Froggett gets fresh
Keith Froggett of Scaramouche (1 Benvenuto, at Avenue Road, 416-961-8011) has always been one of Toronto's most eco-conscious cooks. The extremely erudite chef recently visited southern California, where his advocacy of sustainable seafood at the venerable supper club was honoured by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, one of the most environmentally friendly fish tanks in the world.
To show his commitment to the cause, Froggett has created a six-course $70 prix fixe menu of sustainable seafood available at Scaramouche Monday to Thursday through August. The ecological card includes an amuse, an appetizer, a starter, a main seafood course, a cheese plate and dessert, with optional wine pairings available as well.
"The menu will change weekly," says Froggett when asked for specifics. "Right now we're serving some delicious Shetland Island cod, wild sockeye salmon and wild Pacific halibut, but we'll have to wait and see what's still available in a couple of weeks. All the wild seafood we serve is organic. The rest is farmed responsibly."
Some would say that using fish that is flown in, even if it is sustainably raised, negates its environmental benefits.
"We live in the centre of Canada, right?" answers Froggett. "Most of our fish comes in by air, as does everybody else's, even the stuff from the East Coast. It's a very complicated issue. By using sustainable seafood, we're striving to have a conscience about what we're doing."
The Toronto wing of Slow Food International, the gastronomic group that promotes traditional cooking rather than fast food, has just announced that it's holding a picnic on September 16 at the Brick Works (550 Bayview, south of Pottery).
From noon to 5 pm, the environmental site features food from local eco-cooks like Jamie Kennedy, Eigensinn Farms' Michael Statdlander, Czehoski and Coca's Nathan Isberg, Hotel Le Germain's David Chrystian, Globe Bistro's Ben Heaton and the AGO's Anne Yarymowich, as well as libations from several VQA wineries and microbreweries.
Advance tickets for this sure-to-sell-out event are $75 (including parking, though pedestrians can take a free shuttle bus from Broadview subway station), or $95 after Labour Day (parking $10) from 416-596-1495. For more information, ring 416-451-7009 or go to www.toronto.slowfood.ca.
That same day, Organic Advocates holds its 18th annual Feast Of Fields foodie fest at Everton Farms in Nobleton. Advance tickets go for $100 from www.feastoffields.org.