Exciting Pop Up Event with Acclaimed Chefs Coming to Mississauga

If you've ever wanted to attend a prestigious culinary event in Mississauga and live like those urbane foodie kings and queens east of the border, you can.

A special pop-up culinary event is set to hit Mississauga's popular Apricot Tree restaurant on Sunday, May 7 and it'll feature a ton of inventive dishes created by such acclaimed toques as Tundra Restaurant's Aaron Chen and Oliver & Bonacini's Jessica Martineau.

While diners can feast on dishes created by a range of talent, The Chef's Night event will focus on Chef Trevor Ritchie, a 17-year kitchen veteran who has toiled in the kitchen of Langdon Hall - Relais and Chateaux in Blair, Ont. Ritchie has also cooked in hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake and was the chef de cuisine at Queen's Landing.

He's also known for opening La Societe Bistro in Toronto and was the chef at Campagnolo Restaurant.

Ritchie was also named Chopped Champion on The Food Network's Chopped Canada and he represented Canada in the Hans Beuschkens Culinary Challenge in Santiago, Chile after winning the Canadian competition. He recently won the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) Bocuse d'Or Canada 2016 National Selection Competition at George Brown College and will represent Canada and the CCFCC at the 2019 Bocuse d'Or and/or the 2018 Americas Regional Qualifying Competition.

According to event representative and Shoko chef Royce Li, the Apricot Tree event will help raise funds to cover costs associated with Ritchie's competitions.

"We want to raise funds for him and there are a lot of things that don't happen in Mississauga and we want to raise the food culture by showcasing what's out there and bringing people to the city," says Li.

The $75 menu will feature five courses, including sturgeon caviar, rougie foie gras, Atlantic prawn, Moulard duck, compressed watermelon, fruit and more.

Participating chefs include the aforementioned Chen and Martineau, as well as Campagnolo Restaurant's Nick Lin, Ritche himself, George Brown College's Brent Leitch and Li.

The high-end menu will showcase flavourful and local ingredients.

"It's mostly Canadian cuisine - caviar, foie gras and shrimp," says Li. "Wines and cocktails will also be available, but must be paid for separately.

The dinner will kick off 5:00 p.m. and different seatings are available for diners. Anyone who is interested in the event must purchase tickets must be sold in advance and can do so by emailing restaurant operators at apricottree [at] rogers [dot] com. Interested diners can also call the restaurant at (905) 855-1470.

"It's a great opportunity for anyone to not have to travel all the way downtown to experience four different chefs," says Li.

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