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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 30 to May 6

Toronto Underground Market and Food Trucks Eats join forces for the sold-out Street Food Block Party on Saturday (Images: Caroline Aksich, Renée Suen)

Monday, April 30

  • Cocina Mexicana: A hands-on lesson in authentic Mexican cooking, just in time to hone your skills for Cinco de Mayo. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. 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 »
  • 86’D: Ivy Knight hosts a guacamole battle royale; bring your best guac and see how it stacks up. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • FoodShare’s Kate Kitchen: A monthly gathering where women fighting breast cancer can share recipes, learn how to prepare healthy meals and learn about cancer-fighting foods. 90 Croatia St., foodlink@foodshare.net. Find out more »
  • Jamie Kennedy’s Evening of Spanish Gastronomy: José Luis Altristain from the Commercial Office of Spain will lead a tasting demonstrating how the vintage of olive oil affects the flavour, followed by a four-course meal with wine pairings. Gilead Bistro, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »


Tuesday, May 1

  • Mario Batali Series: Learn how to cook like the Food Network guru at The Chef Upstairs. 516 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-544-9221. Find out more »
  • Sweet and Savoury Pies and Tarts: Baking expert Daphna Rabinovitch whips up a spring-inspired, pie-focused menu, while sharing professional pastry tips. LCBO Bayview Village, 2901 Bayview Ave., 416 222-7658. Find out more »

Wednesday, May 2

  • Modern Comfort: Chef Maggie Grant dishes on how to update classics like mac ’n’ cheese and ice cream sandwiches. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. 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 »
  • Masses of Masa Workshop: Join chef Margret Hefner and learn how to make sopes, gorditas and tamales. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »

Thursday, May 3

  • CalciYUM: Learn about alternative, plant-base calcium sources with Marni Wasserman. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Vegetarian Flexitarian: Veteran vegetarian cooking instructor Nettie Cronish will teach you to prepare an internationally flavoured flexitarian meal. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., 416-596-7670. Find out more »
  • Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the rink house at Dufferin Grove. 875 Dufferin St. Find out more »

Friday, May 4

  • Spring Dinner Party: Shop the St. Lawrence Market with chefs who will then guide you in preparing a three-course, spring-inspired meal. St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. E., 416-392-7120. Find out more »
  • Weekly drop-in dinner: Stop in for a $9 bottomless bowl of something tasty at The Depanneur’s weekly casual dinners. Tonight: Emily Z’s vegan crab cake po’boys. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Liquid Latin Show: Escape Toronto and indulge in the wine, spirits and cocktails of Latin America and the Caribbean at this two-day event. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., 647-727-4455. Find out more »

Saturday, May 5

  • Street Food Block Party: A mash up of Toronto’s two hottest food events: Toronto Underground Market and Food Truck Eats. Tickets are sold out, but you can try out your luck on Craigslist. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »
  • Stop Market Café: Enjoy a weekly meal sourced from ingredients found at the adjacent farmer’s 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»
  • Chinese Homelands Festival: Chinese dumpling demonstration and dumpling-making contest, part of Toronto Public Library’s Asian Heritage Month celebration at Agincourt Library. 155 Bonis Ave., 416-396-8943. Find out more »
  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Join chef Margret Hefner for a Mexican feast of epic proportions. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Riverside/Leslieville Food and Cultural Walking Tour: Join the Culinary Adventure Company on an epicurean tour of Queen Street East tasting Ontario wines, oysters, olive oils, cheeses and much more. 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • The Stop Farmers’ Market: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Find out more»
  • Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market: Celebrate the market’s sixth anniversary with $6 vendor promotions. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »

Sunday, May 6

  • Introduction to Cupcake Decorating: A hands-on workshop teaching you how to dress up a cupcake. Le Dolci, 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Sunday Night Dinners at P&L: Beginning in May, Parts & Labour will be closed for service on Tuesday and open instead on Sunday. This week, chef Matty Matheson is dishing up oysters on the half shell, Korean nachos, brisket sandwiches, buttermilk battered fried chicken and kitchen sink salad. Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W., 416-588-7750. Find out more »