Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 6 to 12

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 6 to 12

This weekend, Taste of the Danforth takes over Greektown (Image: Norris Wong) 

Monday, August 6

  • Gladstone Culinary Tour—Koreatown: Join Gladstone executive chef Michael Smith for his monthly celebration of Toronto’s cultural diversity. Four-course menu with wine pairings. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more »
  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Celebrate wild Quebec blueberries with a Maker’s Mark bourbon cocktail and blueberry hand pies by the Drake’s Stephen Prickett and Marc Mendonca. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly aperitivo italiano, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »

Tuesday, August 7

  • Escape the City—Canoe and Beach Dining Adventure: Paddle to the island with the Culinary Adventure Company for a gourmet beach picnic. 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • Family Pizza Nights: Join Evergreen and Pizzeria Libretto for fresh, homemade pizzas from their wood-fired oven. All proceeds benefit Evergreen’s children’s food programs in Chimney Court. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »
  • The Wines and Cheeses of France, Italy, and Spain: Learn about matching wine with cheese and experience the diversity and flavours of old-world wines and cheeses that have been developed from generation to generation. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Barley’s Angels Belgian Beer Tasting: A deluxe tasting of Trappist- and Belgian-style beers with the Angels, carefully paired with charcuterie, cheese and terrines by chef Drew Stewart. The Monk’s Kettle, 3073 Bloor St. W., 647-348-4848. Find out more »

Wednesday, August 8

  • 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 »
  • Intolerant Gourmet: Join nutritionist and chef Michelle Curnock for a lesson in creating a delicious gluten- and lactose-free dinner party, including plays on classics like creamy cucumber soup, homemade gnocchi, stuffed peppers and molten chocolate cake. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »
  • Not-So-Shy Whites: Taste white grape varietals you may have never tried, all specially chosen to highlight the diverse range of white wine flavours and styles. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »

Thursday, August 9

  • Marvelous Macarons with Maddy: Learn the secrets to no-fail macarons using everyday kitchen items. In this class you’ll make two different flavoured and coloured macarons, each with its own ganache filling. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • California Dreaming: Chef Verner Hauer showcases his passion for the flavours of California cuisine. Menu includes: corn soup topped with avocado, sweet peppers and crispy corn; grilled pork tenderloin with lemon basil yogurt dip; and seasonal berry compôte simmered in white California zinfandel on a citrus génoise cake. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Burger Festival: Chef Marian Staresinic demonstrates easy-to-follow steps to create a rainbow of international burgers, including Thai pork burgers, Middle Eastern burgers, Californian chicken burgers with avocado and classic huntsmen cheese burgers. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Green Bites Workshop—BBQ For Men: Peter Graber, caterer and owner of ManChef cooking classes for men, brings his barbecue expertise to this class focused on preparing quick, healthy dishes like grilled salmon, pineapple wedges with citrus butter and garlic bread. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »

Friday, August 10

  • Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth: Head over to Greektown for this annual weekend-long celebration of Hellenic food, culture and music. Find out more »
  • Sabra Food Truck Tour Launch: Hummus and dip purveyors Sabra launch a Canadian truck tour with their first stop at Taste of the Danforth this weekend. Stop by for free hummus samples! Find out more »
  • Bar Gilead Series: A Friday evening series at Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead focused on exploring tapas and cocktails. 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • World Café at the Harbourfront Centre: Returning for 2012. Enjoy a variety of ethnic treats from vendors that change every weekend. This week: Filipino and Jamaican food, among others. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 235 Queens Quay W. at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace. Find out more »

Saturday, August 11

  • Wild Blueberry Festival: Meet growers and local chefs making delicious savory and sweet dishes inspired by the wild blueberry season. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »
  • Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival: Ontario Craft Brewers present a two-day festival in Roundhouse Park, providing beer lovers with the opportunity to sample Ontario’s finest craft brews and delicious eats from Toronto’s best food trucks. Saturday and Sunday. 255 Bremner Blvd., 416-494-2766. Find out more »
  • Discover Greektown on the Danforth Walking Tour: Explore this quickly changing neighbourhood with the Culinary Adventure Company. Sample some Greek mezes, 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 »
  • Stop Market Café: Enjoy a weekly meal sourced from ingredients found at the adjacent farmers’ market. Proceeds from the sales of food 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 »
  • Chocolate and Cheese Crawl: Why choose one when you can have both? ChowBella Culinary Experiences hosts a chocolate and cheese tour of Queen and King West’s food shopsFind 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 »
  • Foodies On Foot Favourites Food Tour: Toronto foodies take you on a tour, starting at a secret meeting point, of hidden gems that only a local industry insider would know about. Visit five to seven gourmet and specialty food shops in neighbourhoods around the city. Find out more »
  • Vegetarian Dishcrawl: Join the Dishcrawl crew for a special vegetarian addition, showcasing a variety of the city’s delicious, veg-friendly options. Queen and Spadina area. Find out more »
  • Mariposa’s Lobsterfest Cruise: Enjoy the spirit of the Maritimes with Mariposa’s three-hour cruise of the Toronto Harbour, featuring a traditional East Coast–style lobster dinner. 416-203-0178. Find out more »
  • Cake Pops: Learn to make and decorate delicious cakes on a stick. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Introduction To Cake Decorating: Learn a variety of simple cake decorating techniques, as well as how to colour fondant and cover a cake at this beginners’ workshop. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Supper Club—Texas Vs. Tennessee BBQ Throwdown: Join DK Kitchens and The Depanneur for a meal featuring two very different styles of Southern barbecue and sides. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Global Roots Harvest Party: The Global Roots gardeners serve tasty treats made with local ingredients sourced from the Stop farmers’ market’s vendors and from their own Global Roots Garden plots. Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. 416-651-7867. Find out more »
  • Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth: Head over to Greektown for this annual weekend-long celebration of Hellenic food, culture and music. Find out more »
  • Mavrik Mrkt: Mavrik Wine Bar invites the public to have a drink in its new outdoor space as part of its first-ever community food market, complete with snacks and goodies from local chefs and vendors. Mavrik Wine Bar, 676 Queen Street West, 416-214-9429. Find out more »

Sunday, August 12

  • Brewer’s Backyard—The Beer Jam: A party to celebrate the ways that fruit, including blueberries, can make for delicious summertime beer. Leading the event will be Toronto’s Mill Street Brewery, with their new Blueberry Wheat, along with a number of their other delicious brews. Also featuring fruit beers from Amsterdam Brewery, McAuslan Brewery, and more. Sandwiches from Fidel Gastro’s, along with Indonesian street food from Babi&Co. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »
  • County Picnic: Origin invites Norman Hardie to their Liberty Village location for a special, $150 prix fixe tasting menu with pairings from the Prince Edward County winery. Origin Liberty Village, 171 East Liberty St., 416-649-4567.
  • West Queen West Tasting Tour: Join ChowBella founder Trina Hendry for a food-focused tour of the burgeoning westernmost strip of Queen Street. You’ll be treated to a tea demonstration, an olive tasting and a sampling of Parisian delights, among other gourmet goodies. Find out more »
  • Lettuce Wrap Night At Chantecler: Chantecler is offering lettuce wraps with helpings of 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 »
  • Parisian Macaron: Learn to make delicate macarons filled with buttercream, jam and ganache. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth: Head over to Greektown for this annual weekend-long celebration of Hellenic food, culture and music. 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.
  • East York Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 850 Coxwell Ave.
  • Riverdale Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 201 Winchester St. (in Riverdale Park)
  • Ryerson University MyMarket: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gould Street, east of Yonge
  • SickKids Hospital Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 555 University Ave.
  • Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Northwest corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park near Dundas St. W. and Shaw St.
  • 401 Richmond Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 401 Richmond St.
  • Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 100 Queen St. W.
  • Queens Quay Terminal Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 207 Queens Quay W.
  • Bloor-Borden Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Green P Lot, Lippincott St. and Bloor
  • Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 873 Dufferin St. (in Dufferin Grove Park)
  • East Lynn Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 1949 Danforth Ave.
  • Metro Hall Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. David Pecaut Square, 55 John St.
  • North Civic Centre Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Toronto Botanical Gardens Organic Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 777 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • 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.
  • Withrow Park Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 725 Logan Ave. (in Withrow Park)
  • Junction Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Green P Lot, 385 Pacific Ave.
  • Leslieville Farmers’ Market: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jonathan Ashbridge Park, 20 Woodward Ave.