The Top 5 from a delicious night.

#EatWellCanolaOil Workshop Series

Last month the Eat Well team traveled to Toronto for the first #EatWellCanolaOil workshop. There were so many fantastic moments from crushing canola seeds and learning about why canola oil is a pantry favorite to the food and the opportunity to share the kitchen with Chef Matt Dean Pettit (MDP).

The Table #EatWellCanolaOil Workshop Series |

Learn, Make, Create and Take.

The night was about inspiring people, making and building connections and learning why to choose canola oil for their kitchens. It’s healthy, versatile and a Canadian choice.

The Guests at #CanolaEatWell Workshop Series |

Top 5 highlights of the #EatWellCanolaOil Culinary Workshop

1. The Chef

Chef MDP took us on a culinary adventure.  Playing, experimenting, teaching and inspiring all of us to try new dishes, ingredients and to get back in the kitchen. His passion, excitement and knowledge oozed from his pores as he shared his stories.

The Chef with canola oil at #EatWellCanolaOil workshop |

Chef and his team created an exclusive, delicious, Asian inspired menu with the best ingredients all featuring the versatility of canola oil from a shallow fry to a sauté and dressing.

The Chef at #EatWellCanolaOil workshop |

2. The Food

I can describe all the dishes. They were flavourful, amazing and had a simplistic feel to them using great ingredients and prepared with skill that transformed them into delicious dishes.

My favorite was the bone marrow topped with anchovies, drizzled with hot pepper infused canola oil, served with a parsley salad over grilled bread or was it the whole red snapper infused with lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, basil infused canola oil?  I can’t decide. Let the pictures tell the tale.

The Food at #EatWellCanolaOil workshop |

The Fish at #EatWellCanolaOil workshop |

3. The Guests

It’s all about making new friends, building connections, reconnecting with #CanolaConnect Alumini Pay Chen and Mairlyn Smith and special guest Dr. Steve Savage.  It’s also fun to meet twitter friends in real life at events.

Everyone comes with diverse backgrounds and experiences but the common thread is that we all love good food. Friendships were created and revisited, the laughter was infectious and everyone walked away with new feeds to follow, blogs to discover and numbers to dial.

The recipe for a great learning event includes great people and we had a room full to the brim!

Thank you to all our guests for taking a leap of faith and joining us in the kitchen.

More Guests at #EatWellCanolaOil workshop |

4. The Experience

This is always the best part. We crushed canola seeds; saw how each tiny canola seed is plump with oil and learned it’s all about what’s on the inside that counts.

The Experience at #EatWellCanolaOil Workshop |


We watched the chef cook and create in the kitchen and  for some of the guests, they donned an apron and had a one–on-one cooking lesson from Chef MDP.

The Chef in the kitchen at #EatWellCanolaOil workshop |


Finally, we came together, family style, around the table to share, eat, talk, laugh and engage.

The Family Dinner at #EatWellCanolaOil workshop |

5. The Partners

A huge thanks to Luxe Appliance Studio for being our host kitchen and for #CanolaConnect alumni Pay Chen for being our first host. Thank you to Sam Adams for the great beer, Chef Matt Dean Pettit and his team for the excellent meal, photographer Brilynn Ferguson for her beautiful pictures, the team at Branding and Buzzing for bringing us all together, our canola farmers for supplying canola oil and Jason Persall of Pristine Gourmet Foods for his delicious virgin/cold press canola oil.

From our team to yours, we thank you!  It’s partnerships that made this night such a success.

The Team at #EatWellCanolaOil workshop |

Eat Well…Ellen and the Eat Well team

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