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Here’s an opportunity that is a rare one in the Waterloo Region dining scene: a chance to win a trip for two to visit New York City and enjoy dinner at James Beard House, courtesy of Wildcraft Grill + Long Bar.
If you dine at Wildcraft between now and April 15, you can fill out a ballot that gets you into the random draw, which will be held April 15.
The winner and a guest will enjoy round-trip air fare to NYC from Pearson International, two nights’ stay in Manhattan—and dinner at the James Beard House.
The unique and rare link between Wildcraft, James Beard House and the winners is Charcoal Corporate Executive Chef Todd Clarmo.
In 2017, Clarmo participated in Anita Stewart’s Food Day Canada, a national competition that challenges chefs to prepare dishes with local and Canadian ingredients. Clarmo’s menu won a Gold Award from the judges at the competition that is centred at the University of Guelph.
His award gave Clarmo the chance to cook Canadian food–“The Flavours of Canada”–at James Beard House.
“The event showcases Canadian chefs from coast to coast who truly understand and appreciate the local bounty that our country and hard-working farmers produce. Anita Stewart, who has advocated for many years for all chefs to do their part, is the driving force behind the arrangement at the JBH. I’m proud to represent and be acknowledged by Anita and the country, as I have worked hard over the years to source and support our native foods,” says Clarmo.
Clarmo, who was the opening chef of Canoe, says it was there that the idea of local became part of his DNA to always plan his menus that way.
He is responsible for the fish course at the JBH dinner.
James Beard was an American writer, cookbook author and culinary teacher who helped redefine cookery in the U.S. and was in good part responsible for promoting and highlighting the idea of local ingredients and local cooking.
In 1955, Beard founded the James Beard Cooking School and left his Manhattan Brownstone in Chelsea to what became the James Beard Foundation—hence, the James Beard House.
Chefs from around the world cook at JBH, including, from Cambridge’s Langdon Hall, Jason Bangerter. JBH is dedicated to celebrating chefs and cooking and the ingredients, techniques and foodways of all food cultures.
In the late 1980s, Wolfgang Puck was the first guest chef to cook at Beard House. The dinners, of which there are dozens each year, are open to the public.
This will be Clarmo’s second visit to James Beard House. The kitchen is tight at JBH, according to him, but his responsibility will be the fish course.
“The plan is to source a fresh water fish and keep it light and spring-oriented. I hope the weather breaks early, and I can find some interesting vegetables too,” he says.
“I’m really looking forward to it!”
Read the fine print here (which isn’t actually too fine) and get more details at Wildcraft: One ballot per guest. Entrants must be 21 years or older to qualify. Rules & Regulations Apply. Not redeemable for cash. Draw to be held April 15, 2019.
The Charcoal Group of Restaurants reserves the right to change contest rules and regulations. No purchase necessary. The Charcoal Group of Restaurants is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred
The contest will run from Monday, March 11 to Monday, April 15.