Over 300 food enthusiasts came together to enjoy the inaugural Toronto Catering Showcase presented by EventSource.ca on October 16, 2016. The grand event took place at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, where guests got to indulge in culinary delights prepared by 12 of Toronto’s most notable catering companies.




The Toronto Catering Showcase allowed guests to enjoy an afternoon of pure epicurean indulgence (pictures below). The event was $65 all-in, and provided all-inclusive access to culinary masterpieces, wines and craft beers from the top caterers in the Toronto area. Besides the delicious dishes, the event also featured local wines by the renowned Peller Estates, and a wide selection of craft beer provided by Brew Box Co.

Overall, the event was very well organized, and all 12 caterers were spaced out accordingly. There was a lot of room to walk around, and plenty of seating available. The event was also the perfect opportunity to scope out potential caterers for an upcoming event or wedding. However, it wasn't limited to those looking for event planning, Toronto Catering Showcase was fun for couples, families, and everyday culinary connoisseurs.

Please enjoy the food pictures from this year's Toronto Catering Showcase 2016 below. For more pictures of the fun, please check out the hashtag #TCS2016 on Instagram and Twitter.

10tation Event Catering

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East Coast Duo - seared scallop, poached lobster, celeriac puree, granny smith apple, bisque, celery leaves, and kale



Daniel et Daniel

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Chicken Cobbler - chicken, kale, aged cheddar, goat cheese, mozzarella cheese, sweet potato biscuit

Roasted Butternut Squash & Arugula Salad with Brussels Sprout Leaves - figs, fifth town capri blue and candied pecans, apple cider vinaigrette


Apple Pie - sous vide apple, pickled apple gelee, edlerflower ice cream, pie crust ganache, quinoa barley granola


Eatertainment Special Events & Catering

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Lemony Panelle - with romesco sauce, grilled octopus salad with olives, peppers, frisee, arugula & chorizo crumble


White Chocolate Arancini in Graham Crust - with black pepper cherry compote & lemon balm


elle cuisine

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Handmade Yukon Gold Gnocchi - san marzano tomato sauce, homemade ricotta cheese, micro basil, basil oil, fried tomato skins



Sticky Toffee Pudding - bourbon butterscotch, liquid nitro cinnamon ice cream, housemade caramel corn


en Ville Event Design and Catering

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Beer Braised Ontario Beef Cheek Short Plate


Maple-Roasted Pumpkin Tartlet


Encore Catering

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Ahi Poke - tuna, avocado, scallions, sesame seed & oil, pea leaves, Thai chili, wakame, potato noodle, soy sauce & rice vinegar


Veggie Taco - mango, chili, papaya, tofu, cashews, tomatoes, coriander & onion


Crisp Wonton Bolso - dungeness crab, old cheddar, corn, chili corn mayo, crisp wonton purse


The Food Dudes

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Shawarma Taco - raised lamb neck, Greek yogurt, hot sauce, beet pickled Jicama, feta, mint gremolata, tortilla strips


Kiss the Cook Catering

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Miso Carbonara Lamian


L-eat Catering

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21-ingredient Paese Calabrese Coleslaw, Branzino Crudo with Lime, Kimchi, and Avocado


Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cup Tarts


Parts & Labour

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Chicken & Waffles - mole fried chicken on top of warm buttermilk waffles



BC Snapper Crudo


Presidential Gourmet

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Sushi Taco - crispy wonton, sushi rice, miso sake shrimp, pickled ginger, scallion and sesame aioli


Toben Food By Design

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Artisan House Smoked Sausage - served on a Fuji Apple Crisp with red wine braised cabbage and house grainy-dijon mustard 


Garam Masala Jumbo Shrimp - with maple-curry house bacon and pineapple-mint relish


Oysters from OystersXO


Guests enjoyed live music from Wellington Music


Overall, the event was successfully put together, and I had a lot of fun.

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Disclaimer: The event provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

Toronto Catering Showcase 2016

by on Friday, October 28, 2016
Over 300 food enthusiasts came together to enjoy the inaugural  Toronto Catering Showcase  presented by  EventSource.ca  on October 16, 201...
I had the pleasure of attending Taste Matters earlier last month, a charity event hosted by Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth. The charitable organization is an award-winning organization that aims to help young people (16-24) who are homeless, living in shelters, “couch-surfing”, or housing insecure. Eva's also offers family and individual counseling to at-risk and homeless youth and their families. I think it's amazing that there is an outlet out there that works collaboratively with homeless and at-risk youth to help them reach their potential to lead productive.






 Eva’s Place opened their doors in 1994, and has since expanded from one to three shelters - Eva's Place, Eva’s Satellite and Eva’s Phoenix. All three shelters offer several different programs and services for homeless and at-risk youths. Since they started, they have helped approximately over 19,000 youth from the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada. It's a safe haven where youths are provided a supportive and safe environment as they try to better their lives.




The Mission: "The mission of Eva’s Initiatives is to work collaboratively with homeless and at-risk youth to help them reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives by providing safe shelter and a range of services, and to create long term solutions for homeless youth by developing and implementing proactive and progressive services." (source)




The grand-scale event was held in The Liberty Grand in downtown Toronto. There were over 20 food and beverage hosts, including a few tables featuring baked goods from the youth of Eva’s. It was an amazingly fun event filled with lots of delicious food, and it was all in the name of a good cause. The money raised from the event went to helping homeless youth receive critical job and life skills training and education, shelter, and housing for better futures.

Eva’s Taste Matters was a feast that brought together an array of Toronto’s finest food and beverage in support of homeless and at-risk youth. This year's event had 466 attendees and over $174,000 was raised for the charity. It was record breaking!!

2016 Food and Beverage Hosts include: Aria Ristorante, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Brickworks Ciderhouse, The Chef Upstairs, Corby Spirit and Wine Limited, Cibo Wine Bar, DAVIDsTEA, De La Mer and Oysters XO, Eva’s youth residents, Fonda Lola Mexican Bistro, Gargoyle, Holy Cannoli Shells and Cream, Kacaba Vineyards and Winery, Kennedy Catering, Mill Street Brewery, North 44 Catering, Olive Oil Boutique, R&D Restaurant, Rancho Relaxo, Redstone/Tawse Winery, Revitasize, Side Launch Brewing Company, Steam Whistle Brewery, and Zelcovia Cookies/cookiedelivery.ca.

Please enjoy all the photos from the Taste Matters - Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth event below!



There was also a great selection of silent and live auction items to bid on.




























** All three recipes are created by Joy McCarthy (@joyoushealth) **

Berry Green Bites


Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews
½ cup dried blueberries
½ cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
6 soft medjool dates, pitted
2 scoops greens+ mixed berry
Juice from 1 lemon
Zest from 1 lemon

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into a food processor. Blend until combined. Roll into 1 inch balls.
Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for one month.

Green Goodness Smoothie Bowl


Ingredients:

1 cup kale
1 cup chopped mango (reserve some for smoothie bowl topping)
1 tbsp chia seeds
½ avocado
1 scoop vegan greens+ O natural acai mango
1 scoop fermented vegan proteins+, vanilla
1 cup coconut milk

Garnish (Optional):

Handful blueberries and sliced strawberries
Chopped macadamia nuts
Coconut flakes
Chopped mango

Directions:

Toss all ingredients into a blender. Blitz until creamy. Pour into a bowl and top with remaining ingredients.

Hello Sunshine Smoothie


Ingredients:

1 orange, peeled
1 kiwi, peeled
1 cup pineapple, cubed
½ a lemon, peeled
1 banana
Handful spinach
1 scoop greens+ original plain
1 cup coconut water (or more if desired)

Directions:

Toss all ingredients into a blender. Blitz until creamy.

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