Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 12 to 18

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 12 to 18

The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo kicks off on Thursday (Image: Courtesy Food and Wine Expo)
 

Monday, November 12

  • Monday Night Dinners at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar: Every Monday night, Local Kitchen serves a $40 prix fixe menu of Italian fare with half-price wine bottles and no corkage fee. 1710 Queen St. W., 416-534-6700. Find out more »
  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Fourth annual Pickle Battle. Bring in your best professional or amateur brined cuke. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »

 

Tuesday, November 13

  • Mario Batali’s Fall Classics: Learn the basics for great Italian meals, like tomato and grilled zucchini stacks and Batali-inspired tomato sauce from scratch. The Chef Upstairs, 516 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-544-9221. Find out more »
  • From Wing to Tip: Chef Rodney Bowers presents new and exciting ways to prepare family-style chicken dishes using only the best local, organic chicken. He’ll also demonstrate how to make chicken stock and a quick fall soup—not to mention Shanghai chicken thigh lettuce tacos. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • GE Café Chef Series—Pasta Party With Fabio Bondi: A series of workshops connecting eaters to the unique terroir, chefs and food culture of southern Ontario. This week, chef Fabio Bondi of Local Kitchen and Wine Bar and Bar Salumi shares his knowledge and experience in pasta making and Italian cuisine. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »

Wednesday, November 14

  • A Chef’s Tour of Little Italy: Join the Culinary Adventure Company on a behind-the-scenes tour of Little Italy’s finest kitchens. 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • Scotch With Food: Experience some unexpected matches and new flavour combinations at this entertaining class that pairs single malt scotch styles with food. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Experience Italy’s Piedmont: Piedmont features some of Italy’s best-known wine regions, including Barbera and Barbaresco, home to Barolo. Sample the latest releases from these areas. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »

 

Thursday, November 15

  • Gourmet Food and Wine Expo: Toronto’s big annual food show takes over the convention centre, featuring demonstrations, free samples and over 1,500 wines, beers and spirits. 19+. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front St. W. Find out more »
  • Little India Food and Cultural Walking Tour: Learn about Indian culture and explore the restaurants, markets and food shops of this neighbourhood with the Culinary Adventure Company. 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • Moroccan Flavours: Learn about the ingredients and spices that make up Moroccan cuisine. Menu includes a variety of salads, smoky eggplant dip, vegetable tagine and pomegranate sorbet. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »

 

Friday, November 16

  • Introduction to Cupcake Decorating: A hands-on workshop teaching you how to dress up a cupcake. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Oxala Art y Tacos Birthday Event: Mexican-Portuguese pop-up restaurant Oxala celebrates its first birthday at La Revolución restaurant in the Junction. The Mexican street festival–inspired event will bring together food, live music and street art from local artists. 2848 Dundas St. W., 416-766-0746. Find out more »
  • Gourmet Food and Wine Expo: Toronto’s big annual food show takes over the convention centre, featuring demonstrations, free samples and over 1,500 wines, beers and spirits. 19+. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front St. W. Find out more »

 

Saturday, November 17

  • Streetcar Food Tour: Take a tour along the 501 Queen streetcar route, crossing the entire city and stopping for tastings in six different neighbourhoods. 416-826-1997. Find out more »
  • Stop Market Café: Enjoy a weekly meal sourced from ingredients found at the adjacent farmers’ market. Proceeds from sales at the café are reinvested in The Stop’s programs. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Green Barn, 601 Christie St. Find out more »
  • Hands in the Bowl: The Evergreen Brick Works invites children (ages four to seven) and their caregivers to roll up their sleeves and learn how to mix, grate, mash and then eat their delicious creations—using only their hands. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »
  • Discover Greektown on the Danforth Walking Tour: Explore this quickly changing neighbourhood with the Culinary Adventure Company. Sample some Greek mezethes, indulge in Greek wine tasting and find the perfect addition to your kitchen while gourmet shopping. Culinary Adventure Co., 416-565-1730.  Find out more »
  • Macarons for the Holidays: Learn the tricks pastry chefs use so you can mix, pipe, and bake perfect macarons. Get tips on how to decorate like a professional, and whip up creative variations on classic fillings. Flavours include dark chocolate, salted caramel, pumpkin spice, chestnut cream, rose and blackcurrant. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »
  • Cooking With Cheese for the Holidays: Learn to create a cheese plate with impressive garnishes along with delicious cheese-based hors d’oeuvres designed for pairing with holiday cocktails. Highlights include herbed gougères, fig, Gorgonzola and crispy pancetta tartlets, and mini croque monsieurs. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Gourmet Food and Wine Expo: Toronto’s big annual food show takes over the convention centre, featuring demonstrations, free samples and over 1,500 wines, beers and spirits. 19+. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front St. W. Find out more »
  • Victorinox and The Healthy Butcher Cutlery Seminar: Let the guys from The Healthy Butcher teach you how to stop hacking away at meat and start carving it. Register to secure your spot. Victorinox Swiss Army, 95A Bloor St. W., 416-929-9889.

 

Sunday November 18

  • Lettuce Wrap Night at Chantecler: Chantecler is offering lettuce wraps with meats, assorted pickles and condiments for $19 per person until 1 a.m.—or until the food runs out. Chantecler, 1320 Queen St. W., 416-628-3586. Find out more »
  • Truffle Dinner at Acadia: It’s truffle season, and Acadia will be featuring a special four-course truffle menu for $75 on November 18 and 19. Acadia, 50C Clinton St., 416-792-6002. Find out more »
  • Insanewich! Food Tour: Let Foodies on Foot take you on a city-wide tour dedicated to the sandwich. Sample the best slow-cooked, sloppy and meat-stacked options from a variety of vendors. 416-826-1997. Find out more »
  • Cake Pops: Learn to make and decorate delicious cakes on a stick, this time with a winter theme. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Cupcake Bouquets: Confectionery novices learn how to create dazzling edible floral centrepieces. In this introductory class, you’ll be taught how to create flowers like chrysanthemums, roses and hydrangeas. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Supper Club—English West Country Sunday Dinner: Nick Taylor and Katie Krelove present an autumn meal inspired by Nick’s roots in Devon, England. Highlights include tea-soused mackerel, roast beef, parsley dumplings and Devonshire splits with cream and plum jam. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Gourmet Food and Wine Expo: Toronto’s big annual food show takes over the convention centre, featuring demonstrations, free samples and over 1,500 wines, beers and spirits. 19+. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front St. W. Find out more »

 

Farmers’ Markets:

  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave.
  • Withrow Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Danforth Church. 60 Bowden St.
  • Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 873 Dufferin St. (in Dufferin Grove Park)
  • St. Lawrence North Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. 92 Front St. E.
  • Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 550 Bayview Ave.
  • The Stop Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.