Get ‘Em While They’re Hot – November Food Calendar & Events Sneak Peek!

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So, why the sneak peek of the November Food Calendar while it’s still a work in progress?  Let’s just say you’ll want to snatch up a ticket for some of these events sooner rather later!  Some of these events have a limited amount of tickets and since several of these take place during the first half of the month, posting these an extra few days in advance just might save you a little heartbreak!  Yes, I’m looking you, you burger/chocolate/wine lovers!  Read on for the goods!

Toronto Chocolate Festival 2012: Chocolicious, October 13-November 4.  Various times and locations; check the Chocolicious passport in the link below for all participating locations!  As part of the Toronto Chocolate Festival, Chocolicious offers everyone a rich, decadent taste of some of the finest chocolates, and chocolate pastries and desserts.  Various chocolatiers and patisseries around the city participate in this event by offering coupons, discounts, and special event promotions via the Chocolicious Passport, which chocolate lovers can download and present when they visit participating locations.  http://www.torontochocolatefestival.com/events/chocolicious

Toronto Chocolate Festival 2012: Chocolate High Tea, October 13-November 4 (Fridays and weekends only).  2:30pm-5pm.  37 King Street East at the King Edward Skyline Hotel.  $33-$55 +HST/person.  As part of the Toronto Chocolate Festival, the King Edward will be hosting this year’s chocolate high tea!  Indulge in a chocolate inspired afternoon tea menu with loose leaf teas, pastries, desserts, and savoury bites.  http://www.torontochocolatefestival.com/events/chocolate-high-tea

Winterlude at Steam Whistle Brewery, November 2.  6:30pm-11:30pm.  255 Bremner Blvd. at Steam Whistle Brewery.  $35/person; must be 19+ years of age to attend.  In support of the Ontario Track 3 Association for the Disabled, Winterlude at Steam Whsitle Brewery will gear you up for the upcoming winter season with carnival games and mechanical snowboard rides, music, silent auctions, and plenty of food and drink to keep you warm!  Brewery tours, finger foods, product booths, sample booths, and more!  http://www.track3.org/innerpage.aspx?x=EdU2leiPwBsW3kxLgxbig5SNEqO746zzeoaRAHIswb4hAlyASiznwwozOF09BP1i

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, November 2-11.  9am-9pm Monday to Saturday, 9am-9pm Sunday November 4, 9am-6pm Sunday November 11; check schedules and listings on the fair’s website below for specific show times.  100 Princes’ Boulevard and Exhibition Place grounds.  For almost a century, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has dazzled visitors with its world class equestrian competitions and horse and agricultural shows, dining, shopping, and more.  The fair celebrates its 90th year this year with numerous culinary delights including the royal wine competition, wine tastings dinner, mixology competition, chef challenges involving some of Food Network Canada’s most beloved chefs and personalities, butter sculpting, and so much more!  See calendar listings below for more specific event details.  http://www.royalfair.org/

Día de los Muertos at Evergreen Brick Works, November 3.  8am-2pm.  550 Bayview Ave at Evergreen Brick Works Pavilions.  FREE; cost of food and drink on-site.  Come and celebrate Mexican and Latin American culture, history, and tradition at the Brick Works with art, crafts, music, and FOOD!  Eat to your heart’s content from a number of Mexican and Latin American vendors at the farmers’ market including ChocoSol, Pancho’s Bakery, Agave y Aguacate, Oxala, and others serving sweet and savoury baked goods, street food, and more!  And, for $6, take part in a special sweet and savoury tamales competition where you’ll taste and vote on the goods of 4 Toronto chef participants!  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/special-events/dia-de-los-muertos

Ice, Wine & Dine, November 3.  4pm-10pm.  Street festival on Elm Street and around the Yonge-Dundas area.  FREE; cost of food and drink on-site as well as $5 sampler menus from participating restaurants.  As part of Toronto’s Downtown Yonge Winter Magic festival, Ice, Wine & Dine is back for another year!  Embrace the upcoming winter season with a cocktail street party in the heart of downtown Toronto!  Enjoy martinis and cocktails at the Ice Martini Lounge, seasonal wine tastings, and sampler menus from 12 different restaurants in the area.  Ignite the senses at this fun and fabulous winter wonderland culinary event!  http://www.wintermagic.ca/icewinedine

Nth Lounge & Emporium, November 3.  11am-9pm for general admission (10am for VIP entry which includes continental breakfast along with general admission amenities).  1214 Queen Street West at the Gladstone Hotel, 2nd floor lounge.  $25 for general admission, $30 for VIP entry; must be 19+ years of age to attend.  Mix luxury with shopping, pleasure, relaxation, wine, sweets, and cupcakes at this exclusive event at the Gladstone Hotel.  Nth Lounge & Emporium brings experiences such as shopping, art, spa, and food together under one roof with their events and product shows.  Enjoy complimentary wine and cupcake tastings as well as tea and a sweets bar.  http://www.nthlounge.com/tickets.html

Toronto International Luxury Chocolate Show, November 4.  11am-6pm.  60 Simcoe Street at Roy Thomson Hall.  $25/person (13+) at the door; $21/person (13+) on-line; $15/child ages 5-12 when accompanied by an adult (tickets only available at the door); FREE for children 4 and under accompanied by parent.  NOTE: strollers are not permitted on show grounds.  Immerse yourself in the luxurious, decadent world of chocolate as you taste and sample your way through hundreds of vendors and chocolatiers, engage in chocolate-making workshops and demos, learn about the history of chocolate and chocolate-making practices, purchase chocolates and chocolate products, and sip on wines at wine and chocolate tastings!  http://www.torontochocolateshow.com/index.html

Food 4 Thought – A Taste of India, November 9.  7pm-9pm.  631 Crawford Street at the Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada.  $20/person or $35 for two.  Enjoy a relaxing evening meditation session in the temple before sitting down to a special 3-course vegetarian meal prepared by volunteers, focused on building, feeding, and maintaining a healthy mind, body, and soul.  At this Food 4 Thought session, the flavours of India are showcased.  http://kadampa.ca/event/food-for-thought/

Mariposa’s Holiday Dinner Cruise, November 10.  6:30pm-10:30pm.  6:30pm boarding time.  207 Queens Quay West at the Queens Quay Terminal.  $72.95 +fees and taxes.  Celebrate the holiday season in culinary style at one of Mariposa’s holiday dinner cruises on Toronto’s harbour!  Menu items include shrimp and scallop pasta, roast turkey, prime rib of beef, winter root vegetables, Mediterranean dips and breads, and so much more!  Enjoy a festive evening and a grand winter wonderland buffet dinner on a beautifully decorated cruise ship.  http://www.mariposacruises.com/cruises-special-events.php

Gluten Free Garage at Wychwood Barns, November 11.  10am-4pm.  601 Christie Street at Artscape Wychwood Barns.  $10/person, FREE for children 12 and under.  Pay-at-the-door, cash only.  With over 40 different vendors, Gluten Free Garage is Toronto’s very first pop-up gluten-free marketplace showcasing everything from gluten-free lifestyle, nutrition, and food!  Sample and taste your way through this extraordinary event and take away valuable information for eating and living well, gluten free.  Learn about shops, restaurants, and services around the city that offer gluten-free food and products, shop for products, eat gluten-free meals prepared by local chefs, and more.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Canadian Celiac Association.  http://glutenfreegarage.ca/

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, November 15-18.  6pm-10pm Thursday (VIP preview), 2pm-10pm Friday, 12pm-10pm Saturday, 12pm-6pm Sunday.  255 Front Street West at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North building.  $40/person 19+ for VIP preview evening ticket on Thursday, $20/person 19+ for general admission Friday-Sunday.  The annual food and wine show is back for another year with plenty of food and drink to tantalize the tipple!  Sample from hundreds of wine, beer, spirits, and global and local cuisine food and drink vendors, explore the Fine Wine Tasting Lounge, see Food Network Canada chefs and stars, watch demos and more at the All You Need is Cheese Stage, and much more!  http://www.foodandwineexpo.ca/sitepages/

Holiday Craft & Bake Sale, November 17.  9:30am-1pm.  1 Overland Drive at the Better Living Health & Community Centre.  FREE; cost of goods on-site.  Do some holiday shopping, support local crafters and artists, and enjoy some fresh, homemade baked goods while you do it!  http://wx.toronto.ca/festevents.nsf/591df5f4e9bb95b0852572ff00502015/11105aa18a7b546385257a98006d0f3c?OpenDocument

Mariposa’s Holiday Dinner Cruise, November 17.  6:30pm-10:30pm.  6:30pm boarding time.  207 Queens Quay West at the Queens Quay Terminal.  $72.95 +fees and taxes.  Celebrate the holiday season in culinary style at one of Mariposa’s holiday dinner cruises on Toronto’s harbour!  Menu items include shrimp and scallop pasta, roast turkey, prime rib of beef, winter root vegetables, Mediterranean dips and breads, and so much more!  Enjoy a festive evening and a grand winter wonderland buffet dinner on a beautifully decorated cruise ship.  http://www.mariposacruises.com/cruises-special-events.php

Tea for Teens Fundraiser, November 20.  11:30am-3pm.  1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive at the Lakeshore Community Cultural Centre, Assembly Hall.  Cash donation of $25-$50 or a gift card suitable for a tween or teen.  Show the spirit of giving at this fundraising tea event organized by the Junior League of Toronto in support of underprivileged youth this holiday season.  The event, which has assisted a number of charitable organization make a difference in the lives of teens, especially during the holiday season, will incorporate raffles, a tea, music, shopping, and a live fashion show.  http://www.jlt.org/

Burger Broads Burger Ball, November 22.  8:30pm-11pm.  364 Danforth Ave. at Burger Stomper Burger Bar.  $45 +$3.69 fee/person ages 19+.  Tickets are limited.  Enjoy all things burger at this first-ever Burger Broads vegetarian food bank fundraiser!  The Burger Broads (a passionate club of women in Toronto who are dedicated to burgers in all their bun and patty glory) report on everything meatatarian and vegetarian when it comes to burgers and to celebrate this passion, the group is hosting this special fundraising event in support of the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank.  Meet fellow burger lovers and enjoy great music!  Meet their broads behind the burger!  Eat sliders and mini burgers as you drink from Steam Whistle Brewery!  And best of all, help out a great cause!  http://burgerbroadsburgerball.eventbrite.ca/

2012 Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar, November 23-24.  11am-8pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday.  135 LaRose Ave. at St. Demetrius Church Hall at Eglinton & Royal York Rd.  FREE; cost of food, drink, and goods on-site.  This annual Christmas show is back for another year with plenty of arts, crafts, shopping, and food!  Feast on baked goods, chocolate and confectionery, jams and jellies, deli, and traditional Ukrainian cuisine including borscht, cabbage rolls, perogies and more!  http://www.stdemetrius.org/

Mariposa’s Holiday Dinner Cruise, November 24.  6:30pm-10:30pm.  6:30pm boarding time.  207 Queens Quay West at the Queens Quay Terminal.  $72.95 +fees and taxes.  Celebrate the holiday season in culinary style at one of Mariposa’s holiday dinner cruises on Toronto’s harbour!  Menu items include shrimp and scallop pasta, roast turkey, prime rib of beef, winter root vegetables, Mediterranean dips and breads, and so much more!  Enjoy a festive evening and a grand winter wonderland buffet dinner on a beautifully decorated cruise ship.  http://www.mariposacruises.com/cruises-special-events.php

Cooking Classes, Demonstrations, and Seminars

GE Café Chefs Series: French Cuisine with Local Allure – Celebrating Southern Ontario Terrior at Evergreen Brick Works, November 6.  6pm-9pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $75 each workshop.  Learn tips and techniques from local Toronto and Ontario chefs, discuss and explore food issues over wine and a great meal with other participants!  Funds raised through the series will help support children’s educational food programs at Evergreen Brick Works.

This fall series focuses on the food culture of southern Ontario.  Join French chef and owner of French bistro, Mogette, Daniel Muia in this workshop devoted to examining and exploring French gastronomy, cultural food heritage, and classics and how these flavours have translated in Toronto.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/food/chefs-series#nov6

GE Café Chefs Series: Pasta Party – Celebrating Southern Ontario Terrior at Evergreen Brick Works, November 13.  6pm-9pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $75 each workshop.  Learn tips and techniques from local Toronto and Ontario chefs, discuss and explore food issues over wine and a great meal with other participants!  Funds raised through the series will help support children’s educational food programs at Evergreen Brick Works.

This fall series focuses on the food culture of southern Ontario.  Join Chef Fabio Bondi, co-owner of Toronto’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar and Bar Salumi, in this workshop devoted to examining and exploring homemade pasta making, the role pasta making plays in the home in familial relationships and in Italian food culture, and Italian cuisine.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/food/chefs-series#nov13

Green Bites Cooking Workshops – Total Mexico at Evergreen Brick Works, November 15.  7pm-9pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $55/person.  Green Bites workshops are back for another exciting round of seasonal classes!  Join chefs, producers, farmers, and food experts for some hands-on cooking workshops that are sure to expand your breadth of food knowledge and technique.  These cooking workshops will allow participants to explore tastes, flavours, and aromas while engaging in food issues that affect communities.

At this workshop, join Chef Francisco Alejandri on this whirlwind Mexican culinary tour of culture and heritage.  Learn about the basic tenants of Mexican cuisine, traditional Mexican dishes and ingredients, and explore and enjoy menu items such as ceviche tostadas, chicken mole, Carlota de Limon (Lime Charlotte)!  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/food/green-bites#nov15

Green Bites Cooking Workshops – Fish From Around the World at Evergreen Brick Works, November 29.  7pm-9pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $55/person.  Green Bites workshops are back for another exciting round of seasonal classes!  Join chefs, producers, farmers, and food experts for some hands-on cooking workshops that are sure to expand your breadth of food knowledge and technique.  These cooking workshops will allow participants to explore tastes, flavours, and aromas while engaging in food issues that affect communities.

At this workshop, join Kristin Donovan, co-owner of Hooked Inc., on this global tour of fish and ethnic flavour!  Fish is incredibly versatile and at this workshop, participants will explore how different ethnic and international cuisines utilize different cooking methods and different types of fish in some of their most iconic, traditional dishes and all the different flavours that play into them.  Feast on menu items such as ceviche (Peru), gravlax and cured salmon (Sweden), traditional chowder (Atlantic Canada), whole steamed fish (Asia), and tandoori fish (India). http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/food/green-bites#nov29

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