A Transition From The Spring Harvest to Summer Crops At The Rainbow Room

Mossimo Event_66The seasons offer more than just weather changes – delicious fruits and vegetables that Niagara and Ontario farmers are known for begin to make their way into fresh seasonal dishes. Both the spring harvest and the summer crops offer new and exciting additions that we have carefully chosen to add to our menu.

Spring is a season filled with renewal, rejuvenation and growth. The season is perfect for creating new menu items and incorporating spring vegetables and fruits.

For those looking to cook with spring vegetables and fruits, consider using some of these seasonally fresh items in your next dish.

  • Artichokes: The main harvest is in the spring and the second crop comes in the fall.
  • Asparagus: Harvested from March through June.
  • Beets: In season during spring and fall.
  • Fennel: Fall through early spring marks the natural season for this vegetable.
  • Fiddleheads: A great item to cook with that is popular in early spring and throughout the summer.
  • Mint: Begins to bloom in spring.

From spring we have summer offering the warmest climate, the longest days and shortest evenings. The summer calls for lighter meals filled with multitudes of different colours.

Use these fruits and vegetables when cooking during the summer to add new summer flavours to your meal.

Parsley: This herb is at its best during the summer.

  • Strawberries: Peak season for this favourite is during the end of June.
  • Apples: Come into season late summer and early fall.
  • Chard: Perfect during the summer and fall seasons.
  • Cucumbers: At their freshest during the summer months.
  • Figs: Catch these quickly because they are only around during the summer.

If you want to taste some of these for yourself without having to do any of the cooking, check out our summer menu and plan a trip to the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra this season.

An Inside Look at Bellinis At The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

Mossimo Event_22Everything has a history and you might be surprised to know that the history of Bellini’s reaches back to 1948. The popular cocktail can be found on our menu, and is one of our favourites. Massimo’s philosophy of uncompromising attention to detail and fresh ingredients has made our Bellini a perfect beginning or cap to your meal.

A classic Italian cocktail, the Bellini traditionally contains pureed peaches and Prosecco served in a champagne flute. The drink was invented in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. When it was created it was often difficult to find white peaches in season so a hint of cherry or raspberry juice was added to the drink to give it the signature faint pink colour.

After gaining popularity in Italy the drink made its way to the other side of the ocean to New York.

During its rising popularity it was becoming hard to find the fresh white peach puree found in the delicious drink so eventually people began to take matters into their own hands. Fresh white peach puree was processed in New York and eventually shipped to cocktail makers looking for the best cocktail base for their Bellini.

The International Bartenders Association put the Bellini as an Official Cocktail under its Contemporary Classics category. What started out as an experiment in Italy turned to be a world-wide classic in no time due to its delicious and fruity taste.

Perfect with poultry or vegetable pasta, this drink will be a great start to your meal at Rainbow Room.

Why Niagara Falls Is Great In The Summer

complex-smallCity life can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming so give yourself a break this summer and take some time to relax in Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is an amazing city to visit all year round, but it’s undeniable that the city truly shines during the warmer months of the year. The variety of available activities and attractions, coupled with the enjoyable summer weather make Niagara Falls an ideal place to get away for a weekend.

Start your weekend off with a tour of one of the many vineyards that call Niagara home. During the summer they’re open for daily tours, giving you the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful vineyards, growing your appreciation for the wine that is to come. The wineries also host several events all throughout the summer, including BBQs, picnics, outdoor dinners and live music. Niagara’s often calm weather gives you the opportunity to see the wineries in their entirety and experience everything that they have to offer. If you love to enjoy tasty food and wine then make your way to one of the many wineries in the region and explore Niagara’s hidden gem.

The region also offers tons of trails and nature inspired activities that will get you outside and active in no time. Breathtaking scenery is just a step away from the tourist district of Niagara Falls so you can be cycling, hiking or walking the many nearby trails in no time. With thousands of acres of parklands, wilderness and green spaces, Niagara Falls is more than just tourist attractions – the natural side of the city is something that can add many more options to your itinerary.

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada, Niagara Falls has many festivals and celebrations of all things Canadian taking place during the summer. The choices are plenty, whether you want a music festival, food festival or to celebrate a special holiday, Niagara Falls has got it covered.

Don’t let the fun stop there either! With options like The Journey Behind The Falls and Hornblower Niagara Cruises you can actually get up close to the Falls and experience something that you can’t find anywhere else.

Clifton Hill is of course a must visit on your trip, starting with the Falls Avenue Resort, found at the base of the hill. Home to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, Adventure City, Casino Niagara, four hotels, the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, and tons more, it should be considered the ultimate base of operations during your stay.

While there is always a lot to do all year long in Niagara Falls, the summer months are the best time to plan your visit. Walking along the Niagara Parkway with the flowers and foliage in full bloom is a great way to relax and get away from the everyday commotion of life.

Kick Off Niagara New Vintage Festival at Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

vineyard - summerjpgJust in time for the summer weather, the Niagara New Vintage Festival is kicking off for an entire week on June 14.

With tons of wineries taking part in the festival, all will be hosting unique events to showcase Niagara’s proudest export – our world-class wine. Filled with live entertainment, wine tastings and delicious food you won’t want to miss out on this awesome festival.

The New Vintage Discovery pass will give you the opportunity to taste at eight Niagara wineries, enjoying their VQA wine options and culinary pairings all throughout the festival. The pass is perfect for those who want to discover new wineries and relive the experience at their favourites. The Driver’s Discovery Pass is a new option for designated drivers that want to take part in the fun too. This pass includes eight non-alcoholic winery experiences through the festival.

An event for the books includes the Tailgate Party at Wiens Family Vineyard. Winemakers will get together and share their stories for everyone to enjoy – all taking place right in the family’s backyard. This unusual event is also filled with tastings and culinary shows you won’t want to miss out!

Most wineries throughout Niagara will be hosting their own unique events during the festival so visit one, or a few, this June!