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 Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex from 6 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/communicate/eventtickets.action?auctionId=285405395

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: Eva's Taste Matters
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Location: Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex
Tickets: Buy here


 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.

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









Last year's event had 466 attendees and over $174,000 was raised for the charity. It was record breaking!!

Presented by EventSource, the Toronto Catering Showcase is back for its second year, and will be taking place at Bram & Bluma Appel Salon on October 15th, 2017. The culinary event brings together a group of amazing caterers for an unforgettable afternoon of pure indulgence. 

Last year's event was amazing, and you can read my recap of it here.


Basic Information: 

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Hours: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON)
Price: $65 per person (buy tickets here)
Website: http://www.torontocateringshowcase.com/

For $65, you will receive an all-inclusive pass giving you complete access to an afternoon of pure indulgence - no food tickets, and no drink tickets needed. The Toronto Catering Showcase has partnered up with several of Toronto's top caterers below:

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Food Dudes
Drake Catering
 Encore Catering
 Treeline Catering 
Presidential Gourmet Catering
 en Ville Event Design and Catering
MaRo Catering  
Toben Food by Design
Kiss The Cook Catering 
 Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events
elle cuisine

Many of above caterers offer a variety of services including corporate events, weddings, and social events. I have been fortunate to attend events catered by some of these catering companies, and they have always crafted unique tasting experiences. I am looking forward to attending the upcoming Toronto Catering Showcase next month, and I hope to see you there.

The Food Dudes consistently raise the bar by anticipating and fulfilling the dynamic needs of the modern metropolitan client - a desire for fresh and local ingredients, sophisticated original fare, flexible budgeting plans - all while providing a memorable culinary experience. (source)
Photo Credit: Food Dudes
 "Our team of experts are the best in the industry and bring a wealth of culinary experience. Our hands-on approach to event planning and catering ensures clear communication with our clients and seamless day-to-day operations. We maintain close working relationships with our clients and offer support and direction to our on-site event teams. " (source)
Photo Credit: Daniel et Daniel
"Inspired by global cuisine, Toben Food By Design puts a twist on classic fine dining by bringing the best from the reaches of the world since 2005. Specializing fully customized menus to reflect the distinct requirements of each client, Toben Food By Design also prides themselves on the care and detail they instill into each of their events." (source)
Photo Credit: Toben Food By Design
Treeline Catering specializes in combining a setting, entertainment, and a quality meal for the masses with an efficiency that completely surprises most of our clients. Let us take the stress of organizing a huge event from your shoulders - be a guest at your own event! (source)
Photo Credit: Treeline Catering
Once again, hope to see you at this year's event and you can buy ticket(s) here at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2017-toronto-catering-showcase-tickets-35739269116.



Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by EventSource

Toronto Catering Showcase 2017

by on Thursday, September 07, 2017
Presented by EventSource , th e Toronto Catering Showcase is back for its second year, and will be taking place at  Bram & Bluma Appel...
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) opens today! Prior to their official opening date, I had the opportunity to attend CNE Media Preview Day where bloggers and media got a sneak peek at some of the creative concoctions from this year's The Toronto Star Food Building. We got to sample several innovative foods for 2017 at the CNE. The CNE opens Friday Aug, 18 and runs until Monday, Sept 4, 2017. For this year's Canadian National Exhibition, the food vendors have combined traditional carnival eats with trendy ingredients.

We started the morning off with some coffee and treats from Tim's Horton's.


Deep Fried Cheese Curds from the King of Curds



The Juicy Oink from Hot Bunzz Street Cuisine


Pickle Balls from Canadian Bacon Pickle 


Iced Caps from Tim Horton's



Pancake Bowls from Eat My Bowls


Last Samurai from Yatai


Dragon's Breath Crepe from Eative




Strawberry Shortsteak from Philthy Philly's


Stacked Philly Cheesesteak from Philthy Philly's


Vegan Poutine from Dutch Frites


Cricket Cone from Bug Bistro


 Takoyaki (Crispy Octopus Balls) from Japanese Karaage Cuisine


Campfire Smore's Cones from Chimney Stax


Fried Cheese Balls 


Spaghetti Donut Balls from Fritta



The Colossal Coliseum from San Francesco's Italian Sandwiches


Popcorn


All Canadian Red Hot Burger from Bacon Nation


What-A-Melon


Sugar Mountain from Cake Shack


The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) runs from Aug. 18 to Sept 4, and admission is $18. There is also a discounted rate of $6 if you go after 5 pm from Monday to Thursday. That is an amazing deal! Besides the food, there are tons of attractions this year like the Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating Show featuring Canadian figure skater Elvis Stojko, CNE Gaming Garage, Innovation Garage, and CNE Aquarama. 

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

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to check out Yumba's meal delivery subscription service. They are Toronto's new trending healthy eating experience offering carefully sourced natural meals curated by local chefs. This is especially helpful for those who have busy work schedules, and do not have the time to cook or go out. Yumba offers gourmet meals with great taste, and conveniently delivered to customers' doorsteps weekly in a chilled reusable thermal package. 


 The meals are diverse balanced dishes of well portioned proteins, carbohydrates and nutrients. 



"We started Yumba because we saw an opportunity to create a healthy eating experience that’s innovative, affordable, and transparent. You never want to compromise quality when it comes to food, and Yumba ensures you can access delicious, nutrient-rich meals in an easy and convenient way that doesn’t interrupt your lifestyle.” – Will Bowcott, Director of YUMBA.
As a young professional, I find meal prep to be quite a daunting task, especially when it's a long day's work. This is where Yumba comes in handy, as they offer a weekly meal service with high-quality meals made fresh to order. Each week, customers can choose flavor-packed dishes like summer confetti linguini, Chipotle pulled pork pasta, creamy dill salmon, and chicken tikka masala. The meals change weekly, so you'll get different dishes per week. 

The meals are super easy to make, as all you have to do is remove the sauce container before heating your meal in the microwave with the lid loosely fit for 2 minutes. Afterwards, pour the sauce on your food once it is finished heating.

Japanese Kabayaki Flank



Chicken & Shrimp Spinach Pesto Pasta



Burrito Bowl


 The three meals that I received from Yumba were healthy and I enjoyed its taste. My favorite out of the three was the chicken & shrimp spinach pesto pasta, which was light, and the chicken and shrimp were well-cooked. It's definitely a lot healthier than some of the food choices available out there and certainly lighter on the wallet. 4 meals per week is $49.99. which comes out to $12.99/meal. However, if you order 6 meals per week, it's $65.99 (so $10.99 per meal).


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

On the outskirts of Toronto lies a stunning agricultural building designed by Fumihiko Maki. The Aga Khan Museum opened its door in 2014, and features historical artifacts from Muslim ancient civilizations. To the right of the entrance of the museum is Diwan; a beautifully-designed restaurant headed by celebrity chef, Mark McEwan. We were invited to return to taste their new summer menu inspired by tempting flavors from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, North Africa, and Turkey. Diwan is open for lunch from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.



Diwan's decor evokes the luxury of a 19th century private Syrian home, and its menu draws inspiration from Middle Eastern cuisine. Additionally, the 65-seat restaurant is filled with natural lighting, giving it a bright, contemporary and modern ambiance, allowing guests a great view of the adjacent Ismaili Centre. Chef McEwan and his team have created a menu with their take on Pan-Islamic cuisine that includes starters like advice spiced calamari and halloumi salad, and entrees like lamb kofta meatballs, and harissa glazed salmon.

We started off the summer menu tasting with some mocktails from their wide range of drink options. We enjoyed it on the patio, which is now open for lunch. The patio has an incredible view of the beautifully landscaped Aga Khan Park designed by landscape architect, Vladimir Djurovic.



** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PORTIONS BELOW ARE SAMPLE-SIZE **

Advieh Spiced Calamari ($14) - with Aleppo Aioli 



Lamb Kofta ($14) - lamb meatballs, corn, and coconut curry with naan 


Photo Credit: Fred.BK

Grilled Octopus with Chickpea Salad
 ($17) - with Moroccan olives, stewed sweet peppers, and Aleppo aioli


Chicken Jalfrezi ($20) - tomato-based curry studded with peppers and onion, basmati rice, cashews, yogurt, and naan 


Borani-E-Bademjan ($11) - yogurt and eggplant dip in filo shell, onion, garlic, tumeric, cumin, dill, mint, lemon


My two favorite dishes from Diwan were the Advieh Spiced Calamari and Chicken Jalfrezi. The calamari was lightly coated in batter and well-spiced. The poutine on the other hand was full of flavors as the tomato-based curry was fragrant.

The Aga Khan Museum houses the Aga Khan family collection of roughly 1,000 rare objects and paintings from the 8th to the 20th century. Occasionally, they do have some temporary exhibitions that showcase arts from Muslim lands. After the tasting, we had the opportunity to tour the Aga Khan Museum's temporary exhibit, Syrian Symphony: New Compositions in Sight and Sound. It's on display until August 13, 2017, and it offers an immersive and interactive response from the artists to the current situation in Syria. I was completely immersed in the music and it provided a lot of insights into the conflict of the Syrian people. I highly recommend making a visit before it's gone. 



Photo Credit: Janey (foodrealm)

Photo Credit: Janey (foodrealm)

Photo Credit: Janey (foodrealm)

Photo Credit: Janey (foodrealm)

Photo Credit: Janey (foodrealm)

Photo Credit: Janey (foodrealm)

Address: 77 Wynford Dr, Toronto, ON M3C 1K1

HOURS:

Monday: Closed
(except holiday Mondays)
Tuesday: 10 am–6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am–8 pm
Thursday–Sunday: 10 am–6 pm

COST:

General Admission*
Friends: Free
Adults: $20
Seniors (65+): $15
Students:* $12

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

Summer Menu Tasting at Diwan

by on Friday, July 28, 2017
On the outskirts of Toronto lies a stunning agricultural building designed by Fumihiko Maki. The  Aga Khan Museum  opened its door in 2014,...