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Grocery store, deli, coffee house and gelato spot Senisi Fine Foods opens on College Street

Grocery store, deli, coffee house and gelato spot Senisi Fine Foods opens on College Street

Senisi Fine Foods is inspired by Latin America’s bodegas: small neighbourhood stores that carry a little bit of everything. The owner Joseph Senisi opened the tiny shop across the street from The Common on the west end of College after his Kensington Market restaurant The Bellevue shuttered earlier this year. At Senisi, he sells sandwiches, salads, soups, espresso drinks and gelato from Boreal Gelato in Parkdale, as well as gourmet groceries, like bread from St. John’s Bakery and artisanal preserves and jams. [Post City]

Senisi Fine Foods, 1080 College St. W., 416-875-1996

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 20 to 26

Foodies on Foot leads a culinary tour of Roncesvalles on Saturday (Image: Danielle Scott from the Torontolife.com Flickr pool)

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 and Monforte Dairy. A flight of cocktails showcasing Stratford mixologists will also be available. 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 Lunch Pick: The Lox and Guac from The Bellevue’s new lunch menu

(Image: Renée Suen)

The Bellevue provides a rare midday patio escape that’s not jam-packed by 12:05. Tucked in a quiet corner in Kensington Market, the quaint restaurant just launched its lunch service less than a month ago, and serves a small but tight menu with plates like fish tacos and an all-day breakfast.

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The Bellevue’s Monday night dinner series returns with a new name, @TheBellevue

Steve Gonzalez having a little fun at the Bellevue’s pass (Image: Renée Suen)

At The Bellevue in Kensington Market, the warmer weather signals the return of Monday dinners, a series of biweekly, under-the-radar meals launched last summer by the (then) relatively unknown team of Jonathan Poon and Jacob Wharton-Shukster, who went on to open Parkdale’s Chantecler. At these nights, Poon would collaborate with a number of Toronto-based guest chefs—like Brandon Olsen (The Black Hoof) and Dustin Gallagher (ex-Grace)—while Wharton-Shukster managed the front-of-house duties. This summer, Chris Dardarian, The Bellevue’s co-owner, will be bringing in various kitchen-less Toronto chefs and offering them the chance to cook for the public in a series he’s calling @TheBellevue.

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