Foodie Fortnight: the top 14 food events for April 29 – May 13
In this packed edition of Foodie Fortnight: top chefs donate time for charity, all you can eat wings, Canada’s leading hospitality industry event, chocolate, and more chocolate.
Food and art of Fogo Island
This rescheduled fundraiser for Fogo Island Arts will include an Outport Newfoundland Boil up by Chef Murray MacDonald of Fogo Island Inn, one of Canada’s top new restaurants, wines from Closson Chase Vineyards and 13th Street Winery.
Apr 29. $400. Artscape Wychwood, 601 Christie St., Eventbrite
Daniel Burns @ Momofuku Shōtō
A few slots are left for this culinary event between the man that Globe & Mail critic Chris Nuttall-Smith called the best Canadian chef you’ve never heard of (Daniel Burns of Brooklyn’s Luksus) as he reunites with the Momofuku team for a 12 course tasting menu experience.
Apr 29. $200. Momofuku Shōtō, 190 University Ave., 647-253-8000, facebook.com
Parts & Labour + Café Boulud Dinner
For one night only, Matty Matheson joins chef Tyler Shedden for this four-course tasting menu that includes everything from Nordic shrimp to a foie gras terrine, PEI cote de beef and full wine pairings.
Apr 29. $125. Café Boulud, 60 Yorkville Ave., cafeboulud.com
All-You-Can-Eat Wing Festival
A new batch of tickets has been released for the 3rd annual Toronto Wing Festival, where there will be 5000lbs of wings by 18 participating restaurants, beer, and live rock entertainment. The young Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline are hosting the all you can eat fest, and net proceeds will help support their charitable activities.
May 4. $30 ($60 VIP, include express entry, early admission, swag bag). Daniels Spectrum (Regent Park), 585 Dundas St. E., ticketfly.com
Gluten free expo
Discover, sample and learn about the options available to those living with gluten intolerance at Canada’s largest gluten free event.
May 4. $12. Metro Toronto Convention Center – South, 222 Bremner Blvd., gluttenfreeexpo.com
Dim Sum Festival
Missed the first round of Yum Cha with the creative buns and assortment of dumplings? Not to worry, there are still tickets available for the afternoon session of this 19+ event.
May 4. $10 (not incl. food and drinks). 36 Wagstaff Dr. (next door to Left Field Brewery), uniiverse.com
Vegan Bake Sale
Celebrate Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale week (it’s a thing) at May the Forth be with You by donating or enjoying a variety of vegan baked goods at the Kensington Market pop-up from noon – 3 P.M. Monies raised will go towards Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary.
May 4. Location TBA, Kensington Market, facebook.com
TIFF’s Food on Film
Christina Tosi, founder and owner of Momofuku Milk Bar will be present at the screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original version with Gene Wilder) and discuss her own unique approach to creating desserts.
May 7. $28-35. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-599-TIFF, tiff.net
Top Chefs Compete for the Daily Food Bank
Join Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen) and other chefs as they battle it out at the Ultimate Food Challenge, while judges including Massimo Capra (Mistura) and Michael Bonacini (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants) will decide who will be champion. The ultimate winner, of course, will be the Daily Food Bank.
May 7. $150. Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Dr., ultimatefoodchallenge.com
Chocoholics rejoice. Patissier Eyal Liebman is joined by sommelier wife Rebecca Mer as they host a sweet and savoury chocolate dinner pairing six courses with wines from Henry of Pelham. 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest.
May 8. $130. Boccone, 1378 Yonge St., lisfor.ca
Former chef and Niagara College instructor Michael Olson will be joined by wife, pastry chef and Food Network’s Anna Olson for a beer-inspired dinner at Indie Alehouse.
May 8. $65. Indie Alehouse, 2876 Dundas St. W., eventbrite.ca
Learn How to Shuck Oysters
What can be better than pairing sharp objects, an assortment of sustainable Canadian oysters, with plenty of Ontario wines? Patrick McMurray (Starfish, Ceili Cottage) will be on hand to teach beginners how to shuck oysters for one night at the cheekily titled Shuck-U.
May 9. $52. Miele Gallery at the Market Kitchen in St. Lawrence Market, 93 Front St. E., universe.com
Treating Mom to the Ritz Experience (at Home)
Looking to treat mom well this Mother’s Day? You can either take her to The Ritz’s oft sold out brunch, or bring a taste of The Ritz to her. Not only is Ritz-Carlton’s new signature cake – with its alternating layers of moist triple-chocolate sponge, bitter caramel and Grand Marnier ganache (the spirit plays a role in the hotel chain’s history): a beautiful gift that travels well and stays fresh for several days, but the show stopping recipe was also created by Toronto pastry chef Yusuke Aoki. As they say, “Let them eat cake.”
Available starting May 1. $48. TOCA or DEQ, 181 Wellington St. W., ritzcarlton.com
Hospitality’s Biggest and Brightest Under One Roof
Join industry leaders Albert Adria, Daniel Boulud, David Chang, David MacMillan and Frédéric Morin of Joe Beef, and Toronto’s faux-chef Grant Soto at this year’s Terroir Hospitality Symposium as they explore the theme of community building and creative collaborations in the world of gastronomy. Admission includes breakfast and lunch cooked by some of the city’s best and guests like Top Chef winner Kristen Kish. Ticket holders are also granted admission to an exclusive after party at The Drake Hotel.
May 12. $229. Arcadian Court, 401 Bay St.,8th Floor., kiosk.co