Category: Events

Picture This! Recipe for Change 2015

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For one night, chefs, brew masters and winemakers came together for a night of food and fun in St. Lawrence Market for Recipe for Change. It’s all to raise money for a good cause.

Debbie Field has been the Executive Director of FoodShare since 1992. She first become involved in FoodShare as a parent concerned about how poor the food in her children’s elementary school was. To her, the school programs have had the most impact.

These programs include healthy school food programs and hands-on education to teach students food skills. In 2015, Debbie would like to expand the Good Food Cafe into as many high schools as possible.The Good Food Cafe is a healthy cafeteria, that serves up delicious food that is also good for you. Students enjoy a diverse menu including items such as jerk chicken, shepard’s pie, squash & bean burritos, and more!

For the public, FoodShare offers workshops year round. New this year is the FoodShare Academy series of workshops that will provide urban agriculture skills. (Check it out here!)

How can you support FoodShare? Check their website for activities and consider volunteering or donating at any time of the year.

Check out my pictures and favourite dishes from the delicious event! (more…)

Food on Film at TIFF

Food on Film is back at TIFF! This series marks the beginning of spring for me.

The series kicks off with a film I really wanted to see at TIFF a couple of years ago, but was unable to: The Lunchbox. Check out the trailer.

New this year, Whole Foods Market will sample food inspired by the film being screened. Awesome, right? For The Lunchbox, vegetable pakoras will be featured.

The six-event series is hosted by Matt Galloway (Metro Morning) ​​features a​ lineup of ​internationally​-​known ​culinary experts who will discuss topical and timely food themes, following a screening of a film​ that is used as a springboard for the discussion​. Discussion topics will include food gleaning, processed grain health impacts, rise of urban gardens, green meal​-d​​delivery methods, ​and more.
See below for the entire film series.

March 11 — Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala on The Lunchbox

Indian-born chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs Vikram Vij ​(Dragons’ Den) ​and Meeru Dhalwala present the award-winning festival hit The Lunchbox, exploring the art behind crafting Indian dishes and the popular rise of integrating homestyle cooking into restaurant cuisine.

April 1 — Naomi Duguid on The Gleaners & I

James Beard Award-winning travel writer and culinary anthropologist Naomi Duguid discusses the beloved documentary The Gleaners & I, and examines unique approaches to food gathering and agriculture — from the French countryside to Toronto’s organic urban gardens.

April 22 — Jordan Salcito on Somm

Momofuku’s beverage director and Master Sommelier candidate Jordan Salcito presents the documentary Somm, sharing her expertise in wine curation and providing her personal insight into the hallowed halls of the competitive Court of Master Sommeliers.

May 13 — Wylie Dufresne on Delicatessen

Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award-winning chef and the leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, introduces the post-apocalyptic comedyDelicatessen and discusses his playfully artful and boldly experimental approach to cooking.

June 3 — Chad Robertson on The Grain Divide

Chad Robertson, James Beard Award-winning baker and co-owner of San Francisco’s legendary Tartine Bakery, presents the intriguing new documentaryThe Grain Divide. He’ll delve into the topical gluten debate and discuss the health impact of over-processed grain consumption.

 June 24 — Jonathan Waxman on Meatballs

California cuisine pioneer Jonathan Waxman pays tribute to Ivan Reitman (his partner in the Toronto restaurant Montecito) with a screening of the comedy kingpin’s classic Meatballs, and will discuss the art and business behind successful collaborations.

Hurry, cause the 150 series subscribers receive a $50 gift card to Momofuku Toronto and a one-year print subscription to Toronto Life magazine.

Snag tickets here: http://tiff.net/winter2015-series/food-on-film

Free Tea at David’s Tea with Etsy app today!

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If you love DAVIDsTea as much as I do, then this will get your day off to a great start!
DAVIDsTEA will be offering a free cup of any tea, hot or iced, to Etsy members today on February 4, 2015 to celebrate the launch of the DAVIDsTEA’s artist collaboration.

All you have to do is show the Etsy app on your phone. Happy about your free tea? Share a photo with hashtag #DTxEtsy.

This is to launch their brand new Etsy collection.

DAVIDsTEA will showcase eight handmade pieces created by three Etsy artists. Each mug will retail for $29.50 in select stores and online. I will be sharing more info about that soon!

2015 Winterlicious Picks

winterliciousIt’s my favourite time of year…Winterlicous!

Winterlicious is an annual prixe fixe menu festival where you can get 3 course meals for the price of one entree, usually. This year, the prices have been raised slightly, but it’s still a good deal. Lunch starts at $18 and dinner starts at $25.

There’s also a slew of new foodie events to check out.

New restaurants to watch out for: New French Bistro, Cluny,Trump Hotel’s America, Living Room at the Windsor Arms, Los Colibris, Momofuku Noodle Bar,Pukka, Reds Midtown Tavern, Rock Lobster,  SpeakEasy 21, Scaddabush, Reds MidTown Tavern,

Good bets: Fabbrica, Drake Hotel, Mildred Temple Kitchen, Luckee by Susur Lee, Pan on the Danforth, Piola,

Feeling Fancy? Splendido, Canoe, Nota Bene, Sagano

Check out my reviews of: Pukka, The Host Fine Indian Food, SpeakEasy 21,  Reds MidTown Tavern,, Mildred Temple Kitchen, Bier Markt, Origin North, Pizza e Pazzi.

Twenty Valley Winter Winefest

WinefestTwenty Valley Winter WineFest is here! From January 9th – 11th, 2015  enjoy red, white, sparkling and ice wine from  24 wineries in the area on the streets of Jordan Village. Tokens for food, beer, cocktails and wine are $3.25.

The festival features Michael Smith with daily cooking demos and Canadian recording artists The Mohrs, Yukon Blonde and The Glorious Sons have free concerts in the evening. (more…)

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