#McEwanAllAccess 4.0 Wrap-Up

After the success of past events, #McEwanAllAccess 4.0 was highly anticipated, and did not disappoint! On November 10, 20 lucky foodies met at One Restaurant for an exclusive, invite-only meet, eat and tweet with Celebrity Chef Mark McEwan.

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Co-hosted by television personality Michelle Jobin, it was an evening full of opportunity to savour delicious food and drinks while mingling with fellow foodies and chatting one-on-one with Chef McEwan himself.

The luxurious, yet cozy atmosphere of One Restaurant’s bar lounge was just perfect for guests to sip Stoneleigh Vineyards wines. Cocktails featuring Johnnie Walker, Grand Marnier & Ciroc were the ideal compliments while sampling such signature McEwan favourites such as Pork Belly Steamed Buns, Steak Tartare and Blue Crab and Avocado Spoons.

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We also saw lots of tweets and Instagram photos of the evening that were shared by the guests with their fans and followers online.  

Everyone were given their very own copy of “Great Food at Home” and then sat down with Mark for a personalized book signing, and to take a few selfies with the Chef. At the end of the evening, guests departed with a gift bag that was full of foodie favourites, including wine from Stoneleigh Vineyards, and of course memories of a great event.

Didn’t get an invite to this round? Follow our Blog and @Chef_MarkMcEwan‘s Twitter to be the first in on #McEwanAllAccess 5.0.

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#McEwanAllAccess 3.0 Wrap-Up

On May 6th, 30 hungry foodies gathered at McEwan for #McEwanAllAccess, an exclusive invite-only meet, eat and tweet session with Celebrity Chef, Mark McEwan.

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Hosted by Food and Nutrition Expert Abbey Sharp of Abbey’s Kitchen, guests had the chance to sip and savour delicious food prepared by McEwan’s Executive Chef Shen Ousmand and from our sponsors, Hot BunzzItaca ProsciuttoVON Doughnuts, Makaron, Vineland Estates wine and Beau’s All Natural Beer.

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There was plenty of time to pose for selfies with Mark himself.

We also saw lots of photos of the craveworthy spread shared with fans and followers online, all while chatting up a storm.

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Once satiated, the group gathered for an intimate Q & A session, where Mark divulged exclusive details of his future store expansion plans, his most memorable Top Chef meals, his favourite McEwan restaurant dish and so much more.

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Before calling it a night, the foodies indulged in a few last Von Doughnuts, shopped the store at 10% off, purchased signed copies of Mark’s cookbook, and went home compliments of Hailo with a fabulous swag bag, great memories, and a ton of insta-pics.

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Didn’t get an invite to this round? Be sure to keep you eye on our Blog, and @Chef_MarkMcEwan‘s Twitter to be the first in on #McEwanAllAccess 4.0.

[Photo credit: Jeffrey Chan]

Moments with Mark: 1998

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The life of a “celebrity chef” has drastically changed in the last 10 years. With the emergence of the “foodie” culture brought on by television shows and even whole networks dedicated to the culinary arts and everything surrounding them, the life of a chef has become a lot more glamorous than it used to be. We bring this up to direct your attention to the date of this article, it was written and printed in 2006, yet the photo of Mark McEwan was from 1998. In those days chefs didn’t have or need updated head shots and lenthgy bios. There were a select few in the city that were lauded for their skills, precision and dedication to their craft. They were in the kitchens instead of the office or in studios. For this “Moments with Mark” we decided to ask him about life in 1998, which was a busy year in the headlines.

In 1998, the news of the scandal between then President, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky became a media sensation. When you first heard about it, did you believe him or her?

At first I couldn’t believe any of it! But then as more details came to the surface, I absolutely knew that he was guilty of the indiscretions…poor Hilary.

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Titanic became the highest grossing film of all time! Did you take your wife Roxanne to the theatre to see it or did you wait for the release of the video and watch it at home?

Of course we went to the theatre! I don’t think I would have heard the end of it if we hadn’t…I may have even shed a tear.

The last episode of Seinfeld aired in 1998, were you an avid fan of the show? Is there a Seinfeld-ism that you related to the most?

I actually wasn’t a huge fan of Jerry himself, but I thought the cast of characters surrounding him were great. If there is one thing that I will take away from the show it was my dance skills, I learned them from Elaine!

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Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” was the album of the year. With many stars setting up camp in Vegas, if you had to attend which show, what would you choose? Celine? Donny and Marie? Brittney? Garth?

Believe it or not I have been to see Celine Dion in Vegas— it was quite the show, she is a Canadian icon, at one point she has been everyone’s guilty pleasure.

In 1998 the world lost many legends, one of the most notable was the death of Frank Sinatra at age 82. Were you a big fan of that type of music?

My father was actually a Sinatra-esque lounge singer when I was growing up in Buffalo. I even have a picture of the two of them together! Growing up in my household, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand were always playing in the background.

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