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Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium: Battle One is Coming!


Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium (AKS) is a celebration of Toronto’s vibrant food culture that brings together the city’s hottest restaurant, food truck and pop-up vendor chefs to raise money for local food initiative, My Food My Way. My Food My Way is a youth nutrition education program that aims to engage youth in food and nutrition in a way that makes sense to them. Rather than distributing nutrition facts or telling students what they should eat, MFMW seeks to empower them using hands-on learning, and collaborative education to make healthy choices for themselves.

AKS combines the model of the casual pop-up party with the diner interaction and entertainment quality of an action-packed cooking competition.

This is how it’s all going to go down:

At each event, there’s a secret ingredient chosen that will be revealed when you show up to the event.

Four Toronto culinary superstars will each prepare two dishes that showcase the chosen ingredient, and you will have the chance to purchase whatever your heart desires for $6 per item.  Delicious beer, wine and cocktails will also be available throughout the duration of the event for $6.

Approximately 2/3 of the way through the event, chefs will be invited one at a time to present their dishes to our panel of celebrity judges on the stadium stage. The judges will provide appropriate commentary and evaluate the dishes on taste, presentation, and originality.

Meanwhile, all of this action will be filmed and projected live onto a large screen for guests to watch, between which DJ Michael Anthony will be pumping out the tunes for your entertainment. There will also be food product gift baskets being raffled off so you could go home with a full belly AND a basket!

After each of the three consecutive battles, a winning chef will be selected to move onto the championship battle taking place at the Delicious Food Show on the Food Network celebrity stage. The final “wild card” competitor for the championship battle will be selected by YOU via an online poll.



  • Matt Basile of Lisa Marie (NEW) & Fidel Gastros
  • Matt Pettit of Rock Lobster Co.
  • Rocco Agostino of Enoteca Sociale & Pizzeria Libretto
  • Bruce Woods of Woods Restaurant (NEW)


  • James Cunningham (Eat St)
  • Bruce Croxon (Dragon’s Den)
  • Jordan Hastings (Alexisonfire Drummer, Co-Founder Dine Alone Foods)
  • Peter Neal (Neal Brothers Owner)

BATTLE ONE Secret Ingredient:

Um… it’s a secret? But for those with food restrictions, please know the ingredient itself is vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free (the prepared dishes, however, may or may not be).

BATTLE ONE details:

May 26th 12-4pm
MOD Club 722 College St W

$10 tickets online. $15 at the door, pending availability (there is NO guarantee of door sales). More information can be found on the facebook event page.

A portion of all ticket profits & food sales will be donated to My Food My Way.

Tickets are available now via Uniiverse.

May 13, 2013 | By | Reply More

Death Row Meals Taco Throwdown II

This past Sunday we attended the second annual Death Row Meals Taco Throwdown, hosted by Joel Solish (aka @foodie411).  The event took place at the newly opened Rock Lobster Food Co. on Ossington. Competing chefs included Matt Pettit of Rock Lobster, Rossy Earle of Supi CuCu, Shontelle Pinch of Gourmet Bitches, Andres Marquez of Fonda Lola, Adam Hynam-Smith of El Gastronomo Vagabundo, and Matt Basile of Fidel Gastros. The battle was fierce as all the chefs brought their A game in search of the taco title. Tacos were presented in a blind tasting manner, so that the competing chefs remained anonymous. Each taco was paired with a special drink chosen by beverage expert Allison Slute. Attendees were invited to vote on their favourite tacos grading taste, originality, appearance and a special bonus mark.

The first tacos presented were the taco de tasajo by Rossy Earle of Supi CuCu and the Tacozuna by Matt Basile of Fidel Gastros. Tacos de Tasajo (above left) en Sofrito with refried beans, avocado and cream de queso fresco. The Tacozuna (above right) has tempura fried chicken and bahn mi slaw taco with wasabi aioli and hoisin sauce. Tacos de Tasajo was paired with beer from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, while the Tacozuna was paired with a Vineland Riesling.

Next up was the late night lamb sandwich by Adam Hynam-Smith of El Gastronomo Vagabundo followed by the Dr. Seuss from host Matt Pettit of Rock Lobster. The late night lamb sandwich (below left) braised lamb shank, garlic labne, chili mint relish, fried rosemary, iceberg, tomato seeds and was pair with a Vineland Cabernet Franc. The Dr. Seuss (below right) consisted of green eggs and piggy taco with fresh made corn tortilla, scrambled duck egg, spinach and roasted shallots, crispy maple pork belly, hollandaise and micro greens. The Dr. Seuss was paired with a tequila sunrise-like cocktail featuring Tequila Tromba.

The final tacos of the day were the Tacos al Pastor by Andres Marquez of Fonda Lola, paired with a rum and coke featuring Sailor Jerry rum and the mystery machine (which turned out to be duck) by Shontelle Pinch of Gourmet Bitches. The mystery machine was paired with a Forty Creek Whisky cocktail.

After all the cards were collected and the votes were tabulated, the Taco Throwdown Champ was the TacoZuna by Matt Basile of Fidel Gastros. Congratulations Matt! Ole! For more information on future Death Row Meal events, follow Joel Solish (@foodie411) or visit his upcoming events page on Uniiverse. We can’t wait for the next Death Row Meal!

January 28, 2013 | By | Reply More

Super Bowl XLVII – Game Day Recipe Ideas

On February 3rd, 2013 The Baltimore Ravens and The San Francisco 49ers will face off to play Super Bowl XLVII. The 47th instalment of the Super Bowl will be held at the Mercedes Benz SuperDome in New Orleans. If you happened to catch the NFC and AFC championship games, you would know there are is a ton of buzz surrounding this game. It will be the first Super Bowl pitting head coaching brothers, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh. This is also the final chance for Ray Lewis to win his 2nd Superbowl ring, since he announced this will be his last year in the league. It’s Joe Flaccos (of the Ravens) chance to rise up to elite QB status, as he faces the 2nd year QB Colin Kaepernick (of the 49ers) who has routinely lead his team from deficits to comeback and win each game needed to reach the Super Bowl.

Whether you are a fan of the game or not, everyone is a fan of the food surrounding the big game day. Aarti Sequeira, the winner of Food Network Star season six, and the host of the Cooking Channel‘s new original series Taste In Translationshares some of her favorite Super Bowl game day recipe ideas with

Aarti’s recipe for Pomegranate, Sriracha and Mint Chicken Wings is a perfect Super Bowl treat. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious, and still exotic enough to satisfy carnivorous foodies! Here are some more of Aarti’s game day recipe ideas!

Looking for something simple, try this guacamole recipe! It only takes a few minutes to make, and goes great on top of fajitas or just serve on its own with tortilla chips. Here are some more recipes, videos and tips to help you enjoy your food as much as the game itself!

Looking to throw a super bowl party? We have you covered (More Party Tips)! Make sure to abide by Super Bowl Party Etiquette. Looking for more food ideas? Try making a Game Day Bacon Cheeseburger, Green Bay Cheesesteak, Hawaiian Garlic Chicken, Football Finger Foods / Tailgate Finger Foods and Super Bowl Food. Still hungry? The Food Network, Epicurious, and All Recipes also have great guides to Super Bowl eats.

Besides the hype and all those Super Bowl commercials, what are you most looking forward to about the big game? What will you be munching on as you sit back and enjoy the game?

The 47th Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 3, 2013. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 EST on CBS.

Aarti Sequeira’s Taste In Translation airs on the Cooking Channel Friday nights at at 9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT. On Taste In Translation, Aarti explores the most popular dishes from around the world as well as the history and cultural significance behind every bite. Each country has its own unique and delicious way to celebrate a holiday, commemorate a special moment, or even satisfy a ravenous craving. From the number one comfort food in America to the most popular first date dinner in Thailand, Aarti not only tastes her way from dish to dish but also discovers how they became iconic from both local cooks and culinary experts.

Watch Taste In Translation on the Cooking Channel Friday nights at at 9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT.

Image Credit: Mark A. Hathaway, Flickr

January 23, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

Fresh Guacamole by PES

Director PES follows up his stop-motion hit Western Spaghetti (2008) with Fresh Guacamole (2012). The film premiered in March 2012 as part of Showtime’s “Short Stories” series.

Fresh Guacamole features an unseen cook using a series of unusual ingredients to prepare a bowl of guacamole. Some of the objects used as “ingredients” include grenades, a baseball, dice, x-mas bulbs, a miniature golf ball, and poker chips. The hand’s in the video also belong to PES, the filmmaker.

PES spoke with One Point Four magazine to give a deeper insight into his creative process:

I had the core idea of a grenade as an avocado. Even though this type of grenade is referred to as a “Pineapple Grenade” I’ve always thought they looked more like avocados. I built the film around this idea, filling in the blanks and ingredients around it.

One of the things that helped in making Fresh Guacamole smooth is that in real life I am a decent cook. I know how to handle a knife and can draw on this knowledge in breaking it down into a still image sequence. Animating your own body like this requires a balance of math and art. I make a quick computation in my head about how many frames I need to make something look the way I want it to, then intuition has to kick in and I have to trust my instincts while animating. I definitely have to enter a zone.

This short was just nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards (2013). Tune in to the Oscars on Feb. 24, 2013 to see if it wins!

[via Youtube & One Point Four]


January 11, 2013 | By | Reply More

Beertone is a Pantone Colour Chart for Beer

Beertone combines a love for beer with beautiful design, resulting in a fun and useful colour coded resource similar to a Pantone colour chart. Created by a two man team in Switzerland, the first volume features over 200 beers from Switzerland. Future instalments will focus on beer from Germany (Jan 2013) and Brazil (May 2013). They’re also accepting suggestions for future guides on their Facebook page.

The guides are structured so that they start with the lightest, and end with the darkest.

Each Beer will be presented with picture, description and of course its color Information, RGB, CMYK, Web, SRM (the beer color scale). We are shooting each beer, bottle and the beer itself in a glass.

Each page features The Beertone X-Ray; showcasing the bottle, alcohol volume, brewery, colour information and more!

Here’s an example of what the guide looks like:

Beertone retails for $39 US, special editions including Beertone branded glassware are also available. Pre-order from

[via Gizmodo & Foodiggity]

January 10, 2013 | By | Reply More