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Apr 27, 2009 07:55 AM

Luminato - PC '1000 Tastes of Toronto'

Anyone go last year?

I am thinking about checking this out, just want to know what to expect.... besides long lines and huge crowds of people.

Anyone know what restaurants participate?

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  1. Last year it was called One City, One Table - the lines weren't that long for the most part. The longest lineup was for some smoothie bar. (it was a warm day and $5 for a cold smoothie wasn't exactly a stretch) I thought it was a decent event! My only quip would be the vast difference in portion size/quality of food between the booths -- and if I remember correctly, the tickets were $5 each so you'd get your money's worth at some booths, but not at others (I think one booth was handing out bite-sized canapes?)

    Regardless, it was fun to sit at the communal table and sample all the food.

    1. Here's last year's post:

      I forgot that some people ran out of food very, very early.

      Participating restaurants/chefs included North 44, Jamie Kennedy, Reds, Perigee (RIP), etc.

      1. Just a reminder that it is this weekend.

        Over at they have posted up a list of all of the participating restaurants. I will be down there volunteering on Sunday. I imagine their will be huge crowds as it was pretty busy down at Distillery District last year. Hopefully the restaurants offer value for people's $5.

        7 Replies
        1. re: ylsf

          i'm curious to see how these 3 hour shifts work out... sounds a little like logistical insanity.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            Well based on that schedule it looks like a lot are duplicates later in the schedule so I imagine there isn't a huge amount of turnover afterall. Otherwise, yeah, it would be crazy if they had to switch every three hours.

          2. re: ylsf

            FYI - The Luminato rep who provided us with that list contacted us this morning and asked us to take it down, as it was apparently wrong. The participating restaurants should be as previously listed (or so we're assuming), but the times listed were incorrect for many of them.

            They didn't offer a corrected list as a replacement, which seems strange to me. It's the day before the event, and they don't have a proper list of what restaurants will be there are what time? Not very promising...

            1. re: gregclow

              if you were an average consumer... which list would you go by for times after this little debacle? there are a couple of restos i'm keen on seeing what they do but i don't want to miss them because of some scheduling errors.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                Not sure what you mean by "which list would you go by for times" considering that there's only been one list that I'm aware of (the one provided & posted yesterday), and it was retracted as being incorrect today.

                So there's NO list - or at least no schedule - to go from at this point, as far as I know.

                1. re: gregclow

                  oh i see... i thought they retracted your list that was edited by restaurants telling you which hours were wrong for them. now that there is no list... well that's very interesting.

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                    Nope, they provided us with a list that was wrong in the first place. 24 hours later, they told us it was wrong, and offered no replacement. All very odd.

          3. Did anyone go down today? Worthwhile visiting? Any recommendations? I will be down there tomorrow, looking to figure out how much I will need to spend to get full!

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            1. re: ylsf

              I went today and really enjoyed it. I spent $30 and was quite full. You can have enough for $20 or $25. Globe Bistro served a pulled pork belly sandwich and Lai Wah Heen served a brochette of dim sum.
              It's located on the block in front of Queen's Quay Centre.

              1. re: ylsf

                I went down tonight, had high hopes, didn't get met for the most part.

                Long waits for most of the tables, decent size portions for some, poor size for others. A lot more caterers then restaurants. Many places sold out, and quickly.

                But on the plus side, most of the dishes I had were tasty and I enjoyed them. If you have great patients this event would be perfect for you, everyone in the crowed seemed to be very 'rude' to be blunt, fearing you would cut in front of them in line. I think with a little more organization, more space, and restaurants/caterers bringing more food, this event would have been more enjoyable.

                I went between (6-8pm)

                Lee Salad (Very tasty and decent portion size)

                Rodney's Oyster House (offered fresh oysters or fried clams with fries and tartar sauce, very good

                EDO Kobe Beef Hot Dog ('real kobe beef'?? I question its authenticity but the hot dog had very good taste, and a nice 'snappy' casing, not sure if it is natural or not, and two mini hot dogs for 1 ticket was very good value compared to the other tables, 'Asian' condiments were also tasty

                Nutella Banana Crepe (forget the name of the place, its the one in vaughan mills

                Also my friend had and I sampled.
                Sliders and Sweet Potatoe fries (from a major catering company, forget the name they used to cater UofT and they cater alot of prisons I know that
                )Pulled Pork Sandwich (don't know where he got it from)
                Fried Zucchini and Green Bean (again unaware of the restaurant)

                1. re: ylsf

                  Went down in the middle of the afternoon. Some of the places had really long lines (like the crepe stand), but surprisingly many of the nicer restaurants were not as busy... or perhaps better at pumping out their dishes. Had the berkshire pork belly sandwich from Globe, which was quite good and I recommend people try it. Pulled pork sandwich from Amuse Bouche with a chocolate chipotle sauce I think, messy and delicious. Salad from Lee was the same as on their menu and worth getting (unlike flying101's photo, mine had a tangle of fried taro on top which added some good texture and flavour). Had a sandwich duo from hemispheres which was a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with some truffle flavour and a shrimp lettuce wrap that was also pretty solid, but I was pretty full at that point. Some of the vendors, like Senses weren't showing up till after 6 so I didn't get to see them. I had a pretty good experience, although the whole area was packed with people. I think it must get pretty busy during lunch and dinner times, so I do recommend the middle of the afternoon, I would not be surprised if people started running out of food or garnishes as the day went on.

                  1. re: kamfung

                    There was a huge line for Mis Amigos' BBQ chicken, steak and fried plantains. It was worth it though as the chicken was really good. Senses had a dessert box with four items.

                2. Overall, the food and atmosphere were better at the One Table event last year in the Distillery. However, 1000 Tastes is still worth going to. For $5 the portion sizes are quite generous (5 oysters from Rodneys, 2 kobe hot dogs from Edo (the buns weren't the freshest but the japanese curry was great).

                  The pork belly from Globe was fantastic as was the chipotle and chocolate pulled pork sandwich (with optional scotch bonnet hot sauce to add) from Amuse Bouche. There were actually several vendors doing pulled pork: AB, Grace and a caterer who I forget though she claimed to have the best of the bunch. There were also a few Indian food vendors that served some healthy portioned stuff but I avoided due to yesterday's heat.