Elle M’a Dit is offering a $17 lunch and $24 dinner prix fixe (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)
One-hundred-and-eighty-one restaurant kitchens across the city are in full onslaught mode with Summerlicious now in day six—but of course, not everyone is on board with the annual foodie festival. Criticisms lobbed at the popular city-wide fête include hurried guests and hastily thrown together food as restaurants work overtime to deal with the influx of low-tipping and no-showing diners. This year, as inpastyears, a handful of restaurants have taken matters into their own hands, crafting rogue prix fixe menus outside the parameters of the official program.
Want to learn how to make mustard like this? Head to the Brick Works on Thursday (Image: Danielle Scott)
Monday, March 19
86’D: Join Ivy Knight for the bread-and-butter battle. Watch contestants from Brockton General, The Gabardine, Bread Bar and more show off their kneading and churning skills.The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
Order of Good Cheer Dinner at Gilead Bistro: A four-course menu prepared by Jamie Kennedy paired with wines from Prince Edward County’s By Chadsey’s Cairns winery. Gilead Bistro, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680.Find out more »
Tastes of Tomorrow: George Brown Chef School hosts a molecular gastronomy demonstration with Chef John Placko. 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 »
Few subjects are as divisive among Toronto diners and industry people as the merits of Summer- and Winterlicious. While the biannual culinary event may help restaurants fill empty tables during an otherwise slow season, as we’ve explored before, participation in the city-run festival can have its limitations (dining rooms filled with stingy tippers, owners bound by the city’s rules). As in previous years, a number of restaurants have decided to strike out on their own with prix fixe specials.