Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 23 to 29

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 23 to 29

The Culinary Adventure Company leads a walking tour of Gerrard Street on Thursday (Image: Ian Muttoo) 

Monday, July 23

  • Cooking for Cooks: Jamie Kennedy pays tribute to those who do service, with a three-course dinner for industry folk (although non-industry types can come too). Gilead Cafe, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680Find out more »
  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Tonight, the top 5 contenders for Toronto’s hottest chef each prepare complimentary canapés. Taste, vote, and at the end the winner will be announced. 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 »
  • Evil Twin/Bellwoods Brewery Collaboration: The new Ossington craft brewery is collaborating with Brooklyn’s Evil Twin with food by Daniel Burns. Bellwoods Brewery, 124 Ossington Ave. Find out more »


Tuesday, July 24

  • Old World Beer Dinner: Enjoy a selection of exciting Belgian and German beers, paired with a four-course meal prepared by chef Paul Boehmer. Böhmer, 93 Ossington Ave., 416-531-3800. Find out more »
  • Inaugural Chef Series Dinner at Vertical Restaurant: Enjoy a five-course meal prepared by Vertical Restaurant’s chef Giacomo Pasquini, inspired by the season’s freshest and finest ingredients. A menu has been created exclusively for this Foodies on Foot event, with cocktails by Vertical’s house mixologist. Vertical Restaurant, 100 King St. W., 416-214-2252. Find out more »
  • 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 »
  • 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. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. 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 »
  • Summer Sushi: David Chung, executive chef and owner of Akasaka Restaurant in Richmond Hill, will conduct a hands-on class, teaching the fundamentals of making classic sushi. Menu includes: miso soup; sushi rice; sushi vinegar; nigiri; and maki rolls. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Gourmet Ice Cream: Learn how to make homemade ice cream. Students will be making vanilla bean cheesecake ice cream and salted caramel ice cream, as well as learning how to make their own ice cream sandwich cookies and Tuile cookie cups. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »

Wednesday, July 25

  • Rosé—The Perfect Summer Matchmaker: Get to know this unique wine style, perfect for pairing with food or sipping on its own. Discover a range of rosés from around the world just in time for summer get-togethers or barbecues. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • 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 »
  • Supper Club Series at Church Aperitivo Bar: Chef Fabio Sacca will be providing a five course menu inspired by Lazio, Italy. 5 courses for $50, includes a glass of wine. Church Aperitivo Bar, 1090 Queen St. W., 416-537-1090. Find out more »
  • New World Wines: Spend the evening talking about the New World wine style, the more popular wine producing regions and what makes these wines and regions unique, tasting as you go. Uniiverse Headquarters, details revealed upon booking. Find out more »

Thursday, July 26

  • Jamie Kennedy’s A Rosé Soirée: Part of the ongoing Local Food Movement series, join top Niagara region winemakers for a cocktail reception featuring some of the best local rosé wines. Gilead, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Summer Sippers with Salad: Pairing wine with salad may seem a difficult match, but in this workshop discover the variety of options available. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. 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 »
  • Hot Night in Bankok: Join chef Danielle DeRoo for an evening of southeast Asian cooking, eating and travel tales. Menus includes larb (traditional minced pork salad), thom kah kai (coconut chicken soup), kaeng khiao wan (sweet green curry), pad thai and banana spring rolls. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »
  • 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 »

Friday, July 27

  • The Festival Of Beer: A celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, hosted by experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Featuring 200-plus brands. Exhibition Place. 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Weekly Drop-in Dinner: Natalia Martinez prepares Colombian Ajiaco, a distinctive dish from Bogota. A full meal in a bowl, it features chicken, corn, capers, crème fraîche, cilantro and a typical small, creamy yellow potato. The bowl of soup comes with a side dish of white rice, avocado and an arepa. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Seafood In The Sky: A one-night-only seafood extravaganza featuring a seven-course feast with lobster from the Bay of Fundy and other sustainable fish and seafood from Hooked Inc. Dine under the stars on the rooftop of a downtown condo. Location details sent just prior to the event. 416-565-1730. Find out more »

Saturday, July 28

  • 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 »
  • Breakfast Pastries: Learn how to make classic pastries like flakey croissants and rich brioche. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Whole Hog Butchery: Chef/butcher Kyle Demming, co-owner of Sausage Partners, demonstrates the tips and tricks of whole hog butchery. Learn to break down the beast from primal cuts to portions, chops and roasts. Sausage Partners, 1378 Queen St. E., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • Dishcrawl Meets CookandDate: Dishcrawl and CookandDate come together for a delicious night. Mingle with new people while three chefs offer you an international meal you helped create. St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. E. Find out more »
  • Roncesvalles Food Tour: Spend an afternoon in one of Toronto’s hippest neighbourhoods with a guided tour by Foodies on Foot, featuring visits to historical points of interest and tastings in shops. Find out more »
  • Junction Food Tour: Discover this lively neighbourhood as you sip and savour at foodie destinations along the way. A guided tour by Foodies on Foot, featuring visits to historical points of interest and tastings in shops. Find out more »
  • The Festival Of Beer: A celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, hosted by experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Featuring 200-plus brands. Exhibition Place. Find out more »

Sunday, July 29

  • 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 »
  • Cupcake Couture: Learn to bake and decorate a variety of beautiful cakes. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Ride And Go Feast: The Culinary Adventure Company and View The Vibe team up with local restaurants and chefs to bring you the tastiest charity event in town. Get on the Good Food Bus and enjoy a four-course roaming feast of dishes, cocktails and wines at some of the city’s hottest restaurants. All proceeds go to The Daily Bread Food Bank. 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • The Stop’s Beer Garden: This week, beer by Muskoka Cottage and food by Vijaya & Krishna’s Indian Cuisine. Green Barn, 601 Christie St. Find out more»
  • Cheese Louise: Taste and learn about Quebec and Ontario cheeses and how to pair with wine and beer, as well as all about the cheese making and aging process. Swirl Wine Bar, 946 1/2 Queen St. E., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • T.O. Food Fest: Showcasing GTA chefs who provide a unique multicultural gourmet food experience. Enjoy the creations of 20-plus vendors at the Markham and Scarborough area’s first gourmet food show. Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. Find out more »
  • The Festival Of Beer: A celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, hosted by experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Featuring 200-plus brands. Exhibition Place. 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.