Written by Tamara Hussain on 18.05.18

Peaches. A sweet and delicate fruit associated with summer time was the highlight at Ikanos Restaurant’s media event earlier this month. Did you know that in Greece, the peach crop is one of the largest and most developed agricultural activities, with Greece being the third largest producer in the European Union, and the fifth worldwide? “Have a peachy day” was the event’s slogan and it couldn’t have been more fitting!

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On May 2nd, we were treated to a memorable 5-course dinner celebrating the peach at Ikanos, a beautiful Greek restaurant on McGill Street in Old Montreal. This launch event’s aim was to promote Kronos canned peaches to the Canadian market. Every course, sweet or savoury, had a component tied to this underrated fruit.

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While we listened to informative presentations about Kronos canned peaches and peach cultivation in Greece, we were offered a mimosa-like beverage made with delicious peach compote. Universities should take note; learning while drinking may be an effective teaching tool! 😉 We learned that Kronos canned peaches are 100% natural and safe, with no preservatives, and are low in calories, adding a great nutritious value to everyday life.

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After the fish ceviche bite, which was bright with citrus and balanced with the sweetness from the peaches, the first course arrived. We were served a peach gazpacho (cold soup) served with Matane shrimp salad. The gazpacho was refreshing, not overly sweet, and the texture of the soup was very smooth.

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Peaches are such a versatile fruit, and they pair perfectly with savoury and sweet foods. Through a European program called “Have a peachy day,” a campaign financed with the aid from the European Union (EU) and Greece, quality products like canned peaches have the opportunity to be demonstrated to a wider international audience.

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Next up on the menu was the roasted Sea Bass with green peas, asparagus, and of course, peaches! While the plate was gorgeous to look at, it certainly tasted even better! At this point, we couldn’t believe there was more food, but next up was the duck breast main. The presentation was once again spot on and the flavours delicious.

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Unsurprisingly, dessert had everyone oohing and aahing. The dark chocolate and sea salt bar with peach compote sorbet on the side was perfection! The Kronos canned peach compote imported from Greece tasted better and more fresh than most of the peaches from Montreal! Do yourselves a favour and go check out this amazingly elegant menu.

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112 McGill St #1, Montreal, QC H2Y 2E5
(514) 842-0867

Pictures by Victor Yu (@randomcuisine).

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