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Death Row Meals Olde Hunters Feast and Uncorked with Dillon’s Distillers

Another banner event from Death Row Meals is coming up, the 3rd annual Olde Hunters Feast. The event will be held at Luma at the TIFF Lightbox on Sunday, February 24th at 6pm. Attendees will be treated to a canapé reception (and the chefs have promised some serious treats here, not for the faint of heart) and 6 course tasting menu featuring Water Buffalo.

There are 6 great chefs returning to the kitchen. Jason Bangerter from Luma, Trish Gill from Spin, Scott Vivian from Beast, Nick Benninger from Uptown21 in Waterloo, Tom Davis from The Stockyards, and Rossy Earle from SupiCucu. We have been sworn to secrecy on all of the menu details, but know this, no part of the animal will go to waste! Delicious wines will also be paired with each course.

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

Death Row Meals is also hosting Uncorked with Dillon’s Distillers on Thursday, February 28th at 7pm. An intimate tasting with Geoff Dillon, the Distiller at the brand new Dillon’s Distillery in Beamsville, this is the first public tasting of the Dillon’s Vodka, Gin, and White Rye. These spirits are not available anywhere other than at the distillery or at this tasting (until this spring), so you wont want to miss out. Geoff will be talking about Dillon’s, what they do, why they do it, and how they do it.

This is an opportunity to connect with a hot new Ontario spirits brand. The event is being hosted at Lil’ Baci Taverna, which is quickly becoming a midtown institution. There will be some nibbles and a lot of cocktails. You are encouraged to show up early, or stay late, and enjoy the rest of the food.

Uncorked with Dillon’s Distillers, Thursday, February 28th at 7:00 PM, $35 per ticket. Purchase tickets here.

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

February 11, 2013 | By | Reply More

Valentine’s Day Food and Drink Ideas

Looking for something sure to impress, try this molten chocolate lava cake recipe! It only takes a few minutes to make, and will definitely make a great impression. Here are some more recipes, videos and tips to help you enjoy your food as much as the day itself!

Recipe Ideas

Looking for more romantic Valentine’s food ideas? Try making a Steak au Poivre, or Seafood Paella. How about making some homemade pasta, our favourite is Lidia Bastianich’s recipe. Still hungry? The Food NetworkEpicurious, and All Recipes also have great guides to Valentine’s Day eats.

Drink Ideas

Looking for more drink options? Pair your special meal with Love Cassis Aperitvio from Sandbanks Winery presents. Love is a blend of white wine and organic Canadian cassis and is available from LCBO Vintages. For something extra special, create your own molecular cocktail using our Molecular Mixology Kit. The MOLECULE-R Cocktail R-Évolution Molecular Mixology Kit includes everything you need to create original drinks with caviar beads that burst in the mouth, light airs and gelified alcohols.

February 8, 2013 | By | Reply More

Sandbanks Winery – Love Cassis Aperitivo

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s day gift? Sandbanks Winery presents Love Cassis Aperitvio. Love is a blend of white wine and organic Canadian cassis (black currant syrup) sourced from the beautiful Île d’Orléans. A wine to fulfil body and soul; love demands total surrender, so embrace the moment. Good alone, better with company. Love is now available from LCBO Vintages, priced at $14.95 (375mL).

Enter the #LoveShots contest! Take a picture of you and your loved one enjoying Love. Tweet/Facebook/Instagram the photo with the hashtag #LoveShots and you’ll automatically be entered to win a romantic trip to Prince Edward County including a night in a local B&B, dinner at a restaurant and a tasting at the winery.

We attended the launch of LOVE earlier this week at the Summerhill LCBO in Toronto. Rossy Earle of Supi CuCu catered the event with some delicious eats. Left to right: yuca fries with diablos fuego ketchup. Shrimp ajillo with sofrito onions and garlic savoy cabbage. Corn cups with homemade chorizo and asiago cheese. Crostini of roasted pork with diablas kiss and candied smoked pineapple.

For more information on Love follow @sandbankswinery or visit their website

February 2, 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

Oxala Celebrates First Birthday with “Art y Tacos”

Mexican-Portuguese pop-up restaurant, Oxala is celebrating its first birthday with “Art y Tacos” on Friday, November 16 from 7:00 p.m. at La Revolución restaurant in the Junction.

Inspired by Mexican street festivals, the event brings together food, live music and street art. Toronto-based artists, Natalie Meyers and El Kardenal Verde, will show in the restaurant’s front room, while the back room will feature local artists such as Angel76, PUA69, Hunch and Cop; as well as international street artists Slurg (Germany), ChrisRWK (NYC), mrSAY (Portland), and more.

The Oxala team will provide their signature menu of tacos, vegetarian tamales, ceviche shooters, and cocktails. A complimentary tres leches birthday cake will be served before the post-dinner party.

“Oxala is all about food, art and music and community, so we’re excited to share our birthday celebration our family, friends and fans. None of this would be possible without their support. The event is extra special because we’ll also be celebrating the second anniversary of our friends at La Revolución.” said Oxala’s front-man, Andrew Assunção.

Event Details

Friday, November 16, 2012 (19+ only)
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Dinner 7:00-10:00 p.m., 
Cake and party 10:00 p.m-late.
La Revolución, 2848 Dundas St West.

Follow @comidaoxala on Twitter.

November 2, 2012 | By | Reply More