Announcing Our New Chef and New Menus

23 Jul

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It’s an exciting new time for food loves at The Waring House. We have a new executive chef, Nicholas Loashak. Chef Nicholas has cooked all over the world, his food even gracing the plates of Canadian Prime Ministers and American Presidents.

As part of the changeover, we’ve just released an updated menu for both Amelia’s Garden and For The Barley Room. Stop by and sample some of his great food for yourself.

Prince Edward County In Fall

New Fall Events Include an Indie Music Fest and an Extreme Run

Sandbanks Provincial Park is hosting Sandbanks New Waves the new indie fest in mid-September. We’ll be there serving food and drink. Grapes of Wrath is also new this year. It’s an extreme run  also  planned in mid-September with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society and local healthcare foundations. If you decide to sign up, we have new suites with outdoor hot tubs for pre run warm up or post run R&R. The annual PEC Studio Tour is a chance to visit some of the county’s artists at work. Waring House artist-in-residence, Aidan Haley is included. If you’re a County wine lover, be on the look out for PEC grape harvest parties. This journalist’s review is a fun read of the Norm Hardie Winery party last fall. And… TASTE is back! September 27th is this year’s date. It’s a chance to mingle with an amazing number of local producers all under one roof. Tickets go fast. http://www.tastecommunitygrown.com/

Bicycles in Prince Edward County

Bike Touring in Prince Edward County

Book mid week for the Best Rates

For the best Waring House room rate, try mid-week anytime between Sunday and Thursday. The County still has plenty to keep you entertained without the weekend crowds. Our own Barley Room Pub has live entertainment every Thursday night and the Waring House Cookery offers mid-week evening classes. Eat what you cook, paired with your choice of local wine or beer. County roads are less traveled mid-week and there are plenty of local shops, antique places, art galleries and museums to browse in PEC communities.

Prince Edward County by Bike

Exploring the County by bike is easy, so we get lots of urban cyclists booking a stay with us every fall. We keep bike repair kits on hand, offer secure on-site storage and our front desk has County cycling maps to help you plan a tour. If you don’t own a two-wheeler or don’t want to pack your bike, you can always rent one in nearby Bloomfied. For more information on biking in the area, visit Ontario by Bike.

pear salad at Amelia's Garden

The Waring House features seasonal Prince Edward County cuisine, like this Pear Salad at Amelia’s Garden Restaurant.

Fall vintages 

The Waring House sits smack dab in the middle of Ontario’s fastest growing wine region. Thirty-five wineries offer tastings and some have tours. Fifteen are now VQA. This latest VQA vintage report may be helpful for selecting wines to go home with. Wineries and restaurants host wine pairing dinners all fall including our own Amelia’s Garden.

County beer news

Barley Days Brewery, just a minute’s drive west of the Waring House, offers tastings and tours on Saturdays and its retail store is open 7 days a week. I tried and liked its new Sacred Rock, a sparkling ale that blurs the lines between beer and wine at the Great Canadian Cheese Festival last June. If you’re here in October, try Barley Days’ County IPA which is made from a blend of five hops including four types grown right here in The County.

Say cheese

Nothing like a little Prince Edward County cheese to pair with that local vintage or County cider you just bought. I’m a big fan of the aged cheddar and fresh curds from Black River Cheese, a local dairy farmers cooperative. Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. on the southeastern side of Prince Edward County has an amazing selection of artisan cheeses from across Ontario and abroad.

corn field in Prince Edward County

What’s in season? … see http://prince-edward-county.com/harvest-whats-in-season/

Prince Edward County Travel

Prince Edward County Travel Might Be the Cure to the Big City Blues.

Planning a short vacation can be a daunting task. The seemingly endless choice of places to travel and things to try can be almost paralyzing. Most of us get so little time away from our routines, that we really want to make our time away count, so finding a place that allows us to do many different, but novel things is important. While there’s no perfect vacation spot for everyone, Prince Edward County travel may be just the thing you’re looking for.

“The County” as it’s referred to by the local crowd, is the perfect place to escape city life. The area, about 2 1/2 hours’ drive from both Toronto and Ottawa, is free from the bustle and chaos of the big city. Yet, there isn’t a shortage of things to do while visiting. In fact, MacLean’s Magazine recently ranked Prince Edward County as one of the 10 must-see places in Canada. Check out their video here:

The Wines

wine bottle, Prince Edward County TravelPrince Edward County has become synonymous with great wine. After little more than 15 years, the area has developed a vibrant viticulture scene, boasting over 30 wineries in a fairly small area. This means that wine lovers can check out multiple wineries without  spending their whole trip in the car.  Many of the wineries have tasting bars and retail outlets, and some of them have restaurants attached. Find out more about the County’s many wineries from the Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association

Book a wine tour in the region with Prince Edward County Wine Tours or Sandbanks Vacations.

The Food & Drink

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Fresh Vegetables available at Hagerman’s Farms, one of many market gardens in Prince Edward County

The fertile soil and availability of ingredients so fresh, they may have been picked earlier that day, make Prince Edward County the perfect place for any foodie dedicated to fresh farm-to-table cuisine. County restaurants have adopted many types of food popular in Toronto. However, here they can be made with locally grown ingredients. Beside the numerous market gardens, Prince Edward County has one of North America’s largest mushroom farms, 2 cheese factories, numerous maple syrup producers, a craft brewery, a distillery.

Prince Edward County Travel

The rolling, beautiful landscape of Prince Edward County makes it a cyclist’s dream. Photo by Peter Law.

Cycling

Nothing will help you appreciate the wide open spaces and slower pace of life found in the County than exploring it on your bicycle. The streets aren’t crowded, the scenery is picturesque and there are plenty of wineries, market gardens and restaurants all within easy cycling distance. Hotels like The Waring House <waringhouse.com/cycling-packages> have packaged accommodation and dining with cyclists in mind. Check out Ontario By Bike for route ideas, or pick up the cycling map from the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism <http://www.pecchamber.com> or from many hotels (and yes, we have those at The Waring House)

The Beach

Sandbanks Provincial Park routinely graces any top ten list of the best beaches in Canada, and it’s no wonder why. The large dunes and the expansive sandy beaches provide the perfect place to stay cool on a hot summer’s day. See what visitors to the park said at Trip Advisor

The Fishing

The County is an angler’s dream with large stocks of walleye, bass, salmon, trout, perch, pike, and pickerel. Investigate a charter at the Prince Edward County Website.

And More

Of course there’s much more to do than will fit in a blog post, but other ideas include boutique shopping in Bloomfield, a round of golf at the Picton Country and Country Club or the Wellington Course, shipwreck diving, pamper yourself at the spa, taking in a movie in nostalgic glory at the Regent Theatre or the Mustang Drive-In or by touring some of the County’s museums.

For information on accommodation packages for a stay in Prince Edward County, check out The Waring House, Picton Harbour Inn or Claramount Inn & Spa.

 

 

Panko Crusted Perch recipe

1 Feb

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In the Barley Room Pub they get asked for this recipe all the time. It’s one of the most popular items on the menu. So we finally managed to pry it from the possessive hands of Executive Chef Luis de Sousa.

For your culinary enjoyment we present…Barley Room Panko Crusted Perch sandwich

Panko Crusted Perch sandwich with Pickled Red Onions

Smoked Paprika Cheddar Sauce

1L Vegetable Stock
1White Onion Finely diced
1 Cup White Wine
4tbs Smoked Paprika
1lb Old White Cheddar Shredded
1L 35% Cream
2tbs Olive Oil

Instructions
Sauté onion with oil in pot on medium high heat until lightly caramelized. Stir in smoked paprika, cook for 2-3 minutes. Add white wine. Reduce by half, add vegetable stock. Reduce by half, then add 35% cream. Bring sauce to a light boil. At this time make a cornstarch paste. Add to sauce for desired thickness. Finish off by whisking in the cheddar. Adjust seasoning.

Pickling Brine for pickled onions

4 Bay leaves, 2 cups cider vinegar, 1tsp mustard seeds, 1 cup sugar, ¼ cup salt

Instructions
Place all Ingredients into small stock pot. Bring to a boil until fully dissolved. Place into with plastic containers. Let cool. Add sliced red onions to pickling brine. Leave for 2 to 3 days before use.

Panko Crusted Perch

8- Perch fillets 4-5 oz
2 cups Panko crumbs
1 cup Flour
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 whole lemon zested and juiced
Canola Oil

Instructions
Whisk eggs with buttermilk, lemon zest and juice. Adjust seasoning, dip perch into seasoned flour, then into egg wash. Then into panko crumbs. Press into bread crumbs lightly. Pre-heat fryer or sauce pot to 350’F. Add a couple of perch at a time. Cook 3-5 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy!

Robbie Burns Supper

9 Jan

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The great Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) is often celebrated with a supper some time around his birthday on January 25th. These supper affairs range from very formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. The Single Malt Society’s Robbie Burns Supper & Tasting at Amelia’s Garden will be a dignified affair of course; respectable in every way.

poem by Robbie Burns

Every year at this time we gather for a Burns supper and adhere, more or less, to the time-honoured form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the sampling of excellent Scotch whisky, and quite possibly the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.

slàinte mhòr … “great health”

For more jovial background on Mr. Burns, check out the Burns Supper Guide at http://www.robertburns.org/suppers/

Please join us at Amelia’s Garden at The Waring House for our annual Single Malt Society Robbie Burns Supper & Tasting, http://waringhouse.com/upcoming-events/

Prince Edward County

8 Jan

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Prince Edward County is 1,000 square kilometres of food and wine, beaches, antiques, inns, culture, history and recreation of all sorts that has been thriving in southern Ontario for two hundred years.

This island community of about 25,000 has deep roots in modern Canadian history. United Empire Loyalists settled In Prince Edward County and Sir John A. Macdonald lived and practised law in “The County”. It has always been a comfortable place to live and work, with a pastoral and relaxed feel. Millponds and restored grist mills stand amid vineyards and market farms. Creative people have set up art studios, galleries, antique shops and live theatre. Native crafts are well represented. Main streets in the towns and villages are masterpieces of restored and maintained colonial architecture. Local libraries and museums record a colourful history of commerce, culture and chicanery. No wonder it’s a popular year-round tourist destination.

Prince Edward County barns and dogs

Then, of course, there is the food and wine that Prince Edward County produces. Over 30 wineries dot the county and it’s considered by many as the gastronomic capital of Ontario….

Find out more at http://roadstories.ca/prince-edward-county/

The Waring House Cookery School is a hands-on recreational cooking class that takes interested students of any level and shows them tips and tricks to making professional quality food.

Get the most up to date listings about upcoming live acts playing in The Barley Room. Live music most Wednesdays - Saturdays and Sundays on Long Weekends.

Package a stay at the Waring House with dining, cookery school classes or other activities. Let us turn your stay with us into an experience to remember.

The Waring House is the perfect venue for a storybook country wedding. We create custom packages tailored to your needs and budget.