There's no better way to inspire envy among your shellfish-loving friends than to tell them you dined on the freshest possible PEI mussels. But if you're looking to really impress them, discuss the distinction between Malpeques and Raspberry Points, or between Colville Bays and Lucky Limes. These and more "boutique" oyster brands can be enjoyed at many of our local restaurants and pubs.
Prince Edward Island was proud to have partnered with Canada’s most famous chef to showcase the province’s culinary excellence in an original online web video series, Food Country. The weekly series featured Chef Michael Smith’s food adventures as he sourced ingredients throughout the province then returned to his kitchen to cook and create the simple flavourful dishes he’s known for.
“Food Country is an online showcase of Prince Edward Island’s flavours, people and stories,” says Chef Michael Smith. “We’re showing the world what a special food destination we are, how food is woven into the tapestry of our culture and why we’re worth a special visit.”
Each week a new episode launched, alternating between “field” and “kitchen” episodes. In the field, Chef Michael Smith visited potato farms, vegetable farms, beef farms, oyster beds, local markets, a vodka distillery or headed to sea aboard a lobster boat. In the kitchen, Michael transformed the ingredients he found into simple dishes that will inspire viewers in their own kitchen.
As Prince Edward Island’s Food Ambassador, Chef Michael Smith is already well known throughout the world for his advocacy of the Island and support of local food. He continually brings his passion and expertise to the table in highlighting his beloved Island’s products and producers.
Launched in January 2011, there were 24 episodes with a new episode launched each week. On Food Country’s first episode, Chef Michael visited Brookfield Gardens, a vegetable farm in the heart of Prince Edward Island where he found carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and a surprising pig roast. The following Tuesday, the associated kitchen episode aired and featured Chef Michael Smith as he showed how to transform the bounty of Brookfield Gardens into Garlic Steamed Broccoli.