Bits and Bites – The 22nd Niagara Icewine Gala

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Niagara Icewine Gala. It was a 3-hour event with so much food that it was impossible to try everything. Regardless, it was a fabulous night feasting on so many different culinary bits and bites. Seeing as it was a cocktail party, it was quite difficult to balance a glass of wine, plate of food and a camera so I must apologize in advance for some of the fuzzy pictures. Plus the lighting wasn’t always the best there. However, I did the best I could and as promised, here are some pictures of the lovely dishes offered this year. 🙂

Sautéed lobster in a coconut curried cream sauce – so succulent and juicy!

Sautéed shrimp with ramen noodles in a chai tea saffron chimex – an interesting mélange of flavours!

Tandoori chicken skewers with mint coriander yogurt (raita) – one of the best things I had there!


I believe this was called saiyako salmon.

An assortment of sushi with eel, tuna, etc. – fresh and the table was endless!

Wasabi-soy mozzarella balls coated in a ginger icewine sauce – delicious!

An arancini ball made with white truffle risotto and black edible ash – full of earthy flavours and it was yummy!

Miso black cod with obealeaf kosho cream – a pretty little leaf designed appetizer with lots of flavour.

An assortment of lettuce wraps with duck and Peking duck wraps. There were also some wrapped in bao too (no photo).

Savor di Gamberi with almond and curry spiced sauce – mouthwatering, jumbo sized shrimp!

Tasmania trout on pumpernickel bread with a dollop of gin crème fraîche – tasty!

A perfectly seared scallop, just the way I like it. 😉

Panko fried kaboucha squash with curry sugar – Fun on a stick!

Cauliflower steak with chipotle red pepper sauce and kale relish – cute layout!

Clearly, there were a lot of talented chefs involved in this event. It was a hefty price to pay to go to this black tie gala, but it was a wonderful experience. There were also some other offerings, like the raclette and Italian cheese station, an oyster bar with malpeques, rack of lamb, etc., but there were just too many options to be able to go through in such a short period. Plus, there was an array of desserts and wine too, which I will try to share shortly! 🙂


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sumith says:

    Thanks for these beautiful shares Rini.

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    1. Rini says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Sumith. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. annika says:

    Looks like you had a great time! You did great considering you were balancing a glass, a plate and a camera!! Did you get to talk to the chefs?

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    1. Rini says:

      Unfortunately, I didn’t get the pleasure. There was so much going on in a span of 3 hours, it was impossible for the staff to take time to talk to us and for me to go through everything. That would have been great if I could though!


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