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ylsf Jan 4, 2014 07:11 PM

A new year, a new thread. Here is the thread from 2013:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8972...

Feel free to post events, special dinners, charity fundraisers with a food aspect, drink related tastings, etc.

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    bytepusher Jan 4, 2014 07:42 PM

    Porzia first anniversary dinner with guest chef Craig Harding from Campagnolo, Jan 26th, $85 with wine pairing

    http://instagram.com/p/irsHeuK89q/#

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      bytepusher Jan 6, 2014 10:01 AM

      Sake Institute of Ontario (same trade group that runs the Kampai tasting in the summer) has a "Winter Classic" coming up

      http://kampaitoronto.ticketleap.com/s...

      Beat the winter blues & join SIO as we explore classic, full-bodied sake styles at our Winter Event! The spectacular and storied 99 Sudbury space will play host to SIO's Winter Pop-up, serving up a range of Japanese-inspired street food to pair alongside cold-weather appropriate Junmai, Yamahai & Kimoto sakes from SIO Member importers + Ontario's own Izumi. Learn about these traditional sake styles and have a lesson in Sake Tasting with Chef & Sake Expert Michael Pataran. An amazing evening with SIO from 6:30-9pm, then stay on and enjoy Cash Bar from 9pm onwards!

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        ylsf Jan 8, 2014 07:53 PM

        Heard this mentioned on the radio tonight while flipping around

        Soupfest
        Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's
        January 28, 2014
        11:30 am to 9pm
        Advanced $12, at Door $15 (For adults)

        includes 4 - 4oz servings (imagine you can buy additional samples)
        http://livingrock.ca/specialevents/so...

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          ylsf Jan 8, 2014 08:54 PM

          Niagara Icewine Festival
          Jan 10th to 26th, 2014
          One weekend there is a special event in Jordan and the other weekend in NOTL

          http://niagarawinefestival.com/

          I have gone a few years and enjoyed it. Worth checking out in my books!

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            ylsf Jan 14, 2014 08:06 AM

            Anyone go this past weekend? Recs on wineries to check out with the Discovery pass? This upcoming weekend is NOTL event and the weekend after in St. Catharines.

          2. Nevy Jan 9, 2014 05:30 AM

            Chefs sean gray + josh pinsky of momofuku ko will be cooking at shōtō for one night only on tuesday, january 21st. dinner will be a 12 course tasting menu, for $200 per person (not including taxes or gratuities)

            http://momofuku.tumblr.com/post/72453...

            1. jlunar Jan 9, 2014 08:07 AM

              On January 13th Chef John Higgins, Chopped Canada judge and George Brown College Professor, will host a complimentary seminar at the Victorinox Bloor Street store: “A Warm Winter Menu from the Scottish Kitchen”.

              Monday, January 13
              From 6:30pm – 7:30pm
              Victorinox Swiss Army, 95A Bloor Street West, Lower Level
              To RSVP call Victorinox at 416-929-9889
              (Registration required as space is limited for this complimentary seminar)

              https://www.facebook.com/events/60530...

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                LexiFirefly Jan 9, 2014 03:14 PM

                I love john higgins.

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                  badrockandroll Jan 10, 2014 06:33 PM

                  Chef Higgins will also be cooking a dinner in Elora Friday 17 January in support of sustainable agriculture in the area - A few $50. tickets remain, www.wcsa.com

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                  ylsf Jan 11, 2014 05:31 AM

                  http://instagram.com/p/jB09GhtoiN/

                  A winter farmers market with various vendors and food trucks weekly at Terra in Milton. See attached instagram pic for details

                  1. happycamper Jan 14, 2014 10:36 AM

                    Local or Organic: What’s at Stake and Why It Matters

                    http://www.freshcityfarms.com/get-inv...

                    When it comes to the food we eat, should we choose local or organic? The easy answer is both. But what to do when local, organic produce is not available? Which is the greener and healthier choice? Join Fresh City, Local Food Plus, and Pfenning’s Organic Farm on Thursday, February 20th at 6:30p.m. for a free panel event to discuss this topic. Our goal is to help you make more knowledgeable, conscious food choices. Every dollar we spend on food is a vote for the kind of food system we want – let’s make an informed choice.

                    1. justsayn Jan 19, 2014 09:37 PM

                      TIFF Food On Film 2014 - Wednesdays 6:30pm

                      http://media.tiff.net/contents/tiffal...

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                        ylsf Jan 20, 2014 06:00 AM

                        Fire and Ice Festival at Alton Mills. Not a big "food" presence per say but says "A Festival of Flames, Food and Art" and it looks neat!:

                        http://altonmill.ca/visit/events/Fire...

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                        ylsf Jan 21, 2014 11:33 AM

                        Saw someone start a thread looking for parking the TOCA area and looked into this "pop-up" closer for details:

                        A Taste of Rome:

                        January 21 - 26, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a culinary experience like no other featuring one of Rome's most celebrated chefs.

                        From his personal interpretations of classic Italian dishes, to his unique style and flavour combinations for specialty dishes like fish, seafood and offal, Chef Glowig will take guests on a gastronomic journey.

                        A la carte and tasting menus available each evening.

                        http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Propert...

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                          ylsf Jan 24, 2014 07:19 AM

                          Wed Jan 29th, 8pm
                          HomeEc: Hot Sauce Tasting
                          HiLo Toronto - 753 Queen Street East

                          Free admission

                          Hot sauce lover? Come and warm up at HiLo.Chef John Sinopoli (of Table 17 and Enoteca Ascari) will be serving: 3 ribs, coleslaw and samples of 3 of Toronto’s best Hot Sauces for $5!You’ll also be able to meet the producers of all 3 Hot Sauces:

                          Further details here:
                          http://www.blogto.com/events/homeec-2...

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                            ylsf Jan 24, 2014 07:20 AM

                            5th Annual Groundhog Day Challenge
                            http://www.zagat.com/b/toronto/5th-an...
                            Feb 3, 2014 at Richmond Station (1 Richmond Street West

                            )

                            Tickets $60 including food.
                            Full line up of participating chefs/restaurants not announced yet.

                            1. happycamper Jan 28, 2014 07:21 AM

                              CHINESE NEW YEAR POP-UP @ Drake 150

                              On Friday, January 31, we're marking the Year of the Horse with a special, one-day-only visit from Chef Nick Liu of GwaiLo.

                              He'll be joining Executive Chef Ted Corrado and Executive Sous Chef Jonathan Pong in the kitchen at Drake One Fifty. Expect a modern twist on a few Chinese classics, including:
                              - Hot appetizers like fried quail, hoisin, and charred green onion.
                              - Raw cuisine, with side stripe prawn lettuce cups, pomelo, candied walnuts, and fried rice noodles.
                              - Whole fried trout with green onion, coriander, chili, friend almond-challots, green curry mayo, and caramel soy glaze, all drizzled in nahm Him sauce.
                              - Crispy sweet and sour pork hocks with po po's original sauce.
                              - Egg fried rice with ox chili sauce, Chinese truffles, and puffed rice.
                              Make your lunch + dinner reservations online, or give us a shout at 416.363.6150.
                              Venue: Drake One Fifty
                              Type: Foodie
                              Cover: A la carte menu
                              Time: Jan. 31, 2014, noon

                              http://www.drakeonefifty.ca/whatson/2...

                              1. happycamper Jan 28, 2014 07:27 AM

                                Toronto Tea Festival

                                February 1st & 2nd, 2014
                                Toronto Reference Library
                                Appel Salon, 2nd floor
                                789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
                                10:00am - 5:00pm
                                $15/p

                                http://teafestivaltoronto.com/program...

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                                  hungryjoanne Feb 2, 2014 01:42 PM

                                  A little out of the way for those of you in the GTA, but maybe a good excuse to plan a day of wine-tasting?!?!?
                                  Feb 15-16
                                  Raclette on the Bench
                                  Hidden Bench Winery, Beamsville

                                  http://www.hiddenbench.com/index/page...

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                                    ylsf Feb 3, 2014 05:21 AM

                                    Interesting event at Luma for Valentine's day - Feb 14 and 15th:

                                    http://www.oliverbonacini.com/OurRestaurants/Luma/New---Notable.aspx?shownews=false&newsid=258

                                    Group of 3 or more. Shareable menu for $50 a person.

                                    For solo diners they have a "Group Love Communal Table" for $25 a person

                                    http://www.oliverbonacini.com/OurRest...

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                                      estufarian Feb 3, 2014 09:09 AM

                                      Gotta admit I'm intrigued by that 'group of 3' on Valentine's Day!
                                      Here's another (couples only)
                                      http://thedepanneur.ca/event/supper-c...

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                                        KhaoSanRoad Feb 3, 2014 12:43 PM

                                        ha! now if only you can talk amuse girl into it.

                                        - khao san road

                                    2. happycamper Feb 6, 2014 05:42 AM

                                      RECIPE FOR CHANGE

                                      Thursday February 27, 6-9pm
                                      St. Lawrence Market North Building
                                      TICKETS JUST $125.

                                      http://www.foodshare.net/recipeforchange

                                      Recipe for Change is a celebration of food with a purpose that supports FoodShare’s innovative work in schools. A tasting adventure unlike any other Recipe for Change includes a full meal composed of tasting plates and beverage accompaniments, plus unheard-of opportunities to mingle with 30 Chefs seldom found in the same room, let alone contributing to the same meal. Add the opportunity to taste 20 VQA wines, 6 local beers, and more, and at just $125 the event is an amazing value and wonderful opportunity to support FoodShare’s work to create a healthy future.

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                                        ylsf Feb 12, 2014 02:09 PM

                                        Taste of Milton -

                                        http://mil.hdsb.ca/Content/Documents/...

                                        Feb 27, 2014 at Milton District High School main auditorium

                                        $25 per person gets you samples from 20 restaurants.
                                        Table of 8 for $125

                                        You need to buy tickets in advance

                                        Same night as Recipe for Change

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                                          ylsf Feb 17, 2014 02:31 PM

                                          Two GTA area "Winterlicious" Type events

                                          February 19 to March 4, 2014 - Taste of Oakville

                                          http://www.oakvilledowntown.com/taste/

                                          February 16 to March 9, 2014 - Taste of Burlington

                                          http://www.tasteofburlington.ca/

                                          1. Nevy Feb 18, 2014 10:24 AM

                                            Torontolife just mentioned there's a special croissant event at Nadege this coming Sunday. I can't make it but it looks awesome.

                                             
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                                              justsayn Feb 18, 2014 12:14 PM

                                              The article.... http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

                                            2. estufarian Mar 1, 2014 03:35 PM

                                              Chocolate dinner #3 coming -
                                              March 6th, 2014
                                              with
                                              Château des Charmes
                                              (all proceeds will go to
                                              Second Harvest)


                                              La joie de vivre aux chocolat - menu

                                              soup
                                              Chicken & Valrhona Caraïbe
                                              chestnut soup | chicken & chocolate mousse

                                              salad
                                              Turkey & Valrhona Taïnori
                                              cocoa nibs smoked turkey breast | petite salade | sauce pain-frit | pure dominican republic chocolate

                                              pasta
                                              Ostrich & Valrhona Coeur de Guanaja
                                              Ostrich in port & vanilla | chocolate fettuccine | tomatoe

                                              mid course
                                              Quail & Valrhona Jivara Lactée
                                              merguez sausage | yam and milk chocolate purée | quail | chocolate crêpe | pate feuilletée au chocolat | sauce poivrade

                                              main
                                              Cornish hen & Valrhona Grué de Cocoa
                                              grilled demi coquelet brined in cocoa nibs infused tequila and persian limes, rice with cocoa nibs

                                              dessert
                                              Duck & Valrhona Dulcey
                                              duck egg & blond chocolate crème pâtissière - fried in duck fat | crispe duck breast bacon | crème anglaise

                                              Pâtissier: Eyal Liebman
                                              Sommelière: Rebecca Meïr-Liebman

                                              http://www.lisfor.ca/#!march6th2014ch...

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                                                ylsf Mar 3, 2014 09:26 AM

                                                https://twitter.com/cookbookshop/stat...

                                                Cookbook Store "farewell" pot luck
                                                "Sun. March 23rd 11:30am Farewell Potluck Party at the store.
                                                Wear red (our colour) & if you can bring a favourite dish from a cookbook."

                                                1. Nevy Mar 3, 2014 11:55 AM

                                                  Krispy Kreme is giving away a free donut on daylight savings day. I think you need to like them on facebook to get the free donut (one per person).

                                                  http://www.krispykreme.com/Daylightsa...

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                                                    ylsf Mar 4, 2014 09:30 AM

                                                    The Canadian Chefs' Congress presents:
                                                    Spring Thaw: Celebrating the arrival
                                                    of a new growing season.

                                                    Come taste the spring creations of (16+) great Canadian chefs
                                                    Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 7pm
                                                    Palais Royale, Toronto
                                                    500 tickets - $175 each

                                                    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spring-th...

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                                                      estufarian Mar 4, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                      + fees and taxes =$209.

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                                                        ylsf Mar 4, 2014 11:06 AM

                                                        That $11.49 fee is ridiculous.

                                                        I didn't even look at that. I would have expected the HST but I am sure there is a better system to handle 500 tickets than making customers pay $11.49 in fees. One of my pet peeves!

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                                                          bytepusher Mar 4, 2014 11:58 AM

                                                          That's why a number of people have gone away from Eventbrite for ticketing, unfortunately some of these options have other issues...

                                                    2. kwass Mar 7, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                      Toronto's 3rd annual chicken wing festival is approaching. It's May 4th and tickets are on sale now.

                                                      http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

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                                                        Flexitarian Mar 7, 2014 04:20 PM

                                                        All the wings you can eat for $30. Sounds like a great way to test a variety of wings. Does anyone have any reviews from last years festival?

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                                                          petek Mar 7, 2014 04:34 PM

                                                          It does sound like a good deal maybe too good to be true..

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                                                            Flexitarian Mar 7, 2014 05:10 PM

                                                            Well I'm an average-sized guy with a normal appetite and can eat about 18 decent-sized wings max at one sitting. The gourmet ones I ordered on Super Bowl Sunday from The Black Camel were 60 cents each. That's $10.40. 25 @ 60c would be $15. Not everyone would eat that many but of course there would be a few outliers in that some people could probably eat 50 ($30 worth at 60c) and some would eat less. Even at a high average of 25 wings a person (and they are making a profit at that price) there is still $15 of revenue to pay for other costs like the space and promotion. The Steam Whistle (great beer, btw) costs I am pretty sure so there is a profit there to be made also. So, I'd say it's a reasonable deal both for the people putting on this event and the attendees. I probably will go as I love wings and would like to try different styles.

                                                            Hopefully it won't be a fiasco like the grilled cheese event held recently at Roy Thomson.

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                                                              petek Mar 7, 2014 05:44 PM

                                                              <Hopefully it won't be a fiasco like the grilled cheese event held recently at Roy Thomson.>

                                                              This is what I was alluding to..
                                                              I'd also like to hear from someone who attended last years event. They say they're selling twice the number of tickets this year. Hope they can handle it.

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                                                            danniii Mar 10, 2014 09:08 AM

                                                            Review from last year seemed favourable: http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2013/...

                                                            With more tickets and new location (Regent Park...) let's hope it isn't a fiasco. Worth to mention the event is supporting Rotary Club too.

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                                                              petek Mar 10, 2014 10:17 AM

                                                              Sounds like a good time was had by all!

                                                          3. re: kwass
                                                            Flexitarian Mar 10, 2014 10:59 AM

                                                            I like that Steam Whistle donated the beer last time and that their Pilsner was sold at a very reasonable price of $5.00/cup and the proceeds went to the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline, the organizers of the event. Apparently it was equivalent to a 4-figure cash contribution. Steam Whistle is a great supporter of local events and I applaud them for that.

                                                            Damn, just realized I'll be in Omaha on May 4th (hanging out with Mr. Buffett ;)

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                                                              KhaoSanRoad Mar 10, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                              here is a list of the "competitors":

                                                              http://bit.ly/1glk7hg

                                                              - khao san road

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                                                                Flexitarian Mar 10, 2014 01:39 PM

                                                                9 competitors (so far) and the Vendor Package states each must provide 200lbs of wings. So that's 1,800 lbs of wings and at about 15 wings/lb that's about 27,000 wings. The package states there will be 'over 1,500' attendees so that's about 18 wings per person if they sell 1,500 tickets. If they sell 2,000 tickets that's 13-14 per person. Any more than that and many could go hungry.

                                                                There probably will be enough wings to go around, but I am more concerned about the lineups since that's an average of 150-200 people for each of the 9 booths (and no doubt some wings may be tastier than others so there will be longer line-ups). Also only 2-4 staff per vendor are allowed to supervise the table and cook. And, Steam Whistle better have more beer casks and pourers than last year.

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                                                                  petek Mar 10, 2014 01:43 PM

                                                                  You sir(or madam) are quite the mathamagician...

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                                                                    LexiFirefly Mar 10, 2014 02:21 PM

                                                                    That sort of math is their job! :)

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                                                                      Flexitarian Mar 10, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                      You can call me Sir, lol.

                                                              2. kwass Mar 13, 2014 12:26 PM

                                                                Apparently, Splendido is planning an evening on March 27, where "big name chefs" will be cooking one snack and one main course each for $180 per person. Add another $100 for wine pairings.

                                                                http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/fo...

                                                                1. kwass Mar 14, 2014 03:11 PM

                                                                  KSR is hosting Songkran 2014. Songkran is the Thai New Year.

                                                                  The event is being held on Saturday April 12. Tickets are on sale now @ khaosanroad.ca/songkran

                                                                  According to KSR, there will be tons of food from KSR, as well as some of the top chefs in the city.

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                                                                    barnes1852 Mar 18, 2014 09:00 AM

                                                                    nice. some friends of mine went to this last year and said it was great fun. big waterfight and good food. apparently raises money for charity too. i've been on the actual khao san road in bangkok for songkran and it is crazy good fun. hope this is the same.

                                                                  2. th3hungrycat Mar 18, 2014 08:22 AM

                                                                    The County General + Bertrand Alépée are doing a collabo dinner - Southern Feast.

                                                                    $40 for 4 courses.

                                                                     
                                                                     
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                                                                      pourboi Mar 18, 2014 08:37 AM

                                                                      I hate that the images on this site pop up so small I cannot even read the menu...

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                                                                        Luvtooeat Mar 18, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                        Click on image (menu)
                                                                        then hold Ctrl button down while clicking the + key
                                                                        that will enlarge the image

                                                                        ; )

                                                                        To reverse hold Ctrl button and click - key

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                                                                      pourboi Mar 18, 2014 05:15 PM

                                                                      Macaron Day is taking place this Thursday, March 20th,

                                                                      In the GTA there are 22 participating shops. A portion of all macaron sales from the day will be donated to charities like the Red Door Family Shelter and Sick Kids.

                                                                      Remember this is for charity so do not expect to just walk in and grab a free macaron and leave. Many places are doing buy one or more and get one free and others are donating half the money from the sales of macarons to the charities.

                                                                      Partial list of participants:

                                                                      Ruelo Patisserie, 550 Highway 7 East and 463 McNicoll Avenue
                                                                      Petite Thuet, 1162 Yonge Street and 1 King Street West
                                                                      Ma Maison, 4243 Dundas Street West
                                                                      Rahier Patisserie, 1586 Bayview Ave.
                                                                      Nadege, 780 Queen Street West and 1099 Yonge Street
                                                                      La Bamboche, 1712 Avenue Road
                                                                      Bobbette & Belle, 1121 Queen Street East
                                                                      Butter Avenue, 3467 Yonge Street
                                                                      Sweet Escape, 55 Mill Street, Building 47, Suite 102
                                                                      Frangipane Patisserie, 215 Madison Avenue
                                                                      MoRoCo Chocolat, 99 Yorkville Avenue
                                                                      Yorkville Espresso Bar, 3 Yorkville Ave
                                                                      J'adore Cakes Co., 3308 Danforth Avenue
                                                                      Daniel et Daniel, 248 Carlton Street
                                                                      Patachou, 1120 Yonge Street and 835 St. Clair Avenue West
                                                                      Aren't We Sweet, St Lawrence Market - 95 Front St E. Lower Level
                                                                      Patisserie La Cigogne, 1626 Bayview Avenue and 1419 Danforth Avenue
                                                                      Patisserie 27, 401 Jane Street

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                                                                        ylsf Mar 19, 2014 07:05 AM

                                                                        Thorrablot 2014 - Taste of Iceland (Vinland)

                                                                        http://www.icct.info/news/thorrablot-...

                                                                        Has anyone been to this in previous years?

                                                                        Thorrablot 2014 Tickets

                                                                        Saturday April 12, 2014

                                                                        Estonian Club of Toronto
                                                                        958 Broadview Avenue, Toronto.

                                                                        Appetizers 6:00 pm 7:15 Dinner
                                                                        Cash Bar Free parking

                                                                        Ticket Prices:
                                                                        Deadline April 8, 2014
                                                                        Member: Adult – $50, Youth – $25, Children – $12
                                                                        Non Member: Adult – $55, Youth – $27, Children – $15

                                                                        1. petek Mar 28, 2014 06:06 PM

                                                                          This looks interesting

                                                                          http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

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                                                                            TorontoJo Mar 28, 2014 07:31 PM

                                                                            Unfortunately, they are already sold out for both sessions. The organizers of this one actually care about the experience and kept a low cap on attendance.

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                                                                              petek Mar 28, 2014 07:42 PM

                                                                              Damn that was quick!

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                                                                                TorontoJo Mar 28, 2014 07:45 PM

                                                                                Tickets actually went on sale a few weeks ago, Toronto Life was just a bit slow on the uptake.

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                                                                                  petek Mar 28, 2014 07:48 PM

                                                                                  Ya a bit.. :)

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                                                                              TorontoJo Apr 13, 2014 04:42 AM

                                                                              FYI, I guess there was so much demand for tickets, they've added a second Yum Cha! on May 4:

                                                                              https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/yu...

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                                                                                petek Apr 13, 2014 06:23 AM

                                                                                Thanks for the update ToJo!
                                                                                I'll see if I can convince some friends to join me.

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                                                                                  ylsf Apr 13, 2014 12:18 PM

                                                                                  How was the one today? I know from past experience they know how to organize events so I am assuming it was good!

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                                                                                    petek Apr 13, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                                                    Check out Twitter #yumchaTO

                                                                                    Sounds like a good time was had by all, and there were limited tickets at the door after 3pm.

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                                                                                      bytepusher Apr 13, 2014 03:14 PM

                                                                                      Same people that organized the noodlefests last year

                                                                                      I went to the 3PM and was very pleased, there were only nine food vendors but all were high quality, no serious lineups and lots of fun being had.

                                                                                      Less crowded than the noodlefests. Only complaint, almost no soft drinks, Canoe was making a "cold tea" cocktail with gin and beer mixed with flavoured tea, only 8 bucks and enough kick that it pretty near knocked me on my ass.

                                                                                      Best tastes were from Canoe (everyone else was raving about the moose meat bao but I was more impressed by the beef heart cold roll. Linda and one of the three things from the Menu food truck.

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                                                                                        TorontoJo Apr 13, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                        It was really excellent. The limit on the tickets made for a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere. There were never crowds and going back for seconds and thirds of favourites was totally painless. The food offerings were all good, with my favourites being the crazy good crispy pork belly buns from Babi and Co., the platters from Canoe and Linda, and the dumplings from FeasTO.

                                                                                        This photo has most of the dishes in it. I think there were 3 or 4 dishes that came in after this photo was shot.

                                                                                        I can definitely recommend hitting up the next one in May.

                                                                                         
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                                                                                          TorontoJo Apr 13, 2014 07:00 PM

                                                                                          Here are the dishes that were missing from the first shot.

                                                                                           
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                                                                                            petek Apr 13, 2014 08:09 PM

                                                                                            Looks real good!
                                                                                            What are the prices per dish? Is it like regular Dim Sum?

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                                                                                              bytepusher Apr 13, 2014 09:13 PM

                                                                                              Pretty much everybody charged $5 per plate, Linda and Canoe you got three different pieces on one plate. Others had 2 or three pieces of one item on a plate.

                                                                                              It wasn't really dim sum, it was more "take dim sum as a jumping off point and go nuts with it" Canoe did a steamed bao with moose meat in it as one of their trio items and Nick Liu did a big mac inside a bao.

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                                                                                                TorontoJo Apr 14, 2014 05:21 AM

                                                                                                Nick Liu also did a Caplansky spring roll with smoked meat, cabbage and mustard in a rye spring roll wrapper. Good stuff.

                                                                                  2. happycamper Apr 8, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                                                    Luminato 2014 (June 6-15th)

                                                                                    Luminato just announced their program for 2014.
                                                                                    Exciting shows aside (Pina Bausch! Isabella Rosellini! Matt Barney!), they promise to transform Pecaut Square into a "cardboard beach" with food trucks and "beach-themed" food nights.
                                                                                    http://luminatofestival.com/festival/2014/taste-of-the-beach
                                                                                    As well, there are special limited capacity tours ("The Lost Train") with food from Fred Morin (Joe Beef) and music from Kid Koala.
                                                                                    http://luminatofestival.com/festival/...

                                                                                    Full disclosure, I have been attending/volunteering with Luminato for years. The Lost Train/food & music tour sounds very exciting though!

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                                                                                      ylsf Apr 14, 2014 06:54 AM

                                                                                      So they got rid of 1000 tastes this year. Interesting. The Lost Train thing looks interesting, it starts at the Royal York but then they go somewhere from there. I wonder where? Maybe a train car... or maybe in unused lower Bay station?

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                                                                                      ylsf Apr 14, 2014 06:52 AM

                                                                                      The site for the 2014 edition of The Stop's Night Market in Honest Ed Alley/Parking lot is up:

                                                                                      http://nightmarket.thestop.org/

                                                                                      Tickets on sale May 1st.

                                                                                      Price has gone up to $65 this year

                                                                                      June 17 and 18th, 2014 - 7pm to 11pm

                                                                                      Participating restaurant and drink companies are listed each day on the site.

                                                                                      Tip - Turn off the animations on the site in the top right hand corner. I am not a huge fan of the website (interesting design in parts but too complicated!).

                                                                                      This event sold out super quickly last year (i.e like 30 minutes or an hour?) and there was issues with the system being overloaded. It has been my favourite food event in the last few years and I highly recommend it.

                                                                                      1. prima Apr 16, 2014 11:00 AM

                                                                                        For the Love of Lobster on Thu, May 8, 2014, a fundraiser to benefit the St. Felix Centre:

                                                                                        Tickets:
                                                                                        http://www.stfelixcentre.ca/maritime_dinner_2014.php

                                                                                        Details:
                                                                                        http://www.stfelixcentre.ca/pdf/Lobst...

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                                                                                          ylsf Apr 18, 2014 06:20 AM

                                                                                          Happening today at Brickworks, "Great Friday" Brewer's Backyard

                                                                                          http://brewersbackyard.com/

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                                                                                            ylsf Apr 18, 2014 06:28 AM

                                                                                            Saw this posted on BlogTo, looks interesting.

                                                                                            Equinosh
                                                                                            http://www.gladstonehotel.com/spaces/...
                                                                                            Dates: Saturday April 26, 2014
                                                                                            Hours: 5-8pm
                                                                                            Venue: Ballroom
                                                                                            Price: $10 ($8 with a Grow Op ticket

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                                                                                            Tastings $5 each
                                                                                            This year, as part of the Grow Op exhibition Chef Jamie Kennedy, Chef Miriam Streiman and Chef Mario Paz present an ambulatory ‘feast for the senses’ that celebrates the diversity of two local agricultural landscapes – Prince Edward County, 200k east of Toronto and Simcoe and Grey-Bruce County, 200k north-west of Toronto and present them in the diverse urban context of the Gladstone’s ballroom.

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                                                                                              ylsf 1 day ago

                                                                                              Sew Hungry Food truck/restuarant event happening again in Hamilton

                                                                                              http://sewhungry.com/

                                                                                              May 2, 2014
                                                                                              11am to 3pm
                                                                                              and
                                                                                              4pm to 8pm

                                                                                              I have gone in previous years and enjoyed it. No fee to get in (it is set up on Ottawa St, they don't close the street off just the curb lanes each way for a big stretch). Suggest going early as it does get busy later in the day.

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