Café in the Sky

HughGarner-Rooftop-Garden-Cabbagetown  A corner of Hugh Garners’ Rooftop Garden.

Congratulations to Ryan for arranging to have our neighbour Hugh Garner Co-op host our June Café on their spectacular roof garden to celebrate Seniors’ Month. Twenty members from Diane Frankling and ten Hugh Garner members gathered in their 9th floor community room for lunch.

A veritable picnic BBQ in the sky!
Michael created a cold tomato concasse soup which we served with barbequed burgers, with suitable hamburger fixings, potato salad, sweet rice vinegared Daikon Radish and Carrot Crunch salad. Hugh Garner provided the desserts: irresistible Strawberry Shortcakes and rich Brownies as well as fruit, cheese and crackers.

Concasse, from the French concasser, “to crush or grind”, is a cooking term meaning to rough chop any ingredient, usually vegetables. This term is particularly applied to tomatoes, where tomato concasse is a tomato that has been peeled, seeded (seeds and skins removed), and chopped.

The Rock-a-Doodle Duo, plus one, entertained us with upbeat musical stylings out under their gazebo.

The rooftop garden features planters that are for the most part hip high for easy tending, a panoramic view of Cabbagetown including a wonderful bird’s eye view of our co-op and a dry river bed running down the centre with a giant startled frog caught mid leap.


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