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Showing posts with label Food Events. Show all posts
About two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending one of Toben Food by Design‘s pop-up dinners at their new partnered venue, Grace. Guests were treated to an amazing family-style dinner in a multi-faceted space. Grace was the perfect backdrop for the evening: a beautifully designed space using a mixture of heritage tones and contemporary touches.

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For those who desire some Asian influence and nostalgia in their meal, I highly recommend checking out Toben Food by Design‘s Lǚkè Pop Up Series: I. “Meaning Traveler in Mandarin, Lǚkè transports each guest to a different location by combining flavour, design, style and service for a full globetrotter experience in your very own city.”



Pop-up dinners are not new in Toronto, but to execute one with such exceptional food is what sets this one apart. The Lǚkè dinner embodies the small community closeness of the Asian culture, without sacrificing the privacy and space to which western dining culture is accustomed. Having traveled all over various parts of Asia, both Chef Toben and Chef Liam brought forth their inspiration from their trips straight to the dinner tables in the most wonderful way.

Upon entering Grace, guests are escorted to their communal tables, and drink orders were taken. The inspiration from their Asia travels is quite evident right from the presentation of the tables to the subtle nuances across the 8 courses we had the pleasure of enjoying. Each course was carefully prepared with consideration of its Asian influence such that the overall experience was an adventure in itself.

The three specialty cocktails (Taramind Sour, Sake Cocktail and Thai Coconut) perfectly complemented all of the Asian-inspired dishes.  I opted for the Thai Coconut, a sweet mixture of white rum, lemongrass syrup, lime bitters and coconut water. Yum!



As a seasoned traveler myself, I’ve had the chance to experience my share of Asian cuisine and can attest to the fact that the best cuisine out there really stimulates all five taste senses: saltiness, sweetness, bitterness, sourness, and umami. The dishes prepared by Toben certainly did just that: it is clear that a lot of attention was placed into ensuring that each one of these flavors was incorporated and balanced across the 8 delectable dishes.

We began dinner with three snacks. First up, deviled eggs which were carefully crafted with miso-crème fraiche yolk – a sensational taste of its Italian origin coupled with an Asian accent thanks to the red shisho, and Liam’s cured salmon roe. These were to die for, and the general consensus of our table was that we wished we had more of them!



The second snack was the Vegetarian Hot and Sour soup, which was the dish we found incorporated the greatest amount of Asian influence. With its exotic mushrooms, and 5 spice lotus root chips, this soup did not shy away from its Asian heritage leaving a very savory experience in one’s palette.

The third snack served as a tasty palette cleanser to the first two dishes, “resetting” our respective palette in preparation for the main meal. I cannot think of a better way to do it than using Hamachi Crudo paired with baby cucumber, and various herbs. This dish’s origin is actually Italian and serves as an answer to the Japanese Sashimi. The idea here was to bring the ocean to your dish without countering the natural flavors. This dish itself was light, gentle and served its purpose in preparing us for the main courses.

 

The first main course was Jumbo Fried Chicken Wings accompanied by its own set of Bachan – Kimchi, Cucumber Salad, and Picked Daikon. Over the last several years, Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) has popped up everywhere and has earned its staying power for a very good reason. The idea of having bachan Korean sides that are light and breezy, followed by fried chicken really elevated the flavours as opposed to fried food on top of fried food that you typically find at most fried chicken restaurants.








The next main course was the Charred Octopus, another very well-known Italian dish, seasoned with Black Bean Pineapple, and Lime. The two chefs cleverly fused an Asian staple food to this dish that every Asian household is very well aware of: Lap Cheong Sausages. The sausages were cut into tiny pieces to create a visually pleasing presentation, but also added flavor that complemented the octopus.



We ended off the main meal with a rather intricate salad consisting of many ingredients. The Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad composed of Kohlrabi, beets, heirloom carrots, Brussels sprouts, dandelion greens, radishes, pumpkin seeds, heirloom cherry tomato, and drizzled in a creamy golden miso dressing. I liked that it was filling and packed with flavor.



Wok Fried Water Spinach is an essential dish in Asian home-style cooking and restaurants. Toben’s version mixed oyster sauce, lemongrass, galangal and garlic to re-create a classic vegetable dish.

The night ended off on a sweet note with the Black Tea-Sea Salt Creme Caramel. Simply divine!



Overall, the evening certainly lived up to its goals of delivering guests that true globetrotter experience. Every detail of the dinner from start to finish was meticulously arranged, which culminated into a fantastic dinner and overall guest experience.

We look forward to the next pop up event hosted by these two seasoned traveler chefs! If you’re interested in giving this meal a try, the next event in the Lǚkè Pop Up Series: I will take place  at Grace on April 5th at 7 pm.
One of Toronto's highly anticipated events took place on Sunday, Oct 14, 2018. The third annual 2018 Toronto Catering Showcase presented by EventSource.ca was held at the state-of-the-art The Globe and Mail Centre, and it was a grand success! Over 500 food enthusiasts came together to enjoy an afternoon of delicious cuisine and bottomless drinks.



Upon entering the venue, guests were greeted by the grandeur designed by Ashley Pigott Events. The carefully curated room was filled with an abundance of wedding and event inspirations to all. One of the main events of the evening was the indulgence of culinary delights prepared by 12 of Toronto's notable and trend setting culinary caterers. That did not disappoint, as there were a variety of signature dishes, refreshing beverages and dainty yet delicate desserts.  

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This year's event relocated to a new venue at The Globe and Mail Centre. The venue itself was refined, and had a spacious balcony lounge where guests were greeted with a lovely view of the city's sleek skyline. Like previous year events, this one was well-organized and each booth had enough designated space between them for guests to grab food comfortably. Additionally, the modern event space was given a more refreshed look with comfy leather couches and stand-tables giving guests more options for seating.


The event was ideal for those looking for caterers for their next event such as weddings and parties, corporate planners or your everyday culinary connoisseurs. Each caterer prepared about two to three different dishes and desserts, where guests were able to sample each delectable culinary dish. All of the caterers at the show offer personalized culinary experiences and most do draw inspiration from global or current food trends. Tickets were priced at $65 per person giving each guest an all-inclusive pass giving a complete access to an afternoon of pure epicurean indulgence – no food tickets, no drink tickets, no other charges.

Photo Credit: Ikonica at https://ikonica.ca/
The Toronto Catering Showcase allowed guests to enjoy an afternoon of pure epicurean indulgence. Besides the delicious dishes, the event also featured local wines by sommelier from Peller Estates, and a wide selection of craft beer provided by Brunswick Bierworks. Overall, the event was 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 2018 below. For more pictures of the fun, please check out the hashtag #TOCateringShow on Instagram and Twitter.

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Cod From Away - Fogo Island cod, passionfruit brown butter emulsion, Jerusalem artichoke black malt, BC spot prawn 


Mini Ginger Chocolate Cookie Dough Cones 
 


Eatertainment

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Spicy Beef and Nori Crab Salad Cone 


Torched Mini Meal - halibut, escabeche with black bean puree, roasted peppers 



elle cuisine

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Duck Confit with Chanterelle Truffle Risotto - rissoto cooked in a wushroom and truffle broth sauteed chanterelle with thyme and butter with a rich duck, jus and chervil cress 


Encore Catering

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Truffle Mac & Cheese Croquette 


Spiced Apple Tarts


en Ville Event Design and Catering

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Open Face Veda Pav malasa dusted naan crisp, green chutney 


Trout with Acorn Squash Puree - crunchy snow pea silvers 


Food Dudes

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Fall Chopped Salad -  purple modular kale, vegetables. cranberry goat cheese spread, smoked squash, caramelized apples, maple walnuts, pumpkin seeds 




Fried Chicken Bao -  pimento cheese, bacon-onion jam, banh mi slaw, pickled jalepeno, steam bun



Kiss the Cook Catering

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Vepro-Kmedlo-Zelo - pork roast, sauerkraut, dumpling, plum chutney


Smazeny Syr - fried cheese, deconstructed tartar sauce, mini brioche


Svestkove Knedliky - fruit dumplings, brown butter, brown sugar, cottage cheese


Oliver & Bonacini

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Symphony of Soil - heirloom carrots, cauliflower, radish, beets edible soil, green goodness dressing


Presidential Gourmet

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London Fog Bubble Tea earl grey infused bubble tea topped with cotton candy


BBQ Jackfruit olive fingerling potato cake, brussels sprout slaw


Provisions TO

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Oysters -  grapefruit, spruce, habanero 



The Host Fine Indian Cuisine

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Chaat Papri


Samosa


Toben Food By Design

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Handmade Cavatelli bolognese sauce, truffled pecorino 



Roasted Baby Beet Salad samac-tahini yoghurt, fennel, winter citrus, radish, cucumber, watercress, spiced chickpea crumble 


Zeppole mascapone, lemon curd, wild blueerry compote


Love Gelato

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BarChef

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Four Seven Two - bourbon, fresh lemon, cola bitter, mint syrup 

Super Chilled Bourbon and Star Anise Julep - bourbon, maple, lemon and chamomile gel, Madeira, star anise syrup, orange zest, rosemary brunoise 


Brunswick Bierworks


Music by The Guitar Guys, a Toronto-based string ensemble.



It was a great pleasure to be here and taking part in the Toronto Catering Showcase 2018. The event was perfectly executed by EventSource.ca as they took consideration of people's feedback from previous years and implemented changes. Yes, the dishes were sampled-sized, but it was AYCE. So guests were guarantee to leave satisfied and full once the event ended at 4 pm. One of my highly-recommended food events to attend of the year. Until next time!

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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.


** Pictures by Devon Liu. Visit his Instagram to check out his feed ** 



Taste Matters is 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 Taste Matters will be taking place on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at The Atrium in Queen Richmond Centre West from 6 pm to 9 pm. The event is a feast of delectable delights that brings together Toronto’s finest food and beverage. Proceeds go to safe shelter, nutritious food and 24-7 support for homeless youth at Eva’s.  Early bird tickets are currently on sale at https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?vhost=evas&utm_source=evas-tm-page&utm_medium=bttn&utm_campaign=TM2018&utm_term=buy-tickets-header

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: Eva's Taste Matters
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Location: The Atrium at 134 Peter Street, Toronto, ON, M5V 2H2
Tickets: Buy here

Promo Code: Use the code FOODIE for 20% off

Enjoy tasty, local cuisine and beverage including beer, wine, and coffee. Participate in a live and silent auctions to get great deals on wine, trips, spa packages and jewelry. Hear from Chef Myles, a successful Toronto chef and Eva's alum, about his experiences with homelessness and journey to success. 


 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 will be held in The Liberty Grand in downtown Toronto. There will be over 20 food and beverage hosts, including a few tables featuring baked goods from the youth of Eva’s. Please support this great cause as all of the money raised from the event will go towards helping homeless youth receive critical job and life skills training and education, shelter, and housing for better futures.


 Celebrate Toronto’s finest food and drink to help young people experiencing homelessness access better nutrition.
Please enjoy all the photos from last year's Eva’s Taste Matters - Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth event below!












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