Because of the diverse nature of the many different restaurants and chefs Brian Henry has worked under he is highly proficient at a wide range of cuisines.

Brian’s cooking is seasonal, inventive and smart, but in no way unapproachable or fussy. When he is coaxed out of the kitchen and starts talking about food, his passion and knowledge are instantly recognizable.

"Chef Brian Henry cooked a series of delicious appetizers for us as we sat around a table in the kitchen". Thanks

Tony Aspler, Wine writer

“Chef Brian Henry puts one hundred percent of his energy into going all the way.”

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Chef Brian Henry Blogspot

Welcome to Chef Brian Henry's official blogspot where you'll find occasional information about different events I'll be taking part in, information about catering, Ice-Sculpting, our cooking classes, various recipes and more.


 

I update Gastronomically yours, at random when ever so inspired or permitted by life.

I write about local food, with a focus on unpretentious recipes with an approachable sense to our somewhereness.

I rant at times about things that deserve a ranting with a slightly unorthodox approach and an edgy panache

Check in regularly to see what’s going on…

Follow on twitter @ChefBrianHenry, google.com/+ChefBrianHenry, Pinterest or on Facebook depending on what your thing is…

 

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I’m currently working in Kapuskasing Ontario as the Culinary Director for O’Briens Emergency Food Service Response Team for Disaster and Evacuations. I will update this page when time permits me the luxury of doing so, you may have to refresh your browser or the page to be able to view the updates. I’m blogging about this so that […]

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  Smithworks Brewing Company Over the past decade our palates and the beer we drink have developed into a league all of their own. Beer is no longer just a beverage of the working class but a culinary element that not only may be used as an ingredient but something more akin to wine as […]

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In the Patch –Rhubarb Patch My first encounter with fresh rhubarb was a frightening experience for me. I was about six years old and my aunt had baked a strawberry rhubarb pie. It was a slice of heaven, lightly heated with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The next day one of my older cousins […]

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When spring is in the air I love the aromas produced by foods being prepared in a kitchen. One of these favorite culinary induced aromas I can only smell in the bathroom. It is the smell of metabolized compounds found in asparagus. These sulphur based compounds give our urine a distinct perfume within 20 minutes […]

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  Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to announce the National Grand Prize Winner in the 2014 USA Pears Pear Excellence Canadian Culinary Student Recipe Competition  recently held at  The Dirty Apron Cooking School in Vancouver.   Grand Prize Winner Michelle McAllen Michelle McAllen, a 18-year-old student from New Brunswick Community College – St. Andrews, representing the Maritimes Region, won top […]

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A drop in the bucket The maple sugaring season starts by breaking trails through a winters worth of snow. You haul buckets, tubing and the tools needed to mount them to maple trees. Once installed you listen for the sound of the maple sap harvest to begin as it unfolds one drop at a time, […]

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Something to Birch About As the maple sap harvesting season will begin to wind down in the coming days we can start tapping our birch trees Making birch syrup is similar to making maple syrup but you need to be aware of some critical differences in the saps to be able to have a successful […]

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Great Herb Garden ideas, recipes and the difference between curly and flat leaf parsley!  While gathering sap for syrup and collecting eggs from our chickens I find myself wondering if spring has actually sprung while walking paths that are lined with a couple of feet of snow. To get in the spirit of spring one […]

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We are happy to announce the winners of the 2014 Pear Excellence Canadian Culinary Student Competition! Our judges were duly impressed with the quality and creativity of all the recipe entries that were submitted. The entries we received were fiercely competitive, and we offer our sincere thanks to all students who entered. There are clearly some bright futures ahead for […]

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Feast of St. Patrick The Feast of St. Patrick is an Irish holiday which sees culture and religion pooled into an annual celebration more commonly known as St. Patrick’s Day.  This holiday is often associated with consuming vast quantities of Guinness and whiskey as it is an acceptable justification to set aside one’s Lenten penance […]

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March a reason to celebrate… March is no doubt a great month for celebrating. This March we will see March Break, St. Patrick’s Day, Day Light Saving time begins, the First Day of Spring, and Maple Syrup harvesting! All of these events are worthy of a feast and recipe to share but I can’t help […]

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Let’s get Tapping The great thing about this year’s winter is that it has lasted longer than in previous years allowing us additional time to prepare for our first plant based agricultural harvest; maple syrup. This year’s harvest of maple syrup is delayed by about a month and it is expected to be a great […]

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  Liquid Gold Rush When the nights are below freezing and the days are mild you can be sure of some things, like the coming of spring, the deadline for filing your tax returns and a new season of local harvesting. This seasonal change in the weather makes the sap flow and represents the region’s […]

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So here is what one chef had to say about the eggs that my 4 and 1 year old daughters are harvesting from the chickens they are raising in an exceptionally sustainable way… How to explain to someone who has never had farm fresh eggs over store bought??? It is hard! I had my first […]

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My Bloody Valentine   February has long been celebrated as the month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, or  Feast of Saint Valentine as we know it today, contains leftovers of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition infused with modern day spending habits. The history of St. Valentine’s Day and its patron saint are […]

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 Bongs, Beer, Wings and Super Bowl It’s been a month since the holiday season has passed allowing us to get our eating routines back to normal. Be warned though that just when your waistline thought it was safe to return to the kitchen one of the largest single day eating events is bearing down on […]

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Coming in from the cold If you have had to spent extended periods of time out of doors the past few days chances are that your face and any other exposed areas of skin is probably feeling a bit sore and tender. This is because the extreme cold has damaged your skin by dehydrating it […]

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    The following employment opportunities are available online via LinkedIn and other social media platforms. I was personally contacted to further boost their profile in promoting these positions… Please respond to those listed as the contacts for each post   Dana Hospitality is looking for chefs and chef/managers for positions in Scarborough and Toronto. […]

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Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to invite your students to participate in our seventh annual recipe contest exclusively for Canadian culinary students! The Grand Prize is$2,500 with four second place prizes of $1,000! We invite your students to get creative in showcasing the flavour and versatility of sweet and juicy USA Pears for a chance to win prestige and prizes! Click on the […]

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Pickled Eggs Preserving foods using the pickling process has been around for a few thousand years. Pickling is a technique used to preserve food and prevent food spoilage for extended periods of time. This is can be accomplished by either producing pickles preserved in vinegar, a strong acid in which few bacteria can survive like […]

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      Wild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby Launches New Cocoa Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Hearts Collection January 20, 2014 (Metro Vancouver, BC). We are pleased to announce that  Wild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby  Cocoa Bean-To-Bar Online Boutique, an haute chocolate couture concept, is launching Hearts, a new cocoArt chocolate collection. We have posted a short […]

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  Sometimes we have to crack a few eggs when we talk about local food! Eggs are laid by birds and reptiles alike; and we have been eating them since the beginning of time when we did more gathering than hunting. Since the domestication of jungle fowl in Asia, the chicken has evolved into one […]

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Bovine Milk   Humans began consuming the milk of other mammals around 9000 BC. It was at this time that we began domesticating animals which led to the agriculture revolution. Farming practices began in Southwest Asia and grew in commonality through nomadic cultures as it permitted people to move about the land taking their food […]

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Veisalgia for breakfast again? Ah yes you wake up and it’s 2014… Happy New Year!!   However with all of the fun and festivities you find yourself afraid to move. You slowly open your eyes. So far so good, so you continue on your way by pulling back the covers and getting out of bed.  […]

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  Greetings from the Kawarthas and The Lakefield Village Merchants Presenting  the 10th Annual Polar Fest Ice Sculpting Competition The Lakefield Village Merchants are currently planning the 10th Annual Polar Fest Ice Sculpting Competition Saturday, February 1st, 2014   2014 theme “SHINE!” As we are celebrating our 10th year of this fabulous event we have decided to […]

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Going Cold Turkey   Boxing Day, traditionally the day when the working class are to receive gifts from their employers which explains how contemporary thinking has seen the day after Christmas evolve into a public holiday which has from marketing perspective been propelled into a way to extend our excessive behaviors in over-consumption with Boxing […]

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Pets at the Table   I’ve discovered a portal. You know like one of those things in a movie where when you pass through it the world as you know it changes. To find it you simply need to get in your car, drive north on highway 11 to North Bay and at the intersection […]

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NEW RELEASE Spinning Plates Opens tomorrow at TIFF Bell Lightbox! Telling the stories of three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life, this new documentary eloquently speaks to the passion, tradition, and sense of communion that goes into the creation of exquisite cuisine. Tickets on sale now TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman […]

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  Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers: Two Part Webinar with Dan Brisebois This webinar provides a much-needed structure for figuring out how to make money on a market garden. It hones in on the core issues of farm success: which crops to grow, when to plant them, and in what quantities. Then it provides […]

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Wild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby Opens New Cocoa Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Boutique   November 15, 2013 (Vancouver, BC). We are pleased to announce the opening of the online Wild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby Cocoa Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Boutique. This new haute couture concept of chocolate will allow Wild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby to join an exclusive group of only a […]

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Attention Farmers: Post Your 2014 Jobs & Internships Now! Advertise Your 2014 On-Farm Opportunities through Farms at Work Whether you are looking for full-time help year-round, a part-time summer intern, or something in between, Farms at Work wants to help you find the quality, reliable staff you need to help clear your busy plate, and […]

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Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference Announced KINGSTON (ON)—The Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference is back for another year and it’s better than ever. This year’s conference will take place on December 2 – 3, 2013 at the Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre in Kingston.  It is hosted by Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) in partnership […]

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Potatoes; SWEET! The sweet potato is a distant relative of the potato; so distant that technically they aren’t even in the same family that being the Nightshade. Chronologically, these earth bound, tuberous vegetables appear to have originated around the same time. Evidence indicates that humans started cultivating them some 5000 to 8000 years ago. Give […]

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