Italian Spiced Peach Trifle

Layers of Italian lady-finger biscuits, preserves, fresh peaches and white chocolate yogurt makes for an enticing culinary indulgence that is perfect for sharing. By adding velvety, sweet yogurt, soaked into delicate biscuits, you will turn an ordinary trifle into a luscious dessert with the right amount of intensity!

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1 Jar of McEwan’s Own Italian Peach Preserves
1 Package of Saviorie Italian Lady Finger biscuits
1 Peach
1 Container of Liberte Greek Yougurt White Chocolate
1 Container of McEwan’s Own shelled pistachios
1 Can of whipped cream

Open jar of McEwan’s Own Italian Peach Preserves, drain liquid and spices from peaches. Remove peach flesh from the pits and set aside.

Using a food processor, pulse the peaches until spreadable or desired texture is achieved.

Cut Saviorie biscuits to the size of the dish you are using (if necessary) and place on the bottom of dish.

Peel and dice ½ of the peach into tiny bit size pieces, set aside. Keep the other half for garnish.

In this order spoon layers on top of the biscuits: Peach liquid*, yogurt, fresh peach pieces.


Add a second layer of biscuits and repeat the layering process until the top of the dish is reached.

Cover dishes and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Crush pistachios, enough to garnish the dish.

When ready to serve, top dish with whipped cream, crushed pistachio and a peach slice.

Serve immediately.

Tip ~ The leftover peach preserve liquid makes for a delicious ice cream topping!

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A Dinner in Gairloch Gardens with Chef Mark McEwan

On Thursday, September 10th, 2015 Oakville Galleries & PCM – Project and Construction Management Inc. presented Botanica: A Dinner in Gairloch Gardens in support of Oakville Galleries. The evening featured a five-course meal prepared by our Chef Mark McEwan along with Executive Chef Andrew Ellerby, and ONE Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Darby Piquette & Pastry Chef Amy Tenn-Yuk. Dinner was paired with the exceptional wines from New Zealand’s Stoneleigh Vineyards.

Guests were served at a single communal table among the 15,000 blooms of Gairloch’s trellised rose garden, bringing together community members, artists and art enthusiasts under the open skies.


Proceeds from the Dinner in Gairloch Gardens provided much-needed funds for accessible, high-quality educational and artistic programming in the Oakville community.

A special thank you to the following event partners Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, Forget Me Not FlowersThe Mermaid and the Oyster and more who helped make the dinner a success.

Scroll through the gallery below for a closer look at the enchanting evening.


[Photography credit: Corina V. Photography]

Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Inspires Top Talent

On Saturday, September 12th 2015 at Vancouver Community College‘s Downtown Campus the top eight young chefs from across the nation headed to Vancouver to compete in Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition.

Competitors were given identical ingredients and had three hours in the kitchen to wow the taste buds of the judges with the black box ingredients revealed moments before their start time.

Our Chef Mark McEwan joined the judging panel along with Chef Normand Laprise (Toqué!), Chef Anthony Walsh (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants), Chef Scott Jaeger (Peartree Restaurant), Food Critic Jacob Richler, Maclean’s & Canada’s 100 Best, Food Critic Alexandra Gill (Globe & Mail), Food Critic Marie-Claude Lortie (La Presse) and Chef David Hawksworth & Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh (Hawksworth Restaurant).

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After a close battle, the $10,000 bursary went to Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship winner Ian MacDougall of Model Milk.

The competition concluded with a memorable evening of Canadian cuisine presented by TD, hosted at Hawksworth Restaurant. The dinner featured dishes prepared by chefs, Mark McEwan, Anthony Walsh, Normand Laprise, Scott Jaeger, Kristian Eligh and David Hawksworth.

[Photos courtesy of Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation]

Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Chili Salsa

Bring the five star flavour experience to your dinner table in minutes. This Shrimp Pineapple Chili Salsa Tacos recipe is a 15-minute meal that packs a punch of flavour with fresh vibrant colours that give a deluxe seafood feel. Using McEwan’s Own Pineapple Chili Salsa you can add a sweet, tangy and sour finish to the tacos!


1 cup of rainbow coleslaw (or any shredded slaw)
1 jar of McEwan’s Own Pineapple Chili Salsa
½ bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
2 lbs of fresh shrimps, peeled and deveined—any count you prefer (I used 21-26 count here)
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 bag of mini corn tortillas, toasted
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup of fresh pineapple chunks (optional)
2 jalapeños, sliced (optional)
Lime quarters (optional)

Set the oven to broil and allow it to heat up for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, toss the coleslaw with 2 tablespoons of the McEwan’s Own Pineapple Chili Salsa and add 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro to the slaw mix. Set aside.

Toss the shrimps with salt, pepper, olive oil and spread on a single layer in a baking sheet. Place the shrimps on the top most rack of the oven to broil for 3-5 minutes (depending on the size).

Once the shrimps are ready, add 1/3 cup of the pineapple chili salsa to the shrimps and toss them very well to infuse the flavours.

Take a mini tortilla and top it with a couple tablespoons of coleslaw (more or less to taste), the pineapple chilli shrimps, scallions, fresh pineapple chunks, jalapeños, cilantro and a squeeze of lime (more or less of each topping according to your taste). Take a toothpick and secure the tortillas from side to side to hold in the filling.

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A Crowd Pleasing Cheesy Brunch with McEwan’s Premium Selection of Cheese

While most foods like candy vs caviar are favoured quite differently from childhood to adulthood, cheese has the amazing power to transcend the ages. We fall in love early on in life and never let go.

Thankfully, McEwan’s offers a wide range of local and imported cheeses to impress the pickiest kid and the most sophisticated adult palates. With the help of their staff, it’s easy to build a perfect cheese platter with selections like St. Agur Blue from France, 18 month aged Manchego from Spain, Grey Owl Goat from Quebec, and one of my personal favourites ~ the Upper Canada Cheese’s Niagara Gold from Ontario. McEwan’s staff can also help you select the right cheese for your recipe.



Serve with a colourful fruit salad, Greek yogurt and a homemade granola, and you’ve got a light yet impressive mid-morning meal.

1 tbsp olive oil
3 sheets of frozen phyllo pastry, thawed
Parsley, for serving
Hot Sauce, for serving

Preheat oven to 400°F, lightly grease a muffin tin, and place in the oven while the oven warms up.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add in the Swiss Chard leaves and ¼ cup of water. Cook over medium heat until well wilted and significantly reduced in volume, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat to a medium bowl.

Meanwhile, in a small food processer, puree the cottage cheese with the Parimigiano Reggiano cheese until the cottage cheese loses its curd-like texture.

Add the cheese, rehydrated sundried tomatoes, lemon zest, and salt and pepper, to taste to the chard. Then add in the beaten eggs and mix until well combined.

Cut the three sheets of phyllo in half down the middle. Lightly brush a little olive oil onto each square, then fold it in half, brush a bit more on, then fold again to yield a slightly rectangular square. Press into the muffin tin and trim the excess. Repeat with all 6 pieces.

Fill the phyllo with the cheese and Swiss Chard mixture and top with a light sprinkling of extra Parmigiano Reggiano. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the filling feels set, the phyllo edges are brown and the bottom of the phyllo is light brown.

Serve with finely chopped parsley and hot sauce, if desired. Serves 3-4.




Oyster Nights At Bymark

Whether meeting with colleagues afterwork or socializing with friends, Bymark‘s Oyster Nights are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Every Tuesday at Bymark, from 3-7pm, enjoy 6 shucks for 12 bucks. Think your crowd might be thirsty too? Opt for a crisp round of $6 prosecco or $6 vodka shots to pair with your oysters. So leave the office early on Tuesdays and come rejoice in this refreshing delicacy from the sea with us.


Make your reservation at Bymark HERE.

Grilled Cheese with Pickled Onions & Arugula

Take your grilled cheese to the next level with a sharp, aged cheddar beautifully balanced by tangy pickled onions and spicy arugula.  It’s quick, simple and completely delicious.


2 tbsps of butter, softened

2 slices of bread, your choice

1/2 cup of grated Ilchester Cheddar with Malt Whisky

1/4 cup of McEwan’s Own Pickled Onions

A handful of fresh arugula

Butter one side of each slice of bread and lay one slice butter side down.

Top the bread with half of the grated cheddar, McEwan’s Own Pickled Onions and arugula.

Sprinkle on the rest of the cheese and top with the second slice of bread, butter side up.

Heat a pan over medium heat and place your sandwich gently into the pan.

Grill the sandwich until the bottom is just starting to turn golden and the cheese has begun to melt, about a minute or two depending on how hot your stove is.

Carefully flip the sandwich and give it a good press with a spatula. Ensure maximum contact with the pan.

Grill until golden brown on that side (another minute or two) and then flip again. Press the sandwich down with your spatula and grill again for 30 seconds to a minute until the other side is crispy.


Rasa Fawkes, This Fox Cooks
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McEwan’s Gourmet Salts Enhance & Add Exciting New Flavour

With the continual rise of heart disease and mounting blood pressure concerns, people are becoming more conscious of the amount of salt they consume, and are opting for bolder flavoured quality salts in place of sodium-laden processed fare.

Five years ago your choices were limited to kosher, iodized, or maybe sea salt. Today there is a wide range of ways to not only add seasoning, but to also add an easy hit of flavour to your meal. McEwan stocks an impressive selection of gourmet salts ~ Tentazioni’s Truffle Salt, Terre Exotique’s Cyprus Salt with Saffron, Flor de Sal’s Black Olive Sea Salt, and Wild Hibiscus Flower’s Pyramid Salt Flakes.

This recipe combines sweet shrimp and peaches, sour lime, salty feta and an extra kick from the chili pepper salt. It makes for a perfect weeknight supper served along a light salad, or can be served as a passed hors d’oeuvre for a dinner party.



1½ tbsp Mcewan’s own olive oil
1½ tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp honey
1 lb large shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 peaches, cut into 8 pieces each
1½ tsp lime zest
Generous pinch of Terre Exotique’s Diamond Salt with Esplette Chilli Pepper
2 tbsp finely crumbled reduced fat feta cheese
Lime wedges, for serving
Cilantro, for serving

Soak skewers in cold water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling on high.

In a medium bowl, combine the oil, lime juice and honey. Add the shrimp and peaches, and toss to coat fully.

Thread shrimp and peach pieces onto 8 skewers.

Grill for 3-4 minutes, turning once, or until browned and the shrimp become opaque throughout.

Pile onto a serving platter and sprinkle with the lime zest, the Esplette Chili Pepper Salt and the crumbled feta cheese. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro. Serves 4.




Our TOP 10 Instagrams for Summerlicious 2015

Summerlicious is an annual summer tradition and culinary celebration here in Toronto that we look forward to every year since its inception in 2003. During the month of July, our restaurants were bustling with hungry Torontonians who savoured over three-course seasonal prix-fixe menu offerings from each of our renowned properties.

Here are our top #LiciousTO Instagrams from customers who wined and dined at Chef Mark McEwan‘s restaurants: ONE RestaurantFabbricaNorth 44, and Bymark.

Tuna tacos ☺️ A photo posted by Toronto X Markham (@cfooodie) on

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#saturdaylunchwith @artistess #shopsatdonmills #summerlicious #fabbrica A photo posted by Sinji Park (@sinjip0118) on


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The most unique little pot of #tiramisu. #summerlicious

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Tap and Kat Speakeasy ~ A Personal & Unique Wedding at Bymark

Familiar to many on Bay Street, Ryan and Kat, transformed Bymark into a 1920’s Prohibition Speakeasy “The TAP and KAT SPEAKEASY”, to celebrate their Nuptials on the eve of June 20th.

Dramatic black and white feather pieces lined the aisle at TD Plaza; Opera singers captivated guests and all who walked across the courtyard during that time. People stopped in their tracks; it was breathtaking.

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The mood was set as guests waited for the ceremony reading the TAP and KAT newspaper featuring funny articles about Prohibition and the 1920′s in Toronto and news about the bride and groom.

Following the Nuptials in the Courtyard, guests decked out in suspenders, fedoras, pearls and fascinators gathered on Bymark’s patio lit with hundreds of candles, toes tapping to a live band, “Daylight for Deadeyes”.

The Inside Bar at Bymark was “Closed for Prohibition”; the windows were wrapped with murals, painted by the Bride and friends, with silhouettes of flappers, fedora-topped bartenders mixing fancy cocktails, a saxophone player, and a DJ Spinning on a gramophone.

Designer cocktails, conjured up by Bymark’s Senior Mixologists and the Couple, were styled after the bride and grooms personal tastes as well as their heritage.  For months small batches of bourbon were barrel aged in personalized TAP and KAT burnt oak casks and sat on the bar as both a decoration and an ingredient to make the designer drinks.

A special Estonian passed appetizer was created to celebrate the brides’ roots with little homemade Estonian flags perched in them ~ made by hand by the father of the bride!

The brides’ mother made Fascinators that were left in the women’s washroom to be clipped onto women’s coifs and then advised to take selfies to send to the bride and groom.

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As the sun set, sparklers were given out and the guests lit them to celebrate Summer Solstice as the Bride and Groom danced with all their guests.

A round-up took place at 11:07 p.m. with security hustling the guests inside due to “prohibition rules”. Guests were given glossy tickets onto which they had to write pieces of advice to the bride and groom in order to gain admittance to the Speakeasy.   Inside Bymark, pictures from the 20’s played on the plasma screens featuring the old streets complete with trolleys, horses and wagons, men in elaborate three-piece suits and women dancing the night away in Jazz clubs.  The groomsmen were the DJ’s, playing Electro-Swing and cool house music until the wee-hours of Summer Solstice.

The wedding was elegant, magical and a treat for every guest.

Check out our gallery for more photos!