Pop-Up Pick: an Italian feast at Drake One Fifty from an award-winning Montreal chef
Drake One Fifty has a history of welcoming talented out-of-towners into its kitchen. In July, the restaurant hosted a pop-up dinner by New York chef Justin Smillie, who treated diners to a preview of the menu at his new Manhattan restaurant. This time, the guest of honour is Emma Cardarelli, the chef and co-owner of award-winning Montreal restaurant Nora Gray. Cardarelli’s Italian cooking is more inventive than the stuff you’d get at a typical trattoria; she’s been known to deep-fry veal brains into crunchy fritters and replace beef with wild boar in a hearty ragu. Her Toronto pop-up menu, which she’ll be preparing on Tuesday, October 21 alongside Drake chefs Ted Corrado and Jon Pong, includes some equally interesting items, like rabbit porchetta, Jerusalem artichoke tortelloni and, for dessert, a frangipane tart with fennel seed ice cream.