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Feast like a cowboy at Evergreen’s Urban Rodeo

(Images: Urban Rodeo, Edward Pond; Jamie Kennedy, Davida Aronovitch; chicken dish, Renée Suen)

(Images: Urban Rodeo, Edward Pond; Jamie Kennedy, Davida Aronovitch; chicken dish, Renée Suen)

This Saturday, the city’s food lovers will face a difficult choice: spend the night bidding farewell to the three-year-old Toronto Underground Market, or attend the debut of Urban Rodeo and BBQ, a totally new food event hosted by nature-loving non-profit Evergreen (and supported by media partner Toronto Life). The fundraiser will see 40 chefs spread out over 10 culinary stations, each devoted to a different kind of food, including organic chicken from Gilead’s Jamie Kennedy and offal-infused dishes from Buca’s Rob Gentile (other stations include “Wheat,” “Shellfish” and “Pork and Maple”). Best to arrive hungry and take advantage of the themed festivities—mechanical bull rides, lasso lessons, carnival games, music from local blues duo catl and more—before you make the most of your ticket, which includes all you can eat and drink. So, country lovers, ditch the Dakota Tavern for a night and take a rest from the Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon. The rodeo’s in town.

Sept. 27. $150 (food & drink incl.). Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., 416-596-1495, evergreen.ca

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The Weekender: Hamlet, Whoopi Goldberg and six other items on our to-do list

1. HAMLET
Arguably Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet is the classic story of the titular character, a young prince whose back-stabbing uncle Claudius has usurped his father’s throne. Understandably upset by this turn of events, Hamlet Sr.’s ghost pays a visit to his son, encouraging him to avenge his death. This becomes a main source of tension for the remaining acts: Hamlet vs. himself. This dance adaptation, choreographed by Kevin O’Day, stays faithful to its dramatic roots—something is still rotten in the state of Denmark, young Prince Hamlet still can’t make a decision—while O’Day’s raw, physical style gives the performance a contemporary spin. June 1–3, 6-10. $25–$234. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., 416-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 30 to May 6

Toronto Underground Market and Food Trucks Eats join forces for the sold-out Street Food Block Party on Saturday (Images: Caroline Aksich, Renée Suen)

Monday, April 30

  • Cocina Mexicana: A hands-on lesson in authentic Mexican cooking, just in time to hone your skills for Cinco de Mayo. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. 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 »
  • 86’D: Ivy Knight hosts a guacamole battle royale; bring your best guac and see how it stacks up. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • FoodShare’s Kate Kitchen: A monthly gathering where women fighting breast cancer can share recipes, learn how to prepare healthy meals and learn about cancer-fighting foods. 90 Croatia St., foodlink@foodshare.net. Find out more »
  • Jamie Kennedy’s Evening of Spanish Gastronomy: José Luis Altristain from the Commercial Office of Spain will lead a tasting demonstrating how the vintage of olive oil affects the flavour, followed by a four-course meal with wine pairings. Gilead Bistro, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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Recipients of city loan guarantees tell councillors why they would really like them to continue

The Evergreen Brick Works leveraged city loan guarantees to attract other funding (Image: Payton Chung)

Ever since the city had to take over Etobicoke’s Lakeshore Lions arena under a cloud of financial mismanagement, it has been considering doing away with all loan guarantees for similar third parties. Unsurprisingly, some of those groups who have had the benefit of the city’s clout to help them with their borrowing costs would really, really like the city to not overreact over one bad ice rink.

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The Weekender: The Lion King, Easter Eggstravaganza and six other can’t-miss events

Woody Harrelson, Measha Brueggergosman as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito and Adam Jacobs as Simba in The Lion King

1. THE LION KING
You wouldn’t think a theatrical adaptation of a Disney movie would run for so long (nearly 14 years), earn so many accolades (more than 70 awards, including a Tony for Julie Taymor’s direction) or turn out to be so good, but somehow The Lion King does all of that. Oh, and did we mention it’s gorgeous? The puppets, costumes and stage design have been consistently blowing young minds since the show opened. This limited engagement is only in town for eight weeks—don’t miss it. To June 12. $35–135. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.

2. CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE PAIRING (FREE!)
We usually pair cheese with wine and chocolate with, well, more chocolate. But this free foodie event, hosted by chef Chris McDonald (of Cava and Xococava fame) and Jane Rodmell (founder of All the Best Fine Foods), pairs two of our favourite foods with each other. Expertly spiced chocolate tiles are partnered with their ideal matches from All The Best’s stock of specialty cheeses. To be honest, we’re just a tad skeptical, but if anyone can make this pairing work, it’s McDonald. April 23. All the Best Fine Foods, 1101 Yonge St., allthebestfinefoods.com.

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Terroir 2011 roundup: we talk to Toronto’s top chefs and restaurateurs at the foodie symposium

Fergus Henderson (St. John’s) and Arlene Stein (event chair) at Terroir

A couple weeks back, 400 members of the food and hospitality industry gathered at Hart House for Terroir V. The annual symposium saw chefs, restaurateurs and members of the food media musing over this year’s theme: “the balance of artistic creation and traditional craftsmanship in our hospitality industry.” We caught up with some top chefs—including Jason Bangerter (Luma), Mark Cutrara (Cowbell), Matt DeMille (Parts and Labour) and keynote speaker Fergus Henderson—who shared with us what they took away from the day.

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Eight new electric car charging stations open around the G.T.A., as Ontario slowly, slowly moves towards a gas-free future

Jason Wolf, VP North America at Better Place, and Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade

As oil goes back over $100 per barrel and GTA commuters face higher gas prices, electric cars—a.k.a. “EVs” for “electric vehicles”—are slowly gaining popularity in the city. To capitalize on this, the international organization Better Place—not a.k.a. “BP”—is launching a pilot project that will build eight EV charging stations across the GTA and Barrie. The stations will be situated where Better Place’s partners are located, such as PowerStream sites in Barrie, Markham and Vaughan; Veridian sites in Ajax and Bowmanville; and the Evergreen Brick Works.

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