Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 13 to 19
Monday August 13
- Foraging Tour and Dinner: Join Tama Matsuoka Wong and Evergreen on an intimate foraging talk and tour in the ravines surrounding the Evergreen Brick Works, followed by a prix fixe dinner at Café Belong featuring recipes from Wong’s new book, Foraged Flavor. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., 416-901-8234. Find out more »
- Grillin’ and Chillin’ barbecue cooking class and pig roast: Learn to barbecue like a pro with pitmaster Jason Rees of the renowned Pork Ninjas Barbecue Team and the Culinary Adventure Company. Fuel House, 53 Clinton St., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
- 86’D With Ivy Knight: Watch the salsa fly at the third annual mexi-battle. Taste and vote for your favourite salsa king or queen, and then enjoy some unique snacks from Rodney Dangerfood (three Drake cooks). The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
- Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly aperitivo italiano, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »
Tuesday August 14
- Escape the City—Canoe and Beach Dining Adventure: Paddle to the island with the Culinary Adventure Company for a gourmet beach picnic. 416-565-1730. Find out more »
- Family Pizza Nights: Join Evergreen and Pizzeria Libretto for fresh, homemade pizzas from their wood-fired oven. All proceeds benefit Evergreen’s children’s food programs in Chimney Court. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »
- Firenze a Tavola: Florentia Ristorante presents the first in a five-part dinner series with authentic Florentine dishes and an art display by restaurateur and artist Marco Sassone. Florentia, 579 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-545-1220. Find out more »
- The Sensational Grill: Join chef Matthew Kennedy for a lesson in grilling techniques. Menu includes: speckled trout with Cookstown icicle radish, frisée and lamb’s lettuce salad, dry-aged Wellington County beef tenderloin with rosemary polenta and grilled Ontario peaches on brioche with stewed wild blueberries, crème fraîche and mint cress. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
- Gourmet Greens: Chefs Lesley Stoyan and Sandra Latcham from Daily Apple present new ways to incorporate decadent greens into your daily diet. Some menu items include: Tuscan kale crisps with red chilies and parmesan, rosemary and olive oil toasts topped with smoked mozzarella and wilted garlic greens and lemon fusilli with braised rapini and summer squash tossed in a green olive-collard pesto. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
Wednesday August 15
- 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 »
- Urban Agriculture Summit: Learn, network, train and tour at this summit to explore and celebrate innovations in urban food growing. Presented by FoodShare and Green Roofs For Healthy Cities. August 15-18, Ryerson University, 55 Gould St., as well as various locations across the GTA. Find out more »
- Dishcrawl—Ossington Village: Eat your way through one of the city’s hottest dining strips with the Dishcrawl crew. Find out more »
- Mummy/Daddy and Me introduction to cupcake decorating: Parents team up with their little ones to learn the tricks of working with fondant and buttercream icing. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
- Ontario Craft Beers: Explore the craft of brewing during an educational tasting of various beer styles from Ontario breweries. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
- The Vineyards of Chile And Argentina: Discover the value, variety, and quality of wines from Chile and Argentina. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
- Sausage-Making Workshop: Impress your friends by throwing homemade sausages on the barbecue! Join chef and butcher Kyle Demming, co-owner of Sausage Partners, to learn the tricks of the trade. Sausage Partners, 1378 Queen St. E., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
Thursday August 16
- Food for Change: The Stop’s chef Chris Brown and guest chef Michael Pataran prepare a five-course meal featuring local, sustainable ingredients with wine pairings, all in support of The Stop’s innovative food access programs. The Green Barn, 601 Christie St., 416 652 7867 ext 225. Find out more »
- For The Love Of Wine and Cupcakes: Join Krys Roman of Rosewood Estates Winery as she discusses the latest innovations happening in Niagara and takes you through a one-of-a-kind wine and dessert tasting session. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
Friday August 17
- Bar Gilead Series: A Friday evening series at Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead focused on exploring tapas and cocktails. 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
- World Café at the Harbourfront Centre: Returning for 2012. Enjoy a variety of ethnic treats from vendors that change every weekend. This week: Mis Amigos Mexican cuisine. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 235 Queens Quay W. at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace. Find out more »
- Jamie Kennedy Culinary Series—Indigenous Cuisine: Join Chefs Jamie Kennedy and Ken Steele in the Terrace Room at the Gardiner for a special dinner celebrating indigenous culture. Featuring a menu inspired by the many First Nations people who work in Jamie’s kitchen. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8080. Find out more »
Saturday August 18
- Stop Market Café: Enjoy a weekly meal sourced from ingredients found at the adjacent farmers’ market. Proceeds from the sales of food 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 »
- 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 shops. 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 »
- Oh Canada Eh! Food Tour: Discover Toronto’s best purveyors of distinctly Canadian food on this Foodies on Foot Tour. 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 »
- The Depanneur One Year Anniversary Weekend: GM Len Senater mans the grill and hosts a drop-in meal for friends and neighbours to celebrate The Dep’s first birthday. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
- Make and Take—Pickles: Come and work as a team to make tasty pickles out of local summer vegetables, then take some home for later. St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. E., 416-392-7120. Find out more »
- Yes In My Backyard And Urban Fruit Tree Tour: Join representatives from The Stop/YIMBY and Not Far From The Tree for a tour of The Stop’s facility and a discussion about program models that enable self-sufficient growing, community building and improved mental and physical health. Part of the Urban Agriculture Summit. Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., 416 652 7867. Find out more »
- Planet IndigenUS: Join well-known Aboriginal chefs Rich Francis, David Wolfman and Aaron Joseph Bear Robe for a variety of cooking demonstrations as part of this festival celebrating Aboriginal culture hosted by the Harbourfront Centre. Various demonstrations on August 18 and 19. 235 Queens Quay W. at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace. Find out more »
Sunday August 19
- Kenapalooza: Jamie Kennedy hosts the second annual end-of-summer classic-rock block party. Food, booze and live tunes, with all drinks and snacks under $5. 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
- Our Farm and Culinary Experience: Enjoy a true farm-to-table meal with this full day event at Sovereign Farms in Waterford, Ontario. Includes a tour of the farm, a farmhouse barbecue prepared by St. Lawrence Market chefs and a hayride. Bus departs from St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. E., 416-392-7120. Find out more »
- McVean Farm Harvest Table: Another farm-to-table experience, this one at McVean Farm near Brampton, with a four-course al fresco meal for 200 cooked by Yasser Qahawish of Artisanale Café and Bistro supporting FarmStart. McVean Farm, 647-519-6199. Find out more »
- The Stop’s Beer Garden: This week, beer by Black Oak and food by Rock Lobster Co. Green Barn, 601 Christie St. Find out more»
- Lettuce Wrap Night at Chantecler: Chantecler is offering lettuce wraps with helpings of 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 »
- Piola Gnocchi Eating Competition: Piola and Birra Moretti challenge you to put your gnocchi-eating skills to the test. Contestants will have ten minutes to eat as many bowls of gnocchi as possible, with the champion eater winning a vintage 1963 Vespa. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »
- Introduction to Cupcake Decorating: A hands-on workshop teaching you how to dress up a cupcake. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
- Cupcake Bouquets: Confectionery novices learn how to create dazzling edible floral centrepieces. In this introductory class, you will be taught how to create chrysanthemums, roses and zinnias. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
- Cheese Louise: Taste and learn about Quebec and Ontario cheeses and how to pair with wine and beer, as well as all about the cheese making and aging process. Swirl Wine Bar, 946 1/2 Queen St. E., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
- Sorauren Farmers’ Market: Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave.
- East York Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 850 Coxwell Ave.
- Riverdale Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 201 Winchester St. (in Riverdale Park)
- Ryerson University MyMarket: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gould Street, east of Yonge
- SickKids Hospital Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 555 University Ave.
- Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Northwest corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park near Dundas St. W. and Shaw St.
- 401 Richmond Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 401 Richmond St.
- Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 100 Queen St. W.
- Queens Quay Terminal Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 207 Queens Quay W.
- Bloor-Borden Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Green P Lot, Lippincott St. and Bloor
- Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 873 Dufferin St. (in Dufferin Grove Park)
- East Lynn Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 1949 Danforth Ave.
- Metro Hall Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. David Pecaut Square, 55 John St.
- North Civic Centre Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St.
- Toronto Botanical Gardens Organic Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 777 Lawrence Ave. E.
- 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.
- Withrow Park Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 725 Logan Ave. (in Withrow Park)
- Junction Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Green P Lot, 385 Pacific Ave.
- Leslieville Farmers’ Market: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jonathan Ashbridge Park, 20 Woodward Ave.
- Liberty Village Farmers’ Market: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Green P Lot, Hanna Ave. and East Liberty St.