A Little Light Lunch

On the day of the big feast, here’s a light midday meal to keep hunger at bay while still leaving room for dinner — plus lower-alcohol offerings to serve alongside.

Pisco Rosemary Soda

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Camembert with Roasted Grapes

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Lobster-Crab Cakes with Lemon-Grass Aïoli and Chunky Cucumber-Grapefruit Salad

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Almond-Horchata-Chia Pudding with Dark Fruits


Keeping it Light!

These lower-alcohol options are trending because they offer a pleasing way to start a meal while also matching food seamlessly. Instead of pairing each recipe separately, we’ve rounded up a collection a collection that works with all of the dishes in this menu, for guests to pick and choose from. It’s all about moderation!

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler

Try a low alcohol by volume (ABV) radler that has all the brightness and effervescence of beloved Bavarian lager while showcasing juicy, grapefruit sweetness. Pouring cloudy yellow with a hint of pink blush, it has citrus aromas and tartness that work well with our lavish seafood cakes.

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Social Lite Grapefruit Pomelo

Sparkling with grapefruit essence and not a hint of sweetness, this refreshing bevvy comes across more like a seltzer than a typical cocktail, making it an easy match for food.

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Descendants Beer + Beverage Co El Buscador Cerveza

A Canadian summertime staple, Mexican light lager is a perfectly acceptable beer choice for accompanying a wintertime lunch menu. This pale gold brew has subtle cereal notes and a mild malty flavour that make it versatile for matching with each course.

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Tawse Quarry Road Organic Riesling VQA

With all of the pleasing sweetness, lush fruit notes (like honeyed, zingy tangerine and grapefruit) and minerality you’d hope for in an Ontario Riesling, this wine is tailor-made for opulent lobster dishes like our seafood cakes. Bonus points for being organic and biodynamic and just 10.5% ABV — ticking a few wine-trend boxes on the list.

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Sogrape Gazela Vinho Verde

Light-bodied and crisp, subtly sparkly and wonderfully aromatic, this cheerful, budget-friendly white rings in at only 9 to 10% ABV. It’s a great match for cheese and fruit or seafood.

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