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The Rosseau

Indulge in the Fresh Flavours of Muskoka

Chefs cook up a storm at Flavours of Muskoka

Chefs cook up a storm at Flavours of Muskoka

JUNE 27  Cottage Country’s culinary landscape is arguably as remarkable as its natural surroundings. Take your taste buds on a tour of the region at Flavours of Muskoka, which showcases gourmet fare prepared by chefs from top restaurants and resorts, plus drinks from some of Ontario’s finest wineries and craft brewers. An unforgettable dining experience complete with silent auction and live music, the event also adds to the Muskoka community’s creative wellbeing—proceeds benefit the Kaleidoscope Arts in Education Program. The Rosseau, a JW Marriot Muskoka Resort & Spa, 6 p.m., $80; call 705-765-1048 or visit muskokachautauqua.ca for more information.

Cottage Country Cooking: Chef Shaun Crymble’s Steak Sandwich

All summer long, Where Muskoka brings you fresh and tasty recipes courtesy of some of the region’s top chefs. Check back every other Wednesday for some great meal ideas!

Chef Shaun Crymble

This week, chef Shaun Crymble of The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, offers a fresh take on the classic steak sandwich.

1 sandwich-­length section baguette bread
7 oz (200 g) beef tenderloin tips
OR 1 filet mignon cut into pieces
2 tomato slices
2 oz (57 g) raw baby spinach
1 oz (60 ml) roasted garlic mayonnaise
sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Marinate beef in a little olive oil with a pinch of fresh thyme, then place the beef on your barbecue and cook
to desired temperature (medium­-rare is recommended).

Cut the baguette in half and toast on the barbecue until crisp.

Spread roasted garlic mayonnaise on the toasted inside cuts of your baguette. Add tomato slices and spinach (tossed with a drop of olive oil and red wine vinegar).

Finally, add beef tips or filet mignon slices, place bun on top and enjoy!

Weekly Planner: June 25 to July 1

Celebrate the RMS Segwun's 125th anniversary in Gravenhurst!

Celebrate an icon of the Muskoka lakes—this weekend marks the 125th anniversary of North America’s oldest operating steamship, the RMS Segwun. The festivities begin with a parade from Gravenhurst’s Gull Lake Park to Muskoka Wharf on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by free Kawartha Dairy ice cream, face painting, live performances and a fly-past by the Snowbirds. Saturday features an all-day barbecue, more live music, a fishing tournament and one-hour Segwun cruises by donation.

You might want to skip lunch on Thursday, as Flavours of Muskoka is certain to satisfy all your cravings. From 6 to 9 p.m. at The Rosseau, this annual “amazing graze” offers foodies and oenophiles a chance to sample the region’s culinary bounty as prepared by more than 40 chefs, brewers and winemakers. Best of all, proceeds help support Kaleidoscope Arts in Education programs for children.

If you’re not able to make it to Flavours of Muskoka, there’s another way to support Kaleidoscope Arts in Education—the group’s annual Kaleidoscope Children’s Festival rolls into Minett, with all kinds of family-friendly activities on Saturday at Clevelands House and Sunday at The Rosseau.

The weekend also offers the chance to pick up some lovely items for your home and cottage—or gifts for friends and family who might be hosting you—as the Bala Craft and Gift Fair sets up shop Saturday and Sunday at the Bala Community Centre. If you prefer vintage to contemporary wares, you’re in luck! The Bala Antique Show shares space with the craft fair.

Have a rip-roarin’, bronco-bustin’ good time at the Burk’s Falls Rodeo rustles up some old west excitement on Saturday and Sunday. This Ontario Rodeo Association–sanctioned event features bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and much more.

Wear your red and white all Sunday long—it’s Canada Day, and communities throughout the region are offering all sorts of patriotic fun. Parry Sound, in particular, offers a full day of fun with a pancake breakfast, entertainment and fireworks at the town dock. Or if you find yourself in Huntsville, head over to Muskoka Heritage Place for its strawberry social, then watch the evening fireworks display over Hunter’s Bay.

Hot Date: Foodie Favourite

Chef David Friesen is among the Flavours of Muskoka participants (photo by Neill Sturgess)

JUNE 29, 2011 Enjoy an evening of delicacies prepared by top chefs at Flavours of Muskoka. This popular fundraising event has sold out for the past decade—no surprise, as it offers fine fare from more than 40 of the region’s standout restaurants and Ontario wineries. Sample indulgent dishes from such expected participants as chef David Friesen of Bracebridge’s Riverwalk. The evening is fulfilling in more ways than one: proceeds help support Kaleidoscope Arts in Education Programs. The Rosseau, a JW Marriot Resort and Spa, 6 p.m., $75; call 705-765-1048 or click here to purchase tickets.

The Muskoka Seven: Things To Do from May 30 to June 5, 2011

Cruise the lakes of Muskoka on the RMS Segwun

1. Embrace the warm weather and life on the water with a cruise aboard the historic RMS Segwun. The late-19th century steamship takes passengers on one- to four-hour sightseeing cruises around Lake Muskoka. The lunch and dinner cruise options are especially popular.

2. Should you find yourself closer to Parry Sound, scope out a seat on the patio at recently opened restaurant Kudos Kuisine. Its contemporary digs overlook the Parry Sound harbour. (more…)

Cottage Country Getaways

Want to learn where—and how—to make this your best ever stay in Muskoka? Check out these five amenity-packed resorts. By Viviane Kertész

Weekend Roundup, May 22 to 24

There’s never a dull moment in Muskoka!

Friday, May 22

Fete the human form at Bracebridge’s Chapel Gallery by viewing A Body of Work, an exhibition of figurative sketches and paintings by members of Muskoka Arts and Crafts.

Escape to Bigwin Island Golf Club for a truly intimate day on the links—the course is accessible only by ferry, boat or float plane.

Saturday, May 23

Enjoy a morning of fresh produce and live local music at the Bracebridge Farmers Market, one of Muskoka’s oldest operating markets.

Experience the bluesy sound of singer-songwriter and guitarist Albert Cummings at Peter’s Place.

Sunday, May 24

Revitalize your senses with an aroma stone facial and wildflower footbath inspired by the natural surroundings at luxurious Spa at the Rosseau.

Gaze across Muskoka Bay while dining on a variety of fresh fish plus certified Angus beef steaks at Regatta Steak and Seafood.

Savour Muskoka Dining Guide

Celebrate unique Northern Ontario cuisine with the Savour Muskoka dining program and the region’s many outstanding restaurants.

Enjoy a salad at the Delta Grandview Resort (photo courtesy of the Delta Grandview Resort.)

Enjoy fresh, local tastes at the Delta Grandview Resort.

It was not so long ago that “eating out” in Muskoka meant a wiener roast following a placid canoe trip, or grilling up the fish you caught earlier in the day. In recent years, however, cottage-country dining has gone increasingly upscale, and acclaimed restaurants seek to please the palates of sophisticated residents and vacationers alike.

Muskoka is now home to superlative chefs capable of crafting the most intricate of entrees. Thankfully, these culinary stars, and the establishments at which they toil, still have a sense of what makes this expanse of geography so special—its natural bounty. From berries and mushrooms to myriad vegetables and maple syrup, the region is blessed with an abundance of indigenous and farmed foodstuffs. These often-organic ingredients are highlighted as part of the Savour Muskoka dining program.