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

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

    1. 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!

      1. 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...

        1. 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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          1. re: ylsf

            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. 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. 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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                1. re: jlunar

                  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

                2. 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. 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. re: justsayn

                        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...

                      2. 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...

                        1. 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...

                          1. 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. 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. 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...

                                1. 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...

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

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

                                    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...

                                    2 Replies
                                    1. re: ylsf

                                      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...

                                      1. re: estufarian

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

                                        - khao san road

                                    2. 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.

                                      1. 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

                                        1. 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. 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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                                            1. 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...

                                              1. 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. 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...

                                                  1. 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...

                                                    3 Replies
                                                      1. re: estufarian

                                                        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!

                                                        1. re: ylsf

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

                                                    1. 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...

                                                      12 Replies
                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                        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?

                                                        1. re: Flexitarian

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

                                                          1. re: petek

                                                            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.

                                                            1. re: Flexitarian

                                                              <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.

                                                          2. re: Flexitarian

                                                            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.

                                                            1. re: danniii

                                                              Sounds like a good time was had by all!

                                                          3. re: kwass

                                                            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 ;)

                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                              here is a list of the "competitors":

                                                              http://bit.ly/1glk7hg

                                                              - khao san road

                                                              1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                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.

                                                                1. re: Flexitarian

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

                                                                  1. re: petek

                                                                    That sort of math is their job! :)

                                                              2. 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. 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.

                                                                  1 Reply
                                                                  1. re: kwass

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

                                                                    $40 for 4 courses.

                                                                     
                                                                     
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                                                                    1. re: th3hungrycat

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

                                                                      1. re: pourboi

                                                                        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

                                                                        .

                                                                    2. 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

                                                                      1. 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. re: petek

                                                                            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.

                                                                              1. re: petek

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

                                                                            1. re: petek

                                                                              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...

                                                                              1. re: TorontoJo

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

                                                                                1. re: TorontoJo

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

                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                    Check out Twitter #yumchaTO

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

                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                         
                                                                                        1. re: TorontoJo

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

                                                                                           
                                                                                          1. re: TorontoJo

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

                                                                                            1. re: petek

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              1. re: bytepusher

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

                                                                                      2. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                    2. 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/...
                                                                                      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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                                                                                      1. re: happycamper

                                                                                        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?

                                                                                        1. re: happycamper

                                                                                          Anyone going on the Lost Train?

                                                                                          Also, there is an event today at the cardboard beach/hub. I think 12 to 5pm. Artists and chef's have joined together to offer up food on a stick.. $5 each item, free entry.

                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                            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.

                                                                                              1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                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:
                                                                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjMnW...

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                  That sounds phenomenal. I'm super jealous, the food sounds great, and I LOVE kid koala!

                                                                                                  1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                    Wow. That does sound amazing. I regret not buying a ticket now. At the time I didn't know anyone else that wanted to go but I should have just gone myself.

                                                                                                    The video link doesn't work.. I guess maybe it was deleted off youtube.

                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                      OMG! That sounds wonderful.
                                                                                                      I should buy myself a ticket even my friends were hesitating.
                                                                                                      The youtube like works.
                                                                                                      Try again.

                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                        fixed. thanks.
                                                                                                        Yes it was really great!! I hope they do it again next year.

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

                                                                                                Tickets:
                                                                                                http://www.stfelixcentre.ca/maritime_...

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

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

                                                                                                  http://brewersbackyard.com/

                                                                                                  1. 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

                                                                                                    )

                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                      It'd be a crowded one - but I will definitely attend. Will report back.

                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                        Reminder that SEW hungry is this Friday

                                                                                                      2. Taste of Toronto presale tickets are on sale now (For Amex Front of the Line). Pretty good line up of chefs/restaurants so far. This is run by an international group and the first time it's come to North America:

                                                                                                        http://tasteoftoronto.com/tickets-pre...

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                                                                                                        1. re: jl_1978

                                                                                                          For those wanting to go to Taste of Toronto. You can click this link for special pricing.

                                                                                                          https://kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk-optimise...

                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                        2. A sake tasting event on Tuesday night (May 6th):

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

                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                          1. The Big Night - fundraiser for The Stop

                                                                                                            June 4, 2014 - 6pm -

                                                                                                            http://www.bignight.thestop.org/index...

                                                                                                            Wychwood Barns
                                                                                                            $200 a person

                                                                                                            1. TUM is back this year but at 99 Sudbury this time. First one is next Saturday, May 17th

                                                                                                              http://www.yumtum.ca/?page_id=39

                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                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."

                                                                                                                1. re: yakionigiri

                                                                                                                  I agree with a lot of what you said. I will report back on the Saturday event and let you guys know if things have improved with the new space/etc.

                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                    Thanks; much appreciated. I don't think I'd return until the event was better, and I've been quite a few times... Too many last chances.

                                                                                                                2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                    1. re: yakionigiri

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      1. re: chowfinder

                                                                                                                        Speaking of La Carnita, there doesn't seem to be a 'Tres' this year? Too bad, I was looking forward to it.

                                                                                                                  2. Great Lakes Brewery Annual Charity BBQ is tomorrow (Sat, May 24, 2014)

                                                                                                                    http://www.greatlakesbeer.com/index.p...

                                                                                                                    Sounds like fun, too bad it is the same day/weekend as Doors Open.

                                                                                                                    1. A beer garden is being set up on Saturday (May 24, 2014) in Trinity Bellwoods (in the hockey rink)

                                                                                                                      http://www.blogto.com/events/tallboys...

                                                                                                                      1. Niagara Integrated Film Festival is having their first year soon and they are doing screenings at wineries including some food related ones (like Red Obsession). Looks interesting:

                                                                                                                        https://niagarafilmfest.com/

                                                                                                                        The founder (or one of them) of this festival was a co-founder of TIFF.

                                                                                                                        1. Castello Italian is happening this Sunday at Casa Loma:

                                                                                                                          http://www.castelloitalia.ca/

                                                                                                                          $35 tickets for adults. Says food/wine samples, I am not sure what is all included. A piazza in Toronto... Anyone know more info about this event?

                                                                                                                          1. Food Network is doing another round of food truck series.
                                                                                                                            June 11 and 12th, waterfront:

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                            1. 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.

                                                                                                                              1. "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.

                                                                                                                                1. 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.

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

                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                  2. Thrill of the Grill 2014
                                                                                                                                    http://www.thedanforth.ca/thrill-of-t...

                                                                                                                                    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'?

                                                                                                                                    1. "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)

                                                                                                                                      1. Cuisine-Art 2014 - At Alton Mills

                                                                                                                                        July 12th and 13th, 2014:

                                                                                                                                        http://altonmill.ca/cuisine-art_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!

                                                                                                                                        1. An event in the Niagara on the Lake area this weekend

                                                                                                                                          http://niagaralavenderfestival.com/

                                                                                                                                          Lavender Festival. I went a few years back and I enjoyed it as an experience.

                                                                                                                                          Tickets available for sale at the door. $5 includes some sampling.

                                                                                                                                          1. 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.

                                                                                                                                            1. For those wanting to go to Taste of Toronto. You can click this link for special pricing.

                                                                                                                                              https://kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk-optimise...

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              1. 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.
                                                                                                                                                http://ontariofoodtrucks.com/food-tru...

                                                                                                                                                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.
                                                                                                                                                http://gatheringniagara.com/ripe-juic...

                                                                                                                                                Saturday and Sunday is the annual Lavendar Festival at Neob in NOTL. $5 entry at the door.
                                                                                                                                                http://www.neoblavender.com/shopCAN/i...

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                  thanks. Might stop at the Mike Weir event on the way back from visiting Buffalo for their Taste of Buffalo.... But I imagine I might not have much stomach room left!

                                                                                                                                                2. Another pop-up from Drake/Momofuku collab:

                                                                                                                                                  "Twilight Tuesdays
                                                                                                                                                  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"

                                                                                                                                                  http://www.thedrake.ca/blog/2014/07/d...

                                                                                                                                                  1. The Home EC Big Outdoor Kitchen Party - September 14th, 11am to 5pm - Habourfront Centre:

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

                                                                                                                                                    Free

                                                                                                                                                    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:

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                      Oh wow, this looks great! Thanks for sharing!

                                                                                                                                                    2. Veg Food Fest - Habourfront Centre - September 5 to 7, 2014.

                                                                                                                                                      Free

                                                                                                                                                      http://festival.veg.ca/

                                                                                                                                                      1. I saw a postcard for this at Buster Rhino's Oshawa location.

                                                                                                                                                        Tapas Tour - Explore the Culinary diversity of Downtown Oshawa

                                                                                                                                                        Sept 19, 2014, 4pm to 9pm
                                                                                                                                                        5 Tapas for $20
                                                                                                                                                        Http://Www.oshawaspaceinvaders.com/ta...

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                          Thanks so much for sharing this ylsf! Not sure I'll be in town for the event but you've piqued my interest in a few of the restaurants that are participating. We will likely give Beryl's a try this week.

                                                                                                                                                        2. 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!

                                                                                                                                                          1. Harvest Halton - October 5, 2014

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.halton.ca/cms/One.aspx?por...

                                                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                                                            1. This event is happening in the Ottawa area (Wakefield) on Sunday. Anyone been before?

                                                                                                                                                              http://cog.ca/ottawa/feast-of-fields/

                                                                                                                                                              Thinking of going if it is worth it as I will be in the area.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Toronto Garlic Festival this weekend (Sunday Sep 21, 2014) at Evergreen Brickworks:

                                                                                                                                                                http://www.torontogarlicfestival.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                $5 Admission