Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)
Sake Institute of Ontario (same trade group that runs the Kampai tasting in the summer) has a "Winter Classic" coming up
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!
Heard this mentioned on the radio tonight while flipping around
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)
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)
Local or Organic: What’s at Stake and Why It Matters
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.
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.
Wed Jan 29th, 8pm
HomeEc: Hot Sauce Tasting
HiLo Toronto - 753 Queen Street East
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:
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
Cover: A la carte menu
Time: Jan. 31, 2014, noon
Interesting event at Luma for Valentine's day - Feb 14 and 15th:
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
RECIPE FOR CHANGE
Thursday February 27, 6-9pm
St. Lawrence Market North Building
TICKETS JUST $125.
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.
Chocolate dinner #3 coming -
March 6th, 2014
Château des Charmes
(all proceeds will go to
La joie de vivre aux chocolat - menu
Chicken & Valrhona Caraïbe
chestnut soup | chicken & chocolate mousse
Turkey & Valrhona Taïnori
cocoa nibs smoked turkey breast | petite salade | sauce pain-frit | pure dominican republic chocolate
Ostrich & Valrhona Coeur de Guanaja
Ostrich in port & vanilla | chocolate fettuccine | tomatoe
Quail & Valrhona Jivara Lactée
merguez sausage | yam and milk chocolate purée | quail | chocolate crêpe | pate feuilletée au chocolat | sauce poivrade
Cornish hen & Valrhona Grué de Cocoa
grilled demi coquelet brined in cocoa nibs infused tequila and persian limes, rice with cocoa nibs
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
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
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.
<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.
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 ;)
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.
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
Thorrablot 2014 - Taste of Iceland (Vinland)
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
Deadline April 8, 2014
Member: Adult – $50, Youth – $25, Children – $12
Non Member: Adult – $55, Youth – $27, Children – $15
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.
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.
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.
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.
As well, there are special limited capacity tours ("The Lost Train") with food from Fred Morin (Joe Beef) and music from Kid Koala.
Full disclosure, I have been attending/volunteering with Luminato for years. The Lost Train/food & music tour sounds very exciting though!
The site for the 2014 edition of The Stop's Night Market in Honest Ed Alley/Parking lot is up:
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.
For the Love of Lobster on Thu, May 8, 2014, a fundraiser to benefit the St. Felix Centre:
Saw this posted on BlogTo, looks interesting.
Dates: Saturday April 26, 2014
Price: $10 ($8 with a Grow Op ticket
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.
Sew Hungry Food truck/restuarant event happening again in Hamilton
May 2, 2014
11am to 3pm
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.