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

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The Brightest, Happiest of Decorated Sugar Cookies & Sweets – A Photo Spotlight of Summertime at Le Dolci!

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I have never seen Le Dolci’s studio look this bright and vibrant and happy!  Tropical colours and hanging paper flowers, adorable pink-and-white gingham, new pink-and-white dessert themed window decals, and LOTS of new sweets waiting to be devoured in their retail section!  I got the chance to make a return visit to Icing Sugar Towers (well, since Le Dolci is no longer at their old Portland St. condo, maybe we’ll just call it Icing Sugar Headquarters instead) on Tuesday and I had myself a field day getting new photos of the studio and catching up with Lisa and the gang.

They have a lot going on right now:

  • a gorgeous array of decorated sugar cookies for all sorts of occasions and themes including birthdays, Father’s Day, end-of-the-school-year-teacher thank yous, Pride Toronto, summer fun and fashionista couture
  • new sweets gracing their dessert counter such as tropical macaron flavours for their summer menu, gluten-free muffins and cookies, salted caramel chocolate tarts, brownies, and melty butter tarts
  • a culinary summer camp for kids that runs from July 15 to July 26!  Kids will have the chance to try their hands at cookie baking, styrofoam cake decorating, cake, cupcake and pie baking and decorating, and pizza-making and T-shirt decorating.  Click HERE for more information on class descriptions and pricing.
  • TWO amazing foodie trips in 2013 to San Francisco and Napa Valley, California and Paris, France!
  • having their desserts and sweets showcased at other venues.  Le Dolci has created adorable princess and knight-in-shining armour decorated sugar cookies for Casa Loma and pie-in-a-jar desserts for The Happy Hooker down the street!
  • and last, but certainly not least, a special Canaday Day cupcake decorating class on Saturday, June 29 from 10am-12pm and a Royal Baby cupcake decorating class on Saturday, July 13 from 10am-12pm to honour the lovely Kate Middleton and Prince William and their first born!

Check out their class schedule HERE for all the goods on their macaron, cupcake decorating, cake pop, croissant, pastry, cake, and pie-making classes and their Foodie Trips page HERE for the scoop on culinary jet-setting!

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Le Dolci’s studio and retail shop is located at 1006 Dundas Street West, right at the corner of Dundas West and Montrose Ave. The studio is across the street from Trinity Bellwoods Park and is open for business 6 days a week.  Operating hours are from 10am-6pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sundays.