Reinventing Beet Bruschetta with Smith Restaurant at downtown farmers' market

CBC Manitoba serves meals idea using local ingredients

CBC Manitoba serves meal ideas using local ingredients

Chef Nick Paquin from Smith Restaurant served shoppers at the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Farmers' Market a delicious live cooking demonstration on Thursday afternoon. Chef Paquin assembled a Beet Bruschetta inspired by produce you can find naturally in Manitoba. Instead of using traditional tomatoes, Chef Paquin used beets. And, instead of Italian spices like basil and oregano, he substituted cucumber and dill. All of the ingredients used in Chef Paquin's recipe were available at vendors located in the market.

"Dill is my favourite herb," remarked Chef Paquin. "Dill has such freshness and definitely reminds me of Manitoba's prairie produce."

Chef Paquin's recipe makes a tasty amuse-bouche for Sunday brunches, or appetizers with friends. The Chef even recommended variations to his Beet Bruschetta by adding ingredients such as Jalapeños for spice or golden beets for colour.

CBC Manitoba's Music for Lunch also featured local singer and song-writer Renee Lamoureux and CBC Radio One traffic reporter, Trevor Dineen.  Music for Lunch is back next week at Manitoba Hydro Place (360 Portage Ave) with Winnipeg band, Naysa performing and Wayne Aastrom from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's kitchen demonstrating Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki.

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