Winterlicious & Culinary Events, Malaysian Bazaar and More – The January 2013 Food Calendar!

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Food Festivals & Events

Brewer’s Backyard: Brew Year’s Day at Evergreen Brick Works, January 6.  12pm-4pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  FREE admission, cost of food and drink on-site.  $6 for beer, $4-$6 for food items.  Brewer’s Backyard is EBW’s space to learn and try all things beer and at this particular event, we’ll be ringing in the new year with plenty of ale!  Brewer’s Backyard was so wildly successful in 2012, EBW is happy to bring it back with a full lineup in 2013!  Enjoy beer from Great Lakes Brewing, Amsterdam Brewery, and the Indie Alehouse among a number of food vendors to round out the bunch!

Malaysian Bazaar 2013, January 11.  6pm-10pm.  45 Willcocks Street in the William Doo Auditorium.  FREE; cost of food tickets at the event ($10 for a book of tickets which can be redeemed for food and drink).  Celebrate Malaysian tradition and culture at Toronto’s Malaysian festival chock full of art, dance, music and a delicious food marketplace!  Try meat dishes, street food, drinks and more!

Parisian Pleasures – Winterlicious, January 25 – February 7.  6pm-8pm.  425 King Street West at the Calphalon Culinary Center.  $60 including HST/person.  As part of the Winterlicious culinary event line-up, Parisian Pleasures will entice the tastebuds with classic French Parisian bistro fare that will make you feel like you’re dining in Paris!  Enjoy a cooking demo and a menu of endive salad with grilled pear and Roquefort cheese (sheep’s milk blue cheese from southern France), steak with green peppercorn sauce, haricots vert provençal (French green beans), fingerling potatoes and crème brûlée!


Take the Highland Way – Winterlicious, January 25.  6:30pm-10pm.  215 King Street East at The Chefs’ House.  $120 including HST and gratuity/person.  Kick off Winterlicious with an evening of Scottish food and drink at this special culinary event!  This one-time special event will be part cooking demo, part dinner extravaganza – Scottish born director John Higgins will show guests how to make haggis (and will get to take home a recipe and sample), guests will enjoy a 5-course dinner complete with wine and whiskey, and end the night with special Scottish shortbread cookies to take home!

Toronto Winterlicious 2013, January 25 – February 7.  Across the City of Toronto.  $15-$45 price-fixe price points.  The highly anticipated food event of the season!  Restaurants all across the city participate in this annual fine wining and dining occasion, offering 3-course price fixe menus for lunch and dinner.  All menus can be viewed online (perfect for the ones who are indecisive and/or just enjoy planning ahead!), most vegetarian and vegan options are specified, and reservations are recommended.  Participating restaurants will begin accepting reservations starting January 10.

“An Egg and A Crust of Bread” – Brunch and A Tour of Josef Sudek Exhibition – Winterlicious, January 26.  10:30am-2pm.  317 Dundas Street West at Frank Restaurant inside the AGO.  $70 +HST and gratuity/person.  As part of the Winterlicious culinary event lineup, this special brunch and grand art gallery and exhibit tour celebrates Czech food and culture and photographer Josef Sudek’s career and work.  Peruse through the gallery of photographs with breakfast hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail and afterward, sit down to a Czech-inspired brunch: fried organic hen egg on garlic rye, mushroom herb omelette, pan-seared rainbow trout, or pilsner braised beef short ribs.

In The Kitchen: Historic Menu, History-Inspired Theatre – Winterlicious, January 26 – February 7.  6pm-9pm.  160 Queen Street West at the Campbell House Museum.  $65 + gratuity/person.  Turn back the hands of time at this Winterlicious culinary event!  Dine as you would in the 1800s in the Campbell House Museum’s open-hearth historic kitchen with period cocktails and a 3-course dinner menu, served family style created by food historian Liz Driver: soup, roast chicken, sides, wine, dessert and seed cake.  Then, sit back and enjoy a theatre show in commemoration of the War of 1812.


Japanese Tea Ceremony – Winterlicious, January 27.  2pm-4pm.  499 King Street West at Spice Route Asian Bistro and Bar.  $50 +HST and gratuity.  Experience the art and tranquility of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at this Winterlicious culinary event devoted to tea.  Guests will enjoy a tea demonstration, a menu of food designed to pair well with the 3 featured teas, and more!  Guests will get to take home recipes and tea samples at the end of the event.

Winter Grilling with Executive Chef Rob Rainford – Winterlicious, January 27 and February 3.  4:30pm-9:30pm.  50 Prince Edward Island Crescent at Gossip Restaurant.  $120 + HST and gratuity/person.  As part of the Winterlicious culinary event lineup, hometown Canadian chef  and Food Network star Robert Rainford shows you the ins and outs of winter grilling with a global inspired menu!  Guests will get the chance to participate in hands-on cooking and grilling activities as they prepare some of the food that will be served in the evening by grilling, rubbing, flipping and ‘sauce-ing’ different meats.  The succulent menu includes brandy-butter infused grilled beef tenderloin, bacon-wrapped chicken chops, Thai-style BBQ beef flank steak with noodles, seared tuna, and more!

The Tama-re Travelling Market and Showcase, January 27.  11am-6pm.  735 Bloor Street West at Abyssinia Bar and Restaurant.  FREE; cost of merchandise purchased at the event.  Brought to us by African-descendent Foundation Inc., the Tama-re Market is comprised of a group of Afrikan and Caribbean entrepreneurs, artisans, and craftspeople who showcase their wares at travelling marketplaces shows.  In  addition  to jewelry, art, beauty, and clothing you can come by and purchase foodie goodies including herbal teas, baked goods, and even vegan cheesecake and more!

Pasta Knowledge with Mama Rosa – Winterlicious, January 28.  7pm-10pm.  307 Danforth Ave. at 7 Numbers Danforth restaurant.  $125 + HST/person.  Learn the art of homemade pasta-making at this Winterlicious culinary event using traditional tools that guests can take home afterward!  Guests will engage in homemade pasta-making and will have a hand in creating the 3-course dinner menu for the night.  Enjoy a delicious Italian dinner with plenty of local wine and learn about pasta-making traditions at the same time!

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The Tempered Beast – Winterlicious, January 28 and 29.  7pm-10pm.  96 Tecumseth Street at Beast Restaurant.  $60 +HST and gratuity/person.  The Tempered Chef, Bertrand Alépée, and Scott Vivian, Chef and Owner of Beast Restaurant, team up for this Winterlicious culinary event to delight guests with a seasonal, local Canadian 4-course tasting dinner feast.

Pizza Making with Executive Chef Saverio Macri – Winterlicious, January 30.  7pm and 9pm sessions.  133 Yorkville Ave. at Ciao Wine Bar.  $50 +HST and gratuity/person.  Enter the fun and wonderful world of pizza-making in Ciao Wine Bar’s cellar and pizza bar at this Winterlicious culinary event!  This hands-on event will have guests creating their own main course pizzas in the pizza oven (learn how to work with pizza dough!) and at the same time enjoy appetizers, wine tasting, and dessert.  Take home a Ciao apron and recipes at the end of the night!

Hal’s Kitchen What’s Burning – Winterlicious, January 31 and February 7.  6:30pm-10:30pm.  2026 Yonge Street at Mysteriously Yours…Mystery Dinner Theatre.  $69 including HST and gratuity.  Mix fine food and foul play at this fun and extravagant mystery dinner theatre show as part of the Winterlicious culinary event lineup!  Chefs team up to prepare a Latin-inspired 4-course dinner menu with cocktails that guests will enjoy as they figure out ‘whodunit?!’.

The Art of the Cocktail: Cocktails and Canapes – Winterlicious, January 31.  8pm-10pm.  19 Toronto Street at Rosewater restaurant.  $45 +HST and gratuity.  There’s so much more to drinks than happy hour!  At this Winterlicious culinary event perfect for the cocktail maven and inner mad scientist, learn about the art of mixing cocktails and drinks, alcohol and mixology, and how to concoct the classics.  Executive chef Dale Meek will teach guests how to prepare 3 signature drinks and guests will be treated to a food and drink pairing tasting menu and a flair bartending show!

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