AFTER A TRULY
Canadian winter we are ready to embrace the new season with all of our senses— and when it comes to taste, we’ve got you covered!
From a lightened-up menu for entertaining that stars healthful ingredients (page 54) to flavourful, seasonal twists on some classic cocktails (page 66), your taste buds will surely recognize that spring has sprung. And as the last bit of snow melts o the BBQ we know you’re itching to start grilling. In Dynamic Duos on page 60 Eric Vellend has created five unique burgers that are ideal for the season while Crystal and Tara Luxmore suggest some fine Ontario brews that are their perfect match.
Spring brings its own roster of celebrations. First up is St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Irish whiskey has been experiencing a renaissance as of late so we gathered an expert panel to taste and see what the fuss is all about. Find their thoughts and recommendations for raising a toast on page 35. Easter is April 1st and, starting on page 45, we’ve got a few delicious ideas for dessert, all featuring the irresistible flavour of mocha. Or if you’re in charge of sides this year, consider wowing the crowd with a carrot dish enhanced with North African seasonings and a splash of wine (page 11). Earth Day arrives
April 22nd so what better time to explore the environmentally forward wineries whose products are on o er at the LCBO? You’ll find their wines and clever initiatives on page 79.
Perhaps no other ingredient says spring like maple syrup. A star in desserts to be sure, its rich flavour adds depth and nuance to savoury dishes too, like the ones starting on page 27. If you do the grocery shopping in your family, you’ve likely noticed the increase in thin cuts available in the meat aisle. They’re a great solution for quick and easy weeknight dinners, but recipe developer Monda Rosenberg has given them a flavour boost that makes them worthy of spring dinner parties too (page 73).
And finally, before you dive into spring, did you know that Food & Drink contributes to the LCBO’s social media channels? Be sure to check out the o cial LCBO Facebook page and on Instagram @LCBO for information on release dates, sneak peeks of what we’re working on and timely solutions to your entertaining needs between issues.
Enjoy the season!