Foodie Fortnight: the top five Toronto food events for November 26–December 10
In this edition of Foodie Fortnight: a classic Southern Thanksgiving, an artisanal food fair and an impromptu Sloan concert at the city’s hippest deli.
Kentucky Bourbon Thanksgiving at The Whippoorwill
Ring in American Thanksgiving at the Bloordale diner with a Southern-style feast: roast turkey, shoo-fly pie, sweet potato pudding and lots and lots of bourbon.
Nov. 28. The Whippoorwill, 1285 Bloor St. W., 416-530-2999, thewhippoorwill.com
Sloan Concert at Caplansky’s
Celebrate the first day of Hannukah with a plateful of latkes and an intimate Mo’vember benefit show from the All-Canadian power pop quartet. As of yesterday, a handful of tickets were still available. Proceeds go to research benefiting men’s cancers.
Nov. 29. $100. Caplansky’s Delicatessen, 356 College St., movember.com
Canadian Artisan Tasting Fair.
Cheesemongers, bakers, charcuterie butchers and local craft brewers will man stalls at the inaugural market, which takes place indoors at Wychwood Barns. For price of admission, attendees get free food samples, an eco-friendly cotton shopping bag, and a bamboo plate and fork for on-the-spot snacking.
Dec. 1. $35. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., tastingfair.ca
The Dinner Party at The Great Hall
At this annual dinner inspired by feminist artist Judy Chicago’s food-themed art installation, the focus is on Toronto’s top female chefs. Samuel J Moore’s Alexandra Feswick, Catch’s Charlotte Langley, The Libertine’s Leonie Lilla and Skin & Bones chef Tara Lee are some of the talented women manning the stoves. Ticket price includes alcohol pairings and tax.
Dec. 3. $120. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W., universe.com
Spinning Plates Documentary at TIFF Bell Lightbox
Filmmaker Joseph Levy’s food-focused documentary seems like the ideal flick for anyone yearning for a peek inside a professional kitchen. The film follows the ups and downs of three very different restaurants: a 150-year-old mom-and-pop diner in Iowa; a Mexican restaurant in Tucson; and Michelin-rated Alinea, the Chicago restaurant currently ranked seventh in the world.
Dec. 6–12. $13. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-599-TIFF, tiff.net