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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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Celiac disease on the rise, Jimmy Buffett’s new restaurant, a $246,250 lunch

Birds of paradise: A Margaritaville, like this one in New Orleans, will be opening in Calgary (Photo by xypotecka)

Birds of paradise: Having found their long lost shaker of salt, these parrots are enjoying the Margaritaville Café in New Orleans (Photo by xypotecka)

• The Calgary Stampede seems like a perfect place for Canada’s first Margaritaville Café, especially considering Jimmy Buffett’s 10 other restaurants are located in such resort towns as Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas and Glendale. If anyone is going to be enticed by menu items like the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Who’s to Blame margaritas, it’s oil-rich boomers from Alberta. [CBC]

• Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found that one out of 100 people suffer from celiac disease (an allergy to gluten)—a rate 4.5 times higher than in 1959. Such mainstream restaurants as Magic Oven are already cashing in with wheat-free options, and though we’re not sure Marc Thuet could make gluten-free bread as good as his sourdough, we expect to see more celiac-friendly meal options on menus in the near future. [Globe and Mail]

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