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Hacking the Food Industry Promo Week

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Are you a budding food entrepreneur looking to start your own pop up, food truck or restaurant? Matt Basile, Creator of food concept Fidel Gastro’s and restaurant Lisa Marie, and Hassel Aviles, Founder of the Toronto Underground Market, are leading an intensive full-day virtual workshop designed to help you grow your business. Forget culinary school. Forget 10 years of working in someone else’s kitchen. Get ready to break into the industry and turn your food idea into a profitable food business. Hacking the Food Industry will save you months worth of time, mistakes, and wasted dollars, and get you fuelled to make your mark doing what you love in the food industry. And for the next 72 hours, you can get a one-of-a-kind education at a one-of-a-kind price!

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LIMITED TIME OFFER Hacking the Food Industry  – July 9 to 11, use promo code: FOODEA

  • FREE Google Hangout Kickoff (Tuesday, July 9, 7pm EST)
  • Get Matt’s Top 5 tips to getting your food business off the ground
  • Q&A time to ask questions about the workshop + your food business
  • Full Hacking The Food Industry Course available at $49 (Regular price: $79)
  • Individual courses at $11.99 (regular price: $19)
  • First 5 people to purchase the full course get a FREE 30-minute consult with Matt (in Toronto or via Skype)

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Matt ditched the cubicle to launch Fidel Gastro’s, and has since hosted sold-out pop-ups, launched a food truck, opened a restaurant, catered exclusive events, landed his own television show on Travel + Escape, was featured on Eat Street, and most importantly, made his food idea into a full-time profitable business.

Ready to follow your food dreams? Follow the jump to learn more and get hacking!

Full details at HackingTheFoodIndustry.com (via The INSIGHT Project)

Remember, this promo only lasts until midnight on Thursday, July 11!

July 8, 2013 | By | Reply More

The Night Market at 99 Sudbury Starts Tonight at 5pm!

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The Night Market is a free, weekly farmers’ market and bazaar, held every Wednesday Night from 5pm-10pm at 99 Sudbury, from July 3rd – October 23 2013.

Vendors will include farmers with fresh produce; grocery items from local purveyors like cheeses, breads and meats and locally made products like sauces, pickles, preserves and baked goods. Food vendors, including local restaurants, pop ups, and food trucks will sell freshly made food to eat at the market or to take home. Stay for a drink from one of the local drink vendors including wineries, spirit distilleries and breweries. Retail vendors including artisans will be on hand selling clothing, jewelry, art, crafts, flowers and more.

The market will take place in the 99 Gallery space every Wednesday evening beginning July 3rd, 2013 and running until October 23 2013.

For more information visit: www.NightMarketTO.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NightMarketTO 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/NightMarketTO

July 3, 2013 | By | Reply More

Father’s Day Ideas For This Weekend

Looking for something to do this Father’s Day. From places to eat, road trips that aren’t too far of a drive and a great way to give back.

Take a walk, during The Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer, to raise awareness in the fight against prostate cancer.

Take in some eats. If you happen to be around Blue Mountain on June 15th 2013, check out the Blue Mountain BBQ Championship. It’s really what you think, delicious BBQ being ranked on taste and you can partake in it. The Blue Mountain BBQ Championship is the official home of Canadian BBQ located in the heart of the Blue Mountain Village. Competing BBQ teams spend the weekend slicing, seasoning and sizzling pork, chicken and beef in hopes that their cooking will earn them a portion of the cash prizes and supreme bragging rights on the KCBS BBQ Circuit. Teams adorn their areas with elaborate decoration, trophies attesting to their boasting rights, and as one can imagine, clever and creative team names. Sample over 20 professional BBQ teams award winning ribs and sauces, and wash it all down with delicious Bubbly suds while listening to Blues and good old fashion rock ‘n’ roll.

Just in time for father’s Day,  All the Best Fine Foods is featuring Angelo Bean. He is offering up samples of his tipsy dogs. Try them with All The Best Fine Foods recipe for Grilled Corn and Lima Bean Salad. They are also offering cupcakes for $3.50 each only for Father’s Day weekend. All June they are also featuring in store specials to complement your BBQ season. Have some good ol’ comfort food at Cheesewerks. They have a great selection of grilled cheese as well as artisan cheese, artisan breads and gourmet pantry items. Fidel Gastro owner Matt Basile opened the new Lisa Marie restaurant. It has a great selection of shared homestyle food and cichetti (an Italian version of tapas) and bar snacks. Take a look in the back of the restaurant, you can find jarred homemade goods in the market.

Take in a movie! TIFF has a great selection of series on film whatever your dad may like. A Century of Chinese Cinema runs from June 5-Aug 11. Some of the other series featured include Food on Film, Science on Film and Books on Film.

Head out on a road trip with dad to Dillon’s Distillery. The distillery is located in Beamsville, ON and has a tasting room where you can sample their products which include rye, Canadian rye whisky, vodka, gin and bitters.

Looking for a late Father’s Day gift, The Culinary Adventure Co. is running an Uncork the County series all summer long. Beginning Sunday, June 30, join a chef and a wine maker, for a leisurely day of picturesque landscapes, stunning vineyards and scenic shorelines as you uncork the County. Sample 12 premium Prince Edward County wines at 4 different wineries. Enjoy lunch overlooking a vineyard and share tasting notes with your own private sommelier. Each tour includes a Grab n Go breakfast, complimentary transportation, lunch, and 12 wine tastings at 4 wineries. Visit thecountywines.com for information on all the wineries.

Whether its big or small celebrate dad this Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16!

Photo credit: millerm217 via photopin cc

June 11, 2013 | By | Reply More

Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium: Battle One is Coming!

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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.

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BATTLE ONE Chefs:

  • 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)

BATTLE ONE Judges:

  • 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

Mother’s Day Weekend 2013

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Looking to celebrate mom, this mother’s day? Whether it’s in the city or outside the GTA there is plenty to do. Flowers can be a key love for all women, and a new market at 99 Sudbury is a great place to buy flowers.

Starting this Saturday May 11, the Toronto Flower Market opens at 10 am and runs until 3pm. It is Toronto’s first outdoor flower and plant market and will feature Ontario growers. The market runs from May-September every second Saturday of each month.

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Also happening this weekend is the Handmade Market located in the Niagara County at Ravine Vineyard. The market is the perfect opportunity to treat mom to a lovely wine, food and artisan craft filled afternoon. It happens this Saturday and Sunday May 11 and 12, starting at 10 am and finishing at 5pm. The market will feature food from El Gastronomo VagabundoThe Tide & Vine Oyster Co and Hometown Ice Cream.

You can also take your mom out for some afternoon tea. The Montgomery Inn located at Islington and Dundas and is offering and afternoon tea which includes the traditional finger sandwiches, scones and of course tea. The cost ranges from 10-19 dollars and is first come first serve. You can reach them at 416-394-8113 or via this website.

Whatever you choose to do have a pleasant and happy mother’s day weekend.

May 9, 2013 | By | Reply More