The Chef Upstairs

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

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… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 12 to 18 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 12 to 18

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… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for October 29 to November 4 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for October 29 to November 4

Monday October 29 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: Sample Muskoka Harvest Ale while you carve up a pumpkin for the… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for October 22 to 28 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for October 22 to 28

Monday October 22 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: This week, celebrate with the chefs from Soupstock, and enjoy a tasty… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for October 1 to 7 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for October 1 to 7

Monday, October 1 86’D With Ivy Knight: This week, a “twisted foodie adventure” with Rodney Dangerfood, plus reinvention of the cosmo by GwaiLo cocktail queen Christina Kuypers. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more » Monday Night Dinners at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar: Every Monday night, Local Kitchen serves up a $40 prix… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for September 17 to 23 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for September 17 to 23

Monday, September 17 86’D With Ivy Knight: Eat, swap and buy preserved goods, and learn about home preserving from Sarah B. Hood, author of Sure We Can, who will be available to answer all your canning questions. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more » Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly aperitivo… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 9 to 15 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 9 to 15

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.,… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for June 11 to 17 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for June 11 to 17

Monday, June 11 86’D: Join Ivy Knight for the Blue Ribbon Pie–eating contest. Wash the pies down with boozy lemonade from guest bartenders with The Order of Good Cheer. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more » Sensational Summer Recipes: Marni Wasserman demonstrates recipes for a summer menu perfect for outdoor dining. Marni’s Kitchen,… Read more »

Introducing: Leslieville Pumps, Toronto’s only barbecue joint that’s also a ... Introducing: Leslieville Pumps, Toronto’s only barbecue joint that’s also a gas station

Bringing something novel to jaded Torontonians is a pretty tall order. By the looks of it, though, that’s just what brothers Greg and Judson Flom have done with Leslieville Pumps, an east-end establishment that blurs the lines between independent gas station, general store and, yes, barbecue sandwich shop. Says Greg, “We really wanted to create… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for May 14 to 20 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for May 14 to 20

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… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 30 to May 6 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 30 to May 6

Monday, April 30 Cocina Mexicana: A hands-on lesson in authentic Mexican cooking, just in time to hone your skills for Cinco de Mayo. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. 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…. Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 16 to 22 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 »… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for March 12 to 18 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for March 12 to 18

Monday, March 12 Society for American Wines: Cabernet blends formal tasting. University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St., 416-978-6325. Find out more » 86’D: Join Ivy Knight for the premiere of Top Chef Canada 2012. With special guest chef Todd Perrin from season one. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more… Read more »

Cooking classes: the gift that gives back to the gifter Cooking classes: the gift that gives back to the gifter

Unsurprisingly, cooking class registration increases in the weeks after Christmas, as wannabe chefs redeem gifts of culinary education. Those shopping around for just the right present will find options for any taste and talent level, with seminars on everything from making chocolate to tasting cheese or learning how to fry an Indian dosa. For romance,… Read more »