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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

HONEY CHILI GRILLED SHRIMP & PEACH SKEWERS 

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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.

DELICIOUSLY YOURS,

ABBEY SHARP, RD

OWNER, ABBEY’S KITCHEN

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.

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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!

At McEwan in the TD Centre, Fine Dining Comes Home in the Heart of the City

McEwan is changing how the downtown crowd does their grocery shopping. Nestled under the TD Tower along the P.A.T.H., our newest McEwan location is serving up 6,000 square feet of fresh, grab & go gourmet plus groceries for every meal of the day.

Open Monday to Friday, McEwan welcomes morning commuters with authentic Italian coffee and espresso, and upscale items like fresh European pastries, quiches, waffles and yogurt parfaits plus gourmet breakfast sandwiches (even a breakfast pizza). Lunch-goers can choose from six freshly made soup features, a customizable Panini station, a 15-foot salad bar, and an impressive 32-foot chef’s hot table.

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Fitting for downtown, McEwan’s new location also features a food-truck-inspired pop-up menu, with mouthwatering daily features like gourmet tacos, poutine, and banh mi. But it doesn’t stop there. Chef de Cuisine Kris Topping, who is running the kitchen, has a lot to play with.

“We want to serve the best of everything in one place. We’re coming in with guns blazing.” ~ Executive Chef Shen Ousmand, McEwan

Downtown shoppers can choose from a sprawling selection of freshly prepared meats like braised short ribs, pulled pork, whole chicken, lamb shank, rabbit, and a range of fresh seafood; paired with an equally large selection of gourmet sides and fresh vegetables. The new location will also feature hundreds of pantry items including homemade sauces, relishes and chutneys, as well as McEwan’s Own marinades, oils and pasta sauces.

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“We’re bringing high-quality, chef-driven prepared food to the downtown core. Our restaurant-style approach is fresh, spontaneous and has nothing to do with traditional retail.” ~ Chef Mark McEwan

McEwan is so much more than a gourmet grocery store. From traditional chicken tikka masala to lobster ravioli to Thai shrimp curry, Executive Chef Ousmand and his team are offering an unmatched selection of authentically prepared cuisine from around the world. And you better believe we cater.

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 6:30AM-7PM
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Entertaining Made Easy with McEwan’s Premium Olives

When company shows up on the fly and you need a really quick snack to keep everyone’s mouths happy, a lovely bowl of olives is always a quick fix. McEwan carries a wide range of imported quality olives with a variety of unique fillings and flavours. There’s Tabasco’s Hot & Spicy Whole Spanish Olives for the adventurous, Sable & Rosenfeld’s Tipsy Blue Cheese Olives for those who like a little bite, Acropolis’ Mediterranean Mix for Organics lovers, and Morgantino’s Green Olives for the traditionalist.

If you want to take your olives to the next level, try serving them in a warm bath of fragrant olive oil, herbs and citrus. In this recipe I used a combination of McEwan’s Own vacuum-sealed Green Olives with Peppers and Kalamata Olives. Serve these in a bowl on a platter with bread and cheese, and you might have a hard time tearing your guests away for the main meal.

WARM ORANGE AND ROSEMARY OLIVES 

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1/3 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
3 large strips of zest + 1 tbsp finely grated zest from a Blood Orange
1 whole sprig of rosemary + 1 tbsp rosemary, finely minced
2 cups of McEwan’s Own Green Olives with Peppers
2 cups of McEwan’s Own Kalamata Olives

 

In a small saucepan, heat the Sarafino extra virgin olive oil with the garlic, strips of zest, and whole rosemary sprig over medium heat until the garlic and rosemary become very fragrant and begin to caramelize, about 5 minutes.

Fold the olives into the oil, along with the fine zest and minced rosemary. Toss to coat and transfer straight to a serving dish. Makes 4 Cups. Enjoy warm with cheese, bread and preserves.

DELICIOUSLY YOURS,

ABBEY SHARP, RD

OWNER, ABBEY’S KITCHEN

Moments with Mark: 1987

Moments with Mark: 1987

For this “Moments with Mark” we decided to ask him about life in 1987, which was popularly known for having the the largest one-day stock market crash in history. During this time, Mark McEwan was a young chef who was learning the ropes and taking risks.

Back in March of that year Mark is pictured with Marion Kane, a veteran food editor at the Toronto Sun who has cooked for the likes of Julia Child. Here he shows her the art of pasta making.

When the above photo was taken you were still the co-owner of Pronto Ristorante. What was it like opening your first restaurant?

One word: Terrifying. There was no guarantee on your next pay cheque and I had a baby on the way.

 What was the biggest struggle as a young chef in Toronto?

Getting established in Toronto was the biggest struggle. For me, it was all about getting your foot in the door.

Moments with Mark: 1987

The Giants won their first Super Bowl that year against the Broncos. Which NFL team are you rooting for these days?

 Always the Buffalo Bills.

At the age of 16, Lance Armstrong decided to start his career as a professional athlete in 1987.  Other than pursuing a career in the restaurant industry, did you have any other aspirations growing up?

 A fighter pilot. Go figure!

Moments with Mark: 1987

On August 7, 1987, Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Sidney Crosby was born. Fun fact: he is extremely superstitious. Do you have any rituals or traditions specifically when opening a new restaurant?

No Superstitions. Opening a restaurant is terrifying. So just hang on and hope you get it right.

Michael Jackson released his 7th studio album “Bad” that year.  Who are you a bigger fan of: MJ or Prince?

 MJ

Moments with Mark: 1987

In September of 1987 Joe Biden withdrew from the President nomination race. This year Barack Obama will be finishing his term. Who do you think will win the handle of @POTUS (President of the United States)?

Jeb Bush or John Kasich of Ohio

#Summerlicious 2015 is finally here!

Food lovers and restaurant goers rejoice, Summerlicious is finally here! Time to get out and explore Toronto’s diverse cuisine. 

The food festival began in 2003 with 35 participating restaurants and has grown to now more than 200! All of The McEwan Group restaurants look forward to coming up with new and interesting three-course prix fixe menus for Summerlicious that showcase some of their favourite dishes of the season.

To book your reservation, click on BymarkFabbricaNorth 44, or ONE Restaurant!

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We asked Missy Hui, Chef de Cuisine at Fabbrica “If you were to come into the restaurant and select the perfect meal from your Summerlicious menu, what would you choose?”

Lunch ~ $23

 Pork Terrine with Mustard and daily Pickle

 Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce, Basil & Burrata

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Prosecco Peaches

“The Gnocchi is a Fabbrica staple. Deliciously soft and perfect with Tomato and Burrata, while our Panna Cotta is incredibly light and refreshing. It has the perfect balance of richness.”

Dinner ~ $35

Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Mint, Basil, Ricotta Salata & 12 yr. old Balsamic

Bacon Chop with Rhubarb Agrodolce & Vincotto

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“We like to keep things simple and fresh for summer at Fabbrica, The smoke and the salt of the Bacon Chop with Rhubarb Agrodolce & Vincotto is beautiful. Every time we plate one I’m tempted to eat it.”

Here’s a sneak peak of Fabbrica‘s exquisite Summerlicious dishes!

 

McEwan Gets Sweet, Spicy and Sticky with BBQ Sauce

Here at McEwan, we’ve known for a long time that the way to anyone’s heart is undoubtedly through their stomach. People do love to eat and there’s something particularly appealing about busting out the grill. And for every special someone in our lives there is a great BBQ sauce to add to the grilling flavour and fun, appealing to their spicy, smoky, sweet, or sour tastes. So this summer, do the special person in your life a favour and head to McEwan for the perfect saucy slather to dress up your next grilling feast.

McEwan’s team has spent countless hours testing out some of the world’s most unique and delicious BBQ sauces. From sweet Memphis style, to Mexican chipotle, to Jamaican Rum-spiked and more ~ there is something to satisfy everyone. They’ve even got a line of McEwan’s Own blends including a Wild Blueberry, Spicy Apple, and Cola infused sauce.

Obviously, the most popular use for BBQ sauce is on barbequed meat, with different flavours working best with different fare. Go for a Carolina vinegar-based sauce like the one from Guy Fieri when pulling fatty BBQ pork. The ketchup-based Kansas City sauces like the line by Zarda Barbeque is delicious slathered on ribs. Richer sauces like McEwan’s Own Cola BBQ is irresistible on beef brisket, while lighter Honey based sauces like Rufus Teagues is great on chicken drummettes and wings. But why should meat have all the fun and flavour?

In this recipe I use one of my favourite sauces, Bear Claw, which has the savoury addition of Chipotle to add a smoky note to this healthy shrimp dish. Serve this low fat, high protein dish alongside a cup of McEwan’s cold gazpacho and you’ve got a satiating well-balanced meal.

CHIPOTLE PEACH BBQ SHRIMP SUCCOTASH

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2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cobs of corn, husked and silks removed (about 1 ½ cups of corn kernels)
2 bell peppers, cut into quarters
2 zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise
3 peaches, sliced in half and pitted
1½ tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup frozen (thawed) or fresh (blanched) lima beans
Salt and pepper
¼ cup Bear Claw BBQ sauce
Juice of 2 small (or 1 juicy large) limes
1 lb large shrimp, deveined and peeled
Salt and pepper
3 tbsp Bear Claw BBQ sauce
1 oz queso cojita, or feta cheese (crumbled)
Cilantro, to garnish (if desired)

Preheat grill to medium high heat.

Brush the corn, bell peppers, zucchini and peaches with olive oil and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Grill until tender and slightly charred on all sides, about 9 minutes for the corn, 6 minutes for the zucchini and bell pepper, and 2 minutes for the peach. Remove from the grill. Once cool enough to handle, peel away the charred skin from the pepper. Dice all of the vegetables and remove the corn from the cob. Set aside.

Meanwhile, season the shrimp with salt and pepper, anchor them onto a skewer and brush with the Bear Claw BBQ sauce. Grill on both sides until cooked through and opaque, about 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside.

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Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with the queso cojita and cilantro (if using) and top with the grilled shrimp skewers.

DELICIOUSLY YOURS,

ABBEY SHARP, RD

OWNER, ABBEY’S KITCHEN