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Fredericton Steps up to the “Plate” with Dine Around Freddy!

Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to join Heather Allaby and Debbie Perry (with Fredericton Tourism) in their efforts to blog about the upcoming Dine Around Freddy event. This annual event is aligning with FROSTival, Fredericton’s very own winter celebration. Commencing on January 23rd, the dinning event runs until February 7th, where FROSTival will be in action until February 15th. Check out all the events and dates here–> www.frostival.ca

In previous years, the Dine Around Freddy event involved a number of Fredericton’s local restaurants that prepared a special 3 course menu for a great value ($29.00). Proceeds from each dinner were then donated to a charity. This year, I am happy to announce Greener Village’s involvement with Dine Around Freddy as their charity of choice, donating $1 from each plate sold between the 10 host restaurants.

Between Debbie, Heather and I, we visited each of the 10 restaurants and tasted their “dine around” dinners. As for me, a staff member at Greener Village, I wanted to be as involved as I could. I think with all the great non-profit organizations in Fredericton today, when an opportunity like this happens and you are the “chosen one”, you have to run with it! I wanted to show as much support as possible and do what I could to help the whole project be successful. In this case, I decided to offer my inexperienced skill set of food blogging. Now, I am guilty of taking the odd photo of a meal and posting it to Social Media, but going into a restaurant knowing I’d be taking the pictures, tasting the food and then having to write about them was a whole new thing for me. I love food. I love to write. I love social media. It was also a bonus that I got the pleasure to meet and dine with two very nice ladies!

Each restaurant has a special menu offered, typically an option between two starters and two main dishes plus your desserts. They have totally accommodated for the vegetarians and special dietary needs. Some offer the Soup of the Day so that may change depending on when you go!

Here are a few of my favourite dishes from each restaurant I attended!

Isaac’s Way

I was blown away by one of the main dish options: Pork tenderloin with apple chutney. Beautifully presented, hint of flavourful spice, a smashed potato with season vegetables cooked to perfection.

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For dessert, we were served a heaping portion of apple bread pudding and a glass of mulled cider. It tasted like my grandmother had just pulled it out of the oven!!
photo 4 (5)Catch Urban Grill at Delta Fredericton

To start, Catch had a delicious beet salad BUT they also had these hand made loaded perogies served with mushrooms, onions and spicy sour cream. They stole the show for me!
photo 2 (4) As a main, this flatbread pizza was a great size and big hit between Debbie and I. Roma tomatoes and asparagus added the gourmet taste and look to this dish!photo 4 (4) The East Coast Bake. Baby shrimp and scallops. Mussels. Salmon. Fusilli pasta. Need I say more? photo 3 (4)

Terrace Dining Room at Crowne Plaza

To start we had a beautiful, light, summer cocktail salad. This immediately put me on a beach! Cucumber Carpaccio: a vodka mint vinaigrette with grapefruit salsa. Presented so elegantly and left me ready for the next course!

photo 4 (3)I have been told that the Terrace knows their desserts so it was no surprise when we were greeted with the dark chocolate tart. Accompanied by vanilla sea salt and fresh berries.
photo 5 (1)The Palate

Serving up their classics for Dine Around Freddy, the soup of the day and caesar salad with their signature poached egg prepared us for our mains. This one in particular was my favourite because of the delicious seasonal hearty vegetables. Chicken supreme with mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, roasted potatoes, and pureed squash.
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540 Kitchen & Bar

Am I allowed to have a favourite? …because this is definitely it. 540’s dine around menu was perfect for a cold winters’ night! You will definitely have trouble choosing between their two main dishes.

Seared Atlantic salmon with spicy chorizo sausage and mussel risotto. YUM. So much flavour in every bite. The salmon was perfect and the mussels were like an added surprise!
photo 5How great is this presentation? The perfect portion of lamb shepherd’s pie with a delicious light side salad. That little pot tasted like heaven.photo 4 (1)

Are you hungry yet? With all the conversation, photos and food over, I do have one take home message that I wanted to end with: Not everyone can afford to eat out. If you can, it’s an event like this that really highlights why Fredericton is so great. We see some of the best restaurants in our community stepping up to the “plate” to take part in Dine Around Freddy, proceeds of which are being donated to Greener Village Community Food Centre. At GV, we strive to make good nutritious food available to everyone who needs it. So please, support the local businesses, know you are helping out a local not-for-profit and GO ENJOY THE GOOD FOOD!

Be sure to tweet, share, post and instagram photos of your experience with Dine Around Freddy!

Full list of menus and participating restaurants here:

www.DineAroundFredericton.ca

-S

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To Brighten Your Day

So I knew we were expecting more rain. So I decided to save a few pictures for today.

I hope they make your day brighter and makes you daydream of your gardens.

— Briana

Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

 

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Some of our cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen!

 

Can't wait till we get to add tomatoes to our U-pick list!

Can’t wait till we get to add tomatoes to our U-pick list!

 

Pole beans out in the front in bed.  If we let them, they would grow much further up.

Pole beans out in the front in bed.
If we let them, they would grow much further up.

 

Sunflowers in the front bed

Sunflowers in the front bed

 

Some of them are probably six feet tall now.

Some of them are probably six feet tall now.

 

Swiss chard

Swiss chard

 

Beet greens

Beet greens

 

Peppers are starting

Peppers are starting

 

Little Cabbage Plant

Little Cabbage Plant

 

Corn

Corn

 

Little zucchini growing away

Little zucchini growing away

 

Zucchini blossom

Zucchini blossom

 

One of the many tomatoes growing in the garden & greenhouse

One of the many tomatoes growing in the garden & greenhouse

 

Peppers

Peppers

 

This is picture is the right way. This pepper (all of this variety it seems) grow like this.

This is picture is the right way. This pepper (all of this variety it seems) grow like this.

 

The deer ate the leaves, but only the leaves, off the pole beans.

The deer ate the leaves, but only the leaves, off the pole beans.

 

String beans

String beans

All pictures by Briana Covey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For All That Is Green; Picture Update

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Things are slowly starting to look like they’re actually growing and producing. The hardest part of gardening, I think, is the waiting; waiting between planting, germination, growing, and harvesting. Things don’t just go into the ground and then pop up into full sized vegetables a day later.

It’s frustrating, but at the same time unimaginably rewarding.

Bush beans and Kale.
Looking a little fuller this week

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Lettuce started the beginning of May is finally showing some progress.
The bark beds are in need of some serious work.

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Greenhouse #4; slowly growing.
Tomatoes are all strung up. Peppers transplanted with plastic ground cover to help with the weeds. The Swiss chard, beets, and lettuce are hanging in there.

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Beets, Swiss chard, and lettuce close up

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The tomatoes are a little more under control now.
Any one who has worked with tomatoes will know what a job they can be.

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The “Pizza Garden”
Tomatoes, peppers, basil, thyme, and oregano

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Strong pepper plant(s) in the “Pizza Garden”

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Vadini’s garden is looking great.

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Up close and personal with some cherry tomatoes

The "Family Garden"

The “Family Garden”.
A little bit of almost everything that you could want and great things to plant with kids.
I actually had some young helpers plant this with me.

Flowers

Collection of some of the flower blooming in the garden

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