Foodie Fortnight: the top nine food events for March 18–April 1

Foodie Fortnight: the top nine food events for March 18–April 1

(Image: Nadège Patisserie) Nadège’s baby-blue macarons represent SickKids Hospital, which will get 50 per cent of macaron sales on March 20. (Image: Nadège)
 

In this edition of Foodie Fortnight: free macarons, half-price wine and a farewell potluck party at the beloved Cookbook Store.

Macaron Day
This Thursday, French confectioners citywide will be passing out free macarons to all sweet-seekers. This handy Macaron Map makes it easy to locate dozens of participating patisseries.
Mar. 20. Various Locations, macarondayto.com

Farewell Potluck at The Cookbook Store
Toronto’s unofficial foodie hub is closing, but not without a grand send-off. Guests are requested to dress in red and bring a dish from their favourite cookbook.
Mar. 23. The Cookbook Store, 850 Yonge St., twitter.com

Battle Offal
Chefs from six hot Toronto restaurants, including Le Select, Geraldine and Hapa Izakaya, will be facing off in an epic culinary battle at The Drake. The star ingredients? Blood and guts.
Mar. 24. The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042, thedrakehotel.ca

Southern Feast at The County General
The four-course menu for this inspired Southern feast includes blackened chicken livers, stuffed pig trotters and sugarcane shrimp, plus lots of special bourbon-based cocktails.
Mar. 25-26. $40 (drinks not incl.). The County General, 936 Queen St. W., 416-531-4447, thecountygeneral.ca

Artisan Supper at Ruby Watchco
Poached black cod with “chicken-wing vinaigrette” is one of the incredible-sounding dishes on chef Lora Kirk’s five-course menu. The $150 price tag includes wine pairings from Norm Hardie.
Mar. 25. $150. Ruby Watchco, 730 Queen St. E., facebook.com

Chef Collaboration Dinner at Splendido
A handful of seats remain for this eight-chef, eight-course dinner at Splendido. The lineup of participating chefs reads like a who’s-who of Toronto dining: it includes Splendido’s Victor Barry, plus Auberge du Pommier’s Marc St. Jacques, Campagnolo’s Craig Harding and Nota Bene’s David Lee.
Mar. 27. $180. Splendido, 88 Harbord St., 416-929-7788, splendido.ca

Spring Thaw Dinner
Over 16 Toronto chefs—including Jamie Kennedy, Canoe chef Anthony Walsh and Hopgood’s Foodliner’s Geoff Hopgood—will celebrate the upcoming 2014 growing season with a culinary spring fling at the Palais Royale.
Mar. 31. $175. Palais Royale, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 647-499-7077, eventbrite.ca

Half-Price Wine
Each Tuesday this month, wines and sakes are 50 per cent off at Bent, Susur Lee’s Dundas West restaurant. The weekly deal puts most bottles firmly in the affordable $30 range.
Until Mar. 31. Bent, 777 Dundas St. W., 647-352-0092, bentrestaurant.com

Indian Street Food Festival
Throughout March, Amaya is serving a special menu devoted to modern takes on traditional Indian street-food snacks. Expect some unconventional fusion dishes, like kung pao chaat and saag-paneer pizza.
Until Mar. 31. Amaya The Indian Room, 1701 Bayview Ave., 416-322-3270, amayarestaurant.com