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Toronto’s top chefs and restaurateurs are gathering in April for Terroir, the city’s annual food summit

René Redzepi will give the closing keynote at Terroir this year (Image: Sam Friedrich)

The Terroir Symposium is an annual event where chefs, restaurateurs and food writers—as well as hardcore foodie hangers-on—gather for talks, demonstrations and workshops centred around the big trends and issues in the culinary world. The star of the show this year, which takes place on April 8, is René Redzepi, the chef at Copenhagen’s celebrated and influential Noma (which has been repeatedly named the best restaurant in the world). Redzepi will be giving the closing keynote talk on this year’s theme, the stories behind food (expect tales of foraging on frigid Danish beaches).

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The Way We Eat Now: how foraging infiltrated fine dining and became a foodie phenomenon

The Way We Eat Now: Where the Wild Things Are

(Image: Left: Caballo’s sautéed wild Saskatchewan chanterelles; right: Forager-chef Michael Caballo at Edulis)

On a late-summer evening, I descended into the Don Valley with 50 well-to-do Torontonians—mostly middle-aged couples in chinos, linen suits and sandals. We paid $50 each to identify edible plants. Like churning your own butter or whittling your own driftwood spoons, foraging—finding and harvesting food from wild resources—is one of those rugged pioneer traditions that has reached the peculiar status of urban artisanal fetish. Days before the tour, I imagined the calamities I might encounter: stinging nettles, disturbed wasps’ nests, rodents of unknown rabidity status.

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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 May 21 to 27

Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market are back on May 27 (Image: Min)

Monday, May 21

  • 86’D: Join Ivy Knight for a tea party in honour of Queen Victoria. Featuring Victoria Gin tea cocktails and dainty tea sandwiches from Fresh City Farms. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Queen Victoria’s Secret: The launch of Brewer’s Backyard, a new craft beer series at the Brick Works. This time around: beer by Great Lakes Brewing of Toronto and sandwiches from Fidel Gastro. 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 »
  • 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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Niagara Street Café’s new owners Tobey Nemeth and Michael Caballo to relaunch it as Edulis

Edulis owners Michael Caballo and Tobey Nemeth, spied this weekend at Hooked (Image: Signe Langford)

We already reported that Anton Potvin, until recently owner of the Niagara Street Café, had found buyers for his much-loved locale. Now we can tell you who they are: husband-and-wife chefs Tobey Nemeth and Michael Caballo, who flew into Toronto last week to sign the paperwork and flew out again the next day. “We have to go to Vancouver to pick up our stuff, but we’ll be back in a week and we’re really excited to be back in Toronto,” Nemeth told us. “We tried Vancouver, but we didn’t love it. I think Toronto has the most exciting dining scene in Canada and this is where we want to be for the rest of our lives.”

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