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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

Lisa Marie, New Brick and Mortar Restaurant from Fidel Gastro

Food entrepreneur Matt Basile, aka Fidel Gastro, in the past two years went from working a corporate 9 to 5 job to starting a food pop up (Elvis), a food truck (Priscilla), a television show (Rebel Without A Kitchen), and now a brick and mortar restaurant, Lisa Marie. The new Toronto hotspot is located at 638 Queen Street West (Queen and Bathurst).

Pork Belly Cheese Thang

Pork Belly Cheese Thang

Matt and his team spent the past two months transforming the former Prague European Kitchen into a space usable for both a restaurant and commercial kitchen. Continuing with the King of Rock and Roll theme, the restaurant is a shrine to all things Elvis. Featuring a menu of Cicchetti (pronounced “chi-ket-tee”, a Venetian style of street food and snacks), Lisa Marie also features an extensive ‘drinkies’ menu served up by resident bartender Mitchell Stern as well as a market space in the back where they will be selling freshly canned items, pickles, sauces, meats and more!

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Matt has enlisted chef Kris Topping (formerly of McEwan’s) to run the kitchen. The menu is concise, with most dishes ranging from $4-8. Some favourites from the menu:

  • Pork Belly Cheese Thang. Smoked pork belly with cilantro cherry tomato salsa, served on a melted Havarti cheese crisp, topped with chili basil aioli.
  • Deep Fried Cheese Burger. Seasoned coarse ground beer stuffed with aged cheddar topped with a house made pickle and quail egg (no bun).
  • Alabama Tailgaters. Season smoked bacon wrapped beef carpaccio, cilantro, aged cheddar and kimchi.
  • Eggplant in a Jar. Brined eggplant, tallegio cheese, thai chilis and fresh lime served with zucchini chips.
  • Mozzarella and Marrow Sangweech. Buffalo mozzarella, roasted bone marrow on two slices of focaccia bread, deep fried and topped with a lemon.
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Testa Dura. Tequila Tromba, Aperol, Agave, Lime Juice.

Basile plans to also offer a daily lunch menu that will serve up his famous extremo sandwiches, as well as a weekend brunch menu.

For more information, follow @fidelgastros on Twitter, like Fidel Gastro’s on Facebook, or visit fidelgastro.caRebel Without A Kitchen airs on Travel + Escape every Tuesday at 10 pm.

Lisa Marie, 638 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1E3.
Limited reservations are available, call 647.748.6822.

April 18, 2013 | By | Reply More

Rebel Without A Kitchen Premieres Tomorrow

“OLE!” Rebel Without a Kitchen, the new television show following Fidel Gastro (Matt Basile), premieres tomorrow night at 10pm on the Travel+Escape channel. The 13 episode, half-hour series, follows Matt as he works on his temperamental food truck Priscilla, from collapsible card tables, gets ready to take on underground food markets, overnight bush parties, street corners and over-the-top private events.

The production covered everything from hosting pop-ups in different cities, the food truck phenomenon, and just growing the business as a food entrepreneur says Basile. Rebel Without A Kitchen was produced by General Purpose Pictures.

Evident by the series, Matt is continually on the go. Aside from Rebel, Matt is slated to open his new brick and mortar restaurant, Lisa Marie, at 638 Queen Street West later this month. He’s also giving back to the food community with a virtual workshop about hacking the food industry to build a food business from the ground up.

Rebel Without a Kitchen premieres April 9 at 10 p.m. on Travel and Escape.

View the full sizzle reel for Rebel Without a Kitchen below.

April 8, 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

Alexander Keith’s Birthday Festival – October 5 2012

Alexander Keith’s Birthday Festival took place this past Friday at the Brickworks in Toronto. Fans of the beer and foodies came out to celebrate Alexander Keith’s 217 birthday at the sold-out event. Although there was a little bit of rain, it didn’t put a damper the celebratory vibe.

Of course, there was plenty of Alexander Keith’s beer on hand, with both their India Pale Ale and their Red Amber Ale available. They were also showcasing their Alexander Keith’s Original Cider, served in official Keith’s Cider glassware. There were plenty of non-alcoholic options as well. Paired with the beverages was a diverse range of offerings from local food trucks and pop ups.

Here are some of the food highlights from the night:

Gourmet Gringos

Gourmet Gringos, a latin themed food truck/pop-up, were dishing up a variety of taco options; pork cochinita, pork carnitas, chicken, and mole short ribs. Below are their beer battered mahi mahi fish tacos with cabbage slaw and fresh guacamole.

Neptuno Oysters

The Neptuno gang was kept busy shucking New Brunswick French Kiss oysters. The sustainably-grown oysters (from Canadian farms) were served on ice with lemon, and topped with a variety of condiments including horseradish, cocktail sauce,  red wine vinaigrette, and their signature hot sauce.


Babi&Co & Dobro Jesti

Babi & Co. is a pop-up specializing in Indonesian street food. Their menu featured pork satays, pork belly on a bun, corn fritters and mie kuah kacang (below left), with cold noodles, veggies and ricecakes tossed in peanut sauce. Dobro Jesti, a food truck focused on hot, wholesome, European food, was on the flip side of the spectrum with their schnitzel themed menu. The Kraut (below right), featured their chicken schnitzel with sauerkraut and mustard. It paired well with their butternut squash soup and risotto balls.

Some of the other food vendors included the omnipresent Rock Lobster, serving up their famed lobster rolls. Fidel Gastro was kept busy dishing out his Sgt. Slather and other extremo sandwiches throughout the night. Bonfire Catering had their wood oven pizza. Caplansky’s Deli Truck was serving up plenty of their smoked meat sandwiches. Stuft Gourmet Sausages, a newcomer to the local food truck scene had an interesting offering with their thanksgiving themed “Creole Turducken” (consisting of turkey, duck, and chicken seasoned in authentic creole spices). The Turkducken was a big draw of the night, as was their Thai Chicken Sausage. Pretty Sweet was there with their cupcakes for all those with a sweet tooth.

Aside from the excellent food and drinks, there were musical performances by Matt Mays and special guest Dwayne Gretzky. Attendees had a great time taking pictures in the photo booth. There was a games corner where players had the opportunity to play games and guess trivia questions with Keith’s girls. Game winners were awarded with a special edition Keith’s mug. There was also an engraving station as well as complimentary glassware, with the signature Keith’s Original Cider glass being given away throughout the night.

Additional Keith’s birthday celebrations were also held in Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver and many other Canadian cities. For more information on Keith’s visit: Keiths.ca

Happy Birthday Alexander!

October 8, 2012 | By | Reply More