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Guest post: Behind-the-scenes look at Food Network Canada's 10th anniversary party

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Guest post: Behind-the-scenes look at Food Network Canada's 10th anniversary party

Today's guest post is by our web food editor Colleen Tully. Photography by Victoria O'Meara. Food Network Canada turns 10 this year! And this Wednesday they're throwing a splashy fête featuring 12 dishes by some of your favourite celebrity chefs - appetizers by David Adjey, Chuck Hughes, Bob Blumer & Corbin Tomaszeski; mains by Lynn Crawford, Laura Calder, Roger Mooking & Mark McEwan, and tempting desserts by Anna Olson! And who caters for Food Network Canada? Presidential Gourmet has been given the tall task to cook for the above celeb chefs plus 400 esteemed guests (including Canadian Living editor-in-chief Susan Antonacci & food director Annabelle Waugh), while throwing the splashiest, foodiest, and - YES! - ecologically responsible party they could muster. President Peter Carruthers and business partner Rick Rowe take sustainability seriously. They wrote a "Green Manifesto" for the business to make it happen, which includes sourcing local ingredients whenever possible, sustainable seafood choices, fair trade teas and coffees, and reducing waste year after year - Rowe laughs about being scolded by their executive chef Ben Lewis about returning reusable containers, just like his mother would with her Tupperware. Presidential Gourmet are also in partnership with Evergreen, Canada's national non-profit helping our cities balance with the environment. "When you eat something, does it smell like it came from the earth?" asks Carruthers. He is adamant that enjoyable food is as natural as possible. See for yourself how fresh the eco-conscious fare will be at the biggest foodie event of the year! [caption id="attachment_475" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Fresh snap peas being trimmed and washed."] Fresh snap peas being trimmed and washed at Presidential Gourmet's warehouse location[/caption] [caption id="attachment_478" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Nothing goes to waste. Beef trimmings above are used for stock and to flavour other recipes."] Nothing goes to waste. Beef trimmings are used for stock and to flavour other recipes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_479" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Beef tenderloin is cut to exact measurements for Lynn Crawford's Lobster Mashed and Beef Tenderloin."] Beef tenderloin is cut to exact measurements for Lynn Crawford's Lobster Mashed and Beef Tenderloin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_480" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="A bird's eye view of Presidential Gourmet's assembly line, prepping 12 celebrity chef dishes serving 400 guests. "] A bird's eye view of Presidential Gourmet's assembly line, prepping food for 12 dishes and 400 guests. [/caption] Would you rather dine with your favourite celebrity chef and face the small-talk, or cook for your favourite celebrity chef and have them judge your skills?
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