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October 8, 2009
St. Lawrence Market reveals its flair for fare with The Market Kitchen
Today, Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) was put to the culinary test by Odysseas Gounalakis, Chair, St. Lawrence Market Tenants’ Association, at the official opening of Miele Gallery at The Market Kitchen, St. Lawrence Market’s new cooking school and event venue.

“The Market Kitchen is the perfect pairing with St. Lawrence Market, which is renowned for its food quality, selection and freshness,” said Councillor McConnell. “The addition of a new programming space in this iconic heritage site ensures that St. Lawrence Market remains vital and dynamic through the generations.”

The Market Kitchen is a partnership between the City of Toronto, which owns and operates St. Lawrence Market, and the St. Lawrence Market Tenants’ Association. The Market Kitchen serves dual purposes: a cooking school to inspire people of all ages to sharpen their culinary skills; and an event venue that offers a unique atmosphere for any community, social or business function.

Located on the west mezzanine of the south market building, the 2,400 sq. ft. area was renovated without any alterations to its foundation. The space retains its original architectural features - soaring ceiling, 20 ft. windows and raw brick walls, one of which dates back to the mid-1800s when Toronto’s first City Hall was located on this site (1845-1899).The classic architecture is fused with modern and eco-friendly amenities, including energy-efficient appliances, sponsored by Miele.

The Market Kitchen is designed to complement, enhance and support the market functions. The space overlooks the marketplace below and is open concept, which strengthens a connection with the market’s activities while providing greater access to the market by visitors. Additionally, all ingredients used in cooking classes and food served in the kitchen will be purchased from the market merchants.

“The Market Kitchen celebrates the best of St. Lawrence Market - food and drink,” said Mr. Gounalakis. “In partnering with the City on this project, we value their commitment to supporting local businesses. This is another opportunity for the tenants to cater to market visitors and to showcase our best.”

The fall and winter calendar of events at the cooking school is now available. This season, the Market Kitchen welcomes celebrity chefs Anna Olson and Ken Kostick, and offers hands-on cooking classes and interactive demonstrations for people of all ages. A Food Tasting and History Show is held every Saturday at 10 a.m. to introduce visitors to the market fare. For more information, including a list of culinary events, visit

“As one of the city’s greatest public spaces, it is important to engage residents in their public market,” added Councillor McConnell. “The market is more than a place to shop for groceries -- it is a destination that promotes food education and functions as a gathering place. The Market Kitchen only serves to reinforce this reputation.”

About Miele
Founded in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann, Miele continues today as a family-owned and family-run German company which features built-in coffee systems, convection and steam ovens, various cooktops, hoodfans world renowned dishwashers, laundry pairs, vacuums and all new MasterCool refrigeration systems. Visit or call 1-800-565-6435 for details.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, Finance & Administration,, 416-392-4993



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