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May 31, 2009 01:35 PM

Anyone going to Toronto Taste 2009?

It's in Yorkville this year. Anyone going?

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  1. I'll be working it again this year as usual... always a great event.

    I'm very interested to see how they use the space in Yorkville...

    And it's nice to have it downtown once again.

    1. What is Toronto Taste exactly... is it worth going?

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      1. re: AJMC791

        June 14th, over 30 of Toronto's most inventive chefs, an unforgettable evening of cuisine in support of Second Harvest in the Village of Yorkville Park for $225 a ticket (tax receipt issued for $125).

        I've never been but received the info in the mail since I donate to Second Harvest. Not sure if I'm going or not.

        1. re: AJMC791

          I've been the last two years and it has always been a treat. Lots of great food stations, wine and craft beer tasting, silent auction of nice foodie gear and a gift bag at the end. We always left stuffed and enjoyed the opportunity to chat with the chefs who are quite personable. All for a good cause too. Sad to miss it this year.

        2. Just ordered our tickets today, haven't missed it in 7 years. Glad to see it's finally downtown, much easier to get to. We've been to several foodie events and favour this one because of the great variety and all the chefs really seem to be enjoying themselves as well. We'd probably never meet them in their own restaurants and it's fun to have that one-on-one with some of the city's top chefs. Not to mention that we think Second Harvest does amazing work in recovering perishable food for the needy and we're always happy to support them. And you leave with a souvenir cookbook that has recipes for lots of the stuff you sampled. Already looking forward to next weekend!

          1. I"m going to volunteer again. SO was going to take me there for my bday but then we decided it was still too hefty a price tag (going to kaji instead!!).. even though you get a tax refund (but really it doesn't do much for us because we don't even earn enough yet) and i get that it's for charity and all but still.. think i am definitely going in the future when I won't feel like i'm giving away an arm and leg. in the meantime i'll just volunteer and enjoy the atmosphere!

            i worked the evian booth one year and did notice that a lot of people were very thirsty. seems a lot of the food was too salty/sweet.

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            1. re: hippotatomus

              Do you get to sample the food even as a volunteer?

              1. re: merlot143

                No. They have strict rules that the volunteers are not allowed to try the food from the booths. I'm not sure if this applied to the Co-Chairs and other higher-up volunteers that wore dress-casual clothing, but the army of volunteers in black tshirts were fed processed food.

                I volunteered 2 years ago, and the volunteers were fed cold cuts (unappetizing cold cuts), chips, and cookies. I had started a fairly strict health-focused diet about 2 days before, and there was nothing served that a health-conscious volunteer could eat. Nothing for vegetarians apart from the cookies and chips. Pop or coffee to drink. No fruit, no vegetables that I can remember (there might have been veggies and dip, which I avoid when doubledipping is a concern), even though the fruit would have been cheaper than the processed food that was on the volunteer buffet table. Interestingly, it appeared most of the volunteers enjoyed the processed food that was being offered.

                I was famished by the time I got home after the event wrapped up, after what was a very long shift, over 8 hours IIRC. Hopefully, the food served to the volunteers this year will be much higher quality.

                1. re: phoenikia

                  Sounds like they don't do much for their volunteers.

                  1. re: merlot143

                    from what i know of the foodie events around toronto, the volunteers seem to be treated best at the brickworks picnic.

                    1. re: merlot143

                      i've volunteered for a few years as well and felt the same as phoenikia. sometimes if you are lucky, there are extras at some booths at the end of the night that you might be able to try, although i'm not sure if that's even technically allowed. considering the amount of work that goes into bussing tables (or worse, cleaning/washing all the glasses and plates) and the attitudes of some of the attendees, you really have to volunteer because you want to, without any expectations of getting any good food whatsoever. (hopefully this doesn't come across as a huge gripe, and the attitude of attendees isn't that bad, i'm sure there's always a few who treat 'the help' poorly, at any event). it's always appeared to be a nice event to attend.

                      1. re: auberginegal

                        I'd much rather pay to be an attendee (or just give Second Harvest food or money) than spend my time as a volunteer at this event. As a volunteer at a silent auction table, I had to deal with some fairly difficult attendees (and at least one dishonest one), and left feeling stressed out rather than feeling like I had done anything charitable.

                        I've volunteered at film festivals and other events, and this is the only one that made me feel like I should consider donating more, and volunteering less ;-)

                      2. re: merlot143

                        it actually sounds like they don't want volunteers to come back a second time. They should think about how much they need volunteers and how successful would the event be if there were NO volunteers. Then maybe the organisers would see the value of the volunteers.

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          Hey, just wanted to let you know that the feedback about the quality of the volunteer food was taken to heart. I helped prep and cook the volunteer meal last year with a team of cooks. The organizers do care and made sure that some of the best chefs and cooks prepared a delicious meal for helpers in 2008.

                          1. re: Zengarden

                            I'm glad to hear that the food was better last year.

                2. i'm going to Sip and Savour a smaller scale but similar even t- smaller price tag too