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Monday, April 4, 2011

Tartan Week April 4 – 8: The Monks Table

The following is from my good friend Adam Grant, publican of Monks Table: A Gourmand House. Grant and his staff will be hosting Tartan Week, starting today and running until Friday. Each night will feature different events with different hosts and different alcoholic beverages.

Back in the fall, The Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable James Moore, announced that the Federal Government would recognize April 6th as a Tartan Day in Canada; a celebration of the achievments of Celtic People. So, the Monk's Table would like to celebrate all things Celtic.

From their FB page: Celebrate Scottish, Irish, Welsh and the lesser known 4 original Celtic Nations, we hope to enlighten and educate people on the impact of these different cultures through history and how together they impacted our development as a nation. We also plan to provide a lot of fun to make the event more memorable.

TARTAN WEEK APRIL 4TH – 8th  at the Monk's Table

Monday April 4th 8pm 
Five Course Whiskey and food pairing with Ryan Powell - $90
Ryan has extensive training in Absolut Akademi in Ahus, Sweden; Havana Club Masters Class in Havana, Cuba; Chivas Masters Class at Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Scotland; G.H. Mumm and Perrier-Jouet Champagne Masters Class in Champagne, France; and Received one-to-one training sessions from Global Brand Ambassadors, Master Distillers, Master Blenders, and Wine Makers 

Tuesday April 5th 8pm 
Three course pre fixe with Irish Whiskeys and Spirit Specialist Trevor Dawes - $50
Join Trevor as he explains the history of Irish whiskey over Chef Lester Garcia’s prix fixe pairings 

Wednesday April 6th 8pm 
Tartan Cocktails with Christine Sismondo and Scott Mochrie - $30
One of Toronto’s rising bar stars; Scott is fresh off a win at the Bacardi international cocktail competition. He and his signature drink, the Rikers Islay, will be profiled in Eye Weekly, hitting the stands on April 6. Christine Sismondo is the author of America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops. She is also the ROB Magazine cocktail columnist and author of Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History. 

Thursday April 7th 8:30pm 
Got Wood? With Stephen Beaumont - $50
Join Stephen as he explores the world of wood finishes and how barrels affect the flavour of your dram. There's more wood in your glass than you may think! Stephen has been writing about beer and spirits for two decades, in such diverse publications as the Malt Advocate and Saveur, Wine Enthusiast and the International Herald Tribune. He has authored or co-authored six books and contributed to numerous others, and recently presented the keynote address at the first ever Canadian Whisky Summit. 

Friday April 8th 8pm
Innis and Gunn Pre-Fixe with Nicol Rennie - $50
A casual but informative sit down dinner as Nicol, the International Brand Manager for Innis & Gunn Canada, recants the amazing success story of Innis and Gunn. With a special appearance by The Innis & Gunn IPA

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