A couple of weeks ago the talented duo of Sizzling Communications invited myself and a wonderful collection of writers, bloggers, chefs and more to a new product launch for Louise Prete Foods – Michael Malleau’s new Sugo Pomodoro e Bailico. From stockbroker to a food and catering entrepreneur, Michael is truly the Urban Italian Sauce Maker working out of his industrial culinary loft creating modern twists on old world tastes.
The stage was set for Michael’s bespoke experience – “Cafe Roma for One Night Only”and off in the corner…a proper Vespa sat looking like it was ready for one of us to speed off on it but we were in a space that had an amazing panoramic vista of downtown Toronto at night.
Jars and jars of sauce teased us all evening! We all hoped we would be taking at least one home with us after tasting some amazing goodies throughout the evening showcasing just what we could do with the sauce.
The diverse uses for the sauce were showcased in some tasty temptations such as Nonna’s Homemade MeatBalls, Individual Lasagna’s layered with fresh pasta,grilled eggplant, zucchini and sweet red peppers, Slow Roasted Tomato Brushette and Mini Whole Wheat Pizza Margheritas.
Although I missed out on some of the tasty treats, I did get to share some spotlight time with fellow blogger and foodie Alexa Clark. We had been chosen to be the pasta makers for the night!
An honour for sure but also a fast trip down memory lane for myself as I remembered days as a child when my own grandmother and I used her new hand-cranked pasta machine. Sometimes mistaken as having Italian heritage, my Ukrainian grandmother (my Baba) used that lovely machine only once to make pasta and many times to make perogy dough and verhuny. That said its been many years since I have attempted anything but ravioli by hand.
This was a fun time and my old skills prevailed as I mastered the dough and made some glorious noodles to be shared with Michael and that glorious sauce.
To compliment the tasty nibbles of the evening – Niagara,Ontario based 13th Street Winery was there to showcase some complimentary wines. We had the chance to taste both their Red Palette and White Palette wine blends and I definitely favoured the reds of course! On its own or with the amazing food served I would definitely feel comfortable taking a bottle of either to a dinner party or gifting to a friend or colleague.
An amazing evening of Feast and Festa put on by Michael and his crew!
Some wonderful biscotti and bags of treats went home with us all to further tantilize our tastebuds some more!
Louise Prete Foods offers their Sugo Pomodoro e Basilico pasta sauce at many retail stores. They also offer prepared meals, catering, and delivery! So you can get your Louise Prete fix without leaving the comfort of your home!
Check out a great feature on CBC featuring Michael Malleau and other start-up entrepreneurs Self-Employment on CBC
Many fabulous locations carry the wines of the 13th Street Winery and here is the link for Toronto and many more!
Book your private group tasting at the 13th Street Winery. Call 905-984-8463 or Email Ruth Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org