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Canadian chefs and farmers: Promoting a local culinary experience

Tourists from many countries flock to Muskoka in the heart of Canada’s province of Ontario’s picturesque cottage country. Savour Muskoka is an organization dedicated to promoting the culinary experiences of the region and so much more. The organization sent both farmers and chefs to the media corridor at the G8 and G20 Summits in Toronto for four days — and the international media sure appreciated the tastes of local Muskoka foods.

Locally grown organic products

Savour Muskoka

Savour Muskoka, an incorporated, registered not-for-profit organization, manages information between farmers and chefs in the community of Muskoka and Parry Sound. “We help the chefs understand the availability of locally sourced products and then help tell the stories of where the products came through on the restaurant menus, through their cuisine.

From the farmer’s point of view, we assist with logistics and with building their farms and their products to meet the demands of the restaurant chefs,” says James Murphy, General Manager of Savour Muskoka.

General Manager James Murphy of Savour Miskoka

The organizations aim is to get the consumer involved in Savour Muskoka as well as the restaurants, chefs and local farmers through events, newsletter, marketing materials and other networking opportunities.

Buy your coupon book for big savings

The consumer can support Savour Muskoka by buying the coupon book, Limited Edition 2010 Passport Associate Membership for $40. The book can be picked up at the Savour Muskoka office, member properties while visiting the area or ordered before your Muskoka sojourn and couriered to you no matter where in the world you live.

The coupon book offers discounts on accommodation at the Delta Grandview Resort, the Delta Sherwood Inn or the Delta Rocky Crest; restaurants like Crossroads Pub & Grill in Rosseau; and local food, including a free dozen farm fresh eggs at Rockhill Farms in Burk’s Falls with the purchase of $20 or more.

Chefs from around the world

Local farmer from Savour Muskoka

Many of the chefs working in Muskoka are formerly trained in Europe and other parts of the world. “Daniel Joel Thorne, who is the executive chef at Bartlett Lodge in Algonquin Park, has a chef from Australia who completed his four-year apprenticeship at Menzies Restaurant in Sydney. David Cook, the executive chef at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park, developed his cooking skills while working in Michelin starred Hilton Hotels in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Holland,” informs Murphy.

To contact Savour Muskoka, 111 Manitoba St., Bracebridge, Ont., P1L 2B6, online, visit savourmuskoka or call 705-646-7118.

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