Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 Lincoln MKZ Test Drive + Pop-Up Dinner by Chef Matt Kantor [VIDEO]

A test drive followed by a 3-course complimentary dinner? Two of my favourite things of all time (cars + food) together at one place in one night? YES! Please sign me up! Thanks to the Lincoln Motor Company (@LincolnMotorCA) several friends and I had the opportunity back in October to test drive the all-new 2014 Lincoln MKZ. After a few laps around the block we were then treated to cocktails and a pop-up dinner at 99 Sudbury prepared by chef Matt Kantor (@mattkantor) of Bero Restaurant (Twitter: @BeroRestaurant, Facebook: Bero). 

When I arrived at 99 Sudbury there were a fleet of Lincoln MKZs parked at the front, ready to be driven. I naturally gravitated towards the white one...

I must say the Lincoln MKZ is a pretty sexy car. Given that it's probably double the size of my Civic it was still very easy to drive and maneuver around. I also like the car's slick lines~

Here's my friend Adrienne trying out the MKZ's Active Park Assist feature. I'm still amazed at this technology - it really makes parallel parking such a breeze. All she needed to do was control the shifting, accelerating and braking and voila, the car has parked itself.

After the test drive it was time for dinner. The 99 Sudbury space was transformed into a beautiful, sleek dining room.

The band.

Chef Matt Kantor prepared a special menu which was inspired by the reinvention of the Lincoln brand.

Soupe de canard, canard confit et champignon, soubise
Duck consomme, duck leg and mushroom, soubise

Chef Matt Kantor.

Cote de boeuf roti, gratin a la gratin de pomme de terre, sauce a l'orange
Braised short ribs, potato gratin, orange sauce

A real-time slideshow displaying Instagram photos tagged with hashtag #SavourTheCity. Here's one of mine:

Pommes Bourdaloue, parfait de thyme, sauce caramel
Roasted apples, thyme parfait, caramel

Thank you Lincoln, for such a fun evening!