Corn, Quinoa, Spices, Latte Art & a Royal Baby Cupcake Decorating Shower! July Cooking Classes & Demos!

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Corn Trail: Chef Gloria Carillo’s Patasca and Chicha at the Harbourfront Centre, July 6.  2pm – 2:45pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Corn Trail series, Chef Gloria Carillo introduces us to patasca, a corn/maize based soup/stew paired with Chicha, a cool and refreshing drink in this Bolivian-centric demo where she brings her perspective on eco-organic and sustainable food processes and practices.  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5013

Corn Trail: Chef Lirio Peck at the Harbourfront Centre, July 6.  3:30pm – 4:15pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Corn Trail series, Chef Lirio Peck, owner and Peruvian culinary extraordinaire behind Harbord Street’s Boulevard Café, comes to the Harbourfront for a demo on summer fresh Peruvian food featuring corn!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5015

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Corn Trail: Chef Rossy Earle’s Panamanian Chicken Tamales at the Harbourfront Centre, July 6.  12:30pm – 1:15pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Corn Trail series, Chef Rossy Earle brings her culinary savvy and cultural roots from Panama City to Harbourfront to showcase chicken tamales and Latin American influences!  Her food demo will feature corn (maize) dough filled with chicken, vegetables and steamed in banana leaves and discussion about how this traditional dish from the rural has made its way into urban spaces and kitchens to become a staple in South American cuisine and diet.  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5012

Quinoa Trail: Chef Elliot Gomez’s Quinoa & Brie Croquettes at the Harbourfront Centre, July 7.  4:30pm – 5:30pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Quinoa Trail series, Chef Elliot Gomez from Apostrophe Catering will tempt the tastebuds with quinoa and brie croquettes at this demo – perfect as a party appetizer!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5028

Quinoa Trail: Chef Gloria Carillo’s Quinoa Tacos at the Harbourfront Centre, July 7.  12:30pm – 1:30pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Quinoa Trail series, Chef Gloria Carillo cooks up a storm using quinoa, the supergrain that has skyrocketed to culinary fame within the last few years, to make quinoa tacos.  Gloria brings her perspective on eco-organic and sustainable food processes and practices at this demo while also discussing quinoa’s long and rich history in South American cuisine.  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5023

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Quinoa Trail: Chef Luis Barreto’s Pesque de Quinoa at the Harbourfront Centre, July 7.  2:30pm – 3:30pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Quinoa Trail series, Chef Luis Barreto, owner and manager of La Cocina de Doña Luz, prepares Pesque de Quinoa, an Andean risotto at this demo with both his Peruvian and French cultural and culinary background.  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5027

Crafting Custom Spice Blends by Wes Allen at The Depanneur, July 8.  6:30pm. 1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Wes Allen takes you on a whirlwind global journey as he teaches you about spice blends from around the world and how to create your own homemade ones right in your own kitchen!  Spice mixes and blends include Moroccan, Asian, BBQ, New England and more.  Participants will get to make 5 mixes, take home samples and one bottle of their own signature mix.  Food and refreshments will be served!  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/workshop-crafting-custom-spice-blends-by-wes-allen/

How to Make Latte Art at Yorkville Kitchen Studio, July 8.  7pm-9pm.  3 Yorkville Ave.  $175 +HST/person.  Calling all food artists and baristas-to-be!  This special class at the Yorkville Kitchen Studio is a hands-on, interactive class on how to make beautiful “drawings” in lattes and other coffee drinks.  The class will teach you how to make the perfect latte to start with, the art of steaming milk (foam, no bubbles!) and popular latte art patterns including the heart, the rosetta and the tulip. http://www.yorkvillekitchenstudio.com/event/learn-how-to-make-latte-art-5/

GE Café Chefs Series – Masters of Food at Evergreen Brick Works, July 9.  6pm-9pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $75 each workshop, $420 for 6 workshops, save $30.  Learn tips and techniques from Toronto 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.

In this class, delve into the “Past, Present and Future of Canadian Cuisine” with Chef John Higgins for an evening of great food, and wine from Cave Spring Cellars from Jordan, Ontario and a look at how our communal engagement with food generation after generation strengthens the local food economy.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/food/chefs-series#jul9

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Royal Baby Shower Celebration Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, July 13.  10am-12pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Join the team at Le Dolci for a royal party like no other – cupcake style!  Celebrate Kate and William’s bundle of joy with a royal baby shower where you can decorate cupcakes in our of the newest member of royal family.  And while you’re at it, check out the adorable memorabilia of our Royal Highness in Le Dolci’s studio!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

How to Make Chutney by Shayma Saadat at The Depanneur, July 15.  6:30pm. 1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Join Shayma at this summer chutney-making workshop where participants will have the chance to make 2 chutneys – Cinnamon Peach and Caramelized Tomato – inspired by ingredients from the Afghan, Pakistani and Persian cuisines.  These chutneys will be perfect to serve over meat on the grill, with appetizers and more at your next barbecue or summer party!  Participants will work in groups of 3, chopping and prepping ingredients, cooking on the stove-top and decanting into jars to take home (1 jar person; if you’d like some of both, bring along your own jar).  At the end?  A chutney, bread and cheese tasting!  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/workshop-tangy-spicy-sweet-how-to-make-chutney-by-shayma-saadat/

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Savour the Summer Series: Juices & Smoothies by Marni Wasserman, July 16.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $120 +HST/person for one class; $425+HST for all 4 series classes (see link for details).  Stay cool, fresh and hydrated at this summer juice and smoothie class!  Learn the differences between juicing and making smoothies and incorporating different types of ingredients into your next drink!  Sample Menu: green juice, beet, carrot apple juice, chocolate super smoothie, tropical mango smoothie, pink ginger lemonade.  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=149

Perfect Pies at Le Dolci, July 28.  11am-1pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $60 +HST/person.  Join the team at Le Dolci for a class dedicated to making the perfect pie!  Learn the ins and outs of creating pie crusts, fillings, dough coverings and lattice and more.  Included are all ingredients, recipes and instruction and a ready-to-bake pie to take home!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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Savour the Summer Series: Appetizers & Dips by Marni Wasserman, July 30.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $120 +HST/person for one class; $425+HST for all 4 series classes (see link for details).  Take a dip this summer into fun, delicious and healthy vegetarian apps and dips that you can show off and enjoy at your next summer entertaining party.  Sample menu: mango rice paper rolls, green pea guacamole, white bean and dill dip, spinach almond patties, sunflower seed nori rolls.  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=154

Baconfest, Canada Day Eats, Street Fests, Summerlicious & More – The July Food Calendar!

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Happy Canada Day weekend!!  I am so happy the long weekend is here.  I have some really fun food plans (patio dining, possibly some cupcake munching, a special cafe tasting, and Mexican dinner with the fam!) and I’m looking forward to catching up on things around here, posting my photos and write-up on my Taste of PEI event, new vegetarian eats, some mac n’ cheese cheesy goodness, and getting my new Features page nice and plump!  I’m really sorry Ate by Ate has been so quiet for the past week.  I don’t know what in the world was going on but my internet was cutting in and out all week and it made it so difficult getting anything done (if I wasn’t refreshing, I was closing and reopening the browser or just waiting for the darn page to stop spinning!).  I managed to pump out a HUGE food calendar for the month of July though over the course of a few days though so I’m glad I accomplished something this week!  I hope everyone enjoys the time off, goodness knows we deserve it and need it!

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Food Festivals & Events

Toronto Ribfest – Food & Music Festival, June 28 – July 1.  11am-11pm.  Centennial Park at 256 Centennial Park Road (Eglinton West to the north, Renforth Drive to the east, Rathburn Road to the south and Centennial Park Blvd. to the west).  $2 admission.  School’s out and it’s Canada Day long weekend!  In association with Rotary International, Rotary Etobicoke and Rotary Food Initiative, the 14th annual ribfest returns with 16 rib succulent rib vendors, Caribbean and Indian cuisine, and even a summer farmers’ market!  Put on those stretchy pants and get ready to get your hands saucy!  http://www.torontoribfest.com/default.asp

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BACONATION with Barque Smokehouse at the Harbourfront Centre. July 1.  1pm-8pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queens Quay West.  $7 for 6 samples.  It sounds cliché, but our nation is known for the mouthwatering bacon we love so much so to celebrate, Barque Smokehouse is smoking it up – bacon style!  They’ll be bringing some of their signature recipes to the Harbourfront for folks can try 6 samples for a $7 tasting plate.  Samples include: smoked pork belly with grilled pineapple and hoisin sauce, peameal bacon tacos with maple slaw and grainy mustard aioli, bacon chips (crispy corn tortillas with smoked bacon salt, charred corn and bacon salsa) and even “fake’n” bacon tofu among others!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=4952

Brewers Backyard – Capital Mashup at Evergreen Brick Works, July 1.  12pm-4pm.  550 Bayview Ave. at Koerner Gardens and Holcim Gallery.  Cost of food: $5-7 for food, $6 for beer.  Event is open to all ages, but folks must be 19+ to purchase and drink beer.  Celebrate Canada’s birthday with a cold one and some great eats!  At this Brewer’s Backyard, beers and breweries from our nation and province’s capitals, Ottawa and Toronto, are in the limelight for a spectacular collaboration – Great Lakes + Cassel, Amsterdam + Broadhead, and Indie Alehouse + Beyond the Pale among others.  Eats include Meat Pie Mates and local food vendors.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/cal/event/brewers-backyard-the-capital-mashup

Family Pizza Nights at Evergreen Brick Works, July 3.  5:30pm-8pm.  550 Bayview Ave. at EBW’s Chimney Court.  $3 for cost of pizza with salad.  Summer nights were made for eating and relaxing!  Come down with your family and friends every Wednesday until August 28 and enjoy some fresh and delicious homemade, wood-fired pizza, courtesy of Pizza Libretto!  Grab a slice with a side salad for only $3, with all proceeds going toward children’s food programs.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/family-pizza-nights

Deep-Fried Fridays: Salsa & Chifles at the Harbourfront Centre.  July 5.  7pm.  Redpath Stage at the Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE; cost of food on-site.  Mix music and food at Harbourfront Centre’s NEW series this summer!  Every Friday, bust a move to live summer music and tunes and nosh on international food, deep-fried style, by the waterfront.  This week, dance to salsa and Latin pop for DJ Jimmy Suave and try deep-fried chifles (or “platano verde”), a popular South American/Ecuadorian snack made of plantain slices, lightly fried in olive oil, and sprinkled with salt for a delicious snack that’s perfect on its own or dipped in dips!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summer/festivals.cfm?id=4883&festival_id=134

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11th Annual Summerlicious, July 5 – 21.  Lunch and dinner hours, every day across the city at participating restaurants.  Summerlicious is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year and the annual summer food event has dished more price fixe menus than ever before with over 150 participating restaurants and eateries to choose from.  Dine al fresco, at the bar, and in the dining rooms of some of the finest establishments in the city with price fixe menus for both lunch ($15, $20, and $25) and dinner ($25, $35, and $45).  http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/summerlicious/2013/index.htm

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Corso Italia Annual Street Festival, July 5 – 7.  10am-11pm.  St. Clair Ave. West from Dufferin St. to Lansdowne Ave.  FREE; cost of food and drink from vendors at the festival.  One of the hottest summer street festivals in the city returns with shopping, music, and food galore!  The festival welcomes Steam Whistle Brewery and plenty of gelato, pastry, bistros, al fresco dining and street food!  http://corsoitaliafestivaltoronto.com/

Taste of Lawrence – International Food & Cultural Festival, July 5 – 7.  6pm-11pm on Friday, 11am-11pm on Saturday, 11am-6pm.  Lawrence Ave. East from Birchmount to Warden.  FREE; cost of food and drink on site.  Enjoy a street festival full of international cuisine and flair at this 3-day festival in Scarborough with live music and entertainment.  This year’s theme?  Disco Nation!  http://www.tasteoflawrence.com/

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World Café at the Harbourfront Centre, July 5 – 7.  6pm-12am on Friday, 12pm-12am on Saturday, 12pm-8pm on Sunday.  235 Queens Quay West at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace.  Cost of food & drink on-site.  Satisfy the tastebuds with Thai, Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, vegetarian, or a mish-mash of everything.  This week, enjoy food from Gourmet on the Go, Mexican from Rebozos, Churros and more!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5000

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Corn Trail: Chef Gloria Carillo’s Patasca and Chicha at the Harbourfront Centre, July 6.  2pm – 2:45pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Corn Trail series, Chef Gloria Carillo introduces us to patasca, a corn/maize based soup/stew paired with Chicha, a cool and refreshing drink in this Bolivian-centric demo where she brings her perspective on eco-organic and sustainable food processes and practices.  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5013

Corn Trail: Chef Lirio Peck at the Harbourfront Centre, July 6.  3:30pm – 4:15pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Corn Trail series, Chef Lirio Peck, owner and Peruvian culinary extraordinaire behind Harbord Street’s Boulevard Café, comes to the Harbourfront for a demo on summer fresh Peruvian food featuring corn!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5015

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Corn Trail: Chef Rossy Earle’s Panamanian Chicken Tamales at the Harbourfront Centre, July 6.  12:30pm – 1:15pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Corn Trail series, Chef Rossy Earle brings her culinary savvy and cultural roots from Panama City to Harbourfront to showcase chicken tamales and Latin American influences!  Her food demo will feature corn (maize) dough filled with chicken, vegetables and steamed in banana leaves and discussion about how this traditional dish from the rural has made its way into urban spaces and kitchens to become a staple in South American cuisine and diet.  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5012

Empanada Throwdown at the Harbourfront Centre, July 6.  7pm – 9pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE; cost of sample tasting plate.  The competition gets heated at this summer empanada throwdown with top chefs in the city (including Arepa Café’s very own Luis Manuel Cordoba) facing off with their own signature recipes and Venezuelan, South American influences to win your vote for best empanada!  Purchase a sample tasting plate and judge away at this delicious event!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=4960

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South African-Inspired Dinner by Evis Chirowamhangu: A Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur, July 6.  7:30pm; 8pm dinner.  1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  This is a HUGE treat for us Torontonians: Zimbabwean chef Evis Chirowamhangu hosts this special supper club showcasing the rich diversity and personality of South African cuisine with a peek into the culture and traditions that have inspired these dishes.

As Len writes on the Depanneur site, this is something we don’t get to experience often and there is so much room to explore and learn.  Evis will be serving shaved biltong salad (South African cured beef), Grilled Boerowors with Sadza and Curry Vegetable Potjie (sausage, cornmeal and dishes cooked in cast-iron pots!), and Butternut Nhopi Tarts with Marshmallow, a twist on a traditional Zimbabwean dessert.  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/supper-club-south-african-inspired-dinner-by-evis-chirowamhangu/

TD Festival of South Asia, July 6 & 7.  12pm-11pm.  Gerrard Indian Bazaar between Greenwood and Coxwell Ave.  FREE; cost of food and drink on-site.  The culture and cuisine of South Asia come together for one amazing, fun, delicious summer street festival!  The festival will showcase foods from Indian, Afghani, Pakistani, Bengali and Sri Lankan cultures, 20 different restaurants in the neighbourhood will be offering all sorts of food for $1-$6, from barbecue to vegetarian to Indo-Chinese to street food and more!  http://www.festivalofsouthasia.com/index.html

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Hot Food Off the Press – June Food Calendar, Part I!

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I’m only about half finished the June Food Calendar (this week has left me so beat that this was all I could muster!) but I wanted to post as much as I could for you guys today so expect the full calendar over the weekend.

Food Festivals & Events

The GridTO Burger Week, May 29 – June 1.  All across the city at different restaurants, burger joints, bistros and more!  $5 for all Burger Week burger specials.  Calling all burger lovers!  Whether it’s good old fashioned beef, chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, veggie tofu or bison, this week is what burger dreams are made of!  64 participating locations in the city including The Good Fork, Hey Meatball, The Gladstone Hotel, The Emerson and The Stockyards among many others will be dishing out one-time only special burgers on their menu for $5 during Burger Week!  Enjoy all sorts of different burgers with smoked sauces, cheese, salsas, mayos and so much more.

In addition, E11even and Frank are both offering special “Black Tie” burgers ($13 and $17 respectively) where $5 from each Black Tie burger will go towards The Stop Community Food Centre.  http://www.thegriddoes.com/food-booze/burger-week/week/

Cones for the Community, June 1.  12pm-5pm.  At 74 participating Baskin-Robbins locations!  Click website below for locations and details.  $0.31 scoops (limit 3 per customer).  Baskin-Robbins is back with their annual Cones for the Community event where line-ups around the block come as no surprise!  As part of a month-long program in support of SickKids Foundation and The Hospital for Sick Children, Baskin-Robbins locations will be collecting in-store donations all month long.  This event is meant to promote the cause and give thanks back to the folks and communities who have made it possible for Baskin-Robbins to continue their fundraising and support.  http://www.baskinrobbins.ca/en/2013/05/03/cones-for-the-community/

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Eats & Beats in Riverside, June 1.  1pm-6pm.  In the Riverside District neighbourhood on Queen Street East from the Don Valley Parkway bridge (Queen-Broadview Village) to just past Degrassi Street.  FREE; cost of food on-site in shops and vendors.  Come celebrate the beautiful, cultural dynamo that is Riverside District at Eats & Beats!  Riverside is a foodie district in its own right so for this special event, food shops and vendors will be opening their doors with special tasting places and food for the event and live music and entertainment will be filtering through the streets for one fun and delicious afternoon!  http://www.riverside-to.com/

Toronto Veggie Pride Parade, June 1.  12pm-4pm.  Parade starts by the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street and will end at Trinity Square at Queen West.  FREE.  Come show your veggie pride at the 4th annual parade!  Entertainment, fun shows and acts will descend upon the city with fabulous vegan food at the afterparty afterward!  http://veggieprideparade.ca/

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Savour Toronto Kensington Krawl, June 2.  11:30am-2:30pm.  Near Bellevue Square Park in Kensington Market (exact location will be sent upon registration via e-mail).  $40 per person (capacity for the tour is 12 people).  As a lover of Kensington Market, I can’t tell you how warm and fuzzy this tour makes me!  Explore and learn about the culture and history of this eclectic neighbourhood and eat through 6 mouthwatering food spots! https://www.facebook.com/events/451497988278099/

The GridTO Burger Day, June 2.  11am-5:30pm.  76 Wychwood Ave. at Artscape Wychwood Barns.  $30 for all-you-can-eat sliders.  If you thought Burger Week was awesome, try the finale: all Burger Week restaurant participants will be joining forces at Wychwood Barns for an all-you-can-eat, gut-busting, droolworthy slider extravaganza!  All Burger Week burgers will be transformed into oh-so-cute and oh-so-tasty sliders at the event for everyone to nosh on to celebrate the end to a burger-iffic week.  http://www.thegriddoes.com/food-booze/burger-week/week/

Kasmiri Delicacies by Dimple Monga: A Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur, May 11.  7:30pm. 1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Sharing food, stories and recipes from generation to generation is one of the cornerstones of building familial and community relationships with food and at this supper club, Dimple Monga shares some her most beloved dishes and Kashmiri and Punjabi recipes.  Learn about the use of yogurt to make curries and marinades, the communal atmosphere and characteristic of food, and the vibrant platters of food presentation.  Enjoy chicken with yogurt and saffron and mint sauce, chicken kebabs, Kashmiri cottage cheese, rice pudding and so much more.  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/supper-club-kashmiri-delicacies-by-dimples-monga/

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Artisinal Food Market, June 8 & 9.  12pm-8pm on Saturday, 12pm-6pm on Sunday.  World Café at the Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE; cost of food on-site.  Harbourfront introduces a brand new food event to its summer line-up this year!  Enjoy this weekend market festival focusing on local food and local food producers.  See what’s new, taste fresh food, and get to know independent, local food businesses!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm?id=4892festival_id=0

Toronto Raw & Vegan Festival, June 8 & 9.  10am-8pm on Saturday, 10am-4pm on Sunday.  918 Bathurst Street.  FREE; cost of food on-site.  The Toronto Raw & Vegan Festival is back for another year!  You don’t have to be vegan or lead a raw lifestyle to enjoy festivities – come shop for eco-friendly, cruelty-free products, attend some workshops and food demos, enjoy plenty of samples and food from vendors (food trucks, coconuts and chocolate?!), get to know local vegan and raw chefs and learn more about vegan and raw lifestyles and food diets!   http://www.torontorawveganfestival.com/

Toronto Taste at the Royal Ontario Museum, June 9.  6:30pm-10pm.  100 Queens Park at the Royal Ontario Museum at Queens Park and Bloor Street West.  MUST be 19+ to attend.  $250 ($125 tax deductible) general admission/person, $225 corporate rate/person with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets ($100 tax deductible).

Presented by Second Harvest Toronto, Toronto Taste is an annual culinary event showcasing the city’s top restaurants and beverage connoisseurs from across the province (oh, there will be wine and lots of it!), all dedicated to providing Second Harvest with funds to continue its mission on developing programs that target hunger relief, helping families in need and rescuing food to feed hungry stomachs.  This year, the event will be co-hosted by Second Harvest ambassador and our very own Canadian Bob Blumer, and celebrity chef, recording artist and restauranteur Roger Mooking!  http://www.torontotaste.ca/

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Market 707 & Foodies on Foot – Flavours of the City: Fish Fry-Day!, June 14.  5pm-9pm.  707 Dundas Street West by Bathurst Street.  FREE; cost of food and drink on-site.  Love fish?  Go fishing in more ways than one at this yummy food event devoted to fish!  The Scadding Court Community Centre will be turning their indoor swimming pool into a makeshift fishing pond (no joke!), plenty of fresh fish vendors and food trucks will be on-site serving up one big fish-fry (and there will non-fish for those who aren’t into aquatic cuisine), 5 new pop-up shops debut for the month of June, info on sustainable seafood from Oceanwise, and so much more!  Foodies on Foot will be partnering with Market 707 for this summer foodie event, bringing some great fish vendors and restaurants to the scene.  http://foodiesonfoot.ca/fish-fry-day-market-707/

Blues & Brews, June 15.  7pm-11pm.  601 Christie Street at Artscape Wychwood Barns.  $20 for advanced tickets, $33 for advanced package tickets (available until June 10; includes Caplansky’s sandwich, sides, beer sampling), $25 tickets at the door on the day of.  Music and food come together for one harmonious night at Wychwood Barns.  Enjoy live blues music by Toronto artists Terra Hazelton and Julian Fauth and nosh the night away on Caplansky’s famous deli sandwiches and beer from Toronto’s Amsterdam Brewery.  http://www.atthebarns.org/blues-brews/

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Edible Evergreen Tour, June 22.  10am-12pm.  550 Bayview Ave at Evergreen Brick Works.  FREE.  Join the Evergreen team for a food-themed tour exploring the many programs and initiatives that support farmers and local food producers, urban farming and ecosystems, food sustainability and healthy living and eating.  The tour will explore the gardens, the market and more!  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/cal/event/edible-evergreen-tour

501 Streetcar Food Tour: Presented by Foodies on Foot, June 29.  11am-3:30pm.  1730 Queen Street West starting location (by the intersection of Roncesvalles and Queen Street West).  $65-$76 +HST based on whether or not participants need a TTC day pass.  See the city from east to west or west to east in one delicious swoop!  As one of Foodies on Foot’s most popular food tours, the 501 Streetcar Food Tour takes you on a culinary journey along one of the longest continuous transit surface routes in the world.  6 neighbourhoods (Parkdale!  Leslieville!  And more!) with 6 food spots – ding!  Get ready to hop on and off and eat your heart out.   https://kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk/13916

Oh Canada Eh!  Food Tour: Presented by Foodies on Foot, June 30.  11am-3pm.  75 Portland Street starting point by King Street West.  $65-$76 +HST based on whether or not participants need a TTC day pass.  Oh, we love our poutine, but as Canadians we know we’re soooo much more than that culinary-wise.  Let Foodies on Foot show you some of the city’s local and true North Canadian gems at this food tour devoted to Canadian cuisine and food.  Whether it’s locally grown and produced, or culturally unique, this tour will stop at 5 to 7 food shops where you’ll sample yummy food that leave you singing O Canada by the end of the tour!  https://kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk/14359

Farmers’ Markets Returning – and Debuting! – in June 2013 in the City

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There are SO many markets returning for the summer and fall season this June, not to mention FOUR (count ’em, 4!) brand new ones making their mark on the food scene including CityPlace market by the Lakeshore, Regent Park market by Dundas and Parliament and more!  Markets are listed in the order of their return or debut.  Check out all markets and market events on the Market page on Ate by Ate’s menu toolbar up top – I’ll be updating the full shebang for June tomorrow!

Etobicoke Farmers’ Market, June 1 – November 2.  Saturdays, 8am-2pm.  Etobicoke Civic Centre, located at 399 The West Mall just south of Burnhamthorpe Ave.  http://365etobicoke.com/etobicoke-civic-centre-farmers-market/

Humber Bay Shores Farmers’ Market *NEW!*, June 1 – October 12.  Saturdays, 8am-1pm.  Humber Bay Park West (just south of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Park Lawn Road).

Liberty Village Farmers’ Market, June 2 – October 27.  Sundays, 9am-2pm.  Green P parking lot on East Liberty Street between Atlantic and Hanna Ave.  http://www.my-market.ca/liberty.html

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Nathan Phillips Square ‘Fresh Wednesdays’ Farmers’ Market, June 2 – October 13.  Wednesdays, 8am-2:30pm.  100 Queen Street West at Bay St. in downtown Toronto by Old City Hall and The Eaton Centre.

CityPlace Farmers’ Market *NEW!*, June 4 – October 15.  Tuesdays, 3:30pm-7:30pm.  Canoe Landing Park at the corner of Fort York Blvd. and Dan Leckie Way (north of Lakeshore and west of Spadina).  http://www.my-market.ca/

Bloor-Borden Farmers’ Market, June 5 – October 23.  Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm.  Green P parking lot at Lippincott St. and Bloor Street West, just east of Bathurst St.  http://www.my-market.ca/bloor.html

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John Street Farmers’ Market *NEW!*, June 5 – October 30.  Wednesdays, 3:30pm-7pm.  205 John Street at the St. George the Martyr Anglican Church (by the Grange Park and OCAD between Dundas and Queen).  http://www.johnstreetmarket.ca/

Regent Park Farmers’ Market *NEW!*, June 5 – October 30.  Wednesdays, 2pm-8pm.  Regent Park Boulevard, south of Dundas Street East and east of Parliament.

University of Toronto Scarborough Farmers’ Market, June 5 – October 9.  Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm in the summer and fall.  Markets continue during the winter on the first Wednesday of every month from November to April from 11am-3pm.  Parking Lot 4 located at 1265 Military Trail, south of Ellesmere Rd. and east of Morningside Ave.

East Lynn Farmers’ Market, June 6 – October 17.  Thursdays, 3pm-7pm.  East Lynn Park, located at 1949 Danforth Ave. just east of Woodbine Ave.  http://www.my-market.ca/eastlynn.html

Fairview Mall Farmers’ Market, June 14 – October 11.  Fridays, 8am-1:30pm.  South parking lot at Fairview Mall, located at 1800 Sheppard Ave. East at Don Mills Rd.

Stonegate Farmers’ Market, June 25 – October 8.  Tuesdays, 4pm-7pm.  Parking lot of Stonegate Plaza located at 150 Berry Road just east of Stephen St. in the west end of Toronto (as a geographic reference, south of Old Mill and Royal York subway stations).  http://www.stonegatechc.org/programs-services/food-programs/farmers-market.html

June is Right Around the Corner – With Burger Week, Riverside Eats & More! Ate by Ate’s Food Event Spotlight

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The GridTO Burger Week, May 29 – June 1.  All across the city at different restaurants, burger joints, bistros and more!  $5 for all Burger Week burger specials.  Calling all burger lovers!  Whether it’s good old fashioned beef, chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, veggie tofu or bison, this week is what burger dreams are made of!  64 participating locations in the city including The Good Fork, Hey Meatball, The Gladstone Hotel, The Emerson and The Stockyards among many others will be dishing out one-time only special burgers on their menu for $5 during Burger Week!  Enjoy all sorts of different burgers with smoked sauces, cheese, salsas, mayos and so much more.  In addition, E11even and Frank are both offering special “Black Tie” burgers ($13 and $17 respectively) where $5 from each Black Tie burger will go towards The Stop Community Food Centre

The GridTO Burger Day, June 2.  11am-5:30pm.  76 Wychwood Ave. at Artscape Wychwood Barns.  $30 for all-you-can-eat sliders.  If you thought Burger Week was awesome, try the finale: all Burger Week restaurant participants will be joining forces at Wychwood Barns for an all-you-can-eat, gut-busting, droolworthy slider extravaganza!  All Burger Week burgers will be transformed into oh-so-cute and oh-so-tasty sliders at the event for everyone to nosh on to celebrate the end to a burger-iffic week.

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Cones for the Community, June 1.  12pm-5pm.  At 74 participating Baskin-Robbins locations!  Click website below for locations and details.  $0.31 scoops (limit 3 per customer).  Baskin-Robbins is back with their annual Cones for the Community event where line-ups around the block come as no surprise!  As part of a month-long program in support of SickKids Foundation and The Hospital for Sick Children, Baskin-Robbins locations will be collecting in-store donations all month long.  This event is meant to promote the cause and give thanks back to the folks and communities who have made it possible for Baskin-Robbins to continue their fundraising and support.

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Eats & Beats in Riverside, June 1.  1pm-6pm.  In the Riverside District neighbourhood on Queen Street East from the Don Valley Parkway bridge (Queen-Broadview Village) to just past Degrassi Street.  FREE; cost of food on-site in shops and vendors.  Come celebrate the beautiful, cultural dynamo that is Riverside District at Eats & Beats!  Riverside is a foodie district in its own right so for this special event, food shops and vendors will be opening their doors with special tasting places and food for the event and live music and entertainment will be filtering through the streets for one fun and delicious afternoon!

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Liberty Village Farmers’ Market, June 2 – October 27.  Sundays, 9am-2pm.  Green P parking lot on East Liberty Street between Atlantic and Hanna Ave.  The Liberty Village Farmers’ Marker returns on the first weekend of June for the 2013 summer and fall season!

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Savour Toronto Kensington Krawl, June 2.  11:30am-2:30pm.  Near Bellevue Square Park in Kensington Market (exact location will be sent upon registration via e-mail).  $40 per person (capacity for the tour is 12 people).  As a lover of Kensington Market, I can’t tell you how warm and fuzzy this tour makes me!  Explore and learn about the culture and history of this eclectic neighbourhood and eat through 6 mouthwatering food spots!

Mid-May & May Long Weekend Munchies – Ate by Ate’s Food Event Spotlight

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East York Civic Centre farmers' market

East York Farmers’ Market, May 14 – November 5.  Tuesdays, 8am-2pm.  East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue at the corner of Coxwell and Mortimer Avenue.   The east end market returns for its spring, summer, and fall season this week! 

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Hands-On Sushi at the LCBO Bayview Village, May 15.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $75 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Be a sushi chef for the night at this fun, hands-on class where participants will make their own maki, nigiri, sushi rice and more!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

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Brewers Backyard – Queen Victoria’s Secret at Evergreen Brick Works, May 20.  12pm-4pm.  550 Bayview Ave. at Koerner Gardens and Holcim Gallery.  Cost of food: $6 for food, $6 for beer.  Event is open to all ages, but folks must be 19+ to purchase and drink beer.  Kick start the summer season and celebrate the long weekend at Evergreen Brick Works with the return of Brewers Backyard!   Brewers Backyard is your chance to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Ontario beer with tastings, pairings, and plenty of fun events and promotions.  Everything is hush-hush for this kick-off but organizers can tell us that there will be beer from Great Lakes, Oast House, the Granite Brewery and more, as well as yummy eats from FeasTO!  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/cal/event/brewers-backyard-beers-from-Torontos-Backyard

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Victoria Day Tea at Montgomery’s Inn, May 20.  1pm-4pm.  4709 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke.  $10/person which also includes a tour of the historic inn (no registration required; the tea is first come, first served).  Enjoy fresh baked bread, tea, and English-style treats at this sweet tea!  http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#montgomery

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Vintage Vegan Victoriana: A Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur, May 20.  7:30pm.  1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  The fab Emily Zimmerman is back at The Dep for a vintage vegan Victorian dinner party feast!  Travel back in time during the holiday weekend and dine in vintage style with a 5-course vegan meal with plenty of vintage recipes and menu items reminiscent of a Victorian household that you’ll enjoy with fellow food-lovers and great company.  Emily brings the style of a Victorian dinner party to the Dep without the fuss and muss: julienne soup, baked mushrooms with smoked black pepper and lemon, seitan roast with garlic, cumin, fenugreek and parsley, spring tart, Sussex Pond pudding with gunpowder green tea cream.  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/supper-club-vintage-vegan-victoriana-by-emily-zimmerman/

Hello May! Ate by Ate’s Weekly Food Event Spotlight

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dishcrawl. may 2013

Four Gastronomic Delights In One Spring Night – A Dishcrawl Event, May 7.  7pm.  Meeting spot to be revealed 48 hours prior to the event.  $50 +HST/person.  Do you think you can handle FOUR foodie delights in one night?  This Dishcrawl tour will feed those night cravings with stops at four different restaurants for a fun and unforgettable dining experience!  The restaurant locations are kept secret until the night of the event, but Dishcrawl loves to give out hints on their Twitter leading up to the event, so follow them @DishcrawlSbh if you want to take a stab at the goods!   http://www.dishcrawl.com/gastrodelights/

Pink the Town Couture

Pink the Town Invites You to Cupcakes & Couture: A Cupcake Decorating Event, May 9.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $25 + $2.49 fee/person; 19+ ONLY as there will be alcohol served.  Walk the runway in true fashionable cupcake style! At this couture cupcake event brought to you by Pink the Town (a Canadian web and event company that connects women to their favourite brands with fun events and promotions) and Le Dolci, sip on drinks, mix and mingle with fellow fashionistas, and create stylish and delicious cupcakes with professional cupcake decorating tools, fondant, and frosting.  It’ll be a haute couture kind of night!  http://pttcupcakescouture.eventbrite.ca/# ,  http://www.ledolci.com/cupcakes-and-couture-at-le-dolci/

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ChocoSol Traders Chocolate Workshop, May 10.  6pm-8pm.  225 Geary Ave. by Dufferin St. and Dupont St.  $25/person (current discounted rate; cash payment only).  Spaces must be reserved in advance; classes are a minimum of 10 people, maximum of 25.  ChocoSol chocolate workshops unveil the magic behind raw cacao and chocolate making with classes being a mix of demos, interactive hands-on fun, and plenty of history and food info.  Learn about raw ingredients, sustainable, fair-trade practices and techniques, taste raw chocolate and drinking chocolate, purchase ChocoSol products and even get a ChocoSol facility tour while you’re there! https://chocosoltraders.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/chocolate-workshops-spring-2013/

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Colombian Bandeja Paisa for Mother’s Day by Cookie Martinez: A Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur, May 11.  7:30pm.  1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  What better way to honour your mum than making one of her classic home-cooked dishes that recreates the history, memories, comfort, love and care that went into her cooking in the kitchen?  Cookie Martinez will be doing just that at her special Colombian supper club devoted to her mother’s bandeja paisa, a regional dish in northwest Colombia, with all the fixins!

Enjoy Cookie’s bandeja paisa which includes red beans cooked with pork, white rice, ground beef, chicharon (crispy pork belly), fried egg, plantain, chorizo, arepa, hogao sauce, avocado and lemon, with regional appetizers and desserts to complete the meal.  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/supper-club-colombian-bandeja-paisa-for-mothers-day-by-cookie-martinez/

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Mother’s Day Portuguese Brunch at Aphrodite Cooks, May 12.  11:30pm-2:30pm.  201 Weston Rd.  $75 +HST/pair.  Enjoy the flavours and dishes of Portugal with mum!  Chef Paula Costa will host this breezy Portuguese brunch class where you and mum will enjoy dishes such as eggs with peas and chourico (Portuguese sausage); Bacalhau con Natas (baked salt cod with onions and potatoes, topped with a Bechemel); salad greens with lemon olive oil dressing; and for dessert, Sonhos (Portuguese mini donuts) served with Port caramel sauce.  https://www.aphroditecooks.com/class.aspx?c_id=7e073bf0-f1b4-4782-9401-7ebfc4cf342e