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The Editor
My Mother
Was ist eine Mutter?
At Least One Chicken...
Germanica 2007
KW & Beyond
For the Youngster...
Two Very Special Concerts
Nine New "Chevaliers"
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
John G. Diefenbaker-Preis
Canadian Stage Company
German Films in San Francisco
Goethe Institutes in Canada
EU Poetry in Motion
Bee's Knees Performance
Berlin Philharmonics 125th
Ontario Girls Honoured
Liquid Assets
Physicist Von Weizsäcker Died
Powerhouse in Solar
Solar by Germany to Korea
Wind Energy Grows Fast
Brighter Future for Germans
Bunker Attraction

Nine new "Chevaliers" in Toronto!

  Cheese Boutique and Saputo hosted Ontario’s - first ever - "Confrérie du Taste Fromage" on the last day of March 2007 in an all-day event.

Preparations in cheeseFor the first time ever and only the second time outside of France, The Confrérie du Taste Fromage have honoured a select number of the city’s food elite for their knowledge, appreciation and support of Some wine, perhaps?local Canadian Cheese in a ceremony hosted by Fatos Pristine of the Cheese Boutique.

The Confrérie was founded in Paris in 1954 with the goal to showcase all the great cheeses of France, to see that traditions are preserved and to perpetuate the spirit of the Confrérie. In light of this very French vocation, Cheese Boutique and Saputo are especially proud to have welcomed the society’s members to Toronto and in so doing, highlight the know-how of Canadians and their work in promoting cheeses from our soil.

Cheeses galore...Many tasty samples of a variety of cheeses were offered to the visitors to this event.

In attendance, the French delegation included ‘Le Grande-Maitre International de la Confrérie des Chevaliers du taste Fromage de France, Monsieur Christian Room, and Monsieur Jean-Charles Arnaud, the President du Comte National des Produits Laitiers, and Louis Aird, Expert Director of Imports and Fine Cheeses and Commander Taste-Fromage (Canada) for Saputo, and Fatos Pristine, owner/operator of the Cheese Boutique, himself a Chevalier Taste Fromage (Canada).

For the love of cheeseVarious cuisine activities during the day with cheese included some of the city’s most notable French Chefs; Jason Innis & Bertrand Alépée of Amuse-Bouche restaurant, Jean-Charles Dupoire of the Royal York Hotel, and Pascal Ribreau of Celestine Restaurant.

The standard of the "Chevaliers"The event concluded with a gala evening ‘Cheese Extravaganza’ presented by the Bonacini Group at Biff’s.

Members of the community were invited to share in the event and participate in adding awareness for the love of cheese and how it is woven into our city’s culture.

Sword fight... ...ends in celebration
Sword fight... ...ends in celebration

The falconeer and his Peregrine falconTo lend historical colour to the event, the Medieval Time Restaurant had sent two knights on horseback, a falconer with a Peregrine falcon and other medieval folk to help with the festivities.

The fanfaresDuring the Investiture in the afternoon they blew trumpets after each one of the nine new Chevaliers was knighted. This ceremony was about as medieval as you can get – considering that the Confrérie was only founded in 1954 – and an interesting sight for the hundreds of visitors to the store, witnessing the event.

The investiture

The investiture in French by Le Grande-Maitre Monsieur Christian Room Investiture in English by Jean Charles Arnaud
The investiture in French by
Le Grande-Maitre
Monsieur Christian Room
Investiture in English by
Jean Charles Arnaud
The new "Chevaliers"
The new "Chevaliers"

The new Chevaliers were Chef Mark McEwen, Linda Haynes, James Chatto, Michael Bonacini, Chef Lynn Crawford, Brian Langley, Jacob Richler, John Louis Coppa and last but not least Afrim Pristine – Fatos’s son! I guess here is where the wise old German saying fits: " Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm!" (The apple doesn’t drop too far away from the tree!) And you could see how proud father Fatos was about his son! They both take their cheeses very seriously!

May is "Chef" month!May is "Festival of Chefs" again every weekend – including Victoria Day, Monday, 21st of May, at the Cheese Boutique! This is something else to look forward to and the ‘cognoscenti’ already plan their purchases to coincide with these weekends! This year’s line-up is as impressive as ever: Donna Dooher, Massimo Capra, Keith Froggett, Bruce Woods, Lino Collevechio, Jonathan Gushue, Aaron Barberian, Anthony Walsh and Jamie Kennedy – on the last Sunday.


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