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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for October 22 to 28

Cask Days takes place at the Evergreen Brick Works this weekend, complete with a Halloween costume judging contest (Image: Connie Tsang)

Monday October 22

  • 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: This week, celebrate with the chefs from Soupstock, and enjoy a tasty night of pairing Acadian Sturgeon caviar with Stillwater vodka. 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 »
  • Burger Mondays: Enjoy $5 burgers and $5 pints on Mondays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gladstone Melody Bar. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more »
  • Veggin’ Comfortably Workshop: Marni Wasserman demonstrates how easy it can be to switch over to a more veg-friendly lifestyle. Menu includes butternut squash, lentil and coconut soup, arame soba noodle salad, marinated kaleslaw salad and black bean burgers. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. 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 and whole roasted organic chicken infused. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »
  • Luscious Greens and Grains: Chef and cookbook author Nettie Cronish prepares tasty and nutritious leafy green and grain dishes. Menu includes pot barley split pea soup with Shiitake mushrooms, spinach and dill and hot and sour buckwheat noodle salad. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »

Tuesday October 23

  • Where’s the Meat—Fall Vegetarian Delights: Learn to cook delicious, perfect-for-fall vegetarian meals that maintain a balanced diet. Menu includes spaghetti squash with Mario Batali tomato sauce, wild mushroom risotto and curried lentil loaf with coriander yogurt. The Chef Upstairs, 516 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-544-9221. Find out more »
  • Toronto Fashion Week Designer Cupcakes Class: Students learn how to work with fondant and professional food dyes to create designer cupcakes inspired by Toronto Fashion Week. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Secrets of Sushi: David Chung, executive chef and owner of Akasaka Restaurantteaches the fundamentals of making classic sushi. Menu includes miso soup, sushi rice, sushi vinegar, nigiri and maki rolls. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • All About Oysters: Jamie Gallant, owner of Coastline Catering, discusses how oysters breed, grow and are shipped around the world, and how they should be shucked. Menu includes Malpeque oysters from Prince Edward Island, Kusshi oysters from Washington State, Beau Soleil oysters from New Brunswick, and pan-fried West Coast oysters. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »

Wednesday October 24

  • Nyood Communal Dining Series—Keriwa Café: In the first iteration of Nyood’s new communal dining series, executive chef Ariel Coplan partners with Keriwa’s sous chef, Dennis Tay, for a six-course tasting menu inspired by the harvest, with a spotlight on lake fish. Master sommelier Bruce Wallner will design a wine menu to pair with each dish. Nyood, 1096 Queen St. W., 416-466-1888. 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 »
  • Sneak Peek—Vintages Pre-Release: Get the latest on California’s boutique wineries and be among the first to sample their soon-to-be-released wines. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Varietals From Chile: Do you know your carmenère from your syrah? Join an expert consultant and learn more about these rare grapes—as well as the better-known chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot—as you brush up on Chile and all it has to offer. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Workshop—Preserving IV: The final session 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 can with wine or beer. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Pastry, Pastry, Pastry Demo with Joanne Yolles: Learn all about sweet and savoury pastries with the former pastry chef at Scaramouche and Pangaea. Hosted by The Cookbook Store. Rosemill Kitchen Studio, 1 Yorkville Ave., 416-920-2665. Find out more »
  • From Scratch Cooking Workshop Series—Pie Crust Basics: Learn to make a flaky all-butter crust for quiches and pies, including an overview of blind baking. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. Find out more »

Thursday October 25

  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Wine Tasting With Rosewood Winery—Bees, Mead and Cheese: Discover what beekeepers at Rosewood Estates are doing with their honey. Enjoy an informative honey sampling followed by an exclusive tasting of mead and cheese pairings. The class ends with a mead cocktail demonstration. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Minicakes: Learn to cut and decorate minicakes. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Sausage-making workshop: Impress your friends with your homemade sausages. 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 »
  • Book LaunchFast Flavours by Michael Smith: The Cookbook Store hosts an onstage interview followed by a Q&A and book signing with one of Canada’s literally biggest celebrity chefs. George Brown Chef School, 300 Adelaide St. E. Find out more »

Friday October 26

  • Jamie Squared—An Evening of Gastronomy With Jamie Kennedy and Jamie Drummond: The two Jamies join forces to create compelling wine and food pairings, just as they did in the days of Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar on Church Street. 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Pasta Perfecto: Get ready for chilly winter nights by adding some delicious homemade pasta dishes from your repertoire. Chef Erin Featherston guides you through the preparation of butternut squash ravioli with sage and butter, herb papardelle with tomato sauce and truffled mac-and-cheese with bacon. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more » 
  • Date Night—Gastropub Fare For Home: The gastropub movement takes everyday comfort food to a higher standard with fresh, local ingredients, and tonight chef Carrie Rau teaches you to make some of the favourites at home. Highlights include cauliflower fritters with curried aïoli and sticky toffee pudding. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more » 
  • Introduction to Cupcake Decorating—Halloween: A hands-on workshop teaching you how to dress up a cupcake, this time with a Halloween theme. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »

Saturday October 27

  • Cask Days Craft Beer Festival: The two-day, 8th annual cask-conditioned craft beer fest features ales from over 75 micro-breweries across Canada, as well as special collaboration brews, seminars and local food vendors curated by chef Guy Rawlings, including the first off-site appearance of Grand Electric. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »
  • Reel Eats—Like Water For Chocolate: As part of this ongoing gastronomic film and story-telling series, Agave y Aguacate chef Francisco Alejandri prepares a Mexican menu inspired by Like Water For Chocolate. Aphrodite Cooks Culinary Loft, 201 Weston Rd., Suite 101. Find out more »
  • Haunted Halloween and Finger Foodie Party: Foodies on Foot host a ghost tour of Old Toronto, including spooky sites like the Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market, and the Hockey Hall of Fame, followed by a Halloween-inspired finger food party. 416-826-1997. 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 »
  • Introduction to Cupcake Decorating—Halloween: A hands-on workshop teaching you how to dress up a cupcake, this time with a Halloween theme. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Halloween Sugar Cookies for Kids: Cookie Martinez teaches fun baking basics to kids, who will roll, cut out, bake and decorate their own spooky cookies made from wholesome ingredients. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Pilsner Urquell Perfect Pairings Cookbook tasting: Taste small bites inspired by the recipes in this new cookbook from Pilsner Urquell, which features recipes from 38 of Canada’s top restaurants, including The Harbord Room and Luma. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Summerhill LCBO, 10 Scriverner Sq.

Sunday October 28

  • Supper Club—Dinner With Lauren Mozer of Elle Cuisine: Mozer creates a fall-inspired four-course menu showcasing local and seasonal ingredients. Highlights include roasted rainbow beet and fried goat cheese salad, braised beef short ribs and Ontario apple and rosemary crumble. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. 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 »
  • Streetcar Food Tour: Take a tour along the 501 Queen streetcar route, crossing the entire city and stopping for tastings in six different neighbourhoods. 416-826-1997. Find out more »
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea Session: Enjoy a ladies’ afternoon tea session at Le Dolci. The two-hour tea service features an assortment of pastries like scones, tea sandwiches and cookies with fashion-inspired decorations. A wide selection of loose-leaf teas, from fruity to floral to peppery, will also be available for you to choose from. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Sugar Blossoms: Learn to make beautiful, life-sized roses, calla lillies and orchids to decorate cakes. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Workshop—Kids in the Kitchen: A cooking series that helps children ages 9-12 learn to cook and understand healthy food choices. Using local foods, holistic nutritionist Kate Leinweber will educate children on the safe use of kitchen utensils, variations on cooking and baking and recipe development. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Cask Days Craft Beer Festival: The two-day, 8th annual cask-conditioned craft beer fest features ales from over 75 micro-breweries across Canada, as well as special collaboration brews, seminars and local food vendors curated by chef Guy Rawlings, including the first off-site appearance of Grand Electric. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. 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.
  • 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.
  • North York Civic Centre Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St.
  • 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)
  • 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.