A great meal requires great ingredients. We are proud to support two of our local purveyors of meat, who supply us with the best quality proteins grown in Ontario.
With stores in Oshawa, Whitby, Mississauga and St. Jacobs, Halenda’s is a family owned company who sell the best beef and chicken we’ve ever tasted. Their thick cut bacon is a thing of beauty!
Our friend Chris Kurtz at the Great Canadian Meat Company in Whitby learned his meat curing skills from his Dad, an old world European butcher. That means that Chris knows his way around the meat! Kurtz’s BBQ hot dogs and sausages are the absolute best on the market. Just because the kids want hot dogs doesn’t mean they have to be crap, grill up the good stuff! While you are in the store, be sure to grab a freshly cut hot deli sandwich.
A BBQ isn’t complete without beer! We are always happy to keep it local and two of our favourite craft brewers are right here in Durham region.
The Brock Street Brewing Company is in Whitby, right around the corner from The Garage. Not on Brock Street, yet, these guys are trying hard to take over the old firehall in downtown Whitby to peddle their pints. We’re hoping it happens soon!
Their award winning collection of beers are nothing short of fantastic, both in a glass and as an ingredient. If you haven’t already, check out our recipe for beef short ribs, braised in Brock Street Irish Red.
There must be 20 or more watering holes within walking distance of The Garage, and yet we have never really had a ‘local’ that we visit weekly. Until that is, we discovered Old Flame in nearby Port Perry. Built in an 1800’s era carriage-works which has twice been damaged by fire, Old Flame has a comfortable old world charm that couldn’t be more perfect. It is a brewery where you can just hang out and enjoy yourself, listen to live music and have a good time. Hungry? You’ll have to bring your own!
Old Flame also has a collection of award winning brews that have to be tried. My personal fave these days is Perry Loves Mary. I’m not a fruit beer guy, but the seasonal blueberry ale is incredibly refreshing on a hot afternoon!