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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 5 to 11

Foodies on Foot leads a culinary tour of Roncesvalles on Saturday (Image: Danielle Scott from the Torontolife.com Flickr pool)

Monday November 5

  • The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair: A variety of exciting food and drink events will take place throughout the week as part of the 90th Annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, including a mixology competition on Monday. CNE grounds, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Find out more »
  • Group of 7 Chefs—Dairy Dinner: Special guest chef Matt Jennings of Providence, Rhode Island’s Farmstead joins the 7 chefs as they take to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for a five-course tasting dinner with wine pairings. Heritage Court entrance of the CNE grounds, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Find out more »
  • 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, a meatball potluck, with a buffet of samples from Le Select, Bestellen and The Drake. Dig in while you watch the classic film Meatballs (of course). 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 »
  • Grain Goodness: Learn how to prepare simple and inventive recipes with grains as the base. Menu includes mushroom barley soup, citrus wild rice, festive farro salad and apricot fig bars. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Workshop—Kids in the Kitchen: A series to help children aged 9-12 learn to cook, develop recipes and understand healthy food choices, run by holistic nutritionist Kate Leinweber. Session four is Food Intuition: Nourishing Creations From Local Vegetables. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • Taste Canada: Hosted by Christine Cushing, The Food Writing Awards gala is a great opportunity to meet cookbook authors and sample creative food from Canadian chefs. The Arcadian Court, 401 Bay St., Simpson Tower. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for October 8 to 14

Magnus Nilsson, whose Fäviken has been called “the most daring restaurant in the world,” is at the Cookbook Store on Thursday (Image: Bruno Cordioli)

Monday October 8

  • Monday Night Dinners at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar: Every Monday night, Local Kitchen serves up 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 »
  • Brewer’s Backyard—Torontoberfest: Brewer’s Backyard celebrates Oktoberfest for their final event of the year. Wvrst will be serving up their tasting sausages alongside beer from Beau’s. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. 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 to 8 p.m. at the Gladstone Melody Bar. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for September 10 to 16

The chef from Copenhagen’s Kiin Kiin, the only Thai restaurant with a Michelin star, is coming to Yours Truly on Wednesday (Image: cyclonebill)

Monday September 10

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: TIFF Overdrive edition. Join the crew from Fidel Gastro’s as they film an episode of Rebel Without a Kitchen. 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 »
  • Feast in the East: Chef Maggie Grant demystifies Asian home cooking with a variety of simple, healthy recipes in this hands-on workshop. Menu includes miso scallops with cilantro slaw, Malaysian noodle stir-fry, Panang curry with coconut rice and banana fritters with coconut-lime ice cream. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »

Tuesday September 11

  • 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 »
  • Food Fables from the Spice Routes: Join Smita and Sanjeev Chandra to explore how spices transformed the cuisines of the countries through which they were carried. Menu includes chicken satay skewers with peanut sambal dip (Thailand), cucumber salad (Indonesia), Malaysian chicken curry served with nasi goreng (Singapore) and stir-fried cabbage with curry leaves and coconut (India). Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Star-Struck Menu: In celebration of TIFF, chef Domenic Chiaromonte presents dishes honouring the favourite foods of celebrities. Menu includes Meryl Streep eggplant soufflé, Robert De Niro seared black cod with soba noodles, George Clooney chaya steak and Morgan Freeman key lime pie. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 13 to 19

The Stop’s Beer Garden takes place on Sunday (Image: Natalie Swiercz)

Monday August 13

  • Foraging Tour and Dinner: Join Tama Matsuoka Wong and Evergreen on an intimate foraging talk and tour in the ravines surrounding the Evergreen Brick Works, followed by a prix fixe dinner at Café Belong featuring recipes from Wong’s new book, Foraged Flavor. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., 416-901-8234. Find out more »
  • Grillin’ and Chillin’ barbecue cooking class and pig roast: Learn to barbecue like a pro with pitmaster Jason Rees of the renowned Pork Ninjas Barbecue Team and the Culinary Adventure Company. Fuel House, 53 Clinton St., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Watch the salsa fly at the third annual mexi-battle. Taste and vote for your favourite salsa king or queen, and then enjoy some unique snacks from Rodney Dangerfood (three Drake cooks). 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 »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 6 to 12

This weekend, Taste of the Danforth takes over Greektown (Image: Norris Wong)

Monday, August 6

  • Gladstone Culinary Tour—Koreatown: Join Gladstone executive chef Michael Smith for his monthly celebration of Toronto’s cultural diversity. Four-course menu with wine pairings. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more »
  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Celebrate wild Quebec blueberries with a Maker’s Mark bourbon cocktail and blueberry hand pies by the Drake’s Stephen Prickett and Marc Mendonca. 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 »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 23 to 29

The Culinary Adventure Company leads a walking tour of Gerrard Street on Thursday (Image: Ian Muttoo)

Monday, July 23

  • 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 »
  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Tonight, the top 5 contenders for Toronto’s hottest chef each prepare complimentary canapés. Taste, vote, and at the end the winner will be announced. 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 »
  • Evil Twin/Bellwoods Brewery Collaboration: The new Ossington craft brewery is collaborating with Brooklyn’s Evil Twin with food by Daniel Burns. Bellwoods Brewery, 124 Ossington Ave. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 16 to 22

The crowd at the Hot and Spicy Food Festival, which takes place this weekend (Image: Tsar Kasim)

Monday, July 16

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Join scotch makers Bowmore and Oyster Boy and the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association for the Oyster of Good Cheer, with top bartenders showcasing their Bowmore cocktails alongside freshly shucked oysters. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Thirsty and Miserable: A Beer Class: Join certified Cicerone Mirella Amato for a guided tasting of six delicious beers. Learn about the various flavours in beer and where they come from. Good Egg, 197 Baldwin St., 416-593-4663. Find out more »
  • Grillin’ and Chillin’ Barbecue Cooking Class and Pig Roast: Learn to barbecue like a pro with pitmaster Jason Rees of the renowned Pork Ninjas Barbecue Team and the Culinary Adventure Company. Fuel House, 53 Clinton St., 416-565-1730. 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 »
  • An Introduction to Wine Appreciation: An LCBO-led tasting and lecture that will demystify the wine world. This degustation will focus on the four principal wine categories: white, red, sparkling and fortified. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Locavore Food Camp: A five-day program that offers city kids a variety of hands-on opportunities designed to increase their physical fitness and help them understand the importance of making healthy food choices. July 16 to 20. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »

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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, George and Cowbell (among 12 others) to gird their (tender)loins and head into battle beginning February 18.

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A first-person stumble through Toronto’s second Dishcrawl 

Back in September, we told you about Dishcrawl, the San Franciso–born pub crawl for foodies that was set to make its first appearance in Toronto (one smart aleck of a commenter likened the crowd of eaters to a gravy train). Earlier today, Torontoist published an entertaining first-person account of one diner’s struggle to make it through the second iteration of the event, which took place on the inauspicious stretch of King West between Peter and Simcoe streets. Turns out, it’s just not that easy to put away the Cajun fried alligator at Big Daddy’s Bourbon Street Bistro after you’ve already eaten a mini-burger, fries, some cheddar ale soup, a pair of tacos, a little aloo papri chaat and a helping of butter chicken. And finishing the whole thing with a strawberry cupcake? Not for the faint of stomach. Read the whole story [Torontoist] »

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Following in the footsteps of Ottawa and Saratoga, Toronto gets its first Dishcrawl

Dishcrawlers in San Mateo ended their meal with an haute pop (Image: sjsharktank)

Now that the inaugural run of the Toronto Underground Market is behind us, it’s time for Toronto to hop onto the next hot foodie trend out of San Francisco. That’s right: Dishcrawl—think a pub crawl for food—will make its first excursion in Queen West on October 5. And just like TUM, Dishcrawl Toronto sold out well in advance.

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