Holiday Food & Drink 2012: The Art of the Feast

Eight Toronto chefs. Eight festive recipes. One great big not-so-traditional
holiday dinner

Holiday Food & Drink 2012

A good holiday dinner should tug at your nostalgia strings, which often means sticking to decades-old rituals—for better (the turkey must come from Vince Gasparro’s because that’s where Mom got it) or for worse (that carrot-and-cabbage Jell-O mould jiggling at the edge of the table). To update this year’s spread, while still pleasing your tradition-loving inner child (and your relatives), we asked a group of top Toronto chefs for modern twists on classic dishes. And, because every holiday gathering goes down better with booze, we asked Toronto Life’s wine critic for the best bottles to pair with everything. Their efforts, collected here, deliver a homey holiday feast fit for 2012.

HOLIDAY RECIPES

Latkes and smoked trout from The Westerly's Geoff Kitt
Latkes and smoked trout from
The Westerly’s
Geoff Kitt
Brandy-spiked apple cider from Museum Tavern’s Moses McIntee
Brandy-spiked apple cider from Museum Tavern’s Moses McIntee
Nine essential wines for all your holiday feasting needs
Nine essential wines for all your holiday feasting needs

TURKEY

Deconstructed turkey with stuffing from Richmond Station’s Carl Heinrich
Deconstructed turkey with stuffing from Richmond Station’s Carl Heinrich
Where to find the best heritage breed turkeys in Toronto
Where to find the best heritage breed turkeys in Toronto
TRIMMINGS

Chinese rice stuffing from Chantecler's Jonathan Poon
Chinese rice stuffing from Chantecler’s Jonathan Poon
Scalloped sweet potatoes from The Grove's Ben Heaton
Scalloped sweet potatoes from The Grove’s Ben Heaton
Citrus salad from Porzia's Basilio Pesce
Citrus salad from Porzia’s Basilio Pesce

SWEETS

Apple-Prune Galette from Stock’s David Chow
Apple-prune galette from Stock’s David Chow
Vegan rum cookies from Ashley Wittig of Bunner’s
Vegan rum cookies from Ashley Wittig of Bunner’s
RECIPES FROM TORONTO CHEFS:
Ashley Wittig
Basilio Pesce
Ben Heaton
Carl Heinrich
David Chow
Geoff Kitt
Jonathan Poon
Moses McIntee