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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 27 to September 2

Outstanding in the Field comes to Whitty Farms on Wednesday (Image: Jeremy Fenske)

Monday August 27

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: A special 86’D at the Drake’s Sky Yard, celebrating the pairing of chardonnay with corn. Sample Rosehall Run’s chardonnay alongside grilled corn dipped in the Drake’s selection of fine butters. 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 »
  • Summer Pasta Making: Join chefs Scott Savoie and Shahir Massoud and learn how to make, sauce, and store the best fresh pasta, including various noodles (tagliatelle, fettuccine), stuffed pasta shapes (agnolotti, ravioli, tortellini) and the softest potato gnocchi you’ll ever try. 201 Weston Rd., suite #101, 416-565-1730. Find out more»
  • Cooking for Cooks: Jamie Kennedy pays tribute to those who do service with a three-course dinner for industry folk (although non-industry types can come too). Gilead Cafe, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680Find out more »


Tuesday August 28

  • Crush Wine Bar Top Chef Canada and Ocean Wise Dinner: An exclusive event in which Season 2 contestants Carl Heinrich, Trista Sheen, Jonathan Korecki, Ryan Gallagher and Gabriell Cruz face off in a dinner competition featuring Oceanwise seafood. The night also includes a cocktail competition with some of Toronto’s best bartenders. Proceeds are being donated to Ocean Wise Seafood in support of sustainable fisheries. Crush Wine Bar, 455 King St. W., 416-977-1234. Find out more »
  • C2C Dinner Series: The Fuel House collaborates with the Culinary Adventure Company for a dinner series featuring the wide variety of fresh ingredients Canada has to offer from coast to coast. This dinner features the bounty of Ontario’s summer harvest, prepared by chef Peter Pietruniak and served alongside great Ontario wines. The Fuel House, 53 Clinton St., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • 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 the wood-fired oven. All proceeds benefit Evergreen’s children’s food programs in Chimney Court. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »
  • Cocktail Competition at The Drake: Hennessy and the Drake present a summer cocktail competition featuring some of Toronto’s best bartenders. Enjoy complimentary samples of the competing cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from the Drake’s kitchen. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Canadian Beer News Dinner Series—North American Craft Portfolio: At this special dinner, guests will taste a specially selected lineup of Canadian beers from the NAC portfolio, paired with dishes like bacon-wrapped scallops, Thai red curry mussels and jerk chicken. Smokeless Joe, 488 College St., 416-966-5050. Find out more »

Wednesday August 29

  • 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 »
  • Budget Friendly Wines: Does paying more mean better quality? Find out at this blind tasting, where you’ll compare wines of similar styles over and under the $15 divide. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Outstanding in the Field: The gourmet culinary caravan sets its long, white-linen-draped table in the fields of Whitty Farms for a farm-to-table feast created from the surrounding fields and neighbouring farms, paired with wines from Niagara’s 13th Street Winery. Prepared by guest chef Stephen Treadwell of Treadwell Cuisine in Port Dalhousie. Whitty Farms, 1655 4th Ave., St. Catharines. Find out more »

Thursday August 30

  • Tasty Thursdays: A lunch-hour feast outside city hall, with stalls from Cajun, Thai, Tex Mex, Indian and Greek restaurants, not to mention a little live music. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. Find out more »
  • Insanewich! Food Tour: Let Foodies on Foot take you on a city-wide tour dedicated to the glorious sandwich. Sample the best slow-cooked, sloppy and meat-stacked options from a variety of vendors. 416-826-1997. Find out more »
  • Boreal Gelato Cafe Turns One: The Parkdale scoop shop celebrates one year on Queen West with cocktails and live jazz. The Boreal Gelato Company, 1312 Queen St. W., 647-352-7717. Find out more »

Friday August 31

  • Bar Gilead Series: A Friday evening series at Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead that focuses on tapas and cocktails. 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • World Café at the Harbourfront Centre: Returning for 2012. Enjoy a rotating variety of ethnic treats. 235 Queens Quay W. at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace. Find out more »

Saturday September 1

  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Junction Food Tour: Discover this lively area as you sip and savour at foodie destinations along the way during a guided tour by Foodies on Foot, featuring visits to historical points of interest and tastings in shops. 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 »
  • World Café at the Harbourfront Centre: Returning for 2012. Enjoy a rotating variety of ethnic treats. 235 Queens Quay W. at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace. Find out more »

Sunday September 2

  • 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 »
  • World Café at the Harbourfront Centre: Returning for 2012. Enjoy a rotating variety of ethnic treats. 235 Queens Quay W. at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace. 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.
  • 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 St., 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. W.
  • 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 St. W.
  • 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.
 

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