The DeLish Bite

Lindsay Evans blogs about food, entertaining and her favourite recipes for Green Living.

I have just come across another reason too love our new hood. Loïc Gourmet is owner and chef David Kokai’s version of a Parisian ‘traiteur’, offering freshly prepared French inspired cuisine in the heart of Riverside in Toronto. After honing his skills at George Brown Culinary School, and many great restaurants including Mercer Street Grill, Kokai has fulfilled his dream of opening Loïc (sweetly named after his 2 year old son). I first sampled his goods while on a food styling shoot - the velvety carrot, orange and ginger soup was bursting with flavour and utterly delicious mopped up with a warm, crusty multigrain baguette (I have since checked the daily changing menu often to hope to catch a glimpse of it again). I recently decided to drop by to see for myself what Loïc is all about. Located just East of Queen and Broadview, Loïc Gourmet offers refined, locally sourced and fully cooked take-away meals for urbanites on the go. They favor local and seasonal products and source naturally raised meats and sustainable seafood from the likes of Cumbrae’s, Brome Lake and Niagara Food Specialties. Their menu staples include fresh and velvety homemade soups, hearty panini’s and sandwiches and interesting salads. But their real specialties include European inspired classics like a Charcuterie Plate with Niagara region naturally raised cured meats, a Croque Monsieur (or Madame) with ham, béchamel and Emmental, a French onion soup consistently getting rave reviews and the always present Naturally Raised Rotisserie Chicken with Loïc’s house made BBQ sauce. And Loïc seems to be doing their part for the environment too. They offer compostable takeout containers that can be thrown right into your green bin or, if you are looking for something a bit fancier, glass and ceramic dishes are available for a deposit. They also offer catering, a selection of frozen entrees and a gourmet product boutique where you can find a wide selection of (mostly) Canadian made products. A sample of Loïc’s Boutique Products: Black River All natural fruit juices made in Ontario Brunello Imports Fine Italian imports Cocoa Camino Organic and fair trade chocolate products Café Jules Patisserie Locally made cookies and baked goods Dovetale Collections Fine European imports Full Feeling Locally made hot sauces Forbes Wild Canadian foods Gibbons Family Farms Ontario maple products La Natura Locally handcrafted salsas and dips Lesley Stowe Raincoast crips McCaig Québec honey products Mrs McGarrigle's Award wining mustards and preserves from Ontario Mr Vinegar Handcrafted vinegars from Hamilton Neal Brothers Distributors of natural, organic, and specialty foods. Planet Bean Fair trade and organic coffee