Mother’s Day Events in Toronto – Afternoon Tea, Brunch, a Supper Club & More!

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Simple & Elegant for Mother’s Day at the LCBO Bayview Village, May 6.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Join Chef Harrison Hennick for this classy and elegant class with dishes that would be perfect for mom for a brunch, lunch, or tea!  Menu will feature homemade pretzel bites and mustard, heirloom tomato tart, and pan-roasted halibut.

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.

Gibson House Mother’s Day Tea, May 11 & 12.  2pm-4pm.  5172 Yonge Street just north of North York Centre subway station.  $30 +HST/person (includes admission to historic house which guests can tour during the tea).  Pre-registration and pre-payment are required as seating is limited (please call 416-395-7432 to book).  Enjoy finger sandwiches, sweets and tea in Mrs. Gibson’s parlour at this special Mother’s Day afternoon tea.

Mother’s Day Chocolate Tour by Tasty Tours, May 11.  3:30pm-6pm.  Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood and downtown Toronto with specific meeting place information provided upon registration and tour booking.  $35/person, $15 for children 7-12, and FREE for children 7 and under.  Tasty Tours is back with their Mother’s Day chocolate and sweets weekend!  Join others in a decadent tour of 4 different chocolatiers and locations around downtown Toronto, complete with shop discounts, samples, and plenty of chocolate goodness and information.

Mariposa’s Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise, May 12.  11:30am-2:30pm.  207 Queens Quay West at the Queens Quay Terminal.  $48.95 +fees and taxes/person ($24.95 +fees and taxes for children 4-12).  Celebrate Mother’s Day onboard a cruise ship around the Toronto harbour with a brunch with all the fixins!  The brunch is served buffet style with dishes such as wheat berry salad, carved roast beef, scrambled eggs and smoked sausage and bacon, pasta primavera, a bakery station, a waffle station and more!

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.

Mother’s Day Cream Tea at Spadina Historic House & Museum, May 12.  Seatings at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.  285 Spadina Road across the street from Casa Loma.  $15 +HST/person (tickets must be purchased in advance; call 416-392-6910 Ext. 305 to book).  Bring mum to the beautiful and charming Spadina House for afternoon tea fit for a queen!

Mother’s Day Tea and Tour at Montgomery’s Inn, May 12.  1pm-4pm.  4709 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke.  $10 +HST/person which also includes a tour of the historic inn (there is no registration for the tea; it is first come, first served).  Nosh on sweet cream scones with crème fraîche and gooseberry jam, lemon tarts and more with mum!

Mother’s Day Tea at Black Creek Pioneer Village, May 12.  Seatings at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.  1000 Murray Ross Pkwy., south of Steeles Ave. West and east of Jane Street within the York University campus area at Black Creek Historic Brewery Restaurant, located in the Half Way House & The Canada West Room in the Black Creek Visitor’s Centre.  $38.95 +HST/person for non-Black Creek members; $34.95 +HST/person for members (prices include admission to Black Creek and reservations required; please call 416-667-6295).

Enjoy fresh local ingredient at this special tea featuring a vast array of finger sandwiches (including Ontario maple curried chicken salad), warm scones, delectable sweets and tea!

Adventures in Food in May – The Return of Outdoor Markets, Mother’s Day Events, and Food Shows Galore!

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Got chocolate? Chocolate Addict in Kensington Market

May is here and oh my goodness is there ever a ridiculous amount of food goodness to look forward to this month!  I thought April was pretty amazing, what with National Grilled Cheese Month and Easter cupcakes and festivities and all, but May will totally blow April out of the water.  While I was compiling and writing up the May Food Calendar, it felt like I was on a never-ending roller coaster as I kept finding more and more events and markets to add to it.  I’m STILL not entirely finished!  I just found out about some new things today and I need to get cracking on finishing up the Cooking Classes & Workshops calendar because there are some mighty fine tasty specimens to enjoy in that category too.  The best part about all of this food news?  There’s a little bit of everything.  Let’s get started!

Farmers’ markets are heading outside starting this month!

Get the tote bags ready because the outdoor farmers’ markets are busting out this month!  If you read my comprehensive Spring Market News post the other day you’ll know some of this already, but just so we’re all on the same page, May will see the return of markets in East York, Trinity Bellwoods, Sherway Gardens, Withrow Park, and Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market among numerous others!  Dates and months can start to get a little confusing when we’re looking at so many markets, so what I’m going to do is make a separate page within the Food Calendar with all the markets that are specifically starting up in May with their locations and dates.  They’ll be listed on the main farmers’ market page as well, but this will make everyone’s lives easier and more streamlined. 

To add even more excitement into the market mix, the market at Evergreen Brick Works will be celebrating their 6th birthday on May 5th, there will be yummy tastings at the Brick Works every Saturday during the spring and summer months, and the foodie community is ecstatic to welcome a brand new market to the city later on this month in the Toronto Botanical Gardens!

Spadina Museum and Historic House & Gardens

M is for May and M is for Mother’s Day!  If you love to “mangia, mangia!” with mum, there are foodie Mother’s Day weekend activities happening all across the city including Mother’s Day afternoon teas at both the Spadina Museum & Historic House and Gardens, and Montgomery’s Inn in the west end; Mother’s Day brunch on a cruise ship; Mother’s Day brunch at The Drake Hotel on Queen West, and a very special Mother’s Day locavore buffet brunch at Artscape Wychwood Barns featuring fresh, organic, local food from their very own farmers’ market vendors and producers. 

Mum has a sweet tooth?  We have some of that too.  Tasty Tours is hosting and unveiling their highly anticipated Chocolate Tour on Mother’s Day weekend in addition to their Mother’s Day sweets tour!  Tasty Tours is devoted to showcasing the city’s finest in sweets and chocolates around downtown Toronto, most notably in Kensington Market, King West, and Trinity Bellwoods.  They’ll be having a flash sale promotion going on sometime next week  that will slash $15 off the regular ticket price for their Chocolate Tour, so instead of it being $35, you can get it for $20!  I don’t know about you, but I am just a click away from taking advantage of this deal!  Click HERE for the goods! and to sign up for their mailing list so you’ll be in the know about discounts and promotions!

Tasty Tours will be unveiling their chocolate tour this month!

And finally, we can’t forget about the food shows and happy hour festivities!  During the month of May, there’s the Good Food Festival & Market at the International Centre in Mississauga, the Tequila and More Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Iranian Heritage Day at the Royal Ontario Museum, Tastes and Sounds of Asia at Mel Lastman Square, the 2nd Annual Vegan Spring Expo down by the harbourfront, the return of The Stop’s Beer Garden at Wychwood Barns, and the celebration, fight, and solidarity of and behind Food Revolution Day on a local, global, national, and city-wide scale.

There’s a lot to look forward to and I imagine that things are only going to get crazier as the season progresses, but I’m here to be your eyes and ears (and in most cases, your tastebuds!) and I’ll be updating as frequently as I can on everything that will be going on this month and beyond.  Have a happy and foodielicious May, everyone!