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Archive for February, 2013

Daniel Boulud Shares His Oscar Night Menu Plus Tips For Home Cooks

The big winners at the 2013 Academy Awards have been revealedThe Oscars may be over, but we have some great food ideas for your next shindig from celebrity chef Daniel Boulud who hosted the official Academy Awards Oscar party in New York City. For those not able to make it to the awards in Los Angeles, Chef Daniel’s Upper East Side restaurant Daniel NYC, featured menu items inspired by the nominated films.

Hors d’oeuvres
“No” (Chile) – Bay Scallop Ceviche with Avocado, Cilantro & Pickled Red Onion
“Life of Pi” (American movie about an Indian boy stranded in the ocean with a tiger) – Tiger Shrimp Samosa with Tandori and Hearts of Palm
“Kon-Tiki” (Norway but movie is about Polynesia) – Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple and Papeete BBQ Sauce
“Amour” (Austrian movie in French) – Pomme d’Amour – Duck and Apple with Cranberry Gelée
“Royal Affair” (Denmark movie about young queen falling in love with her physician) – Smoked Sturgeon with Caraway Potato, Aquavit Gelée, Caviar Crème Fraiche
“Les Miserables” (American Movie about the famous novel) – Pain Surprise de Jean Valjean

Three Course Menu

Trio of Scottish Salmon
Poached with Finger Lime and Mint
Tartare with Meyer Lemon and Sansho Pepper Tuile Hot Smoked with Celery Remoulade
Mesclun Salad with Aged Balsamic 

Duo of Beef
Braised Black Angus Short Ribs, Wild Mushrooms Fricassée with Horseradish
Seared Wagyu Tenderloin, Rutabaga-Mace Purée, Glazed Chestnuts

Milk Chocolate Crisp
Manjari Parfait, Hazelnut Chantilly, Meyer Lemon Sorbet

Chocolates, Madeleines and Petits Fours

Chef Daniel shares with Foodea his recipe for Marinated Lamb Chops with Two Sauces. Serve it for any special occasion, or even next year at your Oscar party!

What was on your Oscar night menu?

Photo Credit: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.

February 25, 2013 | By | Reply More

Death Row Meals Olde Hunters’ Feast Menu Released

The top secret menu for the 3rd annual Olde Hunters Feast from Death Row Meals has been released. The event will be held at Luma at the TIFF Lightbox on Sunday, February 24th at 6pm.

Based around water buffalo, the elaborate six course menu will feature plates from Jason Bangerter from LumaTrish Gill from The Great HallScott Vivian from BeastNick Benninger from Uptown21 in WaterlooTom Davis from The Stockyards, and Rossy Earle from SupiCucu. Wines from Chateau Des CharmesRosehall Run, Lailey Vineyard, and Pillitteri Estates will be paired with each course.

Olde Hunters Feast, Sunday, February 24th at 6:00 PM, $95 per ticket. Limited tickets still available. Purchase here.

For more information on future Death Row Meal events, follow Joel Solish (@foodie411) or visit his upcoming events page on Uniiverse.

February 20, 2013 | By | Reply More

Slurp Noodlefest Brings the Heat to Toronto

On Sunday March 3rd some of Toronto’s best and brightest chefs will converge on The Great Hall for SLURP Noodlefest. They’ll be delivering their unique culinary spin on pho, ramen, and other popular noodle dishes, as well as offering a wide array of globally-inspired streetfood snacks.

Featured Chefs Include:

SLURP Noodlefest will also feature some of the best in local brewing and distilling from the likes of Amsterdam Brewery, Tromba Tequila, and Dillion’s Distillery.

Tickets are $10 and are now available at

February 14, 2013 | By | Reply More

Food on Film Subscription Series Returns to TIFF Bell Lightbox

February 13, 2013. Claire Stubbs (food stylist) on I Am Love (2009), Photo Credit: TIFF Film Reference Library

On February 13, TIFF Bell Lightbox launches its subscription series Food on Film, offering food-lovers an interactive platform to connect their culinary love with great cinema. The second season of Food on Film series brings together chefs, food experts and film lovers to enjoy the best of culinary cinema and conversation. Each month series host Annabelle Waugh, Food Director of Canadian Living magazine, will welcome a celebrated guest from the culinary world to discuss the intersections of cinema, culture and gastronomy. The first 100 subscribers to Food on Film will receive a six-month subscription to Canadian Living. Food on Film screenings will take place Wednesdays (see below for dates) at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Chef Jason Bangerter (of Luma restaurant in TIFF Bell Lightbox) will be carrying on the Luma tradition of a food/wine/treat pairing for the TIFF Food on Film series. This year, Chef Bangerter will be creating his own culinary interpretations inspired by the films in the series, offering these creations for purchase exclusively at Luma.

Guests and films include:

A subscription to the series is available for $153 for TIFF Members or $180 for non-members (includes tax). To purchase a subscription, visit

Food on Film. Wednesdays (see dates above) at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Follow TIFF Food on Film on Facebook and Twitter (#FoodOnFilm).

February 12, 2013 | By | Reply More

Cupcakes Brings Their Popular Retro Style Bakery To Toronto

Cupcakes, the popular Vancouver-based retail bakery, has opened up shop in Toronto with a new location in Leaside. Cupcakes Leaside specializes in whimsical cupcakes, cakes and other nostalgic baked goods made fresh daily. Co-founded by best friends Heather White and Lori Joyce (The Cupcake Girls) in 2002, Cupcakes now has 60 employees and seven bakeries to date. Cupcakes bakes their products from scratch and use preservative-free, basic ingredients, offering customers fresh batches of yummy goodness daily. They also offer scrumptious retro cakes and cupcakes for weddings, birthdays, special events, or just to indulge.

Cupcakes Leaside is now open just in time for Valentines’ Day. To celebrate, they have some great Valentine’ Day specials (left to right)!

The Love Bug, vanilla red velvet layered cake topped with a cinnamon cream cheese and a cinnamon heart.

Feelin’ Razzy, raspberry filled chocolate cake topped with raspberry buttercream a dollop of raspberry and white round sprinkles.

Red Velvet Brownie, red velvet batter brownie topped with a dollop of cream cheese frosting

Also available is a Heart Cake, a special mini-cake that is available for $15 in stores.

Visit Cupcakes Leaside, 85 Laird Drive, Unit 4A, Toronto, Ontario M4G 3T7. Order via phone: 416-287-2253. Follow them on Twitter @cupcakesleaside and Facebook.

Watch The Cupcake Girls Wednesdays at 8:00 ET/PT on W Network.

February 11, 2013 | By | Reply More