This Sunday, sixty of Toronto's hottest Elites gathered at Negroni, College Street's premier gourmet panini bistro, to sample the tastiest meats, cheeses and spreads to ever find themselves nestled between slices of toasty ciabatta. Earlier in the week a callout was placed to create a dream panini and the winning selection was dished up to all attendees: Shari M's choice of prosciutto, provolone, portabello mushrooms, basil pesto & garlic spread won out over other creative suggestions, including Val G's "chevretine, broccoli sprouts and grilled caramelized squash", Thom H's "prosciutto, percorino romano, roasted red peppers and frisee" or Kat "fresh-off-a-flight-from-Japan' T's "Pley date" panini consisting of pancetta, dates and goat cheese spread.
Guests sipped on hefty glasses of red and white from Mark Anthony Wines and guzzled bottles of pilsner from Toronto's own Steam Whistle Brewery. Of the paninis that floated by our heads we spotted asparagus and goat cheese with peperonata along with Milano salami, goat cheese and black olive tapenade and a "totally ridiculous" (said Suzan K) dessert panini with hazelnut spread and fresh berries topped with icing sugar. Dale M exclaimed: "Sausage and salami reigned supreme tonight and were doled out by some of the hardest-working staff I've ever seen on College Street!"
Many thanks to Bill Sweete, owner of Negroni, and his wonderfully accommodating team – servers Neil and Lisa, and the rest of the kitchen staff who graciously guided us on an unforgettable gourmet panini tour!
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