Help finding prepared gourmet
I am very happy to have found this forum as it seems like it may be my last hope.
Briefly, I am trying to put together the most incredible dinner picnic ever in celebration of a very special birthday for my significant other.
We will be leaving from the Toronto area to camp at Cyprus Lake. I want to find something to take up there that would be similar to what you would be served in a fine restaurant, but I require items that are portable and either require no reheating or can be heated somehow on a camp stove or grill.
After much searching, I came across Thuet's website, which looked very promising, but I do not live in the area to be able to check out their fare ahead of time in order to plan a menu, and I can't seem to get a reply to my e-mail, asking them for their assistance.
Can anyone recommend a place or private chef or similar that could put something together for me?
I'm sure you could find some nice prepared foods at Pusateri's, but what about A Taste Above? They offer sous vide ready items, which I *think* means that you can prepare by boiling the bag in water, and the menu offers some high-end items (veal osso buco, anyone?).
http://atasteabove.com/toronto/toront... (NE corner of Richmond and Church)
I haven't tried it, but I'm always tempted to check it out when I pass by their nice store front so I'd be interested in hearing others weigh in on this!
Do you mind my asking what area of the city you do live in?
I highly recommend Wanda's in the Kitchen with Dinah (416 483-0399) on Mt. Pleasant. They've got gourmet food galore flying out of there all summer for picnics and families heading to the cottage, etc., and I'm sure they'd have some ideas for you.
I have never tried their foodshop but LOVE Daniel and Daniel (caterers). They do have takeout meals. Call them to see if there is anything you don't have to reheat but I am sure they would do it. http://www.danieletdaniel.ca/foodShop.... Also according to previous postings it seems that a lot of hotels like Four Seasons and Royal York would also accomodate you...
Thanks so much for the replies! I have e-mails out to each of the places mentioned, so I'll see what comes of it.
Someone asked what area of the city I live in... none, actually. I am in Windsor, but will be in the Toronto area (Mosport - ALMS race) immediately preceding the trip to the peninsula so we will essentially be passing through Toronto on the way. Location isn't an issue anyway... making this perfect is my only concern.