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Chris McDonald on leaving Cava: “I feel like my job is done with Spanish” Chris McDonald on leaving Cava: “I feel like my job is done with Spanish”

Before there was Patria, Carmen or Bar Isabel, there was Cava, the Yonge Street restaurant responsible for acquainting Torontonians with boquerones, papas fritas and the simple joys of grilled seafood with citrus. Now, longtime owner and chef Chris McDonald is moving on. “When I opened Cava, I knew the city didn’t need another Italian restaurant,”… Read more »

10 Best Dishes at Toronto Restaurants in 2014 10 Best Dishes at Toronto Restaurants in 2014

By Mark Pupo | Photography by Dave Gillespie How to narrow down thousands of gratifying forkfuls into one definitive list? Easy. These are the dishes I’d order again and again, in descending order of deliciousness. See all 10 best dishes of the year »

Public shaming on Twitter: the answer to restaurant no-shows? Public shaming on Twitter: the answer to restaurant no-shows?

For a restauranteur, it must be frustrating when reservations don’t show. For places that aren’t blessed with lineups out the door every night, it can mean a boatload of lost cash. In the fight to get customers to commit, Montreal has been testing out a new solution to the phantom-diner problem: social-media shaming. An active… Read more »

Must-Try: a beautiful baked Alaska that packs a savoury surprise Must-Try: a beautiful baked Alaska that packs a savoury surprise

Cava’s baked Alaska looks old school, with its beautifully torched meringue dome, but things get interesting once you crack the golden crust: one half is filled with airy lemon semifreddo, the other with a pistachio ice cream so nutty it’s more savoury than sweet. $11. 1560 Yonge St., 416-979-9918.

Recipe: Cava’s killer octopus, chicken and clam paella Recipe: Cava’s killer octopus, chicken and clam paella

PAELLA By Chris McDonald Cava

The 15 Toronto restaurants recommended in Where Chefs Eat, a new culinary guideb... The 15 Toronto restaurants recommended in Where Chefs Eat, a new culinary guidebook

Where Chefs Eat is a new 633-page collection of answers to a very simple question: where to go for a good meal? Those answers are from some 400 of the world’s top chefs, including Ferran Adria, Daniel Boulud, David Chang, Fergus Henderson and Rene Redzepi, as well as Toronto chefs Michael Steh, formerly of Reds, and Claudio Aprile, chef and owner of… Read more »

Trend We Love: Huitlacoche (a.k.a. corn smut), spotted on Mexican and non-Mexica... Trend We Love: Huitlacoche (a.k.a. corn smut), spotted on Mexican and non-Mexican menus alike

Huitlacoche (pronounced weet-la-KOH-chay), a corn fungus that’s popular in Mexican food, has two commonly used English names: the gross-sounding “corn smut” and “Mexican truffle,” which over-promises a little on its earthy if not quite transcendent taste. It’s been showing up with increasing frequency on Mexican menus for the last few years; more recently, we’ve noted… Read more »

GALLERY: The Stop’s annual What’s on the Table fundraiser brought out Toront... GALLERY: The Stop’s annual What’s on the Table fundraiser brought out Toronto’s top chefs—and their biggest fans

For philanthropists with a gourmet bent, What’s on the Table, the big annual fundraiser for The Stop, is kind of a big deal. Every year, a slew of the city’s top chefs come out to support the community food centre and hobnob with some of their biggest fans. The 2012 edition, which took place on… Read more »

Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Cava, Volos and Frank’s Kitchen Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Cava, Volos and Frank’s Kitchen

It’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and… Read more »

Friday Night Bites: Table 17, Fabbrica and Cava Friday Night Bites: Table 17, Fabbrica and Cava

It’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and… Read more »

Delica’s Devin Connell on the city’s freshest, liveliest flavours Delica’s Devin Connell on the city’s freshest, liveliest flavours

Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Splendido, One and Cava Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Splendido, One and Cava

It’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and… Read more »

Top Toronto restaurants to go head to head in Dish Duel, a new foodie tournament Top Toronto restaurants to go head to head in Dish Duel, a new foodie tournament

The latest addition to the spate of Internet-based foodie happenings in Toronto is Dish Duel (not to be confused with Dishcrawl), a bracket-style tournament pitting signature dishes from Toronto restaurants against each other. The project is the invention of Restos in TO blogger Jacob Younan, who has managed to convince the likes of Acadia, Cava,… Read more »

12 delicious days of Christmas, from candy cane ice pops to yule logs filled wit... 12 delicious days of Christmas, from candy cane ice pops to yule logs filled with mousse cake

This time of year, it takes a strong will not to indulge, whether it be in the beautiful pastries and cakes spilling out of patisserie windows or the drinks at a holiday party. We say, why even try? We’ve rounded up some of our favourites, along with a few other gifts that your food-obsessed friends… Read more »

Today’s mini Food Truck Eats: Cava’s Chris McDonald and Doug Penfold join El... Today’s mini Food Truck Eats: Cava’s Chris McDonald and Doug Penfold join El Gastrónomo Vagabundo

UPDATE: Organizer Suresh Doss has just tweeted that today’s event was just shut down part way through service. El Gastrónomo Vagabundo confirms it was due to a bylaw violation. Ryerson students heading back to class today can look forward to an extra culinary boost to get them through the day: a mini Food Truck Eats… Read more »