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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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.
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.
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.
King of Denmark will be open for lunch until June 24th from 11:30 AM– 1:30 PM Thursdays to Sundays. Reservations are recommended.
Eat Up TO is an innovative food marketing and networking event – farmers’ market meets tech conference – uniting food and drink vendors, product makers, service providers, speakers and technology.
The purpose of Eat Up is to build community and promote the creation of innovative ideas in the local food world through collaboration and networking. Eat Up provides a platform for all food lovers and industry professionals to connect and share their passion for great food.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Food vendors including home cooks, pop-ups, food trucks, restaurants and professional chefs can try out new ideas, market themselves and get immediate customer feedback. Drink vendors, including local wineries, breweries and spirit distillers can share their brews and cocktails with the local community. Product manufacturers can sell their wares directly in our marketplace – olive oils, pickles, preserves, tea, desserts, kitchen tools and much more. Service providers can show off what they do and find new customers. Food lovers can use the platform to inspire and engage the community by speaking on topics that they are experts in.
BE A VENDOR AT EAT UP!
Interested in becoming a vendor at Eat Up? We are seeking food, product, drink and service vendors. Show off your food, test new concepts and sell directly to your audience. Sign up here.
SPEAK AT EAT UP!
We are seeking industry experts and food lovers to speak on subjects relating to the food world. Use the platform to inspire & engage the community by sharing your knowledge. Sign Up here.
VOLUNTEER AT EAT UP!
Eat Up will depend on the assistance and dedication of volunteers.Volunteers will receive free admittance into the event and a promotional gift bag. Register now to help out!
What: Eat Up TO presented by Foodea.com
When: Sunday June 23, 2013, 12pm – 6pm
Where: 99 Sudbury
Cost: Tickets are $20 and are available through Uniiverse (uv.
Includes gift bag with promotional items.
This event is 19+.
Tickets are available via Uniiverse.
For more information visit EatUpTO.com.
Food on Film, the TIFF Bell Lightbox subscription series offers food-lovers an interactive platform to connect their culinary love with great cinema. The second season of Food on Film series has brought 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, welcomes a celebrated guest from the culinary world to discuss the intersections of cinema, culture and gastronomy. Food on Film screenings take place Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. We recently spoke with Jason Bangerter, Executive Chef of Luma and the original host of TIFF’s Food on Film.
Chef Jason Bangerter is carrying on the Luma tradition of a food & wine pairing for the TIFF Food on Film series. Chef Bangerter will be creating his own culinary interpretations inspired by the films in the series, and offering these creations for purchase exclusively at Luma. He shared with us his recipe for Blinis Demidoff inspired by last year’s screening of Babette’s Feast. View the full recipe on foodea.com, or download the recipe card here.
Upcoming guests and films include:
- April 24 — Aldo Sohm (chef sommelier at New York City’s Le Bernardin) on Sideways
- May 15 — Anita Stewart (food activist and first Canadian to earn a Master of Arts in gastronomy) on Food Inc.
- June 19 — Kent Kirshenbaum (NYU chemistry professor who uses science to experiment with cuisine) on El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
Single tickets are now available. $35 for adults, and $28 for students and seniors. To purchase, visit tiff.net/subscriptionseries.
Follow Chef Jason Bangerter on twitter @chefbangerter.