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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for September 24 to 30

Chantecler hosts its regular lettuce wrap night on Sunday (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

Monday September 24

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Chefs from the Gabardine, Luma, Seed to Sausage and more face off in the pâté battle of the year. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Monday’s Dinner Chef Series at Chantecler: This week, chefs Jason Carter (ex-Centro) and Jonathan Poon (Chantecler) will be cooking a five-course tasting menu. Chantecler, 1320 Queen St. W., 416-628-3586. Find out more »
  • Local Food Movement Dinner: Jamie Kennedy presents his latest Local Food Movement Dinner, a harvest season menu inspired and accompanied by the wines of Nyarai Cellars and 2027 Cellars. 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. 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 »
  • Sustainable Living and Ethical Eating—Cooking With a Conscience: Learn simple tips for a greener, guilt-free kitchen. The menu includes leek and golden beet barley risotto with spicy kale chips, whole roasted organic chicken infused with apple, sage and garlic and more. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »
  • Fit and Fabulous: Marni Wasserman teaches the positive impact of a whole-foods, plant-based diet on health and fitness. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »

Tuesday September 25

  • 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 »
  • Slow Fish Close Encounter—State of the Great Lakes: Tobey Nemeth and Michael Caballo of Edulis host an evening of sustainable seafood dishes, local wine and beer, and discussion. Peter Meisenheimer will lead a talk about the biology of the Great Lakes, the fish who live there and the fishers whose livelihood depends on its health. Edulis Restaurant, 169 Niagara St., 416-828-1861. Find out more »
  • Make Room For Mushrooms: Chefs Lesley Stoyan and Sandra Latcham from Daily Apple prepare a variety of mushroom-filled dishes. The menu includes Tuscan mushrooms stuffed with garlic, olives, basil and pecorino; garlic and chèvre toasts topped with drunken wild mushrooms and thyme-shallot drizzle; and fall mushrooms “en papillotte” with lemon and leek pappardelle. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Premium Knife Skills: The chefs of Dining In Chez Vous teach you how to slice, dice and chop using premium equipment to create top-quality dishes. Participants receive a Santoku knife, a paring knife, a peeling knife and a wooden cutting board from Wüsthof-Trident. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Milano a Tavola: Florentia Ristorante presents the second in a five-part dinner series featuring authentic Italian dishes, this time from Milan, and an art display by restaurateur and artist Marco Sassone. Florentia, 579 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-545-1220. Find out more »
  • Learn to Make Parisian Macarons: Discover the secrets to making no-fail macarons using everyday kitchen items. Make two different flavours and colours of macaron, each with its own ganache filling. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »

Wednesday September 26

  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Travel the Pacific Northwest: An expert consultant conducts a tasting tour of the best wines from the Pacific Northwest—a wine lover’s journey starting in Washington State and travelling south to the vineyards of Oregon. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Dishcrawl—Church and Wellesley Village: Join Dishcrawl for a culinary tour of everything this vibrant neighbourhood has to offer. Find out more »
  • Workshop—Preserving II: Second in a series of four classes in which Christine Manning talks you through safe canning practices and the process of preserving the freshness of summer and fall. Tonight, learn to preserve tomato jam. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Rob Feenie Cooking Demo: Join one of Canada’s leading chefs as he demonstrates recipes from his new book, Casual Classics: Everyday Recipes for Family and Friends. Hosted by The Cookbook Store. Kitchen studio adjoining the store, 1 Yorkville Ave., 416-920-2665. Find out more »

Thursday September 27

  • Ontario Organic Dinner Party Series—Carrot Green Roof: John Robertson, executive chef at The Big Carrot, prepares a gourmet three-course organic meal, and Southbrook Winery will serve pairings of its certified organic and biodynamic wines. Gillian and Brent of The New Farm and Ted Soudant of Fieldgate Organics will be attending the event to answer questions about organic farming. Carrot Green Roof, 348 Danforth Ave. 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 »
  • How to Taste: Learn to taste food like a pro at this informative workshop about your palate, as well as your visual and olfactory senses. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Acid/Alkaline Balance: Join Marni Wasserman to learn how to lose weight, eliminate toxins and increase energy by balancing your body’s alkaline levels. This cooking class will teach you which foods will provide your body with the nutrition it needs to be balanced and full of life. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Cook and Eat Lebanese With Chef Ramza: A hands-on primer on Lebanese cuisine. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »

Friday September 28

  • Back Door Burgers: Gilead serves up its popular burgers for $5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Bar Gilead Series: A Friday-evening series at Gilead that focuses on tapas and cocktails. 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • French Country Classics: Chef Angie MacRae teaches the simple elegance of classic French country fare. The menu includes caramelized onion tart, Provençal fish soup, steak frites with parsley shallot butter and chocolate tart with raspberry sorbet. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »

Saturday September 29

  • Earth—A Wild Mushroom Dinner: Melanie Dunkelman, owner of Season2Taste catering and former cook at Opus and Splendido, creates a seasonal menu showcasing a selection of wild foraged mushrooms. The menu will include a selection of canapés, a wild mushroom salad, a meat course highlighted with truffle oil and something special for dessert. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. 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 »
  • Blues, Booze and BBQs: The Culinary Adventure Company teams up with pitmaster Jason Rees of the Pork Ninjas Barbecue team for the ultimate barbecue pop-up, including live blues, drinks and of course plenty of slow-’n’-low meat. The Charlotte Room, 19 Charlotte St., 416-565-1730. 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 »
  • Chocolate and Cheese Crawl: Why choose one when you can have both? ChowBella Culinary Experiences hosts a chocolate and cheese tour of King and Queen 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Foodies On Foot Favourites Food Tour: Toronto foodies take you on a tour, starting at a secret meeting point, of hidden gems that only a local industry insider would know about. Visit five to seven gourmet and specialty food shops in neighbourhoods around the city. Find out more »
  • Culture.licious Presents Korean Cooking With Kyunga: Kyunga, a native of Seoul, Korea, will show you the secret ingredients that make up bulgogi marinade sauce and a delicious Korean pancake that can be served as either an appetizer or a main course. Whole Foods Market Square One, 155 Square One Dr., Mississauga, 416-571-5864. Find out more»
  • Fruit Pie Contest: The Cookbook Store hosts a fruit pie contest, with the general public as judges. Enter your best fruit pie, cut it up into small pieces, and let the competition begin. The Cookbook Store, 850 Yonge St., 416-920-2665. Find out more »

Sunday September 30

  • The Stop’s Beer Garden: This week, beer from Spearhead and food from Merguez House. 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 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 »
  • Cake Pops: Learn to make and decorate delicious cakes on a stick. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Introduction to Baking: This introduction to the fundamentals of baking will start you on your way to preparing home-style cakes from scratch using quality ingredients. The course will teach all the basics, from using your oven correctly to proper mixing techniques. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. 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 York 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.