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Jordon McGuiniss has been surrounded by food all his life. The Waring House Cookery director grew up on a dairy & cattle farm in Prince Edward County. His grandmother was an enthusiastic vegetable gardener and passed on some of her ways around the kitchen. Game hunting was practised in the family so cleaning and preparation of fresh meat was a skill he learned early. Jordon’s work in the produce department of a local store was a natural fit when he was younger.
Many of the Cookery School’s suppliers today are people that Jordon has known for years. This provides a level of trust and reliability that he can rely on – always assured of getting the best quality product. One of his biggest vegetable suppliers, Ed Taylor, is in the field every day. They’ve known each other for years and it’s common to put in a custom order for the Cookery School… “Can you get me 50lb of golf-ball-size potatoes by Thursday?”. No problem.
One of Jordon’s classes consisted of an excursion to Ed’s farm to pick fresh Yukon Golds, then back to class to make poutine with Black River cheese curds and pulled beef. Yum! The freshness of the ingredients makes all the difference.
“I like classes where we take something simple like a burger & fries and deconstruct it. Every aspect of the recipe affects the final product – we grind our own meat, we make our own brioche buns & mayonaise, even ketchup. If tomatoes are not in season, we use canned plum tomatoes. Dark brown russets are good for fries but I also like Yukon Golds and their golden colour. With potatoes you can cut them by hand if you want to work on your knife skills, but I like to get my students using a mandolin,or the french fry press.”
A couple of Jordan’s tricks-of-the trade include seasoning – taste as you cook, and knife skills- keep them sharp.
Themed Waring House Cookery classes are held Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. (Peter, pls link bold to http://waringhouse.com/cookery-school-c334.php If you want to book a special class for a group of friends or a team-building session for work, contact the Waring House Inn & Cookery (please link bold to http://www.waringhouse.com/
It’s hard to beat Prince Edward County when it comes to weddings.
- A beautiful setting on Lake Ontario that’s easy to get to from Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal. (map)
- A place that’s compact enough to navigate.
- County florists, photographers, dj’s, and officiants close at hand.
- Plenty of places for guests to stay and things for them to see and do
- Noted for its local food, wine, beer and cider
Henriette Labelle- Campbell knows a thing or two about weddings. She has helped over 400 couples plan their special day at Prince Edward County’s Waring House Inn and Cookery. Labelle- Campbell says many who book the Waring House are from Toronto, Peterborough, Kingston, Ottawa or Montreal. “Most know the type of wedding they want, they just need a plan.” Campbell says one of the best things couples can do when they first begin to plan is to ask a lot of questions. She does the same:
- Do you know how many guests you want to invite?
- Will there be children?
- Do you want a cash or open bar?
- Would you prefer a buffet meal or plate meal?
- Do you plan to serve wine with dinner?
- Will there be dancing?
- Will there be a late night meal service?
- Do you have a budget?
“You may not have all the answers to questions like these, says Labelle-Campbell, “but they’re a good place to start because they give you a framework to create your special day. Our role at the Waring House is to help you customize your plan to suit your tastes and your budget.”
Check out The Waring House Storybook Country Wedding page for more details and watch Lindsay & Chris’ BEAUTIFUL Love Story Wedding video for inspiration.
The Waring House Inn & Cookery is a favourite Prince Edward County wedding location. 98% of couples who book the inn have their ceremony outdoors in the inn’s beautiful gardens. A favourite place to exchange vows is in the garden gazebo. Receptions are held in the Waring House Hall. The chef sources his ingredients at local Prince Edward County producers and farms. The County is also known for its wineries, brewery, and cider house. The inn’s Vineyard Cottage is where most newlyweds choose to stay. New premium hot tubs suites are popular with wedding parties and the live music in the Barley Room is always a hit.
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