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And The Winner Is…

3 Sep

Congratulations to Chantelle (aka ChantelleJoy), who won the tickets to the Toronto International Film Festival’s opening night screening of Score: A Hockey Musical at Roy Thomson Hall, as well as passes to the gala party at Liberty Grand that follows the screening. Turns out Chantelle is a bit of a TIFF buff, to say the least: she has plans to see more than 20 films during the festival. We’ll be sure to follow her adventures during TIFF on her blog.

Thanks to everyone who entered by commenting with recipes, liking our Facebook Page, and tweeting about the contest. This was Communal Table’s first giveaway, but we’ll definitely run more great contests in the future, so be sure to keep reading for the heads up on entering!

In other news, we know it’s been a bit quiet here over the past week or so. But we have lots of great content scheduled, including the next installments of our Italy adventure (finally!), a look at our successful foray into brisket smoking last weekend, more bacon, and a few other fun things we’re working on. Stay tuned!

Win Tix to the TIFF Opening Night Gala!

28 Aug

Strawberry Brie Bruschetta

What do California strawberries, the Toronto International Film Festival, hockey, Olivia Newton-John, Margaret Atwood and a bunch of Canadian musicians have in common? They’re all ingredients in Communal Table’s first-ever giveaway!

The California Strawberry Commission has been announced as a new sponsor for the 2010 edition of TIFF, and the organization has asked Communal Table to give away a pair of tickets to the TIFF opening night screening and gala event to help celebrate its involvement. We’re only too happy to help out, since not only do we love the Toronto International Film Festival, but we also love strawberries.

This great prize includes two tickets to the TIFF opening-night gala screening of Score: A Hockey Musical (which stars the aforementioned cast of characters, as well as a slew of other well-known faces) on September 9 at Roy Thomson Hall, as well as  two tickets to the gala party at the Liberty Grand that follows the screening. Lights, red carpets, great entertainment… what more could you want?

Regular readers of Communal Table know that Jenny is famous for innovative and delicious breakfast ideas (which is great, since my idea of making breakfast involves putting milk on cereal), and one of her favorite things to make is an egg white omelette stuffed with brie and strawberry jam. This time of year, you could substitute the jam with sliced fresh strawberries.

Which brings us to the contest. Want to be a part of TIFF’s opening night gala? here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below this post including your favorite simple recipe involving strawberries. It could be breakfast, baked goods, a sauce, something for dinner… whatever. Share your great recipes with us. It’s as simple as that!
  2. For one bonus entry, become a fan of Communal Table’s Facebook Fan Page.
  3. For a second bonus entry, jump on Twitter and tweet this: I just entered to win TIFF gala tickets from California strawberries and #CommunalTable http://bit.ly/bxcAns @neilfaba

*** You must complete step 1 (leave a comment on this post) in order to be eligible for bonus entries from steps 2 and 3.

Now, the fine print: Winner and guest must be 18 years or older. Winner responsible for his or her own transportation to and from Roy Thomson Hall and/or the Liberty Grand.

Communal Table will select a winner at random from all entries received by Friday, September 3, so post those recipes! To help get those creative juices flowing, here’s a recipe from the California Strawberry Commission (pictured above), which also uses strawberries and brie:

Strawberry and Brie Bruschetta
12 slices French bread, cut 2 cm. thick
1/4 (50 ml) cup butter, softened
1/4 (50 mL) cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5 mL) ground cinnamon
1 small brie cut into 6 wheels
2 cups (500 mL) of sliced stemmed California strawberries
1/2 cup (25 mL) sliced almonds, toasted

Directions
Heat oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Spread 1 side of each bread slice with butter; arrange, butter side up, on large baking sheet. In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle approximately 1 teaspoon (5 mL) over each slice of bread. Reserve remaining sugar mixture. Toast bread in oven. Remove from oven. Top each with 1 wedge of cheese; return to oven. Bake until cheese is melted. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine strawberries and remaining sugar mixture; toss lightly. Spoon strawberry mixture over each toasted slice; sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

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