how the egg hatched
As with any good story, it all began with a boisterous dinner in Paris. During a weekend getaway, I decided to treat myself to a French feast at a popular neighborhood spot. Grabbing a corner seat at the bar, I had the pleasure of befriending the diners on either side of me – a couple of restaurateurs from Columbia on the one and a stylish husband & wife from Amsterdam on the other.
What started off as a quiet solo supper quickly turned into an extravagant multi-course tasting with my newfound fellow gourmands. As the evening progressed, the restaurant's chef, manager and host joined in on the fun, treating us to insider insights on the Paris dining scene and a taste of their favorite menu items. By night's end, this once eclectic group of strangers came together as like-minded friends and shared a memorable dining experience as if we were restaurant regulars.
Later that night, as the 5 glasses of wine rocked me to sleep, I was struck by the irony of feeling such a strong sense of familiarity in a foreign country. I felt like a Parisian at the end of a delicious night on the town at one of the city's most famed bistros.
Only one question remained: How was I to recreate this same serendipitous experience the following night?
Butter and Egg Road is an actual road! Driving along Highway 118 in Ontario's Muskoka Lakes Region, you'll come across the Butter and Egg Road sign near Milford Bay.
Watch the story behind the ROAD here:
whipping it all together
The Butter and Egg Road mission is simple - to connect like-minded, well-traveled, curious gourmands with a neighborhood's people, places, culture and culinary best as any local would. Pairing food and travel, our motto is to be a local anywhere.
Each program features a different neighborhood, city festival or unique food trend. Most events are limited to 12-20 members, ranging anything from multi-course wine pairing dinner parties to midnight Chinatown crawls and private art fair tours. Introductions to local chefs, artists and neighborhood notables can be expected along the way, ensuring each member walks away feeling that same sense of familiarity I felt that one night in Paris.
Read more about membership here
Founder - Ivy Ackerman
Driven by a passion for travel, food and art, Butter and Egg Road was founded by a desire to share all that I love with a wider community.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I have dedicated most of my life to studying, practicing and working in the arts – and often traveling across the world to do so. Whether it was studying art history in Paris, examining Bernini's architectural wonders while living in Rome, completing my Masters in Performing Arts Management at New York University or working with two of Toronto's most prestigious concert halls, I have always considered myself a global arts patron.
Above all, travel has always been a constant in my life. From Barcelona to Belize, London to LA, travel is in my blood. And it is this hunger to explore our world's most amazing cities and tables that has kept me curious, cultured and grateful.
I look forward to many more travels on the ROAD.