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The Trout Point kitchen emphasizes what is fresh & local: organic produce, herbs, wild foods, and sustainable seafood. The Lodge has had its culinary talents praised by a variety of sources, including Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, and ForbesTraveler. Trout Point’s chef/proprietors previously operated one of Louisiana first certified organic farms, Chicory Farm, as well as the acclaimed Chicory Farm Cafe in New Orleans, and count among just a handful of North Americans inducted into the French Guilde des fromagers in 1994. They also cooked at Costa Rica’s Inn at Coyote Mountain and have taught cooking classes in Granada, Spain.

  • Grilled sustainable swordfish skewers on a bed of spaghettini with Spanish saffron and organic maitake mushrooms
  • Provencal lentil soup
  • Oyster and fennel soup
  • Fresh local haddock crusted with dill & sesame with a white wine, dill, & cream reduction
  • Seafood Gumbo with scallops, oysters, & shrimp
  • Saffron-scented Mediterranean chick pea soup with chorizo

    Nova Scotia cuisine

    Grilled Trout Point grape leaves stuffed w/ beef & lemongrass

  • Grilled Trout Point grape leaves stuffed beef & lemongrass
  • Haddock ceviche
  • Caribbean black bean soup
  • Creole chicken & kkra gumbo
  • Scallops ravigote with wild mushrooms and garden chives
  • Local Ruisseau oyster with Brie & bacon jam from the Yarmouth Farmer’s Market

Nigel Richardson of The Telegraph has said: “In one place, decor and cuisine came together in a glorious synthesis of international quality and style. That place was Trout Point, a wilderness lodge in the western interior where refugees from Louisiana have created a Cajun-Acadian gastronomy of simple excellence. That night I dined on squash blossoms stuffed with beef and crabmeat, sat around a camp fire and watched the merest flickering of the aurora borealis in the northern sky.”

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Trout Point started planting seeds for this season’s garden more than a month ago and the results have been fantastic! The Lodge now has three major garden areas: at the main lodge, at Beaver Hall, and the largest garden off the East Branch Road. The 5 Lodge alpacas plus organic waste from the kitchen provide for world-class fertilizer.

Here’s a partial list of what has been planted so far:

Sea Kale
Asparagus
Sweetie Cherry Tomatoes
Heirloom Black Cherry tomatoes
Heirloom Giant Valentine
Heirloom Italian Bruschetta tomato
Heirloom Violetta di Firenze eggplant
Heirloom Vittoria long eggplant
Cape goose berries
Cardoon
Artichoke Imperial Star
Artichoke Green Globe
Kale Russian White
Atlantis Borkali
Sage
Rosemary
Basil, Lime
Basil, Opal
Basil, Thai
Basil, Sweet Aroma
Basil, Nufar
Basil, Lettuce Leaf
Italian Parsley
Dill
Fennel
Lovage
French Thyme
Leek, Large Musselburg
Leek, American Flag
Leek, Varna
Leek, Swiss Zermatt
Leek, Lyon Prize
Celery
Sweet Pepper gypsy
Sweet Pepper Red Bull Horns
Hot Pepper Thai red
Hot Pepper Jalapeño
Hot Pepper Early Jalapeño
Hot Pepper M Jalapeño
Marjoram

Heirloom Red Oblong Onion

Mmmmmmmmmm.

All this bounty will be appearing in the Lodge’s dining rooms soon enough! No wonder Trout Point has a 3 Star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

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Here’s a draft recipe from the next cookbook.

Lobster Gumbo
(serves 6 as a main dish or soup)

This recipe using Atlantic Acadian primary ingredients also draws on tried-and-true techniques of New Orleans, with its use of the classic “holy trinity” of bell pepper, onion, and celery, combined with a special mix of aromatic spices and herbs. Toast some of the spices in a dry saute pan over medium- to low heat until they turn aromatic, before adding them to this dish.

Ingredients

1/2 cup flour (organic, non enriched, all-purpose flour)
1/2 cup sunflower oil (grape seed oil or peanut oil are also possible)
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped bell pepper (green is usual; red or orange can be used)
1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion (any onion except red onion)
1 cup coarsely chopped celery
1 large bay leaf (preferably fresh)
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup dried oregano
1/2 cup dried thyme leaves
1/8 tsp dried mustard
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp toasted cumin seed
1/8 tsp toasted coriander seed
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped parsley
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lb. (at minimum) lobster (add additional lobster if serving as a main dish, or to taste)
6 cups stock derived from steaming the live lobsters and boiling their shells
A handful of okra or green beans

optional: 1 tbsp white wine or cognac added to the stock.

Technique
1. Steam the whole, live lobster, reserving the steaming water left in pot. Allow the lobster to cool; shuck, and then cut the meat from the lobster into bite size pieces. Reserve.

2. Keep the head and shells for making the stock.

3, Place the lobster head and shells into stock pot along with the reserved lobster cooking liquid; add enough water to get a total of 6 cups of liquid; bring this to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off and reserve. You may want to filter the stock before using in the step below.

4. Heat the oil in a soup pot or large sauce pan until hot, but not smoking.

5 .Add the flour to the hot oil; stir constantly on medium heat until the mixture turns the color of a brown paper bag,

7 .Add the chopped fresh vegetables (except parsley and okra or green bean) into the oil & flour mixture, stir and cook for about two minutes.

8. Add the spice and seasoning ingredients, stir and cook for about a minute.

9. Add the lobster stock to the pot and bring to a simmer; cook for about 12 minutes (do not let soup boil; otherwise you will have to skim the foam off the top before serving).

10. Blend all the ingredients except the bay leaf in a blender on high until creamed, return the contents of the blender to the pot and bring to a simmer.

Note: Everything before now can be done in advance before moving to the next step. The following steps should be done 5 minutes before serving.

11. Once the blended mixture has reached a simmer, add a handful of cleaned okra cut into 1 inch size pieces or green beans cut into 2-inch size pieces (for the okra remove heals and tips, in the case of green beans remove side strings). Simmer for about 3 minutes.

12. Add the reserved lobster meat and cook only enough to warm the meat over medium-low heat, about two minutes.

11. Add fresh parsley, taste for salt. Serve, garnished with coarsely chopped green onions (including the green parts) .

By: Vaughan Perret & Charles Leary

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The Seafood Cookery Cookery course focuses on the use of different fish and shellfish, including selection & freshness, various cooking techniques, making ceviche, and home smoking methods. It also exposes participants to Mediterranean, Creole, Acadian French, and Cajun cooking styles. During the class the instructors and students will together create seafood-based meals, from appetizers and soups to entrees, breads, and desserts. This unique cooking vacation will introduce participants to the culture and history of French New World cuisinesImage as well as the principles of Mediterranean Cuisine, including the cooking and culture of the Mediterranean region and southern Spain, where the instructors have perfected techniques and recipes at the Granada Cooking School in Granada. Dishes and techniques may include making couscous, paella, stuffed mussels, and seafood grilling.

The Nova Scotia Seafood Cooking School is a Signature Experience of the Canadian Tourism Commission!

2014 Dates:

MAY 23-25

JUNE 6-8

OCTOBER 10-12

The cost, per person, for Seafood Cookery is CAN $899 for 2014 sessions. The program includes two nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe Junior Suite or Deluxe Room (double occupancy; upgrades available), all meals, and the culinary instruction and field trips (if offered).  There is also a 9% service fee. Those not wishing to participate in the culinary program can stay at Trout Point Lodge using the normal room and meal tariffs. A signed copy of Trout Point Lodge Cookbook: Creole Cuisine from New Orleanns to Nova Scotia is included.A 50% deposit is taken at the time of reservation, subject to refund as per Trout Point’s usual cancellation policy.

For information and reservations, please call (902) 761-2142 or e-mail.

A typical weekend culinary vacation schedule:

Friday
3-4:00 pm: Arrival & check-in

4 pm: Introduction,main dining room (wine & cheese)

4:30 pm: Seafood quality and selecting seafood; sustainability

5:30 pm: break

7:00 pm: Cocktails in the great room

7:30 pm: Dinner in Chez la Tousquet

Saturday
8:00 am: Breakfast

9:15 am: Field trip (coast near Yarmouth)

1:00 pm: Lunch at Trout Point Lodge

3:00 pm: Non-heat seafood cookery and seafood smoking; kitchen

4:30 pm: Acadian Rappie Pie; kitchen

7:00 pm: Cocktails in the great room

7:30 pm Dinner

Sunday
8-9:30 am: Breakfast

10:30 am: Elegant and simple seafood cookery (hands on)

11:30 am: Lobster and fresh squid ink pasta making

1:00 pm: Farewell Lunch

Those wishing to arrival a day early or extend their stay are welcome to do so at the regular Trout Point Lodge room rates.

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Three StarTrout Point Lodge has become the first restaurant in Canada to receive international recognition for its sustainability, with the award of a Three Star rating from the UK-based Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The SRA conducts an independent assessment based on a questionnaire and follow up evaluation.

The SRA’s assessors were impressed with the exceptional level of sustainability standards across the board at the Lodge, particularly its social and environmental policies, They awarded it the highest possible rating – Three Stars. Trout Point previously had a Two Star rating, but made improvements in supply chain during the 2013 season that resulted in this favourable re-assessment.

The award reflects its commitment to using local, organic, and ethically sourced produce and making substantial efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. “The highest score was achieved in Sustainable Fish where an emphasis on local and sustainable fish and seafood is placed. In Environment Trout Point Lodge achieved its highest score across the SRA’s three pillars of sustainability with 75%. An exceptional approach to Supply Chain led to a perfect score for this section, as well as an excellent approach to recycling.”

The SRA has rated more than 500 restaurants in the UK and launched its Sustainability Rating globally at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards in London in May this year, where Narisawa in Tokyo won the Sustainable Restaurant Award. Restaurants complete a survey covering the SRA’s three main pillars of sustainability, Sourcing, Society and Environment.

The Sunday Times branded the SRA’s rating the Michelin Stars of Sustainability. Mark Linehan, Managing Director of the SRA, said: “Consumers globally want to know that restaurants are taking care of the issues that matter to them. That’s why we decided to launch the rating globally so that wherever you are in the world you can choose a restaurant using the same criteria. We’re delighted that Trout Point Lodge is blazing the trail in Canada and we hope other restaurants will follow their lead.”

For all enquiries please contact Tom Tanner on 020 7479 4235 or email tom@thesra.org.

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Trout Point Lodge is pleased to announce that it has placed number 5 on a list of the world’s top 10 hotel culinary schools just published by Fox News in the United States and curated by Gayot.com.

“Both globetrotting gourmets and rookie cooks should check out the world’s top 10 hotel culinary schools where everyone can take lessons while on holiday,” stated the article.

This Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, wilderness lodge was singled out as embodying cutting edge offerings for tourists: “Rugged wilderness, sustainable food practices and cozy quarters that include freestanding cottages make this Atlantic Canada lodge one of our favorites.” The commentary authored by the food-oriented guide Gayot also praised Trout Point’s “innovative French Acadian cuisine.” The Lodge was the only hotel on the list representing Canada.

The online version of the article can be found at http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/11/08/top-10-hotel-culinary-schools/.
Other hotels among the top 10 include Villa Giona of Verona, Italy, and the Sazon Cooking School at Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Trout Point Lodge has earned 5 stars in the Inn category from Canada Select and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Gayot was founded by André & Alain Gayot. André Gayot, who with his friends

Henri Gault and Christian Millau coined and promoted the term “Nouvelle Cuisine” in the early 1970s, has been directing sophisticated travelers to the world’s best restaurants, hotels, shops, sightseeing and cultural attractions for more than 45 years. His expertise provided a foundation for Gayot guides in the United States, beginning in 1981.

Alain Gayot, André’s son, participated in the launch of the American guide book series and began researching ways to distribute the content electronically, initially with Minitel technology in the early ’90s, later with partners of the Prodigy network, and finally on the web with AOL and other media companies.

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Wine Spectator magazine has granted a 2013 Award of Excellence to Trout Point Lodge for its wine list and wine service. Wine Spectator gives the Award for “lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.” Trout Point was noted for its particular strength in wines from France.

2013 is the 5th consecutive year that the Lodge has received the Award.

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Trout Point Lodge is pleased to announce it has been declared a “champion of sustainability” and received 2 stars from the Sustainable Restaurant AssociationLondon, England-based Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), in the very first instance of the SRA’s rating scheme implementation in North America. The global launch of the Rating complements the granting of the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 ceremony on April 29. Organized by Restaurant magazine and sponsored by San Pellegrino, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts.

The SRA announced the new global reach of its rating in conjunction with the unveiling of the 50 Best list, which receives worldwide press attention. According to the Association, restaurants across Asia, Africa, Europe and North America are lining up to take the Rating, with the aim of earning the coveted stars – called ‘the Michelin Stars of sustainability’ by The Sunday Times in the UK.

The Lodge, located within the UNESCO-recognized Southwest Nova Scotia Biosphere Reserve, has long received acclaim for its kitchen while also endeavouring to excel in eco-friendly and sustainable practices, earning 5 Green Keys and the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award several years ago. “After reading about the worldwide launch of the Sustainable Restaurant Association program at the 50 Best Restaurant Awards, we contacted the Association in London to undergo an assessment,” said the Lodge’s co-owner Charles Leary. The Lodge has also offered cooking classes emphasizing sustainable seafood and local ingredients for over a decade. Scientific American termed Trout Point a “serious venue for culinary ecotourism” in 2009.

Mark Linehan, Managing Director of the SRA, said: “For an increasing number of consumers a critical part of a good dining experience is knowing the restaurant is taking care to source its ingredients responsibly, treat its staff well and manage its resources efficiently. That’s why we introduced this rating system in the UK and are now offering it to restaurants worldwide – to provide diners with a directory of restaurants that share the same values. Congratulations to Trout Point for blazing a trail in Canada.”

The SRA assessment, covering Sourcing, Environment and Society, is open to restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafes or anywhere else serving food and the initial online assessment is free to take. The Sustainability Rating process involves thorough and independent assessment across 14 key areas of sustainable practices and management. Those establishments that excel gain One Star (good), Two Star (excellent), or Three Star (exceptional) status. A Sustainability Champion badge is the hallmark of a restaurant going the extra mile to achieve sustainability, according to the Association.The assessment process was completed yesterday.

“The criterion are strict and engage us in reviewing and thinking about all aspects of our operation,” said Leary. “Earning 2 stars at the outset is a testament to sustainable practices we’ve already engaged in, while the assessment also pointed out areas for improvement to be truly exceptional on a world stage.” Consumers increasingly pay attention to green practices and sustainability in choosing hotels & restaurants, at all levels of style and cuisine.

Renowned chef Raymond Blanc OBE is President of the non-profit Association. The Chef Patron of two Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and founder of Brasserie Blanc restaurants has always been a campaigner for sustainability and food ethics. “He is the perfect chef to continue our mission to help restaurants to be more sustainable and give diners the chance to choose restaurants that match their ethical and environmental standards,” said the Association of his appointment last year.

“We greatly appreciate the great company we’re in,” stated Leary. In the 2013 World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the award for the most Sustainable Restaurant went to Narisawa of Tokyo, Japan, the result of an SRA assessment.

Trout Point Lodge achieved 5 stars from Canada Select last year, and belongs to the stringent quality accommodation groups Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North America.

About the SRA

The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) is a not-for-profit membership organisation providing restaurants with expert sustainability advice through a team of specialist account managers. The SRA helps member restaurants source food more sustainably, manage resources more efficiently and work more closely with their community.  Members enjoy the economic benefits of greater sustainability and the SRA promotes their activities to consumers.

The SRA Rating System involves Restaurants completing a rigorous survey, providing answers and evidence to questions across 14 areas of sustainability. The SRA then assesses the results and rates the restaurants accordingly.

Three-Star Sustainability Champions – These restaurants have demonstrated exceptional all round sustainability, scoring consistently well across every category totalling at least 70%.

Two-Star Sustainability Champions – These restaurants have demonstrated excellent all round sustainability, scoring at least 60%.

One-Star Sustainability Champions – These restaurants have demonstrated good all round sustainability, scoring at least 50%.

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Trout Point Lodge has always been dedicated to growing its own vegetables, herbs, and flowers without chemical pesticides or herbicides. Each year since 2000, gardens have grown in size & diversity, first in ever-expanding beds next to the main lodge itself, next at River Bend, and last year at a new vineyard/market garden site off the East Branch Road.

This year the edible delicacies sustainably produced at Trout Point are greater than ever!

The sustainability of operations has bounded forward with the addition of Alpacas and a new barn this Spring. While the Alpacas will help pack on day trips to Billy’s Hill in the core of the UNESCO Southwest Nova Scotia Biosphere Reserve, their composted manure will fertilize the extensive plantings. This will compliment the composted organic waste from the kitchen and the local seaweeds we have always used to make our soils more fertile. Plantings are now so large, a new Kubota tractor will help with tilling and hauling. Tests plots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes continue.

The new Farm at Trout Point encompasses all these great advancements. This is true frontier agriculture, with the Lodge having to clear, fertilize, and sustain virgin soils with every advancement. Guests will see these items on the Trout Point tabel d’hôte menus throughout the summer and fall season. The menu at Trout Point also incorporates wild edibles, wildcrafted seasonally from the local environment.

Here’s a sampling of what we’re planting and/or harvesting this year:

HERBS

Tarragon
Rosemary
parsley, Italian and curly
cilantro
Thai basil (3 varieties)
purple basil
ruffled purple basil
nufar basil
Genovese basil
sage
chervil
lovage
borage
oregano
marjoram
Vietnamese cilantro
dill several varieties
chives
lavender
bergamot
mints, spearmint, mint, pineapple mint
Thyme, French, English and orange

VEGETABLES

Shiitake mushrooms grown on local hardwood logs
Jerusalem artichoke (Fuseau, stampede)
Asparagus
Artichoke Tavares
Squash (golden scallop, buttercup, butternut, crook neck)
Okra, purple and green
Parsley root
Mache
Arugula, wild and cultivated
nasturtium leaves
Purple fleshed potatoes
White and red fingerling potatoes
Sugar snaps
Broad beans
Scarlet runner beans
French snap beans
sprouts (broccoli, alfalfa, clover, fenugreek, mung)
Tomatoes (striped, andean, black plums, amish paste)
Hot peppers (jalepeños and sweet hots)
Mesclun mix, red mix, butterhead mix
eggplant
leeks
kale, white and black
purple brussel sprouts
New Zealand spinach
cantaloupe
Swiss chard
beets
onions
shallots
Heirloom garlic varieties
Brocoli Raab
Chinese brocoli
Chinese cabbages
spinach
cress
chicory
cucumbers (traditional, English, Turkish heirloom)
Cape gooseberries
tomatillos
carrots
French sorrel
spinach
horseradish root
purple Japanese mustard
celery (green & red)

EDIBLE FLOWERS

scarlet runner bean blossoms
nasturtium
pinks
calendula
viloas
marigolds
Monera
squash blossoms
borage flowers
chive blossoms
mustard blossoms
arugula blossoms

WILD FOODS

burdock root
evening of primrose root
dock
sweet fern
violets
pin cherries
sea beans
sea lettuce
kelp
Black trumpet mushrooms
Golden chanterelles
Hen of the woods mushroom
Chicken of the woods mushroom
Lobster mushrooms
various russulas
velvet foot mushrooms
indian cucumber root
wild sorrel

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A list of the 10 best hotels with “luxurious lodgings that offer lessons in the fine art of cookery,” has included Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia. “Rugged wilderness, sustainable food practices and cozy accommodations that include freestanding cottages make this Atlantic Canada property one of our favorites,” says the independent review.

Other hotels on the list include Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Gayot.com serves as a serious, honest and professional resource on dining, travel and lifestyle for an international readership in search of the best. Gayot guides were founded by André Gayot, who with his friends Henri Gault and Christian Millau coined and promoted the term “Nouvelle Cuisine” in the early 1970s.  André and his children Alain and Sophie have been directing sophisticated travelers to the world’s best restaurants, hotels, shops, sightseeing and cultural attractions for more than 45 years.

Trout Point Lodge has offered culinary vacations and cooking classes since 2000.

 

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