Taste of Toronto -- worth the $$?
I always wanted to try it, but balked at the price. This year it's $225, I think. But hey, it's for a good cause... and I want to dress up and eat fancy food. Has anyone been? Is the event worth going to? Are people uptight and snooty? If so, I'll fit right in.
I qualify this by saying that I haven't been to Toronto Taste in about 5 or 6 years but previous to that, I went for about 6 or 7 years and worked on the organizing committee one year. In terms of uptight and snooty - I never thought so. It's all about people who enjoy food and they're there to sample bits of food and drink from a range of local restauranteurs. It's also a great opportunity to meet the great chefs - in past years, and perhaps still now, people like Jamie Kennedy, Susur Lee, Mark McEwan, etc., were all in attendance (and they and the other chefs and their staffs all seemed to enjoy the opportunity to hang out together). All in all, it was a very friendly evening.
I stopped going to the event, mainly because it got too crowded and I found that many of the chefs didn't cook enough food for the crowd. I ended up spending too long a time in line and, even then, would sometimes find that Susur's dish had run out within an hour. If I'm spending that much money, even for a worthy cause, I want to be able to enjoy the whole event. I don't know if they've somehow corrected this problem in recent years. Interestingly, the organizing committee was pretty divided in their views for the proper pricing - some felt that the higher prices made it too "exclusive" while others thought that so long as they kept selling out, the more $ for charity (Second Harvest), the better. For years, the event hovered around $75 or $100 but it's crept up steadily in the last 5 years or so.
I'd be curious to know if anyone has more recent experiences with the event.