The Ontario Wine Society's
Tuesday March 24, 2009, Reception - 6:30pm, Dinner - 7:00pm
The Venue – The 5th Elementt:
5th Elementt is a single level restaurant and lounge specializing in fusion food with special emphasis on Italian and Indian food. It has won the VQA Award of Excellence in 2006, 2007 & 2008.
Vijay Karumanchi - Owner: At a young age he ventured into the fashion industry and then interior design. Vijay’s dream to work in areas that cater to basic human needs - clothing, food and shelter - led him from clothing and shelter to the food industry. After completing a master’s degree in international business and marketing, he did research on the restaurant trends and decided that Toronto would welcome his style of fusion restaurant. And the rest is history. Vijay attributes his success to his customers and has a great respect for them.
Chef Johnee: As a teenager, he was impressed watching the seniors from his high school working in the hospitality industry traveling to Europe and North America. So, Johnee joined the food industry as a sommelier and took courses at the State Institute of Hotel Management in India. After working for the Taj group of hotels as a sommelier, he joined the kitchen and decided to pursue formal education as a chef. Johnee subsequently worked at Sheraton Hotels and Disney Cruise Lines. To refine his culinary skills he joined The Culinary Institute of America in New York. Johnee was executive chef at the French restaurant Revival in Manhattan for 4 years. He has now teamed up with his good friend Vijay Karumanchi at the 5th Elementt.
The Winery – Huff Estates:
Huff Estates’ goal is to produce wines that capture the essence of the soils and mesoclimates of this unique region of Ontario, Canada – Prince Edward County.
Lanny Huff – Owner: Lanny grew up in Prince Edward County and can assure you that, once you have it in your blood, you are bound to return. It is a very special place with a long agricultural history and an exciting new future in fine wine production. That is why he decided to return to 'The County' when his passion for wine making could no longer be put aside. Breezy coastal summers, cool colourful falls and ideal soil conditions were the perfect formula for him.
Frederic Picard – Winemaker: Frederic brings his background and experience from France. He has a diploma in Enology and is Professionally Certified in Agricultural Management and Viticulture Oenology. In addition, he has a Master's Degree in Business and Finance. Frederic has been involved in winemaking in France, Italy, South Africa, California, Chile and Ontario. He’ll be attending to talk about Huff Estates and the wines he makes there and those that we taste on this evening.
The Menu and Accompanying Wines
Red Lentil & Scallion Soup
Huff Estates, 2006 Rosé VQA
A. Salmon Wrapped Scallops, Californian Greens, Soy Reduction
B. Mango Clementine Salad, Masala Dressing, Blue Cheese Crumble
Huff Estates, 2007 Off-Dry Riesling VQA
1. Crab Crusted Halibut Fillet, Coastal Curry Sauce, Mint Pilaf
Huff Estates, 2007 Pinot Gris VQA
2. Fillet Mignon, Mashed Potato, Jus Roti
3. Fig Stuffed Paneer Tikka, Makhani Sauce, Mint Pilaf
Huff Estates, 2006 South Bay Merlot VQA
Huff Estates, 2007 First Frost VQA
Member and one guest - $99.00 each. Non-members and additional guests- $109.00 each.
5th Elementt, 1033 Bay St., Toronto, north of Wellesley at Irwin, 416 923 8159.
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