Food & Drink

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 19 to November 25

  • Monday Night Dinners at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar: Every Monday night, Local Kitchen serves a $40 prix fixe menu of Italian fare with half-price wine bottles and no corkage fee. 1710 Queen St. W., 416-534-6700. Find out more »
  • 86’D with Ivy Knight: Warm up with a flight of boozy hot chocolates by resident bartenders Gord Hannah and Sandy De Almeida and a marshmallow sampler bar from The Sweet Escape. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Gourmet and Gluten-Free: Learn to prepare gluten-free meals with Marni Wasserman. The menu includes carrot-apple soup, brown-rice pesto pasta and saffron-laced quinoa. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Turkish Delight: Join chef Jenelle Regnier-Davis for an exploration of western Asian cuisine, a mash-up of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours. Highlights include grilled pine nut and dried-currant beef kofta, tomato-bulgur pilaf with fresh coriander and Turkish coffee custard. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »
  • Pasta Goodness: Paola Faiella leads a workshop on fresh pasta dishes, the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. The menu includes pappardelle with boar ragù and penne with asiago cheese and braised lamb shanks. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • The Dinner Party at the Great Hall: Alexandra Feswick hosts a dinner inspired by Judy Chicago’s legendary 1979 art installation, featuring an all-star lineup of female Toronto chefs making dishes dedicated to the women who inspire them. Serving the meal will be some of the city’s top male chefs. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W., 647-381-3401. Find out more »
  • From Scratch Cooking Workshop Series—Jamming with Manning Canning: This week, learn to make caramel-apple jam. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. Find out more »

Tuesday November 20

  • Loire Wine Dinner: Jamie Kennedy and friends Jeff Connell of Woodlot and Marcel Rethore of Le Caviste Wines host a dinner in celebration of the Loire Valley. Wines from the region will be paired with dishes inspired by the Loire Valley. 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Holiday Tapas—Venezuelan Style: Chef Carlos Fuenmayor, owner of Sabrosito, presents authentic Venezuelan recipes perfect for a festive holiday party. The menu includes hallaca (a classic holiday dish of cornmeal, pork, chicken and vegetables wrapped in plantain leaves) and pan de jamón (a sweet pastry loaf with ham, olives and raisins). LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Sugar and Spice: Pastry chef Jennifer McConnell showcases an assortment of simple, holiday-friendly desserts. The menu includes chocolate-enrobed cake pops, custard-filled croquembouche with a glittering sugar garland and a trio of cheesecakes: eggnog, holiday spice and peppermint swirl. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »

Wednesday November 21

  • 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 »
  • Learn to Make Parisian Macarons: Discover the secrets behind no-fail macarons, and make two different flavours and colours of the Parisian treat, each with its own ganache filling. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • A Taste of Terroir: Join this comparative tasting and learn how a wine’s origin influences its character, colour, flavour and more. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • American Whiskey: Product consultant Stan Cotterill leads this ever-popular class on the essence of American whiskey, from bourbon to Tennessee sour mash. Sample classic and new styles of each and discover their similarities and differences. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Secrets of the Vegan Kitchen: Emily Zimmerman teaches a variety of essential techniques and recipes for creating fantastic vegan meals. Learn how to create satisfying protein alternatives with ingredients like seitan, okara and gluten flour, the secrets to rich, creamy desserts using agar, coconut and custard powder, and much more. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Free Screening of Semisweet: Life in Chocolate: As part of its Community Connections program, DOC Toronto will be screening this film, which examines people whose lives have been transformed by chocolate, from the streets of Paris to the forests of West Africa. Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-531-9950.
  • Rijsttafel at Quince Bistro: Indonesian cuisine is extremely popular in the Netherlands, and Michael Van Den Winkel, Amsterdam expat and chef/owner of Quince Bistro, is bringing the flavours of Indonesia to his restaurant with a traditional rijsttafel (rice table), a multi-course feast. Quince Bistro, 2110 Yonge St., 416-488-2110. Find out more »
  • Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown: Join the fight for sustainable seafood as 12 of Toronto’s top chefs go head-to-head for the title of 2012 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Taste delectable original chowders paired with craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood. Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W. Find out more »

Thursday November 22

  • 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 »
  • Super Suppers: Avoid the urge to order in by learning creative, easy recipes for workweek meals. The menu includes curried baked sweet potatoes, avocado-beet green salad and apple-berry crisp. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Sausage-Making Workshop: Chef and butcher Kyle Demming, co-owner of Sausage Partners, teaches the tricks of the sausage-making trade. Sausage Partners, 1378 Queen St. E., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • The Epicure’s Revue—Noodles at the Revue: Chef and food activist Joshna Maharaj hosts this night featuring a screening of Tampopo, a Japanese film made in 1986 about a struggling widow who serves ramen in a rundown roadside shop. Enjoy Japanese snacks inspired by the film from Barque, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Blue Plate and more. Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-531-9950. Find out more »
  • Say Cheese! And Cheers!: Join Black Creek Historic Brewery for an evening of craft beer and local cheese pairings with expert Julia Rogers. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy., 416-667-6284. Find out more »
  • Festival of the Crazies at Tutti Matti: In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Tutti Matti will bring this centuries-old Tuscan celebration of food, wine and La Vita Toscana to the restaurant every Thursday night for a month. Enjoy family-style dinners the way Nonna serves them, with a different theme each week, special wines by the glass and, they’re promising, a crazy-good time. Tutti Matti, 364 Adelaide St. W., 416-597-8839. Find out more »

Friday November 23

  • Elizabeth Baird and Rose Murray—Canada’s Favourite Recipes: Two of Canada’s most beloved cookbook writers team up to share their recipes and stories. Stop by this Cookbook Store-hosted event for some fabulous food and culinary chatter. The Cookbook Store, 850 Yonge St., 416-920-2665. Find out more »
  • Pizzeria Libretto welcomes Rock Lobster: For one day only, the cult Ossington pizza parlour will be serving lobster-topped pizza, a collaboration with Rock Lobster, a pop-up shop that’s opening a permanent Ossington location soon. Pizzeria Libretto, 221 Ossington Ave., 416-532-8000. Find out more »

Saturday November 24

  • Stop Market Café: Enjoy a weekly meal sourced from ingredients found at the adjacent farmers’ market. Proceeds from sales 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Discover Greektown on the Danforth Walking Tour: Explore this quickly changing neighbourhood with the Culinary Adventure Company. Sample some Greek mezethes, 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 »
  • Car2Go Food Tour: Foodies on Foot teams up with Car2Go for a city-wide food adventure. Participants will meet at the Car2Go headquarters before taking a convoy of Smart Cars to the streets for a Foodies on Foot favourites tour from Leslieville to the Junction. 52 Bathurst St., 416-826-1997. 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 »
  • Introduction to Cupcake Decorating—Christmas: A hands-on workshop teaching you how to dress up a cupcake, this time with a Christmas theme. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. 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 »
  • Whole Hog Butchery: Chef and 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 »

Sunday November 25

  • Ride and Go Feast—Eastern Europe Revolts!: The Culinary Adventure Company and View the Vibe take you on a three-restaurant tour, with each spot showcasing Eastern Europe’s culture and cuisine. All proceeds go to the Daily Bread Food Bank. 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • Lettuce Wrap Night at Chantecler: Chantecler is offering lettuce wraps with 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 »
  • Streetcar Food Tour: Take a tour along the 501 Queen streetcar route, crossing the city and stopping for tastings in six different neighbourhoods. 416-826-1997. Find out more »
  • Vintage Cupcake Decorating: Learn to make dainty, vintage-inspired cupcakes in this class that teaches advanced techniques including how to work with fondant, professional food colouring and more. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Sugarwork: Learn how to work with sugar to create simple, eye-catching decorations for cakes, desserts or centrepieces. Students will learn to cast and pull sugar, use a sugar pump and create ribbons, bows, flowers and leaves. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Supper Club—Vintage Vegan: Classic dishes get a contemporary vegan spin as Emily Zimmerman of Pear and Pepper Catering imagines an elegant bohemian dinner party, circa 1930. The menu includes a selection of canapés, rarebit tart, walnut cutlets and apple charlotte russe. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • A Celebration Luncheon with James Oseland: James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur, is the Stratford Chef School’s newest gastronomic writer in residence. A celebratory luncheon to introduce Oseland and raise funds for the school will be held  at Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Museum. 111 Queen’s Pk., 416-362-1957. Find out more »
  • DIY Vegan Gingerbread Houses at Tori’s Bakeshop: Every Sunday from now until Christmas, head to Tori’s and build your own vegan gingerbread house with her impressive array of vegan candy for decoration. This Sunday, Tori partners with stylist, designer and artist Tiffany Pratt of Glitter Pie for a festive workshop. Tori’s Bakeshop, 2188 Queen St. E., 647-350-6500. 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.
  • Withrow Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Danforth Church. 60 Bowden St.
  • Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 873 Dufferin St. (in Dufferin Grove Park)
  • 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.


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