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There is nothing better than finding that local hidden gem of a restaurant that is close by and has the most amazing food. I recently found that a Bistro 67. Last Thursday, I joined a few of my favorite local bloggers for the Wine and Cheese night and was definitely not disappointed. In fact, I am looking to go back there again soon.
Bistro 67 is located within Durham College’s award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF). Meals are prepared by students in the college culinary program and the food is either grown in their very own gardens or sourced locally in the Durham region.
The Wine and Cheese meal included a choice of Creekside white or red wine. I am not a seasoned wine drinker but I thoroughly enjoyed the white and will be trying it again. The cheese board included pickled beets, garlic scapes, a raspberry compote, a spicy feta just to name a few. It came paired with the most amazing freshly made bread. The Wine and Cheese Thursdays are held from 11am until 8pm includes 2 glasses of the wine for only $25 plus taxes. An amazing meal high quality dinner for such an affordable night out price.
After we enjoyed almost every morsel, we took a tour of the gardens and were able to see the wide array of produce grown literally next door to the restaurant. From fork to field in mere steps.
Upon our return to the restaurant, we were give a tour of the kitchen by Executive Chef Raul Sojo and were able to see where all the magic happens. The students were very enthusiastic to welcome us and answer any questions that we had.
As we passed by this large pot of corn cooking, we were asked if we would like to have a sample once it was ready. I was excited to have a taste of field fresh corn. When it was brought out, it was topped with a chipotle aioli, lime, Feta, cilantro. One word to describe it – amazing. So many wonderful flavors in each bite.
And what is a meal without dessert? We all shared a gluten-free cake that was delicious. With bellies full and being treated to the most amazing service, we were sad to leave but vowed to return soon. With harvest season upon us, I am looking forward to returning to see what the students create with the bounty from their gardens.
Bistro 67 has been rated as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant and also holds a Feast ON designation in recognition of its use of local food and beverage. It is open Tuesday – Fridays for lunch and Tuesdays – Saturday for dinner and open year round not just during the school year. Although reservations are not required, I would recommend making a reservation so that you aren’t disappointed.