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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

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 Event Ideas

Valentines day is just around the corner. On Thursday, February 14th some of you will be going out and some of you will be staying in. Whether you are looking for something romantic or just good old-fashioned family fun, we have you covered in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto! Staying in? Check out our Valentine’s Day Recipe Ideas from Melissa d’Arabian of the Cooking Channel’s “Drop 5 lbs. with Good Housekeeping.” We also have some great Valentine’s Day food and drink ideas that will help you impress that special someone. Happy Valentine’s Day!

In Vancouver, go Ice Skating at Robson Square and then check out the annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, where new and extremely unusual hot chocolate flavours can be had (yes, there is bacon!) from the 23 participating Vancouver chocolate makers and artisans. The Vancouver Farmers Market is hosting a February Food Truck Fest food truck fest.

In Montreal, go for the “Bare Your Heart” Package at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. At $219, you get one night accommodation, breakfast in bed for two, and two “En Coeur” cocktails to enjoy at night. For an exclusive Valentine’s Day option visit Toque! in the Old Port and discover true gastronomical love with a special eight-course tasting menu with carefully selected wine pairings. Le Carte Blanche on Ontario Street is doing a special Valentine’s Day menu, for $55 you get a four-course meal as well as a take-away option. Go ice skating at the rink in Old Port or partake in the skating/walking hybrid event, Skates & the PlateauPatisserie Rhubarbe is hosting a 3 course sweets tasting menu event featuring some of the most light, fluffy and creative patisseries in town.

In Toronto, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is hosting a Valentine Candy Making Family Workshop, on Sunday Feb. 10, from 1-4pm. Casa Loma is offering a Valentine’s Family Brunch at Casa Loma on Feb. 19. Go ice skating at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel ice rink and then walk over to a nearby coffeeshop and have a hot chocolate to warm up. Or check out Valentine’s Day at The Distillery District, The Distillery has just been named one of the 10 best places in Toronto to propose this Valentine’s by the Toronto Star. If you do happen to visit The Distillery, stock up on chocolate for your sweetheart from Soma and grab a hot chocolate or coffee from Balzac’s. Other great chocolate options in the Toronto include Cava and Teuscher. Soma will also be joining up with the Group of 7 Chefs for a Chocolate Inspired Dinner, tickets are available here. Finally, join Abbeys Kitchen for Sips and Nibbles (SnN), presented by the Toronto Underground Market (TUM) for an elegant, all-you-can-eat Valentine’s Day food event on February 16th. The event will be held at Steamwhistle Brewery from 7PM – Midnight and tickets can be purchased online at for $75 plus tax and service fee.

What are you planning on doing this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo Credit: Story Astoria via Photopin cc

February 8, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

Sips and Nibbles with Abbey’s Kitchen, Presented by the Toronto Underground Market (TUM)

Abbey Sharp is a registered dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger (for both a personal blog, and Eat St. Food Network’s blog), a passionate home chef, and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen. She has a BASc. in Nutrition and Food, and has participated in numerous formal and informal professional culinary courses. Balancing the ideological demands of being a foodie and dietitian, Abbey understands that food represents so much more than nutrients, numbers, calories, and portions. It can symbolize culture, family, love, identity, and sensuality at its peak. With its role in such a variety of delicious domains, Abbey believes that a pleasurable relationship with food is inherently essential for good health. Abbey has embraced this philosophy in all aspects of the Abbey’s Kitchen brand including her social media activities, speaking appearances (i.e. TEDx), blogging, food events (ie. Sips and Nibbles), food demonstrations, as well as through academic and popular writing. Her goal has been to break the common association of healthy food as boring and bland, and demonstrate instead its inherently satisfying, flavourful and sexy qualities.

Currently, Abbey is proudly working alongside the Toronto Underground Market (TUM) in co-hosting Sips and Nibbles (SnN), an elegant, all-you-can-eat Valentines Day food event on February 16th. SnN combines the pop-up street food style of a traditional TUM event, with the elegance and intimacy of a romantic dinner club, but without crazy line ups or pretentious attitude. The event will be held at Steamwhistle Brewery from 7PM – Midnight and tickets can be purchased online at for $75 plus tax and service fee. Admission price includes unlimited food, one welcome cocktail, a 5-piece band and DJ and the option to tour the brewery. And this is not your typical TUM fare, either. Abbey’s Kitchen and TUM have handpicked 10 top TUM vendors to create menus specifically for SnN. With premium ingredients such as lobster, oysters, foie gras, sweetbreads, game meat, and chocolate on the menu, it’s sure to be a sensually pleasing evening. SnN will also be featuring an amazing lineup of local alcohol vendors, including Huff Winery, Steamwhistle Beer, Dillon’s Distillers (Vodka, Gin, Rye), Tequila Tromba, Sailor Jack Rum, and 40 Creek Whisky, who will create signature cocktails throughout the evening.

This Valentines Day weekend, satisfy your carnal cravings with TUM and Abbey’s Kitchen at this exclusive gastronomic event!

Saturday, February 16, 2013 7 PM – Midnight

Steam Whistle Brewery

255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto, ON M5V 3M9

Purchase tickets

Sips and Nibbles Facebook Page

Following SnN, Abbey’s Kitchen will be expanding with exciting cookbook developments (including her debut solo cookbook, Kitchen Foreplay), an online webisode series of food adventures and culinary tips, a sassy line of aprons and kitchen linens, and more delicious foodie events.

Meet Abbey for a romantic sip and a nibble on Feb. 16th, and follow her at,, @AbbeysKitchen, &


January 31, 2013 | By | Reply More