The Hawksworth Scholarship Dinner at Model Milk


Last night Model Milk was filled with over 100 lucky TD Infinite Privilege cardholders who were treated to a five course fundraiser dinner fit for a king. The event proceeds were donated to the Hawksworth Scholarship Foundation, a national non-profit dedicated to helping young up and coming chefs to get a jump on their careers.

Chefs David Hawksworth ( Hawksworth’s ) and Justin Leboe (Model Milk), took turns behind the line preparing each course that was perfectly paired with the right vino.

We started with canapés. Morel brochette, sweet potato amaze ( which I re-named amaze-cakes- seen in photo ) and oysters casino.

Our first course was prepared by Hawksworth, a scallop and side stripe shrimp ceviche with a light citrus, amaranth and cilantro dressing. It was paired with a 2014 Tantalus Riesling from the Okanagan, BC.

Leboe followed up this delicious start with a dungeness crab salad- delicately prepared with a melon consume, nahm jim and paired with 2013 Lock & Worth Sauv Blanc/ Semillion, Naramata Bench, BC.

Are you drooling yet?

To follow, Leboe prepared a line caught sablefish in a tan tan broth served with a rice cake and tai pan. The rice cake has a really nice texture to accompany the fish and made the dish more interesting. I had no idea it was a rice cake until i read the menu. Not exactly your typical Quaker cake. The sablefish was washed down with a 2013 Vincent Careme Vouvray Sec, Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley France.

For our second entree ( yes- this was truly a grand event! ) we enjoyed a bison striploin prepared by Hawksworth with bacon, chickpea panisse, smoked cauliflower accompanied with a bold red, 2011 Cesconi “Moratel”, merlot/Teroldego/Lagerin from Terino, Italy.

Dessert was one of the best desserts I have ever tasted- thanks Justin Leboe! The only photo I have is of a licked-clean plate, so you’ll have to trust me on this one.

If you’d like to be treated like a true VIP then you should check out the TD Aeroplan card. Tickets to events like this one and even access to the 2015 Juno’s are available.

Perks of being a TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege cardholder include access to exclusive dinners like this one. Guests in Toronto and Vancouver recently enjoyed similar experiences at Bosk Shangri-La and Hawksworth, respectively.  Read more about the many features and benefits you get with the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card here.

For more details on the Hawksworth Scholarship Foundation, including how to apply for the scholarship ($10,000 and a stage at a top international restaurant) visit their site here.

This post is sponsored by TD Aeroplan Infinite Privilege

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