We had a busy Thanksgiving weekend and we’d like to give our thanks to the fantastic organizers and staff who ran the Craftoberfest event on Friday and Saturday for making it that way! We’d also like to thank you, for keeping us hard at work cutting French fries and making delicious sliders well into the night. We’re very excited for next year’s event, having made it through the inaugural year at Kitchener Market and gotten a feel for it. We heard a lot of good things about our food, had a great time despite long hours, and got to try a lot of amazing beers from local producers.
Speaking of which – coming up next Thursday evening, the 19th is Taps and Apps at the Walper Hotel which has many more participating local restaurants and benefits Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Waterloo Region. We’ll be there doing some crostini versions of Tom Yum Chicken, Roast Beef and Horseradish, and Brown Butter Squash to pair with the delicious beers being offered.
This year’s Craftoberfest event is coming up this weekend – October 6th and 7th. Organized by Together We’re Bitter brewing co-op, the event brings an astounding local craft beer selection together under one roof for you to sample. Fantastically for us, that roof happens to be the same one we operate under – the Kitchener Market. We’ll be busy this week cutting french fries, braising brisket, roasting squash and filleting fresh trout to stock up for hungry attendees this weekend. It will be a long weekend for us in both senses of the word, but we’re super excited. Here’s what we’re offering to pair up with some of the great beer you’ll be trying -
~ Sliders – on a 2oz whole-wheat bun
Reuben – slow-braised Ontario beef brisket, dijon mustard, caraway slaw Fish - locally farmed pan-fried trout fillet, julienne veg, house tartar Squash - roasted butternut squash and goat cheese purée, sunflower sprouts, pickled carrot, brown butter
We’re bringing back some big hitters for our fall menu this year. Rotating on to the menu we have some customer favourites – the brown butter squash, the pulled brisket reuben, and the ms. piggy. We’re instituting a delivery menu which curates delivery-friendly sandwiches year-round.
Some awesome events coming up – Taste Local, Taste Fresh, Craftoberfest, Taps and Apps, and more. Details coming soon.
Hoping everyone is having a great summer! We’re craving some cottage time ourselves, so we’ll be doing the usual thing this year and closing for the last couple of weeks in August. Apologies in advance if this is any inconvenience – we don’t want to miss making your lunch, but we just have to bite the bullet and close for a bit if we’re going to get any break at all!
In other news – we’ll be doing Taste Local Taste Fresh again this year, an event where chefs and local producers pair up to make a bevy of dishes for guests to sample while touring the beautiful Steckle Heritage Farm. Proceeds go to Foodlink, an organization promoting local and sustainable food practices. Check out the event page here.
We’re also very excited to hear the fine folks at the Craftoberfest committee have decided on our home – the Kitchener Market – for their event this year. We’re looking forward to staying late and serving some awesome homemade bar food alongside some of the amazing craft beers that will be coming to the building from local brewers. We’re hoping this becomes a tradition!
Aug. 15-26 – Breadbaron closed for family vacation Early Sep. – Breadbaron menu change Sep. 10 – Taste Local Taste Fresh Oct. 6-7 – Craftoberfest
Time for another menu change! This one’s a quick and easy one, rotating two past sandwiches back onto the roster for the springtime. We’re looking forward to more fresh Ontario vegetables and fruits coming to the Market soon, but in the meantime, we’re bringing back two crowd favourites – the “ms. piggy” and the “you feta believe it!”
We’re happy to be supporting Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids event for the third year in a row with fresh wraps for participants and volunteers. It’s coming quickly on May 7th. Please check out the event and sponsor someone you know who’s running – it’s a fun event for a great cause - http://www.lutherwoodstepsforkids.ca
We’re getting ready for a busy ramp into the holiday season this year. Some significant Saturdays over the holidays are causing us to be open for business on December 24th and December 31st. We will be taking a short break between Christmas and the New Year, closing for the week but coming in on Friday the 30th to prep up for Saturday.
Our December/January menu is up and running – we’re bringing back a staple in the Brown Butter Squash. We’re starting to feel like this one belongs on our menu every winter/spring. We do get told this when we happen to not have it on the menu! Also coming onto the menu is a Southern-style barbecue chicken sandwich garnished with fried peppers and onions and inspired by a larger than ever harvest of green tomatoes this year which feature here as a bright relish, tying it all together.
We’re changing up our menu for October and November. Gone are the TLC and the El Granjero, due to tomatoes and corn respectively rotating out of season. Our new offerings in their place are as follows. A fall-inspired bacon sandwich called ‘The Crandaddy’ garnished with an apple and cranberry chutney, spinach and cheddar cheese. For the vegetarians we’re going with a veggie burger called ‘The Baroness’ made from black beans and roasted vegetables – this cooks on our grill and sits on a toasted whole wheat kaiser with crisp lettuce, roasted garlic mayonnaise, and pickled red onions.
The Oktoberfest Festhalle this year will be at our home turf in the Kitchener Market as a substitute for the usual Frederick and King location. We’re leaving the O-Fest menu selections to the experts, but please do stop on by for lunch sometime while the the ceremonies are on – the building will be licensed for this occasion. Prost!
It’s a great time of the year for sandwiches! The Farmer’s Market is rife with beautiful veggies for the summer – pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, berries and fresh greens of all sorts – corn is starting to come in and we’ve got new potatoes to look forward to soon. We just got a massive harvest of garlic scapes from Nick’s dad and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on this year’s hot pepper harvest. Pickling time is now so we’re hoarding jars! We’re celebrating a fresher time with a departure from the menu of the Ms. Piggy and the B.B. Squash. We’re treating our bacon right with tomato, lettuce, chèvre and chipotle, hold the pork for vegetarians. Back by popular demand is also the El Granjero, a chorizo sausage patty garnished with a corn, bell pepper and lime salsa on a bun.
We’ll be repeating last year’s vacation itinerary, closing on August 16th and returning on the 30th. We’re excited to rejuvenate and do a bit of traveling. We’ll also be rocking some deep cleaning, remodeling, and organizing at the stand.
We had a blast this past weekend at Steel Rails 2016. The event was, for the first time, not on a train, but instead emulated the train feel with a series of rented shipping containers plonked down around a factory, which all contained art of all forms – a food/celebrity pun series of printed art, live performances both acrobatic and acoustic, and a tarot reader were among some of the attractions.
We pumped out 600 sandwiches, most of which contained a delicious batch of braised pork shoulder and a house made barbecue sauce. We’ll likely have these little babies on our menu soon. We’re looking forward to Steel Rails 2017, whether we provide delicious food or just attend the event ourselves.
We’re proud to be participating again this year in Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids, a fundraiser for children’s mental health. It’s a walk/run where teams take pledges benefiting the Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health Centre. The event takes place on May 1st of this year. We’ll be bringing some grilled veggie wraps and chicken caesar wraps to feed participants and volunteers. For more information or to support the cause, please visit the event page here – http://www.lutherwoodstepsforkids.ca/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1153800