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Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Eat To The Beat charity event. Hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), it is the only event in Canada to exclusively features the talent of 60 female chefs. They have all come together for one night to offer support to women going through the challenges of breast cancer diagnosis.

The event was held at the Roy Thomson Hall on October 17, 2017, and managed to raise thousands of dollars of funds for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.  The Roy Thomson Hall’s lobby was transformed into a foodie mecca with so many food options available that night. Guests were able to enjoy specially prepared savory and sweet dishes at 60 stations, along with drinks from 20 of the finest beverage purveyors. 

Eat To The Beat was started 21 years ago by sisters Lisa and Abby Slater, and has since raised more than $3.9 million since its introduction. The funds raised at the food event are directed towards supporting the full spectrum of breast cancer programs and services of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) – from important research where the latest innovations are developed to direct patient support – and will benefit not only the estimated 25,000 Canadian women who are diagnosed every year with this disease, but also the families and friends who love and support them. Every dollar counts! 

There was also a live band performing a variety of top songs throughout the evening ensuring a lively atmosphere. It was a great event, where guests got to sample the culinary delights from all of the talented female chefs. 

Please enjoy the food pictures from this year's Eat To The Beat 2017 below. 

Ace Bakery with their "Build Your Own Crostini"

Chef Nuit Regular serving Rice Salad - Jasmine rice with white turmeric, long beans, lemongrass, sawtooth coriander, edible flower and soy bean sauce

Vanessa Baudanza and Isabelle Loiacono from The Rolling Pin serving Donuts

Chef Veronique from Crepes A Gogo Spadina serving Monsieur Crepes - tuna, mayonnaise, lettuce

Manal Bashier from Victor Gries serving Chocolate Mousse Cake - hazelnut ganache, candied orange

Jennifer Mooers from Hooked serving Japanese Hokkaido Bay Scallops - on half shelf

Elaine Wong from Omni Hotels & Resorts serving Torched Crtus Beef Tataki - pickled vegetables on forbidden black rice 

Felicia Derose from Fish and Oyster serving Fresh Shucked Oysters - with beet and shallot mignonette 

Marigolds & Onions serving Piri Piri Shrimp - roasted black tiger shrimp with piri piri glaze

Eat To The Beat

Emma Beqaj from Emma's Catery serving Paino - tomato foccaccia, mortadella, buffolo mozerella, and salsa verde 

Jeanne da Silva and Amy Symington from Gilda's Club serving Chipotle Quinoa and Cornmeal Muffins - with avocado butter

Tiffany Miguel from George Restaurant serving Chocolate Coconut Cake

Roselle Desserts serving Buttery Sabre Breton Base - roasted Northern spy apples 

Renee Bellefeuille from AGO serving Birria-Spiced Beef Brochette - with cashew-chili salsa

Dufflet serving Pumpkin Slider - pumpkin cake filled with spiced cream cheese

Kimberly Humby from Bistro East & Main serving Applewood Smoked Duck Breast - with wild mushroom risotto and patridge berry demi-glace 

Jennifer Perusini from Berber Social serving Moroccan Maftoul - Moroccan cigar with ground beef

Meghan Van Horne from Public House serving Cornbread and Smoked Rabbit Slider

There was a wide selection of alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages from 20 drink stations at Eat To The Beat including: 

An estimated 25,000 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. So, the funds will surely help and assist patient support.

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[Event Recap] Eat To The Beat 2017

by on Monday, November 06, 2017
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the annual  Eat To The Beat  charity event. Hosted by the  Canadian Cancer Society  (CCS), it i...

Eat To The Beat is back for its 22nd year as one of Toronto’s must-attend culinary events and fundraisers. The charity event is hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), and will be held at the Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street) on Tuesday, October 17 from 7 pm – 10 pm. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy both savoury and sweet dishes at 60 food stations and a wide selection of alcohol/non-alcoholic beverages from 20 drink stations.

Funds raised at Eat To The Beat will be directed towards supporting breast cancer programs and services of the Canadian Cancer Society. An estimated 25,000 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. So, the funds will surely help and assist patient support.


Event: Eat To The Beat
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Location: Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street)
General Admission Ticket: $189
Tickets: Buy here

Ticket: Tickets include savoury and sweet dishes at 60 stations along with wine, beer and a selection of non-alcoholic libations from 20 of the finest beverage purveyors.

* a tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount

The event exclusively features 60 female chefs supporting women through the challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis. The line up of chefs is impressive and includes some of the following:

Sandra Abballe, Succulent Chocolates and Sweets
Suzanne Baby, Gallery Grill at Hart House
Suzanne Barr, Kid Chocolate
Manal Bashir, Victor Dries
Vanessa Baudanza, The Rolling Pin
Wanda Beaver, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky
Renee Bellefeuille, Art Gallery of Ontario
Cathy Beneway, Creative Catering by Cathy
Emma Beqaj, Emma’s Eatery Catering
Richell Castillo, Fabbrica
Arvinda Chauhan, Arvinda’
Preena Chauhan, Arvinda’
Tiiu Christie, Marigolds and Onions
Tysa Christie, Marigolds and Onions
Felicia Derose, Chase Fish & Oyster
Donna Dooher, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Stephanie Duong, Roselle
Rossy Earle, SupiCucu
Alexandra Feswick, The Drake Hotel
Elia Herrera, Los Colibris, El Caballito
Kimberly Humby, East & Main Bistro
Anna Janes, Cocomira Confections
Leyla Kizilirmak, Art Square Gallery and Café
Charlotte Langley, Groundwork Food and Scout Canning
Vanessa Le Page, The Cake Lady
Tara Lee, Eastbound Brewing Co.
Jacqueline Lo, Ruelo Patisserie
Isabelle Loiacono, The Rolling Pin
Lynn Mendelson, Lynn Mendelson Catering
Tiffany Miguel, George Restaurant
Joan Monfaredi, Park Hyatt Hotel
Jennifer Mooers, Hooked
Lauren Mozer, Elle Cuisine
Andrea Nicholson, Butchie’s and Killer Condiments
Anne Novo, The Gladstone Hotel
Leona Nyman, Azzurra
Catherine O’Donnell, Willow Cakes and Pastries
Christine Ostiguy, Yorkshire Pudding Catering
Angela Panigas, The Sultan’s Tent & Cafe Moroc
Chef Véronique Perez, Crepes a GoGo Spadina and Limonana
Jennifer Perusini, BerBer Social
Andrea Poirier, Inn on the Twenty
Karen Rachlin, Bite Catering
Nuit Regular, Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, Sabai Sabai, Sukhothai
Emily Richards, Professional Home Economist
Sophia Rouleau, Ace Bakery
Dufflet Rosenberg, Dufflet Pastries
Jeanne da Silva, George Brown College Chef School
Alida Solomon, Tutti Matti
Lili Sullivan, Pomodoro in the Country
Amy Symington, George Brown College Chef School
Meghan Van Horne, Public Schoolhouse
Elaine Wong, The Omni King Edward Hotel
Winlai Wong, The Badminton & Racquet Club of Toronto
Vanessa Yeung, Aphrodite Cooks

All of the chefs are donating their time and talent to the event, so please support this great cause. More information and buy tickets at

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[Charity Event] Eat To The Beat 2017

by on Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Eat To The Beat  is back for its 22nd year as one of Toronto’s must-attend culinary events and fundraisers. The charity event is hosted by...
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


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!!

The annual rock and roll themed event, Brewers Plate 2017, returns to Toronto on May 4th from 6 pm to 11 pm. The event will take place at the Corus Quay Building (25 Dockside Drive) in support of War Child Canada.

The event is to help War Child Canada raise money to support children and families around the world. All of the  restaurants and Ontario brewers involved in this charitable event has graciously donated their time and materials to create a wonderful night for attendees. The indulgent food event features an array of craft beer and unlimited sampling of local dishes. 

"We are thrilled to mark the 10th anniversary of the Brewers Plate with our most exciting and diverse roster of brewers, restaurants and Chefs ever," said Les Murray, President of Beerlicious Inc., “sampling great food and beer while having a great time in support of such a worthwhile partner in War Child Canada makes this event a must attend."

Last year's event raised $9,200 in support of War Child Canada to help children in war-affected communities reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice. They hope to do the same this year! 

The Brewers Plate 2017 is proud to present its curated list of brewers, restaurants and Chefs including:


Palais Royale
Trattoria Nervosa
Le Dolci Toronto
Heirloom Toronto
Ted’s World Famous BBQ
Hangry Catering Co.
Tundra Restaurant & Bar
Globe Bistro
Cheese Boutique
Mangia & Bevi
Beaus All Natural Brewing


Old Tomorrow Beer
The Collingwood Brewery
All or Nothing Brewhouse
Station Cold Brew Coffee Co.
Henderson Brewing Co.  Walter Craft Caesar
Beaus All Natural Brewing
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Great Lakes Brewery
Muskoka Brewery
MacKinnon Brothers Brewing
Steam Whistle Brewing

Tickets to the Brewers Plate 2017 are now on sale through and start at $90 each + taxes and fees. New for this year: Brewers Plate 2017 is offering an Entourage 5 Pack, valued at $400 + taxes and fees, so if attendees are planning on bringing friends this may be the ticket pack for them. They'll be able to see savings of $10 per ticket with this package. They can also try their luck at winning tickets in the coming weeks by tuning in to Brewers Plate's fantastic partners at Q107 and 102.1 the Edge.

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Brewers Plate 2017 - #RockThePlate

by on Thursday, April 27, 2017
The annual rock and roll themed event,  Brewers Plate 2017 , returns to Toronto on May 4th from 6 pm to 11 pm. The event will take place at...