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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for December 17 to 23

Porchetta and Co. celebrates two years in business on Thursday with $1 sandwiches (Image: Andrew Brudz)

Monday, December 17

  • 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—Annual Sagittarian Ball: Get festive in your best cocktail attire while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Stasis Preserves, mead tasting from Rosewood Estates and cheap cocktails made by pros from the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Burger Mondays: Enjoy $5 burgers and $5 pints on Mondays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gladstone Melody Bar. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more »
  • Lettuce Wrap Night at Chantecler: Chantecler’s popular lettuce wrap night is now taking place twice a week. Come out on Sunday and Monday nights for lettuce wraps with meats, assorted pickles and condiments for $21 per person until 1 a.m.—or until the food runs out. Chantecler, 1320 Queen St. W., 416-628-3586. Find out more »
  • Make, Don’t Buy—Chocolates for Beginners: As part of the Depanneur’s Make, Don’t Buy series of DIY gift workshops, join Emily Zimmerman and learn how to make old-fashioned creamy ganache truffles, chocolate bark with toppings of your choice and crunchy chili-cornflake bars, all using organic, Fairtrade and locally processed Chocosol chocolate. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for December 3 to December 9

Foodies on Foot leads their Streetcar Food Tour on Saturday (Image: Robert Taylor)

Monday, December 3

  • 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: Third annual Battle Offal. The city’s top chefs prepare the gnarly bits for you to sample. Competitors include the Group of 7 Chefs, Beast, The Stop, the Tempered Chef, Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21, Richmond Station and GwaiLo. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Burger Mondays: Enjoy $5 burgers and $5 pints on Mondays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gladstone Melody Bar. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more »
  • Guiltless Dessert Indulgence: Learn how to use healthy alternatives to dairy, wheat and sugar. Menu includes chewy chocolate brownies, carrot pineapple cake, coconut mango pudding and jam dot cookies. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Simple Healthy Meals in 30 Minutes: Learn to quickly prepare three delicious and healthy meals: winter salad with pine nuts, radicchio and Asian pears; penne with sausage, fennel and pecorino; and fresh fish with tomato sauce and cherry tomato couscous. The Chef Upstairs, 516 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-544-9221. Find out more »
  • Workshop—Naturally Fermented Condiment Gift Pack: Holistic nutritionist Kate Leinweber leads a workshop that covers the how and why of simple fermentation while you prepare a delicious batch of homemade ketchup, mustard and relish, perfect for holiday gift giving. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 26 to December 2

The final GwaiLo pop-up at Senses takes place on Monday (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Monday November 26

  • GwaiLo Pop-Up Series Final Dinner: Senses and GwaiLo host the final dining event in the month-long GwaiLo pop-up series. This event will bring together some of Toronto and New York’s finest modern Asian chefs in support of the Stop Food Community Centre, including GwaiLo’s Nick Liu, Danny Bowien of New York’s Mission Chinese, Andy Ricker of Brooklyn’s Pok Pok, Nuit Regular of Khao San Road, Cheska Ang of Actinolite and Robbie Hojilla of Mr. Pong’s Bar. Senses, SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, 328 Wellington St. W., 416-489-8922. Find out more »
  • Movember Toronto Food Week—Amanda Ford’s Fall Cooking Demo: Introducing the first ever MOTOFO, five days of Movember-fuelled food events. Tonight, City Girl Catering chef Amanda Ford teaches cooking for fall. There’ll be venison, cocktails and snacks, plus an appearance from beekeeper Fred Davis of Fred D’s Bees. Address revealed after booking. 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: A pop culture piggy party with Chief Clancy Wiggum as the celebrity theme for the night. Enjoy Flaming Moes by Josh Lindley, bacon Timbits sponsored by artisanal bacon purveyor This Little Pig, and Wiggum videos. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Hearty and Healthy Italian: Learn how to create healthy Italian dishes by using simple substitutions for your favourite classic Italian recipes. Menu includes new age minestrone soup, vegan caesar salad, pesto pasta and anise-sesame biscotti. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Monday’s Dinner—Dustin Gallagher: The former Grace chef and Top Chef Canada competitor heads over to Chantecler to cook a special one-off meal based on Marco Pierre White’s seminal White Heat cookbook. Chantecler, 1320 Queen St. W., 416-628-3586. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 12 to 18

The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo kicks off on Thursday (Image: Courtesy Food and Wine Expo)

Monday, November 12

  • 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: Fourth annual Pickle Battle. Bring in your best professional or amateur brined cuke. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »

 

Tuesday, November 13

  • Mario Batali’s Fall Classics: Learn the basics for great Italian meals, like tomato and grilled zucchini stacks and Batali-inspired tomato sauce from scratch. The Chef Upstairs, 516 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-544-9221. Find out more »
  • From Wing to Tip: Chef Rodney Bowers presents new and exciting ways to prepare family-style chicken dishes using only the best local, organic chicken. He’ll also demonstrate how to make chicken stock and a quick fall soup—not to mention Shanghai chicken thigh lettuce tacos. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • GE Café Chef Series—Pasta Party With Fabio Bondi: A series of workshops connecting eaters to the unique terroir, chefs and food culture of southern Ontario. This week, chef Fabio Bondi of Local Kitchen and Wine Bar and Bar Salumi shares his knowledge and experience in pasta making and Italian cuisine. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. 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 9 to 15

The Fringe Festival will be reprising The Stop’s Night Market with its Power of Food Day on Wednesday (Image: Yves Freypons)

Monday, July 9

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Party like a Maritimer by enjoying shellfish provided by Confederation Cove Mussels and Rock Lobster Food Company. 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Five-Day Kids’ Summer Cooking Camp: A five-day camp that runs Monday to Friday, hosted by The Chef Upstairs. July 9 to July 13. 516 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-544-9221. Find out more »
  • Locavore Food Camp: A different 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 9 to July 13. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 2 to July 8

Farmer’s market season has arrived (Image: Kevin Ho)

Monday, July 2

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Check out a double bill at the at the Drake Lounge. First, a throw-down for the ultimate hangover cure: the Bloody Mary versus the Caesar. Second, a watermelon-eating contest. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: A 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 June 25 to July 1

On Wednesday, Le Dolci hosts a Mommy and Me cupcake class (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

Monday, June 25

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Cool down and enjoy a sundae bar with Boreal gelato. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Jamie Kennedy’s Local Food Movement Dinner: Enjoy an early summer menu accompanied and inspired by Niagara’s Pondview Estate Winery. This gastronomic series features hors d’oeuvres and a four-course meal of seasonal goodness. Gilead, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Candy-Making Seminar: Stephanie Duong of Keo Confiserie (who once worked at a three-star Michelin restaurant in France) instructs you in the delicate art of candy-making. Hosted by The Cookbook Store. Rosemill Kitchen Studio, 1 Yorkville Ave., 416-920-2665. 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 (Lupa, Teatro) for an all-encompassing pasta-making lesson that starts with dough and ends with sauce. Culinary Adventures Company, 201 Weston Rd., suite 101, 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • The Slice is Right: Chef Paula Bashford lets her class in on the secrets to making delicious summer pies. Those secrets will include different dough recipes and techniques and the mysteries of flavour pairings. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for June 18 to 24

(To Make a Farm plays Thursday at the Royal Cinema)

Monday, June 18

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Watch top chefs compete for the finest in sustainable ceviche at this annual battle. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Canadian Beer News Dinner Series: Amsterdam Brewery vs. Flat Rock Cellars. Beast restaurant hosts a four-course dinner with both beer and wine pairings. 96 Tecumseth St., 647-352-6000. Find out more »
  • Super Foods for Super Health Workshop: Join Marni Wasserman for a workshop about nutrient-rich foods and what they can do for your health. 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 »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for May 14 to 20

Chef Chris Brown prepares a five-course meal to support The Stop on Thursday (Image: Renée Suen from the Torontolife.com Flickr pool)

Monday, May 14

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Join Chuck Hughes for the launch of his new book, Garde Manger, and watch him bite into the battle of amateur cookie bakers. Ticketed event, with proceeds going to The Stop. 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 »
  • Raw Made Easy: Marni Wasserman teaches simple recipes to incorporate raw food into your diet. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. 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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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 16 to 22


Monday, April 16

  • Jamie Kennedy’s Local Food Movement Dinner: Kennedy partners with 13th Street Winery for a four-course meal with wine pairings. Gilead Bistro, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Austria Uncorked: Taste vintages from 30 producers from the wine regions of Austria. Trump Hotel, 325 Bay St., 416-967-3348. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Starting this week, Piola offers aperitivo italiano on Monday evenings, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »
  • Shellshocked: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves Canadian Premiere: The filmmaker and environmental experts discuss the importance of protecting North American waterways and oyster culture. Rodney’s Oyster House, 469 King St. W., 416-363-8105. Find out more »
  • 86’D: Ivy Knight hosts the launch of Culinary Adventure Co.’s 2012 season. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. 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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Thanks to Actual Water, The Burger’s Priest now has its very own hymn


The devotion of The Burger’s Priest fans can be so fanatical that it was only a matter of time before one of them composed a hymn to the almighty Queen East roadhouse (the devotion, of course, is by no means universal, judging by our commenters). Fucked Up guitar player Ben Cook tipped us off yesterday that local lo-fi punk rockers Actual Water had done just that with their seven-inch single “She’s a Priest,” which Cook produced. The chorus will resonate with anyone who’s waited half an hour for their freshly ground, loosely packed taste of heaven on a buttery bun: “Fry, fry baby / Every time you come you blow my mind / Fry, fry baby / Everybody’s just dyin’ to try / Everybody’s just waitin’ in line.” Incidentally, astute Dish readers will remember Cook from his on-camera turn in Fucked Up’s “Do You Feed,” which was a tribute to the bounty of Little India. We wonder what East End institution will be next. An elegy for Red Rocket, perhaps?

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VIDEO: Having a curry with Fucked Up in Little India

After watching the music video for Fucked Up’s “Do You Feed?” it’s hard to believe that more music videos aren’t shot in Little India. The clip features band members Ben Cook and Sandy Miranda traipsing around Gerrard Street East on a date, with stops at Bombay Chowpatty, B. J. Supermarket and Lahore Tikka House, where Miranda dances with the cook manning the tandoor after he makes her a naan. The song, a punk rock hymn of devotion to curry, comes from David’s Town, a companion to the band’s concept album David Comes to Life that compiles the music of 11 fictional bands from the titular David’s fictional town of Byrdesdale Spa (confused? Read this longer explanation from Pitchfork). Behind a faux-cockney sneer, Cook ends each chorus with a sweetly imploring request: “Do you want to have a curry with me?”

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After years of renovations, the Lahore Tikka House trailers are finally down

The demolished trailers as seen last week (Image: Gary Campbell)

Last week, diehard butter chicken fans in the east end were startled to discover that Lahore Tikka House’s beloved, albeit “hole in the wall,” trailers were being torn down. We caught up with the management to find out what had happened to one of our fave places in Little India.

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Gerrard Street East Guide: our nine favourite places along Little India’s main drag

The shop lights on Gerrard Street East stay on till nine—a late-night tradition that started out with the old Bollywood movie house that originally brought Indian merchants to the strip. Now sari shops, glowing neon signs for Kashmiri tea and sidewalk stands selling spiced corn on the cob keep the area filled with Pakistani Canadians from nearby Victoria Park, South Asian families in from the burbs, and residents from the slowly-but-surely gentrifying side streets. The retail bustle is creeping west of Jones, where several new businesses are revitalizing a dreary stretch of empty storefronts, noodle houses, laundro­mats and hair salons.

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