Broccoli and Cheddar au Gratin at Mettawas Station for the 2012 Winter Bites Culinary Week

For Day 3 of the 2012 Winter Bites Culinary Week, I zipped out to Kingsville, Ontario, for a nice little lunch getaway. After visiting The Main Grill & Ale House and Jack’s Gastropub (who told me they’ve seen a great turnout so far for Winter Bites Culinary Week) I headed to Mettawas Station for their $15 lunch.

My selections from their Winter Bites menu were:

  • Broccoli & Cheddar Soup au Gratin
  • Baked Rigatoni
  • Casatelli

The soup was absolutely incredible. The thick layer of cheddar was melted over top the soup which had nice chunks of broccoli and bread in it. An absolute must order in my opinion. My only two complaints to Chef Anthony Del Brocco were 1) I wanted a never-ending supply of it and 2) with the shape of the bowl I had no clue how to lick it clean.

The Baked Rigatoni didn’t disappoint either. The sauce had a creaminess to it but definitely did not overpower all the flavours.

As good as the two opening dishes were, the Casatelli were my favourite, in part because of a personal affiliation. We used to make these around Christmas time with my Nonna and eating them brought back some nice memories.

Try to give yourself a little getaway and head to Kingsville for a Winter Bites meal. While you’re out in that direction visit Colio Estate Winery for a wine and cheese tasting as part of Winter Bites Culinary Week.  The cost is $7 per person.  They also have tours available at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm for $4 per person.