Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)
A new year, a new thread. Here is the thread from 2013:
Feel free to post events, special dinners, charity fundraisers with a food aspect, drink related tastings, etc.
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!
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
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
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.
I went to the May 4th event and I have to echo the comments below about the April event...it was great. I didn't put in an effort to try to remember what I had so I can't really comment on any particular food items except to say that I was happy to very happy with almost everything I got.
The big plus, though, was the fact that you would never have to wait more than a few minutes in line at any given table to get food. Totally worth the $10 entrance fee. I would be much more willing to attend any future food event if it was run in the same manner.
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!
I am going to the Lost Train event on Wed. I was told that even though service will take place on a "train" (big "Air Quote") - the food will be stellar. I will report back.
I was there on Saturday for the food/music pairing event at David Pecaut Square. The food was very good and well priced ($5 for all tasting plates).
I loved the arepas from AGO Frank. A new contender, Mata, featuring S American snacks, offered grilled pineapple and house-made coconut ice cream - Delicious!!! Word is their Parkdale restaurant will open some time this week.
Also, Parts and Labour is there for the duration of the festival. I had their ceviche and thought it was just okay, but the staff very friendly and efficient.
I don't understand the whole "cardboard beach" concept...it looks a little cheap and already looks dirty and tired on the third day.
It was really a one-of-a-kind experience. A bit over the top but it was nothing like what I expected
On Wednesday, myself and 7 other guests were escorted to a limo from Fairmont Royal York. We were asked to put on blindfolds as we got on 407, all the while being fed unlimited drinks and listening to tracks of "train-themed" music.
We arrived at the secret "train" going down steps, still having no idea where we were. When the blindfolds finally came off, I found myself in a '70s VIA train cart - and I mean Exactly like the train, from the carpet to the seats to the cutlery we used. The "windows" were completely dark.
We were introduced to Chef Fred Morin and Kid Koala, who was our DJ for the afternoon.
The meal was strictly Kosher.
We started with some excellent martini, then on to the first course - smooth egg with chervil and morel cream. Delicate! The highlight of the meal for me was Joe Beef's signature "smoked no-meat" - smoked beets that tasted like pastramis. This was followed by (kosher) caviar served with sorrel and smoked fish served in an old-fashion tin. The main course was a fried "drumstick of vegetables": a drumstick shaped concoction of vegetables that was perfectly fried, beautifully seasoned. The palate cleanser was a to-die-for parfait rhubarb and verbena. Dessert was a beautiful carrot cake -smooth carrot curd with honeycomb.
Everything was delicious and the "train" experience was wonderful.
The big reveal came at the end of the meal, when we met Jason, a train fanatic who reconstructed an authentic VIA train in his BASEMENT! We were in his basement the whole time!!!
Words cannot do his recreation justice. You can watch him here:
I have never visited any of the Joe Beef restaurants, but now I have every reason to make the trip in the near future.
I thought the experience and the food was worth the $225 price tag. Pretty amazing actually.
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.
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.
For those wanting to go to Taste of Toronto. You can click this link for special pricing.
For $90 you get:
2 admission ($60 value
)60 crowns ($60 value)
That's savings of $30 (or one free admission)
Food items will range from 4-10 crowns (yes, you will have to lineup and buy crowns aka food vouchers).
So buying ahead = skip the line-up and go straight for the food.
A sake tasting event on Tuesday night (May 6th):
3 unique Japanese Sakes
2 different bites per sake - Created specifically for this event - Based on the sake profile by Daisho chefs
1 sake cocktail made specifically for the event by Nikai mixologists
Casual networking style environment
Sake educator on staff if required, but if you just want to eat and drink feel free
$61 including hst
TUM is back this year but at 99 Sudbury this time. First one is next Saturday, May 17th
Other upcoming events:
Sat. July 12th from 5-10pm
- 1st themed TUM Brunch on Sunday August 10th from 11am-4pm
- TUM 3 year anniversary on Sat. Sept. 27th from 5-10pm
The brunch one sounds interesting.
Ticket prices are $14.99 plus fees/taxes which works out to $19.25 in advance or more at door if still available. They have a 4 pack of TUM tickets for $50 + tax/fees.
Tickets $15 aka $20... Taking a cue from TicketMaster?
I never found these events that exciting. You pay, pay more, pay more, stand in absurd lines, and the food is often not that wonderful (though sometimes okay). I realize the situation with Toronto's iron-fisted public health police isn't that great, but somewhere like Smorgasburg manages free entrance, rather low prices, is never ridiculously jammed (as has been every TUM event I've attended). The major point? Better food. I've always left TUM feeling completely dissatisfied with most of what I've had... assuming the lines were short enough to even get anything. Not to mention that some vendors also sell their products through normal channels...
Have they fixed any of their problems? At this point TUM's claim to fame is, "At least we aren't as bad as that grilled cheese festival."
So, the event was pretty decent but again, not sure if it is worth to spend $20 just for admission.
This is the first time I have been at 99 Sudbury when the different spaces were open together. The connection between the two main rooms was really awkward/weird. It was a tiny hallway which was also the access for women's washrooms. Basically what happened was there was traffic going both ways and people trying to access the washrooms which caused a few traffic jams. The line-ups were pretty long for a few of the vendors (YOLO, doing Lobster corn dogs had a HUGE line up).
Best food item for me was the texas bbq sampler from Stoke http://stokestackbbq.com/ in particular the brisket.
I am kind of curious about the TUM Brunch event so might check that one out.
Anyone else go?
Seem egregious, but I guess it limits the numbers. I noticed that a lot of the vendors are actually businesses with existing storefronts, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Awkward venues and irritating queueing seem to summarize my entire experience of TUM. It's pretty sad that after all this time they haven't fixed it.
I had mixed reviews from friends who attended. The more likely they were into food blogging and food events, the more they liked it. One expat from a city where people will queue for anything with little regard for quality or opportunity cost (NYC) mentioned that it was underwhelming and that he wouldn't return.
Yeah, I was also wondering why Kathi Roll was there this time since they are an established restaurant. Kanga Meat Pies is an "alum" of TUM as is HOTB (indirectly) but I am guessing they are there more because of the connection with Hassel...
I had talked to some vendors before and they were kind of annoyed by the increasing vendor costs. Wonder if TUM still has people beating down their doors to get in.
Overall I love Brickworks so part of me is sad to see it go..
Oh, and the organizers definitely need to work on updating their website in a timely fashion. The Visitor FAQ still refers to Brickworks - http://www.yumtum.ca/?page_id=41
I overheard a few people saying they went to Brickworks by accident! Something simple like a 5 minute webpage update could help a lot.
Good review. I wonder if Hassel coaches/educates the vendors enough on how to service the line-ups efficiently. By now, she should be an expert. I remember La Carnita eventually figured out how to pump out the tacos fast. The TUM events I've been to suffered from the same struggle. Figure it out. Nobody I know sees the value, all things considered. To those doing the math - one service per 2 minutes X one hour blahblahblah, save your breath. The problem that needs to be fixed are the line-ups, not the physical limitation.
Great thread - tried many times to start one like this in Miami to no avail.
Hope something pops up for July 5/6, but won't hold breath given its a holiday week.
"On june 24th and june 25th, shōtō welcomes a dozen of their favourite toronto chefs for a special canada day dinner. each chef will prepare a dish as part of a 12 course tasting menu - $250 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), with a portion of proceeds benefiting the stop community food center."
Sounds great, but a little out of my price range.
This didn't come up in a search here.
PintxosTO - A celebration of Tapas.
Put on my the team over at SpotlightToronto which brought SlurpTO, etc.
I have gone to a bunch of their events and enjoyed them. Tickets are a reasonable $10 . They split the sessions up into two groups. I will be going in the morning.
Just to be clear, as with all of the events they put on $10 is admission only, you still have to pay for food and drink. $10 really only covers their fixed costs, space rental, permits, mandatory security, insurance etc. In fact I suspect it probably doesn't quite cover those expenses.
Thrill of the Grill 2014
Saturday, July 19, noon-4pm
"...Allen’s, The Combine Eatery, Das Gashaus, Factory Girl, Globe Bistro and The Meat Department.
...Your $15.00 ticket includes: 6 ribs, corn, a sample of SteamWhistle beer, a sample of wine from Gnarly Head, a bottle of ESKA water and free give-aways"
Seems really reasonably priced. Anyone been to previous years'?
"Thrill of the Grill" 6 Danforth chefs compete for best ribs July 19 noon-4pm (Danforth b/w broadview and jackman) $15. (Info at thedanforth.ca)
Cuisine-Art 2014 - At Alton Mills
July 12th and 13th, 2014:
I have enjoyed this event in past years. I don't think I posted about it yet this year.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. A fundraiser for the pond rehabilitation. I recommend that people check it out if you like art/food/nature. Lovely area!
Edit: After posting this I noticed it had already been mentioned, so I tried to delete it but that is not an option.
July 19: Thrill of the Grill 2014
more info here: http://www.thedanforth.ca/thrill-of-t...
Saturday, July 19, noon-4pm
Put the sizzle back in your summer. Tickets are on sale for the fifth annual Danforth Experience Thrill of the Grill and sidewalk sale. Six of the Danforth’s excellent restaurants and food shops are turning up the heat to out sauce, out flavour and out grill each other to claim the title of Toronto’s best rib.
Check out the hot deals and Thrill of the Grill specials offered by many of the Danforth’s unique shops and boutiques at the merchant’s sidewalk sale.
All proceeds will benefit kidney cancer research at the Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.
Tantalize your taste buds with juicy and saucy ribs grilled by the chefs of Allen’s, The Combine Eatery, Das Gashaus, Factory Girl, Globe Bistro and The Meat Department.
Join the Corn Roast Throw Down between Pfizer Oncology and Metro.
Douse the flames with refreshing beverages from ESKA, SteamWhistle and Gnarly Head.
Match your taste buds against a panel of celebrity judges to see who can BBQ the best rib and roast the finest corn.
Meet The Food Network’s Lynn Crawford and HGTV and House & Home's Tommy Smythe.
Win fabulous door prizes and be eligible for to win one of two $250 Danforth Dollar prizes for further shopping at the Danforth shops and restaurants.
TICKETS ARE LIMITED SO DON’T DELAY
Your $15.00 ticket includes: 6 ribs, corn, a sample of SteamWhistle beer, a sample of wine from Gnarly Head, a bottle of ESKA water and free give-aways.
For those wanting to go to Taste of Toronto. You can click this link for special pricing.
For $90 you get:)
2 admission ($60 value
60 crowns ($60 value
That's savings of $30 (or one free admission)
So buying ahead = skip the line-up and go straight for the food.
It's a good weekend to be in Niagara:
Saturday and Sunday is a free admission Food Truck Eats event at Mike Weir Winery. 20 food trucks + wines by the glass. If you like the Peller Estates event, this is the same...but free.
Sunday is Ripe and Juicy Market at Stratus Wines. Food trucks, food vendors, live music, artisan crafts, seminars, etc. Free entry and free parking on site.
Saturday and Sunday is the annual Lavendar Festival at Neob in NOTL. $5 entry at the door.
Another pop-up from Drake/Momofuku collab:
This August, on Tuesday evenings from 5-9PM, Drake One Fifty, Momofuku + friends will transform the York Street parkette (west side of York St. between Richmond + Adelaide) into a mini night-market, offering gourmet street food, summertime treats, and notable Canadian indie musicians performing street-side, creating a twilight oasis in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District.
We'll be joined by our Financial District neighbours The Gabardine and Richmond Station on alternating Tuesdays, in addition to Drake One Fifty + Momofuku"
The Home EC Big Outdoor Kitchen Party - September 14th, 11am to 5pm - Habourfront Centre:
WellPreserved is excited to present Toronto’s FIRST EVER full-day event focusing on the art of preserving. “The Home Ec Big Outdoor Kitchen Party” this FREE event takes over Harbourfront Centre’s beautiful new North Exhibition Commons with preserving demos and food talks all day, along side some of the best local small batch preserves and food companies.
Eat, sample and buy great food and drink, small batch preserves and artisanal food products. Honey, jam, jelly, pickles, kimchi, goat milk chocolate, local non-GMO cooking oils, hot sauces and more! Enjoy some great food, a glass of local wine, mead, cider or kombucha and talk preserving, farming and food with one of the many experts on site.
Talks and demos from these amazing experts throughout the whole day in our TWO tents:
Have any of you explored Taste Real or Rural Romp? Taste Real is an umbrella campaign for agriculture in the Guelph area. They have several specific events over the course of the year ... a Field Dinner (this year's is on the 14th at Thatcher's Farm) wherein notable chefs from the area create a communal feast out of local ingredients. Rural Romp occurs on September 27th, and allows you access to small agri-businesses that are normally not open to the public, as well as some that are. www.tastereal.com gives all the details (except that the participating farms etc for Rural Romp aren't up yet, but will be soon with a rather good map of all the county roads and rural routes in the area.) I should add that Rural Romp is occurring during Elora's Studio Tour and during a weekend where all sorts of arts and culture events are planned in the area. It really is a fun day for a road trip in some really pretty country!
Harvest Halton - October 5, 2014
18 and under are free, $40 for 2, or $22 each in advance, $1 sample tickets.
Harvest Halton - A Farm to Chef Experience at Country Heritage Park is an opportunity to tantalize your taste buds and sample unique dishes created by award winning chefs from Halton Region's renowned restaurants. Each chef will be paired with local farmers who will provide signature ingredients fresh from the harvest. Harvest Halton provides guests with an opportunity to satisfy their thirst and increase their knowledge of microbreweries with beverages from Halton’s craft breweries and famous fruit winery (non-alcoholic options also available).
Enjoy live music, an artisanal market, wagon rides, and speak directly to local farmers to learn more about the benefits of eating local. This is sure to be a fun, informative and delicious experience. Discover the true taste of Halton. Rain or shine – we've got you covered!
This looks interesting but just found out about it and happening Monday night (i.e. tmrw)
BLOOR TAKEOVER: DAVID SAX - A CURE FOR THE MUNCHIES
Bloor Takeover: A prominent writer, artist, or personality takes over Bloor programming for a night, letting their imagination run wild.
Takeover Programmer: David Sax, The New York Times, Businessweek, Saveur
For our first event, journalist and award-winning author David Sax (The Tastemakers) indulges two of his passions—food and stoner comedies. After David and a group of food obsessed pals share foggy tales about their favourite films and midnight munchies, we’ll screen classic comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Following the film, Chef Anthony Rose will serve up the perfect greasy, little burger!
David Sax will be joined by Chef Anthony Rose (Rose & Sons/Fat Pasha), food writer Corey Mintz (Toronto Star), and cocktail guru Aja Sax (Porzia).
Full event: $22 ($19 for Bloor members), includes one cocktail, popcorn and a burger.
Single ticket: $15 ($12 for Bloor members), discussion and screening only
Co-presented by Aux
Evergreen Urban Rodeo and BBQ
September 27, 2014 - Evergreen Brick Works
$150 per ticket
40 top chefs under one roof, for one night only—The Evergreen Urban Rodeo and BBQ on September 27—a fundraiser in support of healthy, green cities and a harvest celebration like no other!
They even have a mechanical bull
Took the day off and attended today. Definitely worth a visit in my view. All the food we had was indeed delicious. Took in a couple of free presentations. Plenty of free food tastings. Food and drink for $ was reasonably priced. Highlights of the day included:
- Mario Batali's cooking demonstration
- Tyler Florence
- Parts & Labour's Mussels & Chicken Hearts dish
- Thoroughbred's Mussel Po Boy w an aioli that made the dish (actually the bun wasn't necessary)
- Splendido's Fois Gras with strawberries and walnuts
- Von Doughnuts Buttertart Donut...seriously !!!!
- The Spanish booth - the wines and Spanish hams were ridiculous (wish I could recall the booth name)
Without exception, all the folks in the booths were friendly and eager to talk about their offerings.
I'd go next year without hesitation and hopefully these changes will be made:
- either let folks use coupons for drinks AND food or, skip the coupons and let everyone use CASH! (coupons are only good for drinks this year)
- add more wine booths...seriously, move this to the top of the list
- broaden the selection of offerings at "The Bar" - food might be an idea since this is a FOOD show! and serve more than 1 white and 1 red wine
- open the doors to let some fresh air in or turn on the AC so it isn't so outrageously hot
ETA: Forgot to mention we brought a box of Short & Sweet Cupcakes home and they were excellent. Favourites were the double chocolate, salted caramel apple and the lemon curd one. (note I don't have their "cute" names but if you go, hopefully these descriptions should help!!).
ETA one more thing: how could I have forgotten the wonderful, enthusiastic, Thistledown high school chefs and their incredibly passionate and compelling chef/instructor. We purchased soups, salsas and baked goods in support of their upcoming culinary trip. Kudos to them for such an innovative programme.
Remember the "3 Game Changers"? The place on Queen West that had the constantly changing food concepts which turned out to be one big gag by the owner of Khao San Road? Well they're doing a popup this Saturday, Oct 18 they're calling Bro Appetit.
They've invited other restos to come in and riff on one of the various food concepts they originally joked about. For example, Barque will be doing "Smoke n Mirrors" and Come and Get It will do "Sammy's Sammies". And, of course, Khao San Road will be doing "Thai Tanium".
Other than this popup, I wonder if the place will finally open.....