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Meet your chefs

In our 8th year of hosting the Terroir Run, we are doing something special and are thrilled to be offering our runners an amazing post run lunch which is going to be prepared by two of our great friends Chef Karin Desveaux and Chef Albert Ponzo.

Beginning her culinary career in Toronto in the mid 90’s, Karin Desveaux cooked in some of the city’s finest restaurants including Ivory, Borgo Antico, Winston’s and Rosewater. From there, she transitioned into high end catering and eventually became a private  chef for a prominent family.

Karin moved to Prince Edward County in 2003 with then-husband Michael Potters to open The Milford Bistro, Harvest and Pinch Gourmet. Together, Karin and Michael worked with local producers and winemakers to celebrate seasonality and terroir through their food and service.

Now in her eighth year of teaching in the Culinary Program at Loyalist College in Belleville, Karin takes great pride in her role of Program Coordinator; together with her team, she weaves creativity, excellence, sustainability and wellness into the program that they share with aspiring chefs of the future.

Albert Ponzo is the Executive Chef of The Royal Hotel in Picton. The historic Royal Hotel has been under re-construction for the past two years and will re-open in 2019.

Albert brings over two decades of food knowledge and experience in sustainable farming and nose-to-tail eating. With a passion for working closely with nature, and sourcing ingredients ethically produced in a sustainable manner, Albert strives to prepare farm-driven food with the best seasonal local ingredients at their ripest time.

Prior to joining The Royal, Albert served as Executive Chef at Toronto’s iconic Le Sélect Bistro, where he was the creative force behind the restaurant’s contemporary rendition of classic French cuisine. He is a strong supporter of SlowFood Toronto and has received numerous awards, including:  2015 Winner of Toronto’s Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ, 2014 Awarded Fellow of the Ontario Hostelry Institute and 2012 Winner of Ocean Wise Toronto Chowder Chowdown. He has also worked at celebrated Toronto restaurants Canoe and Crush Wine Bar.

In his spare time, Albert enjoys teaching nose-to-tail butchery and collaborating with other chefs internationally. He also volunteers with organizations focused on food education and sustainability. Supporting the work of the Second Harvest Food Bank, The Stop (Community Food Centres), The Child Development Institute and many others. His culinary talent won the hearts of eaters at the 2nd annual Hinterlude that took place this past February at Hinterland Winery.

Albert is an avid hobby beekeeper, enjoys gardening and finding wild foods. He draws continual inspiration from his Italian roots, music, books, life experiences, his wife, Marlise, and their three children.

We are SO EXCITED to enjoy their culinary talents on June 2nd and know our runners will love the locally sourced meal they will be serving for all of us!

 

Terroir Run 2018: Bigger, Better, Backward?

With the holidays quickly approaching we’re getting a lot of inquiries about the 2018 run. We’ll be opening ticketing shortly to returning runners and then to the general public so everyone can secure their place or share a place as a unique gift for those lucky experience seekers in your life. Every year we ask our runners for their feedback and introduce tweaks to improve the run and 2018 will be no exception – actually we have a few big changes to share:

  • We’re moving the date ahead a little to accommodate those who run the Ottawa half-marathon, or miss the Ottawa half-marathon. The 2018 Terroir Run will be held on Saturday, June 2nd.
  • For 7 years we’ve run the bucolic backroads of Hillier wine country and arrived at Norm Hardie Winery for pizzas & pinot (and lots of other great local bites and sips) but this year we’re mixing it up, and surprising our runners with a special new County food experience. So many runners who came to 2017’s “Back To The Start” party loved eating, drinking and hanging out with Jens & Bruno so this year we’re reversing our route, and finishing at The Old Third Vineyard.
  • As a result, the start will also be new and the good folks at Rose Hall Run have offered to host our gang. Although we’ll miss Bruno’s usual bird-banger start, Dan and Lynn Sullivan promise something really fun.
  • We’re moving our start time from 9AM to 10AM. This small change will align lunch more with, well, lunch, and this year our runners will be able to enjoy the after-run experience (food, drink, social) into the afternoon.
  • To address a frustration for families, groups and interested new runners we’ll be expanding participation a little to allow for more runners to join. Expansion is something we’ve debates every year as our first objective is to deliver a truly unique experience to all our participants and companions – this will not be compromised.
  • Finally, Rebecca & I founded the Terroir Run to share the our love of fitness, food, drink, travel and discovery but many may not know that all proceeds are directed to supporting community initiatives. Over the years organizations that have received funds include Slow Food The County, The Terry Fox Foundation, Quinte Humane Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, 99.3 County FM. This year we are simplifying the focus and launching a new Foundation to formalize giving so that our runners can better understand the good their participation does. Stay tuned for more information about our new LARJ Foundation.

These are the high points but runners will also find little changes to their run kits, the run kit pickup options, some new partnerships and the on route experience. We expect the 2018 Terroir Run will be the best ever and hope you’ll join us, or join us again.

Cheers.

Andrew

Back To The Start

New for 2017 we have added a great event to round out the programming for the weekend to ensure our runners are getting plenty to opportunities to enjoy a taste of Prince Edward County!

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Photo credit The Old Third

On Saturday, May 27, 2017 we’ll be hosting a Back To The Start Barn Party in partnership with The Old Third Winery and Chef Jamie Kennedy. Kicking off at 5pm at The Old Third we’ll being serving up Chef Kennedy famous frites with County burgers, a selection of wines from our run winery partners, craft beer and cider all paired with great music to dance, dance, dance! Tickets to the party are $115 and include your meal, 2 drinks of your choice* and live music.  This is an intimate event for 100pp so be sure to buy well in advance here

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Photo credit Jo Dickins

Meet our Wineries: Trail Estate Winery

Trail_Estate_Small_Less4cmGuest blog by Hannah Stein

In 2011, Anton and Hildegard Sproll embarked on the journey of owning a vineyard, when they fell in love with the 14 acre property situated where Benway Road intersects the Millennium Trail in Prince Edward County. No strangers to hard work; they had just retired from running a successful bakery for 30 years. The family has all its bases covered to start up a business, with son and graphic designer, Alex Sproll and daughter and accountant, Sylvia Sproll. They enlisted the help of winemaker and grape grower, Mackenzie Brisbois to craft their wines. Trail Estate Winery is a passionate winery that strives to produces terroir-driven wines of exceptional quality.

We spoke to Alex Sproll about the highlights of his family’s own, Trail Estate Winery

What sets your winery apart from others?

I think that what sets us apart is our focus on great food-friendly wines, made in small batches. This allows for the making of wines without being excessively commercial. This year, for example, we made some skin contact whites in insanely small batches and they’re brilliant! It’s not to say we’ll always keep things that small, but we do have the flexibility for it. This allows the winemaker to consistently push the envelope and provide interesting tasting experiences for guests — and we’ve got no animals on our labels! We also want to get people to interact with the winemaker and learn more about viticulture and wine. This year, we’ll be having a set of winemaker-led tours and tastings every Friday and structured tastings every Saturday. They’ll last anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour and are bound to be a great addition to the winery.

Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?

I don’t have a favorite; I think one of the great things is to keep trying new things! If anything though, I do prefer wines with great floral and flinty aromatics — be it Pinot Noirs, Rieslings, Sauv Blanc or Chardonnay — I just find them more lively and interesting. Wine should have life! I shy away the majority of Merlot, Cab Sauvs or anything else too sweet and cloying.

What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?

This year, watch your step! Since we’re in a bit of an expansion phase, the entrance is through the roll-up door at the back, therefore, we’ve shifted the tasting bar to be in the middle of the winery. It’s a bit make-shift but the tasting bar is now literally beside the barrels! It’s also all smooth gravel around our winery at the moment, so runners can enjoy our section of softer, pothole-free road!

 

Meet our Wineries: Closson Chase Vineyards

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Opened in 1998, Closson Chase Vineyards is a quality-driven wine producer, located in beautiful Prince Edward County. Their vines produce premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and their dedication to quality, small-scale harvesting and production practices help to make their wines stand out. In their high-density, 30-acre vineyard, all grapes are hand-picked, and carefully selected, as to consistently produce the best quality wines possible. With the skills of winemaker Keith Tyers, Closson Chase is committed to creating distinctive wines that rival the world’s finest.

We spoke to Erin MacInnis of Closson Chase Vineyards, about all that this winery has to offer…

What sets your winery apart from others?  

At Closson Chase, we are viticulture focused; we take the time to tend to our fruit and give it what to needs to thrive in our particular climate. Our staff are dedicated to sustainable practices throughout our vineyards and winery.

Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?

I love the Vineyard Chardonnay, as I feel it is a very pure interpretation of the diversity of both our soil and climate.

What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?

The wine, of course!