On October 21st Ontario Pork partnered with Zwilling products and Chef Lora Kirk from the restaurant Ruby Watchco to provide food writers with a creative pork inspired holiday meal. Each of the four courses included a pork product; which was well received by our guests. Pork is perfect for the holiday season due to its versatility and economical price point. From high end events such as the one we put on, to low key events at home pork offers a selection of cuts perfect for your holiday celebrations! If you are looking for some inspiration, the holiday menu created by Chef Lora Kirk can be found here:
WILLOWGROVE BACON & EGG SALAD
Sleger’s Living Greens, Frisee, Coffee Cured Bacon, Honey Crisp Apples, Deep Fried 5-Minute Hen Egg, Shallot & Sherry Vinegar Dressing
SLOW ROASTED PORCHETTA WITH PEACHES & MUSTARD
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese with Pork Fat Panko,Brussel Sprouts, Smoked Ham Hocks & Onion Petals, Confit Heirloom Carrots, Carrot Top Pesto & Crispy Pork Ears
OTTAWA VALLEY 10-YR-OLD CHEDDAR CHEESE
B.B.Q Red Beets, Pork Shoulder & Date Relish
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIE
Maple Bacon Ice Cream, Prosciutto Brittle
Lora Kirk, the chef who created this menu, is regarded as one of Canada’s leading chefs with over 15 years of international culinary experience. While growing up in Peterborough, Ontario, Lora was greatly influenced working on her grandparent’s farm and it was there that Lora learnt the importance of supporting local farmers and growers. She set out to pursue her dream of becoming a professional chef. Lora graduated from Algonquin College’s culinary program and soon after moved to London, England. She gained her culinary strength and knowledge by working with renowned Chefs Gordon Ramsey and Angela Hartnett at the famous Connaught Hotel for three years.
Lora continues to shine in the industry as an innovative chef. She has become one of the most high-profile chefs in the country. Lora now shares her talents, fine culinary acumen, and expertise as Chef of Ruby Watchco in Toronto. Going back to her roots and passion for cooking, Lora is an advocate for supporting local farmers and growers, those who give top chefs the best quality products with which to cook: Locally grown, harvested and raised, cooked to perfection with heart.
Chef Lora Kirk did an amazing job and made us all a meal we will never forget. If you like the looks of the menu above check out Ruby Watchco in Toronto and in the meantime, remember to keep putting Ontario pork on your fork!