dinner

Superchef Supper Club: Victor Barry and Marc Thuet serve bison and bear for two ... Superchef Supper Club: Victor Barry and Marc Thuet serve bison and bear for two nights at Splendido

Toronto chefs have become remarkably mobile, flying from food events to pop-ups to guest-chef gigs with the ease of musicians flitting between jam sessions. Last week, Marc Thuet joined Splendido’s Victor Barry for a special, two-night dinner at Splendido with tickets going for $120, plus $75 for wine pairings, and a high-profile guest list including… Read more »

Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Union, Origin Liberty and Aria Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Union, Origin Liberty and Aria

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 »

TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: top 10 spots for boozing and schmoozing with stars TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: top 10 spots for boozing and schmoozing with stars

By Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau and Kevin Naulls TIFF can be the most exhausting event of the year—10 days of near constant drinking, schmoozing and stargazing, all, ostensibly, in the name of movies. Choosing the best parties requires insider intelligence and expert planning. Here, a highly discerning look at the festival’s hottest hot spots.

Friday Night Bites: Edulis, Actinolite and Origin Friday Night Bites: Edulis, Actinolite and Origin

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 »

Dear Urban Diplomat: can I lodge a complaint when fellow restaurant patrons star... Dear Urban Diplomat: can I lodge a complaint when fellow restaurant patrons start photographing their food?

Dear Urban Diplomat, My wife and I were enjoying our 35-year anniversary at Scaramouche, until the young couple at the table next to us started photographing their food, distracting us with flashes every time a new dish arrived. My son tells me that these food bloggers take their work very seriously. I don’t care—they ruined… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 2 to July 8 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 2 to July 8

Monday, July 2 86’D With Ivy Knight: Check out a double bill at the at the Drake Lounge. First, a throw-down for the ultimate hangover cure: the Bloody Mary versus the Caesar. Second, a watermelon-eating contest. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more » Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: A weekly aperitivo italiano with cocktail and… Read more »

Captain John’s Restaurant succumbs to the stormy seas of unpaid back taxes Captain John’s Restaurant succumbs to the stormy seas of unpaid back taxes

The ongoing debt and legal issues at Captain John’s Harbour Boat Restaurant, the iconic marine eatery docked at the foot of Yonge Street since 1975, have finally shut it down. Owner “Captain” John Letnik owes $568,000 in back taxes, utilities and outstanding lease payments. Normally, the city would just seize the property and sell it after three… Read more »

Summerlicious 2012: our food editor picks the top 10 offerings from this year’... Summerlicious 2012: our food editor picks the top 10 offerings from this year’s Licious list

Ten years in, Toronto’s loved (and loathed) bacchanalia of affordable dining is larger than ever, with 181 restaurants offering three-course prix fixe menus for $25, $35 or $45 from July 6-22. Despite common complaints—packed rooms, harried dining and more salmon and chicken than a buffet wedding—an ineluctable truth remains: Summerlicious is a good opportunity to… Read more »

See every course of the R.M.S. Titanic’s final first-class dinner (meticulousl... See every course of the R.M.S. Titanic’s final first-class dinner (meticulously recreated by a food blogger)

April 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and Titanic-mania has become pretty much unavoidable: there’s a memorial cruise retracing the luxury liner’s doomed voyage, a 3-D rerelease of James Cameron’s 194-minute epic and, inevitably, collectables from the Royal Canadian Mint. The culinary world is by no means immune to all… Read more »

Dear Urban Diplomat: is arriving late to parties just part of Toronto culture? Dear Urban Diplomat: is arriving late to parties just part of Toronto culture?

Dear Urban Diplomat, I moved to Toronto from Tokyo about a year ago. Maybe it’s just a difference in cultures, but no one shows up for my parties on time. Where I’m from, if an invitation says 8 p.m., you show up at 8 p.m. Here, some guests arrive an hour late and don’t even… Read more »

GALLERY: at this month’s TBD dining series, Acadia’s Matt Blondin let loose GALLERY: at this month’s TBD dining series, Acadia’s Matt Blondin let loose

TBD is a monthly dining series that brings some of the city’s top chefs together with one of the foodie world’s current obsessions: the semi-secret pop-up dinner. Concocted by Dan Gutter (Drake Hotel, Auberge du Pommier, Susur) and designer Sukko Stach (Acadia), TBD offers one-time-only intimate dining experiences in a distinctive setting for no more than… Read more »

Dear Urban Diplomat: What do I do when my friends pay for dinner but stiff the s... Dear Urban Diplomat: What do I do when my friends pay for dinner but stiff the server on the tip?

Dear Urban Diplomat, My wife and I went with another couple to Celestin, where we’re regular patrons. The service was attentive, as always, and the food was superb. When the bill came, my friend took care of it, but I noticed he left less than 10 per cent for the tip. Mortified, I waited for… Read more »

Best of the City 2011: The city’s most interesting dishes, places to eat them ... Best of the City 2011: The city’s most interesting dishes, places to eat them and, yes, hot sauce

Baguette Pasta Fad Hot Sauce Lobster reinvented Carnivore cure Roast chicken Devilled eggs Patio for dessert

VIDEO: In our favourite reaction to yesterday’s hotpocalypse, the Star’s Chr... VIDEO: In our favourite reaction to yesterday’s hotpocalypse, the Star’s Chris So cooks a roast in his sedan

While most cubicle dwellers burrowed themselves away in the cool confines of their A.C.-blasting offices during yesterday’s hotpocalypse, Toronto Star videographer Chris So decided to make dinner—in his sedan. In a video worthy of Bill Nye, So takes the viewer through his suburban kitchen and out to his front yard, balancing both camera and seasoned… Read more »

Toronto chefs and Ontario wineries join forces for Japan earthquake relief dinne... Toronto chefs and Ontario wineries join forces for Japan earthquake relief dinner

In response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week, a number of Toronto chefs and Ontario wine producers will be joining forces in a fundraiser on Sunday, March 27th, organized by Nobuyo Stadtländer, the business partner and wife of Michael Stadtländer.