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Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium: Battle Two is Here!

 

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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 TWO Chefs:

  • Andres Marquez and Howard Dubrovsky of Fonda Lola
  • Rodney Bowers of Hey Meatball & Food Network
  • Peter Ramsay of the *NEW* Geraldine
  • Jesse Vallins of The Saint

BATTLE TWO Judges:

  • Trish Magwood (Food Network, Celebrity Cookbook Author)
  • Mike Chalut (Proud FM, TV Actor)
  • Vita Chambers (Pop Star Recording Artist of Hit Song “Fix You”)
  • Maggie McKeown (Food Network Judge)

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:

July 21st 1-4pm
MOD Club 722 College St W

$10 tickets online. $15 at the door, pending availability. More information can be found on the facebook event page.

A portion of all food and ticket sales, and 100% of raffle ticket sales will be going to My Food My Way.

Tickets are available now via Uniiverse.

July 19, 2013 | By | Reply More

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

The Night Market at 99 Sudbury

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

The King of Denmark at Cava for Limited Time

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Inspired by classical Scandinavian traditions but using Canadian ingredients, the King of Denmark installation consists of sixteen services of lunches running Thursdays through Sundays from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM until June 23rd.  A radical departure from the Iberian and Mexican influences Chris McDonald and Doug Penfold currently work with, The King of Denmark will be created each day at Cava restaurant, in midtown Toronto.  The theme is Smørrebrød – the classic, Danish open-faced sandwich – and the menu will offer ten variations utilizing seasonal ingredients served on the Nordic staple: a house-baked, organic sourdough rye bread.

“My fascination with the flavours of Denmark stems from the fact that our high latitude climate is so similar to theirs: the same wild foods grow here and there, and we face the same seasonal challenges of eating locally,” explained Chef McDonald.  “The difference, of course, is that Denmark has a thousand years of culinary tradition that can guide us. Technique is the key to eating locally through four seasons; in Denmark, as in the Canada of our ancestors, ingredients are pickled and salted and fermented to last the year.  It is from here that we have gleaned our inspiration,” he added.

To find the best ingredients, chefs McDonald and Penfold have raided Canada’s cupboard from coast to coast, bringing in shrimp and seashore honey from the Gaspé, and wild, northern flavours such as balsam fir (to pickle apples), dulse and cloudberries. They turn old favourites like cured salmon, lightly smoked Spanish Mackerel and rare roast beef into something really fun to eat. Think jellies infused with akvavit, and soup scented with hay. Even donuts (because we are in Canada, after all) are elevated into something special: fritters are stuffed with foie gras and served next to a blackcurrant compote.

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The chefs and their skilled team will be creating uniquely flavoured grain spirits to complement the classic Nordic akvavit and rare beers to pair with their menu.  Smørrebrød will be priced from $6 – 12, with an offering of soups, salads and desserts. Samples of Smørrebrød options include: asparagus in leek vinaigrette, bonito butter, poached egg and crispy leeks; sauteed BC side-stripe shrimp with sorrel and basil; rare roast beef and potted pork with peppercress, pickled red onions and cloudberry mustard; and gravad lax with seashore honey-celeriac butter and balsam fir “pickled” apples.

For several years running, Cava has been named in “Toronto’s Top Ten Restaurants,” by noted critic, Joanne Kates.  The 50-seat neighbourhood restaurant is a modern interpretation of a Catalan tapas bar, offering casual food, well-crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list. In addition to offering intriguing international and local wines and some lesser-known varietals, the list showcases wines by the glass, half bottle options and no corkage on Sunday evenings.  Chef Chris McDonald and Doug Penfold apply innovative techniques in the kitchen, taking familiar Iberian-inspired flavours and dishes and presenting them in their unique style featuring local indigenous ingredients, seasonally.

Cava is located at 1560 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario. For more information visit www.cavarestaurant.ca, (416) 979-9916 or follow on Twitter @thekingofdk.

King of Denmark will be open for lunch until June 24th from 11:30 AM– 1:30 PM Thursdays to Sundays. Reservations are recommended.

June 14, 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

Toronto’s 3rd Annual Raw/Vegan Festival

Toronto Raw:Vegan Festival

Looking for something fulfilling to do this weekend? Check out the 3rd Annual Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival, a FREE event that offers you what you may need for healthy, cruelty-free, Eco-friendly green living including ethical clothing, cruelty-free cosmetics, toiletries and health care products. The festival features over 60 exhibitors, demos by Toronto’s leading raw/vegan chefs, and expert speakers in a workshop format.

Some highlights to look forward to at the event are:

  • Natasha Kyssa, the author of “The Simply Raw Living Foods Detox Manual” and founder of Simply Raw, simplyraw.ca. She is also the co-founder of Simply Raw Express simplyrawexpress.com. Sat June 8, 1:30-2:30pm.
  • Athlete Tim Van Orden will be at the show talking about You Are What You A.T.E and How Your Actions, Thoughts, and Eating Habits create your life, runningraw.com. Sat June 8, from 4:30 to 6:00pm
  • Karen Ranzi will be there. Has authored and published, Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods, superhealthychildren.com. Sat june 8 12:30-1:30pm
  • Rawfood Chef Pedja will be talking about Success Strategies for Smart People. Sprouting Goodness – Ontario’s premiere organic smoothie and juice delivery service, pedja.ca, Sat. June 8, 1-2pm
  • Marni Wasserman, who has just opened Toronto’s first plant-based Food Studio, will reveal how to cleanse with super foods, marniwasserman.com. Her demo is Sat. June 8, 11:30-12:30 pm
  • There is a talk on how to Improve Your Eyesight – Speed Up Your Brain by Jane Kabarguina  (co-founder of the Festival), snezha.com. Sat. June 8, 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Dave Conrardy, the Raw Food Truck Driver Why “Organic Raw/Vegan”is the most healing diet to the human species on the planet by Dave Conrardy. Sat. June 8, 4:30pm-5:30pm.
  • Confessions of a Former Fat Woman by Gina Silvestri – the Raw Muse: Gina Silvestri has discovered a cooking secret: not to cook at all! Find out about her programs and services, lifecoachgina.com. Sat. June 8, 3pm-4pm.
  • The Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival is proud to present a unique documentary – “Bethany’s Story – The Power from Within.” You can watch the trailer by visiting bethanysstory.com. Sunday, June 9, at 4:30.

Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival Dates & Times & Location:

918 Bathurst Street (north of Bloor Street), Toronto, Ontario

Saturday, June 8, 2012 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and  Sunday, June 9, 2012 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Workshops (small fee) after 4:30 p.m.

For more info visit torontorawveganfestival.com or follow @TORawVeganFest on Twitter and use the #TORawVeganFest hashtag.

June 5, 2013 | By | Reply More