Canada Dinner

Bailliage of Nova Scotia, Canada
Halifax (Nova Scotia), January 20, 2023

Wonderful six courses at The Mercantile Social
" Donna and Carl Sparkes, owners of The Mercantile Social, generously hosted the event "

The Bailliage of Nova Scotia held its AGM Dinner on a snowy January evening at The Mercantile Social, located in the Maple in downtown Halifax.

Donna and Carl Sparkes, owners of The Mercantile Social, generously hosted the event while Executive Chef Calvin Kempen prepared a wonderful six-course menu. Both AGM and Reception were held in the Rhino Room, an intimate private dining room with a distinctive “Rhino Motif” accenting the fireplace.


Seared scallop
roasted salad, endive, citrus vinaigrette
Joel Gott Chardonnay ‘unoaked’ 2022
California, USA

Lobster ravioli, bisque sauce
Butternut squash ravioli
browned butter and sage sauce
Chablis 2020
Lois Jadot - Burgundy, France

Herb crusted lamb lollipops
wilted greens, mushroom crema
Eggplant Parmigiana
herbed artichokes, roasted vegetables
Brunello Di Montalcino 2016
Caparzo - Tuscany, Italy
[Ed. Caparzo is one of the original 13 Brunello wineries]

42 day dry-aged striploin
Maitake* mushrooms
Roasted mushroom cap with Ricotta
Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
California, USA

Lemon curd tart
Dark Rum ice cream, Maldon Sea Salt
Bava Moscato d’Asti
Piedmont, Italy

Offering fresh seafood and signature recipes, The Mercantile Social sits right at the crossroads of historic Halifax’s first garrison and modern vibe of its downtown financial district. Harking back to Halifax’s mercantile history, The Mercantile Social takes inspiration from the age of seafaring and trade. That sense of adventure which opens up taste and influences internationally. Its cuisine, cocktails and wines are inspired by the trade routes that brought exotic ingredients from around the globe to Halifax’s seafaring shores.

Jerzy Gajewski
Vice-Chargé de Presse

*Ed: Maitake means dancing mushroom in Japanese. Named after people danced with happiness upon finding it in the wild, such are its incredible healing properties.

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