By Emily Landau | Photographs by Emma McIntyre 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… Read more »
For a few short weeks every year, farmers’ markets are flush with obscure fruits and vegetables you’ll rarely see in grocery stores. We asked the city’s most fanatical locavore chefs for their favourite finds and dead-simple prep tips.
A doughnut shop, a Junction farmhouse and Claudio Aprile’s Origin story Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken 913 Queen St. E., 647-748-1177 Fried chicken and doughnuts, the ultimate savoury-sweet-trashy combo, have come to Leslieville courtesy of siblings Devin and Luke Connell and chef Graham Bower, the team behind the midtown lunch stop Delica. The tiny takeout… Read more »
Monday, August 20 Dinner at the Bellevue: Chef Robbie Hojilla, formerly of Woodlot and Ursa, cooks a five-course, modern Filipino–inspired feast. $35. The Bellevue, 61A Bellevue Ave., 647-340-8224. Find out more » 86’D With Ivy Knight: A preview of Savour Stratford, with complimentary samples from Château des Charmes, Mill St. Brewery, Mercer Hall, Rene’s Bistro… Read more »
A raw seafood bar, a serious locavore bistro and Filipino fusion downtown Hoof Raw Bar ½ 926 Dundas St. W., 647-346-9356 Jen Agg, the owner of the legendary hearts-and-tongues hot spot The Black Hoof, has opened up a seafood restaurant next door on Dundas West. She brings to her new place the same meticulousness that… Read more »
The St. Lawrence Market is having a moment: not only did celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain recently stop by to film a segment for The Layover, but CNN Travel also included the market in its roundup of the world’s 10 best fresh markets. It’s always nice to see the Toronto landmark back in the spotlight (in 2009… Read more »
Monday, July 16 86’D With Ivy Knight: Join scotch makers Bowmore and Oyster Boy and the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association for the Oyster of Good Cheer, with top bartenders showcasing their Bowmore cocktails alongside freshly shucked oysters. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more » Thirsty and Miserable: A Beer Class: Join certified… Read more »
After more than 50 years of purveying pork and selling salami, Kensington Market institution European Quality Meats and Sausages will close on April 7. Larry Leider, son of septuagenarian founder Morris Leider, told the Toronto Star that both rising property values and the shift towards locavore meat sellers prompted the family to consider selling up…. Read more »
Back in May, we reported that Jamie Kennedy was lending his expertise (and perhaps more importantly, his name) to a fine dining restaurant on the 14th floor of the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, to be called Jamie Kennedy on the Falls. The restaurant is now set to open sometime in the next month, under… Read more »
By Signe Langford | Photographs by Kevin Hewitt On November 30, councillors Joe Mihevc and Mary-Margaret McMahon took on the considerable challenge of trying to overturn nearly three decades of city hall opposition to backyard hens. They didn’t quite succeed. (Their motion to study the issue was referred to the municipal licensing and standards committee… Read more »
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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… Read more »
New Ontario vintners are planting vines in unlikely places and making wine that will warm your indie-loving locavore heart. By David Lawrason (Illustration: Jack Dylan) In the last five or so years, vineyards have popped up off the beaten track of Ontario’s wine circuit—in Norfolk County (Port Dover), Grey County (Collingwood) and the south of… Read more »
Being a locavore doesn’t come cheap. While buying in bulk can help, not everyone has a minivan and a deep-freeze big enough for a side of beef. The solution? Meat boxes, delivered monthly from the farm.
Remember that that chef in New York who made cheese out of his wife’s breast milk? Well, now a London store owner has also taken it upon himself to make ice cream out of human dairy. Matt O’Connor, owner of Icecreamists, wants customers to think of this breast milk ice cream as an organic, free-range… Read more »