Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 26 to December 2

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 26 to December 2

The final GwaiLo pop-up at Senses takes place on Monday (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Monday November 26

  • GwaiLo Pop-Up Series Final Dinner: Senses and GwaiLo host the final dining event in the month-long GwaiLo pop-up series. This event will bring together some of Toronto and New York’s finest modern Asian chefs in support of the Stop Food Community Centre, including GwaiLo’s Nick Liu, Danny Bowien of New York’s Mission Chinese, Andy Ricker of Brooklyn’s Pok Pok, Nuit Regular of Khao San Road, Cheska Ang of Actinolite and Robbie Hojilla of Mr. Pong’s Bar. Senses, SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, 328 Wellington St. W., 416-489-8922. Find out more »
  • Movember Toronto Food Week—Amanda Ford’s Fall Cooking Demo: Introducing the first ever MOTOFO, five days of Movember-fuelled food events. Tonight, City Girl Catering chef Amanda Ford teaches cooking for fall. There’ll be venison, cocktails and snacks, plus an appearance from beekeeper Fred Davis of Fred D’s Bees. Address revealed after booking. Find out more »
  • 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: A pop culture piggy party with Chief Clancy Wiggum as the celebrity theme for the night. Enjoy Flaming Moes by Josh Lindley, bacon Timbits sponsored by artisanal bacon purveyor This Little Pig, and Wiggum videos. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Hearty and Healthy Italian: Learn how to create healthy Italian dishes by using simple substitutions for your favourite classic Italian recipes. Menu includes new age minestrone soup, vegan caesar salad, pesto pasta and anise-sesame biscotti. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Monday’s Dinner—Dustin Gallagher: The former Grace chef and Top Chef Canada competitor heads over to Chantecler to cook a special one-off meal based on Marco Pierre White’s seminal White Heat cookbook. Chantecler, 1320 Queen St. W., 416-628-3586. Find out more »

Tuesday November 27

  • Movember Toronto Food Week—Burgers ’n’ Beer at Burger Bar: Join Brock Shepherd and taste a flight of all-local craft beers, paired with inventive sliders from the crew at Burger Bar. 319 Augusta Ave., 416-922-7423. Find out more »
  • Introduction to Pie Making: Perfect your pie-making techniques with the pros at Le Dolci, just in time for holiday baking season. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • A Night In Vienna: Chef Verner Hauer shares his creative twist on classic Viennese dishes that are ideal for New Year’s Eve feasts. Menu includes chicken consommé with semolina and parsley dumplings, roast duckling au jus and Viennese pudding with brandied plums. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • New Years Soups and Stews Party: Jeffrey Marshall, executive chef at George Weston Ltd., presents his comforting recipes for soups and stews that are easy to prepare and perfect for entertaining. Menu includes carrot, ginger and lemon soup, classic minestrone, vegetarian harira (a hearty Moroccan stew) and Armenian spiced lamb stew. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »


Wednesday November 28

  • Movember Toronto Food Week—Fermentation Workshop: Join David Ort of Food With Legs for a hands-on demonstration of the process that converts raw ingredients into some of the world’s most delicious foods, like kimchi, pickles and sourdough bread. Address revealed after booking. Find out more »
  • Free Drink Day: To celebrate their one-year anniversary, the over-caffeinated crew at Fahrenheit Coffee is serving free drinks all-day, with all tips donated to Movember. 120 Lombard St., 647-896-1774. 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 »
  • Wine Tasting Hosted by Fortylicious: Foodies on Foot teams up with Fortylicious for a wine tasting led by sommelier Matt James, who will discuss wines from all over the world. Topics will include tasting methods, how to take wine notes and food pairing. Foodies on Foot Studio, 75 Portland St., 416-826-1997. Find out more »
  • Gingerbread House Decorating: Join the festivities at Le Dolci with a hands-on gingerbread house decorating workshop. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Sparkling Wine—The Traditional Method: Many of the world’s finest sparkling wines are crafted using traditional Old World winemaking methods perfected in Champagne. Sample some examples and learn how this century-old process has been adapted to the modern world. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Big Reds—New World vs. Old World: Discover what makes this wine style so popular with a comparative tasting of big, bold reds from around the world. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »


Thursday November 29

  • Movember Toronto Food Week—Fidel Gastro’s One-Year Anniversary Bash: Matt Basille celebrates Fidel Gastro’s one-year anniversary with a Movember party/pop-up featuring food from Fidel Gastro’s, Kung Fu Taco, Babi and Co., Neptuno Oysters and The Butcher’s Son. El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave., 416-968-2001. 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 »
  • Mini Cakes: Learn to cut and decorate adorable mini cakes. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Make, Don’t Buy—Flavoured Vinegars: As part of the Depanneur’s Make, Don’t Buy series of DIY gift workshops, join preserving maven Christine Manning of Manning Canning and learn how to make delicious and attractive flavoured vinegars such as apple-spice vinegar, tarragon vinegar and garlic-chive vinegar. Leave with a selection of ready-to-give gifts and recipe ideas. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. 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 30

  • Movember Toronto Food Week—Uncorked Wine Tasting: Tonight, taste wines from Niagara and Prince Edward County—from sparkling to ice wine, riesling to pinot noir—with Allison Slute, the official sommelier at Death Row Meals and Pillitteri Estates Winery. Address revealed after booking. Find out more »
  • 12 Beers of Christmas: The Gladstone Hotel and Toronto’s Festival of Beer present 12 Beers of Christmas, a free beer tasting party. Don your best ugly sweater and come sample some of the finest beers from favourite local breweries. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more »
  • Sweet and Savoury—Cooking with Chocolate: The Culinary Adventure Company’s chef Scott Savoie teams up with World Master chef Fredrick Oh for an evening of chocolate. Taste dishes from savoury to sweet in this interactive demo/cooking class, where you’ll learn to create a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Richmond Hill Culinary Arts Centre, 1550 16th Ave., Building A Unit 1, 416-565-1730. Find out more »


Saturday December 1

  • CNCP Holiday Train Junction Food Tour: Foodies on Foot leads a tour through this until recently dry ’hood, stopping in for tastings at five or six shops and pointing out historical sites along the way. The tour takes place after the Junction BIA’s Santa in the Junction, and will end at the only CN CP Holiday Train stop in Toronto. 416-826-1997. Find out more »
  • Chef’s Challenge: This year, the annual Mount Sinai breast and ovarian cancer fundraiser is hosted by the inimitable Guy Fieri, who’ll preside over an Iron Chef–style battle between teams led by Chuck Hughes, Mark McEwan, David Rocco, Lynn Crawford and Michael Smith. Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W. Find out more »
  • 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 »
  • Cake Decorating—Working with Fondant: Learn the steps to making a professional-looking cake using fondant and gum paste to create various flowers, butterflies and cake designs perfect for wedding or specialty cakes. In this beginner class, students will also learn how to properly level a cake, dirty ice it and cover it in rolled fondant. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Cupcake Couture: Explore the baking and decorating possibilities beyond Betty Crocker. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Supper Club—Berliner Abend: Following her sold-out Bosnian dinners, Ksenija Hotic returns, this time bringing her love for cooking and her family’s heritage to a dinner of traditional German recipes inspired by her years living in Berlin. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Mariposa’s Holiday Dinner Cruise: Kick off the holiday celebrations with a dinner aboard the festively decorated Northern Spirit, with heated dining rooms and the twinkling lights of Toronto’s skyline as the backdrop. Mariposa Cruises, 416-203-0178. Find out more»


Sunday December 2

  • Edible Holiday Gifts: Learn to make a delicious array of edible gifts for the gourmands on your list and leave with a gift basket full of sweet creations, ready to share. Menu includes salted caramel cream, quince glaze, chocolate truffles, marshmallows, savoury shortbreads and a versatile cookie base that can be adapted to dozens of flavours. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. 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 »
  • 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. Tori’s Bakeshop, 2188 Queen St. E., 647-350-6500. Find out more »
  • Christmas Themed Introduction to Truffle Making: Learn the art of making scrumptious truffles by hand. With the basics of ganache learned in this class you’ll be able to create your own incredible truffle recipes from scratch. Proper truffle hand-rolling techniques will be taught, as well as how to develop recipes and add different types of flavouring. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. 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.