#ygkChallenge: Cook Your Favourite Restaurant Dish

favourite, dish, local, restaurant, kingston, ontarioWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Attempt to Cook Your Favourite (Local) Restaurant Dish! Over the past few weeks we’ve featured a pair of Local Food, Local Chef demonstrations with Atomica’s Andrew Kirby and Aqua Terra’s Clark Day. These demos take place in Market Square on Saturdays throughout July and August at 11am.  While they are a great way to learn some tricks of the trade, these sessions also supply a generous helping of inspiration to try out new recipes and venture into the margins and off the pages of your trusty cookbook. With so many local kitchens preparing amazing dishes, you don’t have to look far for fare worth attempting in your own kitchen.  Whether you fancy a classic grilled cheese from MltDwn, Woodenhead’s voodoo shrimp, or some frites from le Chien Noir, why not give your favourite local dish a try.  Granted, you might not be able to nail the ingredients, recipe or technique on your first outing, but you could get pretty close after a few attempts.  With establishments such as Chez Piggy and Pan Chancho selling cookbooks of their popular menu items and loads of suggestions available online, there’s no shortage of help to point you in the right direction.  Worst case scenario, your experimenting will make that favourite dish of yours even more enjoyable when you find the time to enjoy it in the comfort of said local restaurant.  More optimistically, you might be able to develop your own passable variation!

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Photo credit to Chris Zielecki.

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