Last week I joined my friend Val for a night out in celebration of “Sausage League” at Marben. In it’s third year, Sausage League puts two popular Toronto chefs against each other in a battle for the best sausage every Wednesday exclusively at Marben this summer. Marben itself is a little gem of a restaurant located on Wellington. With both indoor and patio seating and an impressive menu, it’s been one of those places I’ve just been itching for an excuse to dine at. With new renovations and an even newer executive chef I have even more excuses to go back and try the regular menu!
The Sausage League special features two sausage dishes from competing chefs paired with craft brews from Muskoka Brewery for only $25. We were there for the first battle between Bryan Birch of Barque Bistro and last year’s champion, Jesse Vallins from The Saint Tavern. Which one looks more delicious to you?
Smoked Chorizo, Black Bean Purée, Rice & Tomatillo Salsa.
Reuben Sandwich Sausage, with Maple Mustard, Onion Choucroute, Rye Crumble & Russian Dressing Creme Fraiche.
At the end of your meal, you submit your vote for your favourite sausage dish. Each dish is only referred to as the “blue sausage” and “yellow sausage” so you can’t let personal restaurant preferences cloud your judgment 😉 At the end of each night, the chef with the most votes proceeds to the next stage of the tournament. The final winning chef wins serious sausage bragging rights, a trip to Chicago, and their name on the Froman Cup!
The first winner: Jesse Vallins’ Reuben Sandwich was the clear winner!
The final Sausage League Battle is going down on September 18, 2013. In the left corner we’ve got defending champion Jesse Vallins of The Saint Tavern and in the right corner is The Drake Hotel’s John Koplimae. Each chef will be preparing their most creative and delicious recipes to date.
Want to taste the next Sausage King’s creations? Make a reservation between 5:30-10pm on September 18th. For just $25 you’ll enjoy 2 sausage dishes paired with 2 Muskoka Brewery beers and be able to cast your vote to help crown the Sausage King!