Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Win Tix to TIFF! Courtesy of California Strawberries.

When's the last time your produce took you out on the town? I thought so.

The world famous Toronto International Film Festival is just around the corner and California Strawberries has a pair of gala tickets for one lucky Puppies reader!

People who want to win tickets should:
Be at least 18 years old.
Be able to get themselves to the events (ie: live in or near Toronto).
Email me at livinginthekitchenwithpuppies AT hotmail DOT com (subject line - TIFF) or leave a comment on Cocktail Puppy stating their desire to win tickets!
* Contest closes Monday, August 29th.
* Winner will find out which film they are receiving tickets to on September 2, 2011.

Film info:
* Gala tickets are high profile film screenings at Roy Thomson Hall each evening at 6:30pm and 9:30pm and matinees on weekends during the Festival. Usually, the actors and talent are present to introduce the film and on the red carpet beforehand, but this can not be confirmed
* Opening Night will be on Sept. 9th and closing on Sept. 18th. Non-gala films are spread out amongst various theatres – there are also some great high profile films at Ryerson, VSR at Elgin, Winter Garden and various other theatres.

Excited? Me too. 

What shall we do while we're waiting? Eat!

Check out this Strawberry and Goat Cheese Pizza. Just the thing for an artsy movie night. Better make two.

Red Carpet Recipe:
Strawberry and Goat Cheese Pizza

Recipe and image courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission

    2 salt
    1 tbsp.olive oil
    3 tbsp.white balsamic vinegar
    3 tbsp.extra virgin olive oil
    ¼ cupaged balsamic vinegar
    ½ (4 ounces) cupsoftened goat cheese
    ¼ cup (2 ounces)crumbled goat cheese
    Coarsely ground black pepper
    Baby arugula or other mixed greens
    1 pkg.prepared pizza dough


To make white balsamic vinaigrette: simmer white balsamic vinegar until reduced to 1 1/2 tbsp. Whisk in extra virgin olive oil. To make aged balsamic reduction: simmer aged balsamic vinegar until reduced to about 4 tsp.

Heat oven to 400°F. On lightly floured surface, divide pizza dough into four pieces. Roll each piece of pizza dough into an 8-inch circle. Place on a baking sheet; bake in oven 10 minutes or until firm and slightly brown.

Spread pizzas with softened goat cheese. Toss strawberries with white balsamic vinaigrette; arrange strawberries evenly on goat cheese. Bake 10 minutes more. Remove from oven; scatter crumbled goat cheese on top. Drizzle with aged balsamic reduction; sprinkle with black pepper. Garnish pizzas with a few leaves of arugula or mixed greens.

Makes four 8-inch pizzas

TIFF Winner!
We had a surprising amount of local entries for TIFF tickets and the winner, chosen by, is Erika K! Congratulations Erika!