Niagara Food Tour To Go
At this challenging time, we were thinking of a way to support our culinary partners and other small businesses that we enjoy. We are all trying to do our part and stay in but we do have to eat. Bi-weekly we will be offering a little something different in a box (okay maybe a bag) and it will be delivered for free to your doorstep. Each Food Tour To Go will be curated by award winning Niagara Culinary Tours and will include items from our food tour partners and a few friends that we love but are a little far for us to go to on our regular walking tours but we know you will love them too.
Local food brings a sense of community and with that social connection. Through this new project we strive to bring our culinary community to you. Our bi-weekly offerings may bring a little comfort food and we hope you will discover something new in your own backyard. We are so lucky to live in Niagara where we are surrounded by spectacular food and wine in abundance. Right now we need to show our local businesses a little love so this is our way to connect us all and lessen the distance that many of are feeling.
Stay tuned for some stories from our partners talking about their passion and what makes Niagara food and living here so special!
Bonus: With each purchase you will receive a 20% Niagara Culinary Tours discount code so you can join us on one of our future walking tours.
Order deadline: Wednesday August 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Delivery:Friday August 21, 2020 (11:00 am to 7:00 pm)
August 21, 2020
Bi-Weekly Home delivery
First unveiling is our NCT Blend of Raw Field Honey. This box includes amazing honey from amazing bees from former NCT Tour guide turned Apiculturist, Chris Radimer of Tiddley Bee Honey Company
Price: $ 49 plus HST (Niagara to Grimsby Free delivery)
Please Note: Available in Niagara Region for free no contact delivery. $5 extra charge for delivery to Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Burlington
This box includes amazing honey from amazing bees from former NCT Tour guide turned Apiculturist, Chris Radimer of Tiddley Bee Honey Company, Cinamon Sugar Chimney cake from Budapest Bakeshop, Wood fired sour dough bread from Chef Ryan Crawford of Backhouse and Ruffinos, Sweet Potato and Pear soup from Chef William Brunyansky of Karma Kameleon Gastropub, White Chocolate Espresso and Walnut Biscotti and Niagara Maple Vinaigrette from Chef Cory Linkson of AG Inspired Cusine and Gunn's Hill 5 Brothers hand crafted washed rind cow's milk cheese from Cheese Secrets.
This box includes Guatemalan coffee from Port Dalhousie specialty coffee roasters Signal Coffee Co., Chocolate chip cookie dough (1 dz) ready to be baked from Chef Erik Peacock of Wellington Court Restaurant, house made granola from Chef Cory Linkson or AG Inspired Cuisine, savoury lentil soup from Chef Chef William Brunyansky of Karma Kameleon Gastropub, ready to bake baguette paired with La Sauvigine cow's milk cheese from Cheese Secrets
This week we are featuring Hemp and Honey Vinaigrette from Chef Cory Linkson of AG Inspired Cusine perfect with spring greens, something savoury with Salami and Gouda Chimney Cake from Budapest Bakeshop, one of our favourite cookies, a chocolate crinkle cookie from Chef Beth Mcintee at Niagara Food Company and to get us in the mood for strawberry season her strawberry jam, a staple in our series has been a soup from Chef Chef William Brunyansky of Karma Kameleon Gastropub, who has won some pretty nifty ladle trophies. This week we bring you carrot ginger to be enjoyed with walnut sourdough bread from another hidden gem, De La Terre Bakery in Jordan and Vineland.
Our Masaman curry paste is from a little store in Niagara Falls, Thai Binh Asian Food on Drummond Road where we find things like sambal olek, curry pastes, and fresh Thai basil. We cooked this ourselves this week and added stir fried chicken, coconut milk and onions and served it with basmati rice and Naan bread. It would also be nice with vegetables and tofu.
Chef Cory Linkson,of Ag Inspired Cuisine has added a Morrocan spice rub this week. On our travel bucket list for when we can finally travel safely again is Morroco. This spice blend is perfect for lamb but can also be used with chicken, pork or tuna. Add a little to your rice, lentils or chick peas and you will get an explosion of flavour with cardomon, cloves and star anise to name a few.
Chef Chef William Brunyansky of Karma Kameleon Gastropub is featuring his award winning Thai Coconut soup. A fun fact about Chef William is that he has won soup ladle awards for his soups. If you have tried previous Food Tours “To Go” you will know that he is a flavour genius with soup.
To round out our Thai craving we top it off with Shrimp Chips and peanut sauce from Noy and Alan at Spicy Thai in St Catharines. Always a go to in our family for Thai takeaway this team never disappoints.
On our NOTL tour in the summer we often work with The Exchange Brewery. On Sundays you will find sushi chef Danny Rimando rolling fresh sushi. In this box we have chosen the yam sushi rolls. Vegetarian friendly and not short on flavour.
These samosas are made fresh daily by owners of the Regional Variety and Gas Bar, Ranjit and Navdeep Rai. You will receive these handmade vegetarian samosas with tamarind chutney in this week's around the world food tour.
Niagara Food Tour “To Go” Barbecue collection
We asked to hear from you and you voted! This Niagara Food Tour "To Go" is filled with customer favourites.
In this box you will find a little sweet and savory. We asked and you voted. Here is what you have in store this week.
Chef Cory Linkson,of Ag Inspired Cuisine, Niagara Falls. Morrocan spice rub. On our travel bucket list for when we can finally travel safely again is Morroco. This spice blend is perfect for lamb but can also be used with chicken, pork or tuna. Add a little to your rice, lentils or chick peas and you will get an explosion of flavour with cardomon, cloves and star anise to name a few.
We have really loved every single one of these soups but this week the crowd favourite is Sweet Potato and Pear soup from Chef William Brunyansky of Karma Kameleon Gastropub, Thorold
To accompany your soup you really need a bit of bread. We will surprise you with an artisan loaf from De La Terre Bakery in Jordan and Vineland.
What goes better with bread than cheese! Le Douanier is a wash-rinsed cheese made by Fritz Kaiser in Quebec, Canada. Available for purchase at Cheese Secrets, Niagara on the Lake.
People can't seem to get enough of these! We loved trying one for the first time when we were in Budapest and we were thrilled to have them arrive right here in Niagara. Cinnamon Sugar Chimney cake from Budapest Bakeshop,Niagara on the Lake.
The box wouldn’t be complete without something yummy that says Canadian summer , Chocolate pecan buttertarts from Chef Beth McIntee of Niagara Food Co, St Catharines
Box #8, June 12 Home Delivery
From the ovens of Willow Cakes and Pastries and Chef Catherine O"Donell and her team, Niagara on the Lake we are excited to include a one of a kind artisan focaccia bread!
A taste of spring in a jar with rhubarb and strawberry jam from Kurtz Orchards in Niagara on the Lake.
Making a return in this week's box is a customer favourite, samosas. These samosas are made fresh daily by owners of the Regional Variety and Gas Bar, Ranjit and Navdeep Rai. You will receive 4 handmade vegetarian samosas with tamarind chutney.
Hitting it out of the park again is Chef Chef William Brunyansky of Karma Kameleon Gastropub. Made from local Niagara asparagus, this soup can be served hot or cold.
Perfect for a summer mule cocktail or mocktail we have Ginger Beer from Canalside Soda in St Catharines.
For dessert you will receive half a dozen oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from Chef Beth McIntee of Niagara Food Co.
First up is Cacciatore sausage from Niagara Food Specialties in Niagara Falls. This is the perfect additon to your pizza on the BBQ or to a backyard charcuterie platter.
We did mention pizza so of course we have included pizza dough from Sorrento Bakery in Niagara Falls. Our absolutely favourite way to make pizza at this time of the year is one the barbeque, so we always have dough ready for an easy dinner. Use a pizza stone and heat it up. Simple trick is to cook the pizza shell lightly and then flip it and put your toppings on the partially baked side. Perfect pizza everytime and no hot oven in the house!
Another new Niagara Food Tour "to go" partner this week is Hillfire BBQ, Fonthill. We have really missed them and had the Covid blues not being able to enjoy Chef Anothony Greco's barbeque platters. In this box we bring you a little Piggy Dust to rub on your pork and a 250 ml Kansas BBQ sauce that we know you are going to love.
We asked a few people what they would like to see in our Father's Day box and our friend Norm said he missed having a sausage soup from a certain chain he liked to go to. We brought the challenge to Chef Chef William Brunyansky of Karma Kameleon Gastropub and voila we have an incredible Tuscan Zuppa made right here in Niagara!
A little snack of Candied Spiced Nuts from Chef Cory Linkson of AG Inspired Cusine in Niagara Falls. We are please to say that they will soon be offering a curbside menu and we hope you will get a chance to try more of Chef Cory's amazing food!
Of course we always have to include a little something for dessert.Dessert comes from Chef Beth McIntee of Niagara Food Co, St Catharines Especially for Dad we have a small tray of Turtle Brownies. Not to worry, no turtles were harmed in the making of these.
For an added bonus we are including a disposable smoke box with Niagara riesling grape vine wood chips. Use this box by placing the box onto grill at the back. As you cook, it will smoke and add flavour to your food.
Box #10 for Friday June 26 Delivery
This particular box is the closest we have come to making an actual meal box. The items just kind of came together so nicely we decided to go outside of our usual mix and see what people think.
First up are the best salad greens we have ever tasted! We look forward to these whenever we can get our hands on them from Chez Nous Farms. Chez Nous are a certified Organic farm in Niagara, located in Ridgeway and have an online plant store and CSA.
It is still rhubarb season so we found the perfect pairing with an apple rhubarb vinaigrette from Chef Cory Linkson of AG Inspired Cusine. AG is located in Niagara Falls and is finally offering curbside pickup.
This week you will find some freshly made penne pasta from Chef Ryan Crawford and his team from the newly branded Ruffinos in Niagara on the Lake. Ruffinos (formerly Backhouse) has been mixing things up a bit with Car Hop nights on Fridays and Saturdays and a Supermeracado filled with breads, pastas, cheeses and wines available for pickup.
Of course you will need a little bread to enjoy with your pasta so we have included a sour dough bagette from De La Terre Bakery in Jordan and Vineland.
Rounding things out, for dessert we continue to celebrate the early summer harvest with rhubarb and strawberry crumble tarts from Chef Beth McIntee of Niagara Food Co, St Catharines.
When we started this initiative we wanted to share some of the great culinary/food resources we ourselves use in our community. We are so happy to work with one of our favourite foodies! Fonthill Foodie Julie Gledhill, NNCP Nutritionist, has included her Cafe Mocha Energy balls in this box.
Box 11, July 3
We are excited to be working with a few new people this week!
First up is a red and green pepper jelly from Walker's Country Market in Niagara on the Lake. This is a family owned and operated local business located just along the Niagara Parkway. With flecks of green and red it is beautiful to look at and gorgeous in flavour. Add this to a piece of baguette with Brie and.... well it is heavenly!
Second up is one of our regular stops on our walking food tours. Mahtay Cafe is an urban cafe in downtown St Catharines. Owner Chris has been creating some interesting things during this long break. In this week's food tour "to go" you will find Fire and Ice pickles from Chris' Cupboard.
A new discovery for us is Fiesta Empanada also located on St Paul Street in downtown St Catharines. We taste tested a few and we can say they were all fantastic but the spinach and feta empanadas were our favourite!
We are keeping it cool with an amazing strawberry rhubarb gazpacho from Chef Chef William Brunyansky of Karma Kameleon Gastropub in downtown Thorold. Karma Kameleon has an extensive Curbside pickup menu and has now expanded their patio.
We are also including something from the Victory Gardens of AG Inspired Cuisine. Chef Cory Linkson not only cooks but he farms as part of their farm to table program. AG Inspired Cusine is located in Niagara Falls and they are open now for curbside pickup with a menu that is sure to please everyone!
A little something sweet rounds out our Food Tour "To Go" with the return of the oh so popular chocolate crinkle cookie from Chef Beth McIntee of Niagara Food Co, St Catharines. We visit Chef Beth and her team on our St Catharines walking food tour when we stop by the Farmers Market.
Box 12, July 10th
Each week we feel like our boxes just keep getting better and better. We have added a bit of produce, this week from the Victory Gardens at AG Farms. We call it our AG Inspired Cusine garden grab bag.
Also from Chef Cory Linkson,of Ag Inspired Cuisine we have a a Sweet Chili Heat dressing. This can be used for dipping spring rolls or coconut shrimp or with a cucumber salad with lots of cilantro and peanuts.
Perfect for the warm nights from the kitchen of Chef Chef William Brunyansky of Karma Kameleon Gastropub we have a triple melon gazpacho.
Another business new to us this week is Best Scones Ever! You will love this Blueberry Spice scone with just a hint of cardomam.
You have been asking for some healthy snacks so here we have it. Fonthill Foodie Julie Gledhill, NNCP Nutritionist, is making some peanut butter stuffed dates with dark chocolate chips. They are devilishly good!
A product that we can't live without these days are beeswax wraps. It really saves on saran wrap and keeps things like leftover cheese fresh. Well that is if you have any leftovers! We are pleased to include a small beeswax wrap from Sweet Bee Beeswax. Made locally, these can be purchased from Walker's Country Market in Niagara on the Lake.
Box 13, July 17, 2020
This week we are inspired by cherries! In the spring Niagara's orchards were in full bloom and now we get to eat the fruit.
We have had great feedback on our Surprise bags from AG farm's Victory garden so they will continue. Last week it included fresh greens, swiss chard, turnip, beets and patty pan squash. (see photo below for last week's box) What is in it will all depend on Mother Nature and that is why it is a suprise!
Also from Chef Cory Linkson,of Ag Inspired Cuisine we have a Cherry Vanilla Vinaigrette. This can be used with greens and maybe a bit of blue cheese.
Well me know it is hip to be cool so we have another summer soup from Chef Chef William Brunyansky of Karma Kameleon Gastropub. This week it is Cool As A Cucumber Mint Gazpacho!
Chris from Mahtay Cafe in downtown St Catharines has been having fun in the kitchen with their new line Chris's Cupboard. This one took a little time to get but definitely worth the wait is Kimchi.
Another favourite of our customers is bread from De La Terre Bakery in Jordan. In this box you will find their classic Niagara Sour dough bread.
Try this with yogurt and fruit. Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola from Chef Beth McIntee of Niagara Food Co, St Catharines
Box 14, August 7, 2020
We have had great feedback on our Surprise bags from AG farm's Victory garden so they will continue. Chef Cory Linkson,of Ag Inspired Cuisine and his team have been hard at work on the farm and with their restaurant reopening.
Our recent Niagara Food Tour "to go" included fresh greens, swiss chard, beet greens, turnips, purple kohlrabi and patty pan squash. (see photo above for our last box) What is in it will all depend on Mother Nature and that is why it is a suprise!
Back by popular demand is the incredible Cinnamon Sugar Chimney cake from Budapest Bakeshop, Niagara on the Lake. They are certainly worth the drive to NOTL!
From the ovens of Willow Cakes and Pastries and Chef Catherine O"Donell and her team, Niagara on the Lake. These focaccia breads are one of a kind and are a work of culinary art. This will not disappoint!
So August means the start of tomato season. We are pleased to offer a taste of summer from Rick and Shirley of Chez Nous Farms. Chez Nous are a certified Organic farm in Niagara, located in Ridgeway and have an online plant store and CSA. This week we are featuring a mix of the most beautiful and delicious saladette tomatoes.
As part of our project to find some of the best items in Niagara we have been taste testing quite a bit. We came across a cherry jam from Walker's Country Market in Niagara on the Lake that is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. This is a family owned and operated local business located just along the Niagara Parkway.
We saved the best for last! All of these goodies are going to be delivered in a watermelon cooler bag. We all need one of these for quick trip to the grocery store or a picnic on the lake.