Category Archives: Canadian

Gallery: Provisions Catering “Chef’s Charity Almanac Dinner”

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February 24, 2014: Held at Loft404, Provisions Catering brought together an all-star lineup of chefs for an intimate dining experience benefitting The Stop Community Food Centre. Additional event volunteers included service staff from Splendido, Woodlot and Bar Isabel.

Provisions Catering brings chefs together for The Stop fundraiser

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Click here to read my CityBites blog post on a new catering company, Provisions.

Chopped Canada S1E1 Review

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The credits begin! Chefs spin, smile, panic! Celebrity judges spit out soundbites, like Anne Yarymowich noting, “That was quite bland.” And, apparently, she wasn’t just speaking about the episode we’re about to watch unfold.

We’re greeted first by Dean McDermott and his old bags. No, I’m not talking about Tori Spelling. Seriously, the guy looks more sleepy than I feel after listening to Michael Smith’s voice. Continue reading

Double Life: Experiencing the Visa Infinite Dining Series from both sides of the table

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This weekend brought to you by the Visa Infinite dining series.

I am an employee for Sunday’s brunch at Splendido, while on Monday I am a guest at the 10-course meal held at Buca in support of the University of Guelph’s honey bee research.

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The “Garbage” Water That Was Named The Best Bottled Water In The World

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Would you pay $6 for a bottle of the best water in the world?

The makers of De L’Aubier sap water certainly hope so. Continue reading

Believe It Or Not, You Can Cellar That $14 Ontario Wine

Attending the iYellow Wine Club 54 Wines event on June 21, I had the opportunity to sample a rarity: aged Ontario wines. Namely, a 22-year-old red blend from Trius which won “best red wine in the world” at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 1995, and a 20-year-old brut from Château des Charmes.
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Exclusive: A Preview of Valdez, Steve Gonzalez’s Highly Anticipated New Restaurant

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The first thing that struck me most about Steve Gonzalez’s new restaurant Valdez is how little barrier there is between the staff area and the customer area.
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Kevin Brauch and his Thirsty Travels on Display at the Victory Cafe

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If there’s anyone who feels at home at a bar, it’s Kevin Brauch. This month, the television host, actor, producer and writer is adding “artist” to his lengthy resumé by bringing parts of his own home and experiences to the walls of the Victory Café.
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International Chardonnay Day: Celebrating Great Ontario Chardonnays (Yes, Really)

Prejudice can affect any industry, including the wine business. Canadian wines have been at a disadvantage since we began learning the trade — our wines are thought to be of poor quality compared to our prestigious foreign competition. Certain grape varietals themselves are snubbed as well. Chardonnay wines are rejected for the assumption that they will be heavy and aggressively oaked.

It seems then that a Canadian-made Chardonnay has two strikes against it, with little chance of gaining favour with the wine-drinking public. But that’s something that boutique winery Le Clos Jordanne is determined to overcome.
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The Cheese Boutique Festival of Chefs 2013

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Cheese Boutique, a self-proclaimed “food museum” located at 45 Ripley Avenue, offers Toronto food enthusiasts one unique and rare experience after another. The opportunity to court the expertise of Afrim Pristine, the world’s youngest Maître Fromager. Access to their ceiling-high walls of imported goods unavailable anywhere else. Safe storage of your most valuable cheeses in their Cheese Vault. And, every Saturday and Sunday in the month of May, the opportunity for the general public to get up close and personal with some of the most notable Toronto chefs.
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