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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 27 to September 2

Outstanding in the Field comes to Whitty Farms on Wednesday (Image: Jeremy Fenske)

Monday August 27

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: A special 86’D at the Drake’s Sky Yard, celebrating the pairing of chardonnay with corn. Sample Rosehall Run’s chardonnay alongside grilled corn dipped in the Drake’s selection of fine butters. 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 »
  • Summer Pasta Making: Join chefs Scott Savoie and Shahir Massoud and learn how to make, sauce, and store the best fresh pasta, including various noodles (tagliatelle, fettuccine), stuffed pasta shapes (agnolotti, ravioli, tortellini) and the softest potato gnocchi you’ll ever try. 201 Weston Rd., suite #101, 416-565-1730. Find out more»
  • 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 »

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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 May 28 to June 3

El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is hosting a viewing party for their appearance on Eat. St. on Wednesday

Monday, May 28

  • Jamie Kennedy’s Spring Feast: A Local Food Movement dinner featuring hors d’oevres and a four-course meal of seasonal goodness. Gilead Cafe, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • 86’D with Ivy Knight: Launch of the Ontario Culinary Adventure Guide with special guest Rebecca LeHeup. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Raw Essentials Workshop: Learn the basics of raw food preparation with Marni Wasserman.  Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. 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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Pop Rocks: Eight of Toronto’s best house-made sodas

Flavour of the Month | Pop Rocks

Bartenders are making sober sipping fun with artisanal sodas that are as complex and tasty as any cocktail. Here, the best boozeless bubblies

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Weekly Lunch Pick: a hearty soup and sandwich in Corktown

The chicken galantine sandwich and curried pumpkin purée soup at Gilead Café (Image: Andrew Brudz)

With Jamie Kennedy’s withdrawal from the Wine Bar and Hank’s, and his Gardiner Museum restaurant turned into an event and catering space, the Gilead Café and Bistro is now the best place to go for his French-inflected locavore cuisine. Inside, the trademark wall of colourful preserved fruit and vegetables makes a cozy spot for a fall lunch.

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Jamie Kennedy starts serving dinner again, this time at a re-dubbed Gilead

Jamie Kennedy is in his Corktown kitchen tonight as the Gilead Bistro—long home to the Gilead Café—serves its first dinner menu. The space seats 40 and will offer dinner Tuesday through Saturday, complete with servers (the Café only has counter service) and a multi-course menu. Unsurprisingly for a Kennedy project, the food will be seasonal, switching over to spring options towards the end of March. But that’s months away; tonight, there are hearty winter dishes like chicken noodle soup with confit gizzard ($8), gratin of agria potato ($7) and pork ragout with noodles and goulash paste ($20). All wines are from Ontario and offered by the glass, and a $20 corkage option is also available.

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Localicious: frugality knows no season

(Photo by Catherine Kustanczy)

Suffix solution: the latest -licious kicks off tomorrow (Photo by Catherine Kustanczy)

We’re surprised it took so long for another “-licious” event to spring up between Summerlicious and Winterlicious, but here it is. As part of Localicious (running from October 2 to 18), 11 restaurants across the city will be offering menus of dishes containing local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, with proceeds going to the World Wildlife Fund. The Toronto edition of the dining deal (Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa and Calgary are also involved) features the following establishments: Cowbell, Epic, Gilead Café, Grano, La Palette, Marvellous Edibles, Quince, Rebel House, Reds, Veritas and Victor.

Our recommendations, after the jump.

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It’s official: Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar soon to be just the Wine Bar

Earlier this week, we reported that the sale of Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar was close to official. Well, the ink has dried sooner than expected. A press release today confirmed that Jamie Kennedy has sold the restaurant to long-time protégé Scott Vivian, partnered with his new wife, pastry chef Rachelle Caldwell. Backing the pair are restaurateurs Ted and Mary Koutsogiannopoulos, formerly of Joy Bistro, which they sold last June. We’re assuming the quartet lost little sleep while choosing a new name—the spot will be known simply as the Wine Bar.

As for Kennedy, he is leaving to focus on some newer ventures: the Gilead Café and his Prince Edward County farm and event venue. Look for the Wine Bar to change hands and phone numbers (the new one is 416-504-9463) in early October.

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Get outside: More new patios open in Toronto

Al fresco: Toronto patio season is in full swing (Photo by IntangibleArts)

Patio season is in full swing (Photo by IntangibleArts)

With the summertime gods finally smiling, we took another look around town for patios that have sprouted up this season. Here, five brand new places to satisfy the craving for fresh air and fresh fare.

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Jamie Kennedy sets the record straight on the Gardiner, the debts, and the Wine Bar sale

Present indicative: Jamie Kennedy is evolving his restaurant empire to suit the times (Photo by Davida Aronovitch)

Trim the fat: Jamie Kennedy is scaling back his restaurant empire to suit the times (Photo by Davida Aronovitch)

Last month, Jamie Kennedy called a press conference to talk about the transformation of his Gardiner restaurant from a fine dining destination to a café lunch spot—but that was only the beginning of the story. Kennedy is also facing crippling debt, bailout bids and the sale of his signature Wine Bar.

Kennedy says he will sell the Wine Bar, but only under the right circumstances. “I’m in no hurry,” he says, “This is not a fire sale.” In a Splendido-style hand off, Kennedy has offered the place to the next generation: senior staff Jamie Drummond, Laura Cleland, Aron Mohr and Scott Vivian. If the new JK cohort can scrape the funds together, the founder favours a clean break, though he’s conscious that his managers may want to keep up the association. “The Wine Bar was a beautiful thing and it should continue,” he says, “It occupies an important niche in the landscape of Toronto as a meeting point for local food.”

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Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner to close on June 7

A place setting and the soon-to-be shuttered Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner (Photo by StudioGabe)

A place setting at the soon-to-be-shuttered Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner (Photo by StudioGabe)

Having opened two café-style eateries in the past year, the once-unstoppable Jamie Kennedy will shutter one of his original haute-cuisine headquarters, Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner. Whispers were confirmed today in a letter from the Gardiner’s chef de cuisine, Scott Vivian. After being stationed there for two years, Vivian will serve up the restaurant’s last lunch to woebegone locavores on June 7.

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