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Summerhill Market Christmas orders and anniversary

JamieK Nov 22, 2007 11:40 AM

Picked up a Christmas menu order form at Summerhill market today and just reading it made my mouth water. You get 5% off if you order online -

Also this week until Saturday, they are celebrating their 53rd anniversary and there are lots of delicious sample goodies and nibblies stationed throughout the store. Yum! makes shopping so much more satisfying.

Summerhill Market
446 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

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    millygirl RE: JamieK Nov 22, 2007 12:17 PM

    Ohhh that's right....I almost forgot about the anniversary. Have you tried the samples from the guy with the savoury shortbreads - they are fantastic. In fact, those and your bottle of vinegar would be the ultimate foodie gift Jamie :)

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      JamieK RE: millygirl Nov 22, 2007 12:48 PM

      missed the shortbreads, was in a rush but may be up there again this week and will look for them. I did have some hor d'ouervie thing near the cake counter and I can still taste the horseradish ,,,,

      vorpal - don't know about the range of dates and neither the website or order form says anything. will ask when I'm there next.

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        vorpal RE: JamieK Nov 22, 2007 01:48 PM

        No worries! I was just wondering if anyone knew the information offhand. I just called them and it turns out it's already available. I think I'll take advantage of that this weekend, perhaps and celebrate American Thanksgiving (I need more excuses in the year to eat turkey)!

    2. vorpal RE: JamieK Nov 22, 2007 12:24 PM

      Curse you both! Looks like I'll have to make another long TTC trek up there this weekend now. *sigh* :-)

      Incidentally, do either of you know during what range of days their Christmas dinners can be ordered for? I'm out of town visiting family this Christmas but I certainly wouldn't mind an early more intimate one-on-one Christmas dinner with my partner a week or two beforehand if possible.

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        jayzie1 RE: JamieK Nov 22, 2007 12:31 PM

        Thanks for the anniversary reminder!

        Interesting to note that the Christmas dinner is $24.99pp. Thanksgiving dinner was only $18.99pp and its the same menu....have they always charged more at Christmas?

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          JamieK RE: jayzie1 Nov 22, 2007 12:50 PM

          Interesting observation and good question. I only discovered the place (thanks to millygirl) around Thanksgiving and have never ordered catering from them. Perhaps there's more demand at Christmas?

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            millygirl RE: JamieK Nov 22, 2007 01:25 PM

            I don't recall the price from last year but even with the increase I still think it's more than fair for what you get both in terms of quality and quantity.

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              vorpal RE: millygirl Nov 22, 2007 02:01 PM

              Agreed. I was really surprised at the generous portion sizes at Thanksgiving.

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                czthemmnt RE: vorpal Nov 23, 2007 04:24 AM

                Can someone suggest the best way to get there? I tried to find it walking east on Summerhill Avenue (off Yonge Street) but I think I may have been going from the wrong end because there didn't appear to be a grocery store in site. TTC directions (I'm at Yonge & Bloor) would be great too. Thanks!

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                  JamieK RE: czthemmnt Nov 23, 2007 04:34 AM

                  Click on the place link (upper right corner of the screen) and you'll see a map. It's actually east of Mount Pleasant.

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                    vorpal RE: czthemmnt Nov 23, 2007 04:51 AM

                    TTC directions: go to Rosedale station (there's no convenient way, IIRC, to get there from Summerhiil station) and take the 82 Rosedale bus. It passes right in front of Summerhill Market, and goes through a lovely, scenic neighbourhood, too. The bus just loops around, so you can grab either the E or W direction to get back to Summerhill station.

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                      czthemmnt RE: vorpal Nov 23, 2007 05:47 AM

                      Thank you for the directions! That's very helpful. I'll be heading there tomorrow and I can't wait to see all the goodies they have to offer!

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                        vorpal RE: czthemmnt Nov 23, 2007 06:07 AM

                        No problem... glad to help. Let me highly recommend their chicken pot pies! They've got tons of chicken breast and vegetables packed in. Absolutely worth the price. Their tortiere is also very tasty.

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                deabot RE: JamieK Dec 26, 2007 06:04 PM

                I ordered two Xmas dinners from Summerhill and I have to report that the portions were quite generous and everything was very flavorful, turkey moist, excellent savory stuffing and sweet squash. The only thing I didn't care for were the string beans, they seemed slightly off but could be a personal preference. Also grabbed a small tourtiere for this weekend. All in all, a good experience, looking forward to future trips to try their lasagna, pot pies, specialty products etc...just such a shame that it's a bit of trek from rosedale station though the 82 bus does get you to and back.

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              tochowchick RE: JamieK Nov 23, 2007 07:16 AM

              Summerhill also has super yummy oatmeal raisin and oatmeal chocolate chip and chocolate chunk cookies...hard to resist...you do pay a premium but virtually everything I've every bought there has been great...I also love the atmosphere of the store and the helpfulness of the staff...great service..

              1. BeeRich RE: JamieK Nov 27, 2007 12:56 PM

                Yes, this location is not known as the "5 Thieves" on Yonge Street.

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                  czthemmnt RE: BeeRich Nov 28, 2007 10:11 AM

                  I thought I would post that I had a wonderful experience at Summerhill Market. It was smaller than I expected, but boy do they make use of every inch of space. I was really impressed with the samples provided (it was Saturday morning), including a large, fresh fruit spread just inside the doors. There was also a table of pizza samples, and various tapanades and jellies. I did pick up a few prepared foods- a tray of steamed veggies and a tray of roasted winter root veggies (both excellent), their Thai garlic wings (excellent), and steak and mushroom pie (I keep repeating myself, but yes, it was excellent too).

                  What really shocked me was that the store has bag boys/girls. Who does that anymore? When I told the bag girl that I didn't need plastic bags because I had my little carrier with me, the cashier stated that their bags are 100% biodegradable. I didn't realize until I finished paying that the bag girl took everything out of the bags and neatly arranged my groceries in my carrier. I'm a sucker for really nice service like that.

                  So thanks, Chowhounds, for the recommendation. I'm a big fan now.

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                    vorpal RE: czthemmnt Nov 28, 2007 11:59 AM

                    I hear you. The service there is fantastic. On my first trip there a month ago or so, my partner and I asked a floor person - you never see these anymore - where to find a product, and she stopped what she was doing and happily took us to it! When we got to the cash, there was no line, and the cashier was friendly and conversational, offering us tips on how to best enjoy our purchases. Furthermore, the bagger (we were as surprised as you were) asked if she could bring our groceries to our car for us. We were TTCing, but we appreciated the offer.

                    Compare this to the College Park Dominion (which is about the same as most major chains, IMO), which we had to stop at on the way over to get a snack for my diabetic husband. We waited in line to pay for about three minutes to face a completely unwelcoming cashier who only spoke to us to announce the price, and then returned to ignoring us once again.

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                      czthemmnt RE: vorpal Nov 29, 2007 06:32 AM

                      Oh my gosh, Vorpal, don't even get me started on the College Park Dominion ***shudders*** It's not just bad service, but poor quality produce, and, I find it's not unusual to find bare shelves that haven't been restocked.

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                        xtal RE: czthemmnt Nov 29, 2007 07:35 AM

                        I fully agree with vorpal and czthemmnt regarding the College Park Dominion. It is a necessary evil at times due to its proximity to me, but I'd much rather get groceries in Kensington or at No Frills any day.

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