Industry

Hosted by: The Little Inn of Bayfield
Contact: 1-800-565-1832

Thursday, September 8 2011

A Fish Out of Water

Hosted by: Eddington’s of Exeter
Contact: 1-519-235-3030

July 2011 Challenge

27 Jun

By: Jenna Diva

Kaylie and I have both been chatting about doing some Huron County Challenges in the next couple of months. Kaylie has told me that she is going to do an “Eat Local” challenge where all she will eat (for a pre-determined length of time) will be food from Huron County. She said she will try to only eat things produced in Huron. It is a great challenge, in which she will have the opportunity to find out new places and see how easy or hard it is!

As for my challenge, I am going to challenge myself with finding the most unique foods grown in Huron and make dishes to go with them. I’ve seen some neat veggies and produce at the farmer’s market, so I think it will be fun to try some new items!

Please send us messages if you know any really great places for local food or unique food!