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

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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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/

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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

From Foodies to Food Trucks – 5 Upcoming Food Events in the City!

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Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – Toronto (TVA), April 27.  1pm-4pm.  17 Baldwin Street (2nd floor) at the Toronto Vegetarian Association, Vegetarian Resource Centre.  FREE; cost of food for donation on-site.  Participants of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale promote delicious, cruelty-free food while raising money for the community cause.  Come by for vegan baked goods (we hear there will be marble cupcakes, macaroons, donuts and much more!) and for the collection of vegetarian cookbooks for sale and on loan from the resource library!

*PLUS!*  Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – Toronto (The CookBook Store), April 27, 2pm-4pm.  850 Yonge Street.

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Gluten Free Garage: The Sequel, April 28.  10am-4pm.  Artscape Wychwood Barns at 601 Christie Street (covered street barn).  $10 for adults, children 12 and under FREE (proceeds go to the Canadian Celiac Association); cost of food and merchandise on-site.  The Gluten Free Garage is back for its sophomore year!  With food and vendors galore in support of celiac disease research and initiatives, the Gluten Free Garage is a market event featuring bakeries, food services, and restaurants; samples from merchants and vendors; health and lifestyle information, resources, and support about gluten-intolerance and gluten-free living; guest speakers and health experts; coupons and more!

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Craft Beer Tasting Menu with Kendra Simmonds: A Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur, April 28.  7:30pm; 8pm dinner.  1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Calling all beer lovers!  This fantastic tasting menu incorporates both locally brewed craft beers and savoury eats for a mouthwatering experience, fusing different flavours and ingredients to create new and interesting tastes and dishes.

Menu includes beer bread crostini with beer-infused cheddar sauce; a deconstructed beer salad incorporating malt, barley, wheat grass and more; pork and beer two ways!  Beer-brined pork loin in a beer reduction, and beer-glazed pork belly, both served with fresh spring market vegetables; and to end the meal, a sweet taste of beer-battered crepes!

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Better Living Food Truck Festival, May 3.  3pm-7pm.  1 Overland Drive by Shops at Don Mills just off of Don Mills and Lawrence.  FREE; cost of food and drink on-site.  Presented by Better Living Health & Community Services, come on out and take part in the food truck craze that has taken the city, province and nation by storm!  Enjoy some of the city’s most popular and beloved food trucks at this event including Smoke’s Poutinerie, Stuft Gourmet Sausages, The Feisty Jack, and drinks at the Bier Markt!

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Toronto Underground Market at Evergreen Brick Works, May 4.  5pm-10pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $22.60 + $2.50 service charge for general admission + cost of food and drink on-site at the event.  19+ only.  The Toronto Underground Market is special, monthly event that aims to bring our community together via food pathways by uncovering and illuminating hidden culinary talent within our city.  TUM offers food entrepreneurs and budding chefs a platform to share their food and stories, as well as an avenue to promote local food and businesses.  The market is social in nature, where food is eaten and consumed in a communal setting and where guests are encouraged to eat, talk, and mingle with chefs and other dinner guests.

Vegan Fall Harvest, Arepas, Raw Food, Kraut & Kimichi and More – October Classes, Supper Clubs at The Depanneur!

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I don’t think The Depanneur has ever been busier!  October is jam-packed with supper clubs and cooking workshops with everything from raw food classes to fermented soda pop workshops, Mediterranean vegan fall harvest supper clubs, Colombian arepas classes, and fun Halloween cookie decorating for the little ones!  Here’s the October line-up of events so far full of fall harvest warmth and comfort and seasonal food!

Intro to Raw Cuisine with Mary Hulbert at The Depanneur, October 3.  6:30pm-9pm.  $65 +HST/person.  Raw, vegan chef and culinary instructor, Mary Hulbert, hosts this interactive, demo class devoted to raw foods with a focus on how to incorporate more into your daily diet.  Learn about health benefits, the pantry staples and tools you’ll need if you’re thinking of starting a raw diet, recipes, and lots of advice and tips on meal planning!  Sample tasting menu includes fresh almond milk, sprouted hummus, zucchini pasta with basil hemp pesto, and more!  http://www.facebook.com/events/416773298371752/

Getting Pickled: Self-Preservation Classes with Christine Manning at The Depanneur, October 10.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  1033 College Street.  $40 +HST/person.  Learn the ins and outs of canning and preserving with ease with Christine Manning, avid canning and preservation specialist, and take home your creations at the end of the class!  At this workshop, learn how different combinations of vinegar and spices contribute to vastly different flavours in what you pickle.  Tasting menu and recipes will include pickled carrots and cauliflower.  http://www.facebook.com/events/485891541440611/

Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur: Mediterranean Vegan Deluxe with Emily Zimmerman, October 14.  7:30pm-10:30pm.  1033 College Street.  $40 +HST for supper club membership for the night.  Culinary extraordinaire Emily Zimmerman is back with another amazing vegan supper club at The Depanneur!  Inspired by fall colours, warmth and comfort, Mediterranean flavours, and fresh, seasonal fall ingredients, Emily will be dishing out a menu of creamy roasted garlic and cauliflower soup, butternut squash gnocchi with coconut butter and rosemary, warm braised apple and fennel salad, and for dessert, homemade amaretti and café au lait panna cotta!  http://www.facebook.com/events/426949300703159/

Fizzie Bevvies: The Art of Home-Fermented Pop with Kate Leinweber at The Depanneur, October 15.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  $47 +HST/person.  Love the fizzy taste of soda pop but hate how unhealthy the carbonated beverage is?  Loathe no more because holistic nutritionist Kate Leinweber leads this special workshop on making your very own – healthy! – fermented pop using healthy ingredients and immune boosting probiotics in various delicious flavours.  http://www.facebook.com/events/384841214921030/

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Food at Your Fingertips All Month Long! Cultural Food Festivals, Soups, Baking, Calendar Updates & More in September!

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The Vegetarian Food Festival is just around the corner!

The 2nd day of September is almost drawing to a close and it doesn’t look as though the party-harty days of summer are ending any time soon!  Sure, there’s back-to-school, back-to-work, and back-to-routine, but you’d never know it if you went over the September Food Calendar with all the food events that are happening over the course of the month!  There’s a plethora of cultural festivals, seasonal food events, and food news to report, so let’s get started with an update on how the Food Calendar is going to change from here on out and all the fantastic food adventures we can expect to play a part in this month!

Things have been incredibly busy for me (quite honestly, busy is an understatement) with work, freelance, and personal plans on top of all the blogging  and I feel awful for not posting the calendar up sooner, so I’m going to start making some changes to the way I do things because it’s really starting to get out of hand and much too overwehelming to do it all at the end of each month.  I’m not going to lie, I spend hours upon hours putting things together and cross-checking information and I always feel like I’m behind.  I love this part of the blog so much, so to keep it running more efficiently I’m going to start compiling events, festivals, and classes for the following month as I go along throughout the current month so that everyone will be able to follow along with my progress and actually find out about things well in advance!

Catch some of the farmers’ markets this month before they pack up for the year!

For example, we’re into September now and while everything that is happening in September will be posted on the Food Calendar and its friends, I will also be putting together the October one right before everyone’s eyes in a separate Food Calendar tab so that you can all check back periodically (follow me in on Ate by Ate’s Facebook page for daily updates and photo gallery fun!)  and find out about more things earlier.  It’s going to be SO much better this way, for me and for all of you!

Now that we have the administrative matters settled, let’s get right down to food business!  We have one of the city’s BIGGEST and most amazing food events coming back for another highly anticipated year: the 28th annual Vegetarian Food Festival at Harbourfront Centre from September 7th to the 9th!  I haven’t been to every single food festival there is in the city (maybe I’ll achieve that goal when I’m 60!), but I will say that the Vegetarian Food Festival is second to none.  This is the one festival that I feel truly lives up to the excitement and anticipation behind it and leading up to it.

I had so much fun during my first ever visit to the fest last year and to this day, I still remember all the amazing snacks, samples, and food I tried and falling over heels for this foodgasic soy nuggets from King’s Cafe, all of Jen’s homemade, vegan Apiecalypse Now baked goods and desserts (orange vegan peppermint patty cream thingy!), the Mexican tostadas from El Cilantro, and the adorable jar of peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co.!  I love it because when you’re at the festival roming the aisles ad different areas, you get to know so many brands you’d never heard of prior to the festival, and you get to meet so many independent business owners, and course, fellow foodies that you may have only knownn online!  I know it’s going to be fabulous, so I can’t wait for it to finally get here!

September also marks the return of food event favourites and new players to the game: Vietnamese Lantern Festival, Korean Harvest Festival, Taste of the Kingsway, Fortune Cooking Festival, Romanian Festival, Ukrainian Festival, Polish Festival, and so much more!  Roncesvalles and Bloor West Village are going to be piping hot jumping beans this month, that’s for sure!  As it is, both districts are so foodie-friendly with bakeries, cafes, and eateries coming out of the wazoo.  Add a festival into the mix?  You may not have to eat again for an entire week!  And on top of all that, a number of corn harvest festivals and corn roasts will be happening across the city throughout the month to celebrate the end of summer of the beginnings of fall, so get your munchers ready because there is going to be a LOT of food left, right, and centre!  

Everyone is going to need a lot of room in their bellies this month: Taste of the Kingsway, Ukrainian Festival Polish Festival, Korean Harvest, and so much more!

On top of all that, The Stop Community Food Centre’s monthly Food for Change event is going thematic (Childhood Meals!) with an amazing menu to boot (blue cheese chicken wing tacos?!  Pork grilled cheese sandwich?!  Milk and cookies a la gourmet?!), Canada’s Baking & Sweets Show is back for its sophomore year at the end of the month in Missausauga, and the culinary slurping event of the YEAR, Soupalicious, will be tantalizing hungry appetites and tastebuds with delicious soups concocted by chefs from restaurants all over the city.  Aside from the Vegetarian Food Festival, I am in conniptions over Soupalicious!  I am totally buying my tickets tomorrow and I’m crossing my fingers that they haven’t already sold out for the event!

BIG news affecting The Depanner and all us Dep lovers!

In addition to events and festivals, The Depanneur made a huge announcement recently about their cafe operations and what The Depanneuer truly wanted to focus on heading into the new month, season, and eventually, year.  The drop-in dinners, classes, workshops, weekend brunch, and famous supper clubs are completely staying intact and not going anywhere, but the day-to-day cafe will be shutting its doors during the day indefinitely starting this month.  It’s completely understandable how priorities shift and while I’m incredibly excited about being up-to-speed on all the fabulous additional supper clubs and activities that will be introduced, you all know how much I loved the cafe aspect of the business with its soups and frittata sandwiches among other yummies and I’m going to miss it dearly!  I wish The Depanneur the best of luck with their plan and I hope that everyone (and all of you!) will get the chance to take advantage of all the wonderful events and experiences they have to offer; weekend brunch has my name on it so I know that I will, at the very least, get around to that!

Summer Food Throwdown – Southern BBQ, Colombian Dinner & *NEW* Tasting Plates at The Depanneur!

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More food, more yumminess at The Depanneur!

Upcoming Food Events & News at The Depanneur

In addition to The Dep’s fab drop-in dinners, supper clubs, workshops, and classes, the cafe menu has expanded!  Not only can you stop in for their famous frittata breakfast sandwiches and grilled cheese, but now you can also feast on tasting plates full of seasonal, local food!  Each week The Dep will be offering up a handful of dishes that you can pick and choose from for $3 each.  Have one, have two, or have all 5 and create your very own tasting plate masterpiece!  There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to go around, and just think, you can combine any one of these tasting dishes with one of their soups and sandwiches to make your meal extra special!  This week: roasted potato salad with a creamy lemon herb dressing; spicy carrot salad with feta; grilled plums with honeyed ricotta; organic mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette; and homemade oatcakes, grilled sourdough or walnut-raisin toast.

*Upcoming Drop-In Dinners and Supper Clubs*

Friday Night Drop-In Dinner: Colombian Ajiaco with Cookie Martinez, July 27.  6pm-8pm.  1033 College Street.  $12 including tax.  Join South American cuisine and cookie baking guru, Cookie Martinez (you may have tasted her wares at the Liberty Village Soft Choice office markets!), for a summer feast of chicken stew straight from her home of Colombia.  Known as ajicaco, this is a hearty bowl of chicken, corn, capers, creme fraiche, cilantro and creamy yellow potato (papa criolla) distinctive to Colombia’s capitol of Bogota.  This meal becomes even more amazing with a side of rice, avocado, and crispy, melt-in-your-mouth fresh corn arepa.  Grab a seat and enjoy a summer evening at The Dep!

Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur: Texas vs. Tennessee BBQ Throwdown, August 11.    7:30pm-10:30pm.  1033 College Street.  $40 supper club membership for the night.  Get down and dirty with southern fare as Texas squares off with Tennessee in a BBQ battle like no other at this southern tour supper club!  Savour food the Texan way with slow-cooked, dry rubbed beef brisket and succotash while sinking your teeth in Tennessee style ribs dripping in a smoky, sticky whiskey sauce and sweet molasses baked beans.  End the night on a sweet note with southern pecan pie!  http://www.facebook.com/events/467269889959034/

Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur: Summer Lovin’ with Emily Zimmerman, August 12.  7:30pm-10:30pm.  1033 College Street.  $4o supper club membership for the night.  Bask in the lazy days of summer with seasonal, local, vegan feast by Chef Emily Zimmerman!  Emily has been cooking up and hosting supper clubs at The Dep for months now and she’s back again for an August evening dinner bash showcasing the beauty of Ontario food.  Enjoy stuffed summer vegetables with arugula pesto, buckwheat crepes with homemade fruit chutney, tomato, and spiced chickpeas bitter greens with strawberry balsamic, and a fabulous cherry-berry cupcake trifle with lemon coconut cream!  http://www.facebook.com/events/439514426070944/  

AND, be sure to check out the mini farmer’s market on Tuesdays from 4:30pm-7:30pm out on the side patio, the truckload of frozen summer treats on hand (Augie’s Ice Pops and Organic Meadow ice cream!), and Pork Ninja drop-in dinners EVERY THURSDAY for the summer!

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The Depannuer is located at 1033 College Street between Dovercourt Rd. and Dufferin Street.  They are open from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays) with a number of cooking classes, food workshops, drop-in dinners, and supper clubs throughout the month, which you can keep up with on the Food Calendar or on their Twitter @TheDepanneur.  Their cafe operating hours are as follows: Tuesday-Friday 8am-6pm (6pm onward for Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday drop-in dinners), and Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm for weekend brunch and lunch (6pm onward for supper clubs).  You can view The Depannuer’s Facebook page here.