TORONTO — Attendees from across the foodservice industry gathered in Toronto last week for a sneak peek of what’s to come at the 2020 Restaurants Canada Show. This year marks the show’s 75th anniversary.
The preview, featuring a sampling of this year’s show exhibitors, included speeches from prominent members of the industry, including Peruvian Ambassador Roberto Rodriguez Arnillas as well as president and CEO of Restaurants Canada Shanna Munro.
“In 1945, the Canadian Restaurant Association (CRA) held their very first show, and here we are today, 75 years later, stronger than ever,” said Munro. “The theme of our 75th edition of the RC Show is ‘Diversify and Thrive,’ [which] speaks to the necessity to constantly adapt in order to succeed in today’s foodservice industry.”
Vendors such as High Liner Culinary, Pisco Sprit of Peru lined the walls, displaying some of their finest products. The event’s food offerings were curated by Trevor Lui, La-Toya Fagon, Graham Schave, Jorge Bahamonde and Guillermo Russo, while the drink offerings were created by Christina Veira and Evelyn Chick.
Among the dishes available at the event were traditional ceviche, Peruvian tilapia ceviche, fresh citrus and herbs; seafood causa, a medley of shrimp and crab layered with avocado and potato; and a Proburger, a 100-per-cent all-natural pressed cottage-cheese patty topped with aioli Verde, Peruvian chillies and queso cotija sabana.
VIPs and media members were invited to preview interactive sessions that will be on display at the show in March, including wine-and-cheese pairings featuring sommelier Jeff Osborne and Afrim Pristine, Maître Fromager and Ontario Cheese Ambassador, as well as beer-and-cheese pairings from Pristine and a Goose Island brewmaster.
The 2020 Restaurants Canada Show takes place March 1 to 3 at the Enercare Centre.