What day is Tuesday, March 20th, 2012? Macaron Day TO! A day to spread awareness of social issues and local organizations and causes that matter to the community. A day to make a difference, if only a small one. A day to address the needs of those less fortunate. A day to appreciate and reflect on the many luxuries we have in our lives that are often taken for granted. And finally, Macaron Day TO is a day to celebrate the dainty, delicate, deliciously sweet Parisian confection that has taken the hearts of foodies, pastry chefs, and sweet tooths by storm all over the world. Macaron Day is currently an internationally recognized and celebrated event in cities such as Paris and New York* and this year, a number of cities are joining the celebration and cause for the first time in an effort to raise money for local causes.
Spearheaded by La Bamboche Patisserie, Macaron Day TO 2012 is the first of its kind in the city (along with Macaron Day Vancouver!) with more than 15 bakeries and patisseries across the city taking part in this event! Sweet shops such as Bobbette & Belle, Daniel & Daniel, Moroco Chocolat, and many others will be providing free macarons on Tuesday, with a portion of additional macaron sales benefiting the Red Door Family Shelter in Toronto. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised from the event will go toward the Red Door Family Shelter, an emergency housing shelter and organization that provides services and support to the homeless and the domestically abused. Here’s how Macaron Day works: visit a participating Macaron Day location, say you are celebrating Macaron Day TO, and receive your complimentary macaron while supplies last! And if you can spare some money, purchase a few to contribute to the cause.
I’ve been looking forward to this day for over a month now and even though I’m unsure of how many patisseries I can visit or get to in time, I’m hoping to make it to at least one or two. In the meantime, I’m pre-celebrating today by giving everyone a healthy dose of macaron photo love! The very first photo up top was a photo taken at Ruelo Patisserie’s station at last year’s Food Network Canada’s Delicious Food Show in October, where macarons shared the limelight with cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
I recently got the chance to hop on over to their original Richmond Hill location within the Times Square plaza complex by Highway 7 and Leslie St. where I nabbed two delicious flavours. I’m saving those photos for a future blog post specifically dedicated to Ruelo, but I’ll give you all a hint as to what one of the flavours was: it’s one of the ones pictured in the first photo and it’s a very unique colour. I promise I won’t keep you guys in suspense for long! Ruelo is one of the 18 participants in this year’s event, so definitely check out one of their locations (their other one just opened up near Yonge & Eglinton) if you get the opportunity!
Macarons have gained so much popularity over the last year in the city and you can tell just by looking at the list of participating patisseries and bakeries as well as all the beautiful macarons that were being showcased at the Delicious Food Show last October! There were macaron towers, macaron sculptures, and macarons sitting in display cases like precious jewels. While many patisseries in Toronto have clearly embraced these luxurious confections, you can also find them in both Markham and Richmond Hill as well! We have Old Firehall Confectionery on Main Street Unionville, Ruelo Patisserie in Richmond Hill,and Sugar Tiers in north Markahm. The flavour combinations of macarons are so creative (lemon thyme! Crème brûlée! Wasabi grapefruit! Lime and honey! Cream cheese orange!) and they’re one of Le Dolci‘s most popular classes, selling out each and every single time.
And to keep things fresh and fun, more and more patisseries are incorporating macarons into their desserts and in their every day line-up of sweet offerings. Just think, Nadege Patisserie and Butter Avenue offer small gourmet cakes adorned with mini macarons, macarons are being daintily plunked on top of cupcakes, and wedding cakes? Try macaron cakes. They’re bite-sized works of art that are beautiful to look at and delicious to eat, and on Tuesday, March 20th, they’ll be celebrated and nibbled on across the city in support of the Red Door Family Shelter. Happy early Macaron Day, everyone!
* = Official Macaron Day TO site. For more information on Macaron Day and Macaron Day TO, check out their official website here and for more information the Red Door Family Shelter here in Toronto, click here.