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Giveaway: Toronto Taste in Support of Second Harvest

Toronto Taste 2014 GiveawayNo one in Toronto eats at restaurants anymore. That’s not really true, but it can seem that way based on the unremitting social media chatter about food events from taco festivals to top-flight fundraisers-for-a-cause. (See yesterday’s post about the Earth Day gala). Well before we had seen our first banh mi off Spadina or lined up for a food truck that was selling anything other than poutine and dirty water hot dogs, Toronto Taste was there. This will be its 24th year of gathering some of Toronto’s top chefs and discerning gourmands to raise much-needed funds for Second Harvest.

The well-respected charity uses money raised from the event to support their food rescue programmes. This system picks up surplus food from supermarkets, restaurants, and food manufacturers and feeds it into a network of 200 community agencies. From this operation, the equivalent of 20,000 meals are distributed every day to those in need. (more…)

Earth Day Gala 2014

Earth Day Canada Gala 2014To be honest, I have never really been much of one for galas. But times are changing and there are two characteristics of this year’s Earth Day Canada Gala that I think you guys might find interesting.

First off, the year-old Mill Street Beer Hall is the venue again this year. It’s a huge space that is made up of smaller areas, including plenty of the requisite patio square footage, so it seems ideal for large-scale events. (more…)

L is for Beer

lisforbeer01On a very cold evening in January I joined fellow beer fans for a special ¬†dinner by the L is For… team at Toronto’s Beer Academy. The meal was prepared by Chef Eyal Liebman, courses were introduced by his wife, sommelier Rebecca Meir Liebman, and the paired beers were presented by the Beer Academy’s head brewer, Stephen Rich.

The menu for the night.

The menu for the night.

Even with six full courses — two appetizers, a fish, main, cheese, and dessert — Chef Liebman did a commendable job of walking the fine line between satisfying and over-stuffing diners. He also showed that plates at beer dinners don’t need to be a four-foot slab of barn board covered in a mountain of meat. Instead his her attractive and carefully presented without being fussy. (more…)

Ambassador of Cheese

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Last August an email arrived in my inbox that invited me to participate in a programme that the Dairy Farmers of Canada are running. Over a year-long stretch that started in September 2013 they are going to send cheese to bloggers who will then post “action shots” of Canadian cheese on Instagram and other social media channels.

For participating I get a selection of cheese each month this winter and have agreed to post an Instagram photo once a week during that period.

You’ll be able to find my photos under the hashtags #CDNCheese and #simplepleasures. This is all part of the Simple Pleasures campaign that also includes this short YouTube video. DFC posted a profile of the three bloggers and are collecting our photos on this page. (more…)

Delicious Food Show and Samuel Adams


Abbey's Kitchen Stadium at the Delicious Food Show
Competition is the new king of food entertainment. Abbey Sharp, a Toronto food blogger, has joined this trend with her Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium series. The finale was held last weekend to wrap up the Delicious Food Show at the Better Living Centre.

I was asked to cover the Delicious Food Show as a (paid) social media reporter on behalf¬†Samuel Adams. The supersize American craft brewery was one of the partners for Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium and provided the competition’s secret ingredients: their Boston Lager and Latitude 48 IPA. (more…)