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Pop-Up Pick: Tori’s Bakeshop in the Beach hosts a surprisingly decadent vegan dinner party

(Images: Tori's Bakeshop/Facebook)

Some of the sweet and savoury creations available at Tori’s Bakeshop. (Images: Tori’s Bakeshop/Facebook)

Tori’s Bakeshop, the pretty little bakery in the Beach, makes great peanut-butter brownies, lemon tarts and grilled-vegetable sandwiches—all of which happen to be devoid of dairy, eggs and, for the most part, gluten as well. Last summer, owner Victoria Vaccher’s plans to open a wine bar in the same space met with opposition from a disgruntled neighbour, making it tricky to secure a liquor license. Things appear to have worked out, though, because next week the bakeshop will be celebrating its soon-to-commence evening activities with a pop-up vegan dinner party. Even skeptical carnivores may be impressed by the five-course menu, which doesn’t list a single sprouted veggie loaf or murky bean stew. Instead, diners can expect things like plum-cassis gazpacho with tarragon creme fraiche, roasted cipolini onion pie and blackened corn grits with pepita mole sauce, all prepped by chef Daniel Holloway of local caterer Urban Acorn. The meal costs $100 per person, with wine pairings, and there are just a few tickets left.

July 15. $100. 2188 Queen St. E., uniiverse.com

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Introducing: The Bickford Flexitarian, a new Harbord Street café that caters to raw foodists, vegans and vegetarians

Introducing: Bickford Flexitarian

Name: The Bickford Flexitarian
Neighbourhood: West Annex/Little Italy
Contact Info: 326 Harbord St., 416-535-7717, thebickfordflexitarian.com, @TheBickfordF
Owners: Kyle Debouvrie, Jessica Cain, Lena Ciarlariello and Gualtiero Cavaliere
Chefs:
Kyle Debouvrie and Jessica Cain

The Food: Baked goods, salads and sandwiches, including raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and sugar-free options, as well as meats like blackened chicken, roast beef and ham. A vegan BLT subs dehydrated eggplant for bacon (according to the raw food philosophy, dehydrating veggies preserves their nutrients).

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Belmonte Raw opens a second location inside 889 Yoga

Belmonte Raw

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In a new age dream, Belmonte Raw, the popular east-end raw food restaurant, has united with the posh Rosedale yoga studio so that the affluent and limber can get their stretch on and eat organic, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free food that’s never heated above 47 degrees Celsius in a single space. Try the camu camu smoothie after a sweaty vinyasa flow class. Transcendent and refreshing.

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Introducing: Grasslands, the trendy revamp of vegan stalwart Fressen

Introducing: Grasslands

Name: Grasslands
Neighbourhood: Queen West
Contact info: 478 Queen St. W., 416-504-5127, grasslands.to, @GrasslandsTO
Owner and chef: Stephen Gardner (Urban Herbivore, Fressen)

The food: Vegan dishes inspired by Northern Mediterranean cuisine, including several hold-overs from Fressen days.

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Introducing: Kupfert and Kim, a new takeout spot in the Path that’s both vegan and gluten-free

Introducing: Kupfert and Kim

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Kupfert and Kim is a bright new kiosk under First Canadian Place that’s been drawing long lineups of health-conscious (and novelty seeking) Bay Streeters since it opened earlier this month. Mark Kupfert developed the concept for the vegan and gluten-free stand with his friend and fellow ex-Montrealer Daniel Suss, a former lawyer who was dismayed at the lack of wholesome lunch options in the financial district (the “Kim” in the name comes from Suss’s wife Ji-Hae Kim, also a partner in the business).

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Fressen to relaunch with a new name and concept

Fressen’s announcement in December that it was closing for good elicited cries of dismay from its many fans, but it turns out owner Stephen Gardner is actually in the midst of launching a fresh concept in the same space—and yes, it’s vegan. Gardiner says his new restaurant—he hasn’t even decided on the name—is currently undergoing an extensive renovation that includes a more prominent bar with fully fleshed-out cocktail and wine lists. He’s also considering moving to upscale, tapas-style dining in the evenings with more casual lunch and brunch services. The opening date is tentatively set for early March.

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Vegan stalwart Fressen calls it quits

Queen West’s upscale vegan eatery Fressen announced on Facebook and Twitter that it will be closing its doors for good at the end of the month. Apart from the date, details are scarce—perhaps the space will be taken over by sister restaurant Urban Herbivore?—but come new year, regulars will have to swing by the likes of Fresh or Feel Good Guru for their animal product–free fix.

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Trend we Love: Philly cheese steak, spotted in low- and middlebrow incarnations

The traditional cheese steak from I Went to Philly, and OddSeoul’s Koreanized version

Those who’ve grown weary of sanctimonious locavorism will welcome the sudden ubiquity of the Philly cheese steak on Toronto menus. The greasy cafeteria staple, in its traditional incarnation, is an oozing mountain of sliced rib-eye, grilled vegetables, hot peppers and Cheez Whiz piled into a squishy bun. It arrives on red checked paper, sends a rivulet of dribbling cheese down your shirtfront and defiantly flaunts its lowbrow junk factor in the face of fresh-and-local ideals. Here are some of the traditional and revamped versions we’ve spotted on menus around the city of late:

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 19 to November 25

Joshna Maharaj hosts a screening of Tampopo at the Revue on Thursday

Monday November 19

  • 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: Warm up with a flight of boozy hot chocolates by resident bartenders Gord Hannah and Sandy De Almeida and a marshmallow sampler bar from The Sweet Escape. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Gourmet and Gluten-Free: Learn to prepare gluten-free meals with Marni Wasserman. The menu includes carrot-apple soup, brown-rice pesto pasta and saffron-laced quinoa. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Turkish Delight: Join chef Jenelle Regnier-Davis for an exploration of western Asian cuisine, a mash-up of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours. Highlights include grilled pine nut and dried-currant beef kofta, tomato-bulgur pilaf with fresh coriander and Turkish coffee custard. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »
  • Pasta Goodness: Paola Faiella leads a workshop on fresh pasta dishes, the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. The menu includes pappardelle with boar ragù and penne with asiago cheese and braised lamb shanks. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • The Dinner Party at the Great Hall: Alexandra Feswick hosts a dinner inspired by Judy Chicago’s legendary 1979 art installation, featuring an all-star lineup of female Toronto chefs making dishes dedicated to the women who inspire them. Serving the meal will be some of the city’s top male chefs. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W., 647-381-3401. Find out more »
  • From Scratch Cooking Workshop Series—Jamming with Manning Canning: This week, learn to make caramel-apple jam. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. Find out more »

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Introducing: Free People, the haute boho brand’s first international outpost

Free People opened on Yorkville Avenue in early August, already fully stocked with fall merchandise, but it’s only now that the weather is cooling that we’re ready to contemplate the chunky cardigans and vegan leather jackets on offer. The company’s first stand-alone store outside the U.S. is located in the former home of Salon Daniel in Yorkville, a space the company chose for its eclectic, cozy vibe (since amplified with new homespun decor). A lower-level space in the same building now houses the brand’s first attached lingerie shop—which we suppose makes sense, since many of the sheer and crocheted pieces upstairs look best worn with colourful underthings or lacy slips.

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The Weekender: TIFF, Lewis Black and five other events on our to-do list

Lauryn Hill performs at the ONEXONE fundraiser on Saturday (Image: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images Entertainment)

1. LEWIS BLACK: RUNNING ON EMPTY
If Lewis Black comes across as a shouting man more than a funny man, that’s because there just seems to be so much to shout about—and never more so than in a U.S. presidential election year, when sanity tends to leap out the window. Hence his latest show, Running on Empty, in which Black brings his signature curmudgeonly exasperation to bear on Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers and a host of other groups that make him sick. The Daily Show regular says he enjoys playing to Canadian audiences, since they don’t arrive at the theatre with the built-in Democrat or Republican bias his U.S. audiences have, so perhaps the anger will be toned down a half per cent or so at his Massey Hall engagement. September 7. $35.50-$55.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., 416-872-4255, masseyhall.com

2. TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Toronto’s biggest, shiniest week-and-a-half-long party kicks off tomorrow with the world premiere of the confusing time-travel thriller Looper, and doesn’t let up until the end of next week at the earliest. Film buffs have already filled out their ticket packages, but for the less organized, there are still plenty of single tickets available for the less celeb-strewn screenings (check out our guide to this year’s 50 buzziest flicks for tips). Gawkers and (celeb) stalkers of all stripes will be on the scene, and party crashers will be practising their smoothest bouncer-buttering-up all weekend long. Keep a browser tab open to tiff.to for full coverage of the insanity. September 6 to 16. Various locations, 416-599-8433, tiff.net

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Best of the City 2012: six of Toronto’s best sweet things, from vegan brownies to fior di latte gelato

Best of the City: sweet things

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Introducing: Moo Milk Bar, the Beach’s new spot for milk and cookies

Introducing: Moo Milk Bar

(Image: Susan Keefe)

There are few ills in this world that can’t be ameliorated with a crisp, chewy cookie and a cold glass of milk. The Beach’s newest bakery, Moo Milk Bar (no relation to Momofuku Milk Bar), is hoping to capitalize on the widespread love of the classic dessert combo. Helmed by New York native Danielle Oron, the milk and cookie joint opened its doors earlier this month, and has been enjoying an enviable amount of foot traffic ever since.

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Free vegan eats tomorrow at Yonge-Dundas Square

Tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m., Yonge-Dundas Square will play host to what is being billed as North America’s largest plant-based eating experience. At 10,000 Tastes, 10 Billion Reasons, vegan retailers will dole out 10,000 samples of their products. Attendees include Silk (offering almond, soy and coconut milks), Earth Balance (vegan butter), Daiya (dairy-free cheese), Yoso (gourmet soy spreads), Silver Hills (sprouted breads), Sunrise (tofu and soy products), Sun Warrior (protein powder) and Toronto’s New Moon Kitchen (baked goods)—although we’re told the big draw is the Oprah-backed Gardein veggie burgers (and the Simply Natural condiments to top them). Organizer Shannon Kornelsen tells us that one of the festival’s aims is to bust the myth that being vegan means being skinny or weak—former Montreal Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque, The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 winner James “Lightning” Wilks and triathlete, firefighter and author Rip Esselstyn will be in attendance as living proof that plant-based dieters can still be healthy (and buff). Our interest is piqued, but for the truly, unwaveringly meat-inclined, this announcement also doubles as a heads-up to sidestep Yonge-Dundas Square tomorrow (you’re welcome). [h/t The Grid]

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Introducing: Feel Good Guru, a new vegan joint with its own green wall (and urban cultivator!)

Attention professional vegans and vegans-in-training: Feel Good Guru, a veg-friendly eatery, has just joined the well-trafficked strip across the street from Trinity Bellwoods. The shop is the brainchild of Moira Nordholt, who developed her business in her loft apartment but has since outgrown her at-home operation. 

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