1 Michael Caballo and his wife, Tobey Nemeth are the chef/owners of Edulis in Toronto. We had a fantastic dinner the night prior to the delicious food show.
2 The next morning, there was quite a long line waiting for the Delicious Food Show to open!
3 Petite and Sweet created this cake for the official show opening. It was beautiful and tasted great! http://www.petiteandsweet.ca/
4 Another look
5 I was asked to open the show by cutting the cake instead of a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony.
6 Here I am with Bill Lennie - President of Home Depot Canada, and Judy Merry - Vice President of Informa Canada, the organizers of Delicious Food Show.
7 Joining me and Bill Lennie was Chuck Hughes - a French-Canadian chef and TV personality.
8 Early in the day, I was part of a press conference and Petite and Sweet catered the breakfast. It was yummy and beautiful! http://www.petiteandsweet.ca/
9 More of Petite and Sweet - Thank you also to Pluck Teas for supplying all of the breakfast beverages. http://www.pluckteas.com/
10 There were many great things to see and to taste at the show. I really liked the Jack & Lil's booth and thought these hanging mugs was a clever idea. http://www.jackandlils.ca/
11 I also liked Jack & Lil's beautiful handcrafted wooden food pedestals.
12 And these charming dish towels also at Jack & Lil's
13 There were some delicious cheese samples - Ivanhoe Old Sharpe and Horseradish Cheddar.
14 I was fascinated by this Urban Cultivator, an indoor garden that provides 18 hours of sunlight a day. Growing in a pure environment, you get the freshest herbs and greens - perfect for your home or restaurant. http://www.urbancultivator.net/
15 Jaswant's Kitchen is a mother - daughter team that creates Indian spice blends and easy and delicious recipes to make Indian meals at home. http://www.jaswantskitchen.com/
16 There were all sorts of wonderful sausages and salamis at Superior Meats.
17 Gorgeous breads at the Foodwares Market at the Hudson Bay
18 Paella pans at the Patria Spanish restaurant booth - http://www.patriatoronto.com/
19 And paella too!
20 There were so many good nibbles!
21 This is Chef Nuit (right) from Sabai Sabai Thai restaurant in Toronto.
22 This is Kaho Soi and Tom Yum Soup from Sabai Sabai.
23 There I am carved into a pumpkin! This is the Say it with Fruit booth. The owner heard I like white pumpkins. http://www.sayitwithfruit.com/
24 Say It With Fruit had exquisitely carved melons.
25 An amazing watermelon rose
26 I sampled some refreshing Samuel Adam's Boston Lager.
27 Ice Syrup is a nonalcoholic syrup made from grapes harvested and pressed while still frozen. The syrup has an intense flavor profile and is uniquely created in the Niagra Peninsula.
28 Belly Ice Cream company makes all natural, locally sourced ice cream and artisan gelato. Delicious! http://www.bellyicecreamcompany.ca
29 Acropolis, another exhibitor, specializes in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. http://www.acropolisorganics.com/
30 Three Farmers produces cold-pressed olive oil. http://threefarmers.ca/
31 Andrew Ritchie, who writes the blog, Martha Moments, lives in Toronto and came by to say hello. http://marthamoments.blogspot.com/
32 I love AGA Cookers and have one in the kitchen of my stable. Here I am with a representative from AGA Marvel.
33 The celebrity stage at the Better Living Center was outfitted with my Ox Hill kitchen available at The Home Depot. It looked beautiful!
34 I love the open shelving that's offered through my kitchen line at The Home Depot.
35 MSLO's Thomas Joseph, Director of Food Development, assisted me with the demo. We made 3 different cakes - Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake, Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake, and Baked Alaska.
36 I talked about my Golden Rules For Cakes.
37 1 - Read the recipe all the way through before you begin. 2 - Choose your ingredients wisely. 3 - Be mindful of recipe details. 4 - Don't rush the mixing process for batter or frosting. 5 - Prepare your pans properly.
38 6 - A good oven thermometer is key. 7 - Rotate cake pans halfway through the baking time to ensure even baking. 8 - Watch out for clues when gauging whether a cake is done. 9 - Let cakes cool completely before frosting them. 10 - Serve your cake at the right temperature, as well.
39 This was the crowd at my cooking demo. There were over 1,000 people there!
40 Here I am in that same Home Depot Celebrity Stage Kitchen earlier in the day, preparing for an interview with Canada AM.
41 Decorating expert, Karl Lohnes, styled my greenroom for me. He did a great job of recreated our NYC offices in the Better Living Center. I was so impressed!
42 He even included a wall of windows with the same view of what we see looking east.
43 This wall included beautiful images of the different Martha Stewart Living kitchen styles available at The Home Depot.
44 I traveled with MSLO's Sally Downs - Publicist, Judy Morris - Special Project Producer, Claudia Shaum - VP of Corporate Communications, and Patsy Pollack - SEVP, Merchandising.
45 Here I am with Megan Schroeder - Divisional Product Merchant at The Home Depot Canada, Bill Lennie - President of The Home Depot Canada, and Peg Hunter - Vice President, Marketing & ecommerce The Home Depot Canada.
46 This woman's name was also Martha Stewart!
47 Towards the end of the day, I signed copies of my newest book, Martha Stewart's Cakes. The line was very long!
48 Here I am signing copies of Martha Stewart's Cakes. The cakes I made during press interviews were on display.
49 A nice shot of Patsy
50 On Friday, we had a Persian lunch at Takht-e Tavoos. This is dizi sanghi, a two-part stew. Broth is decanted into a soup bowl and lamb and vegetables come in a dizi pot with a long metal pestle for mashing. The mashed stew is eaten on flatbread with yogurt and pickled vegetables. The broth is sopped up with bread. Many flavors and textures and utterly delicious!
51 At Takht-e Tavoos, they serve a variety of spinach and egg dishes. I had my eggs served sunny side up.
52 Patsy had her eggs scrambled with spinach.