No 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.
The most impressive statistic, taken from the Toronto Taste website, is that over their 29 years “Second Harvest has rescued and delivered more than 90 million pounds of good food.”
Because of the charitable support, those who purchase a ticket for $250 will receive a tax receipt for $125.
As a media invitee almost all food events are a nice perk, but some stand out from the crowd. It seems that Toronto Taste manages to pull those restaurants who don’t normally participate. As well, the individual creations tend to hit a higher note than usual. Head over to Spotlight Toronto and have a look at my coverage of Toronto Taste 2012 (pork belly and doughnut burgers were huge then) for more specific examples.
There is a new venue for this year’s Toronto Taste: Corus Quay by Lake Ontario. As a hedge against the possibility of a warm evening the organisers have put together an impressive list of beer, wine, and spirits partners to provide refreshment for guests.
The bad news for me is that I will be out of town and unable to attend this year’s event. But, that’s good news for the rest of you because the organizers have given me permission to run a giveaway for one ticket (valued at $250). Enter below before noon on Saturday, June 7 for your chance to win – see below for the fine print.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Fine print: this is a 19+ event, therefore you must be 19 at the time you enter to be eligible. The name of the randomly selected winner will be placed on the guest list for Toronto Taste on Sunday, June 8. Dress code is “summer cocktail”. The winner of the contest will not receive a tax receipt.