• [Food Post] Tsujiri Toronto

    Tsujiri Toronto's first North American outpost opened earlier this week near Bay and Dundas amid much fanfare. This is their first foray into a market outside Asia, but they are planning on expanding to other cities in North America in the future. I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of some of the products that Tsujiri Toronto has to offer a day before its soft opening, and got the chance to chat with one of the managers, Tylor Shek.

  • [Food Post] Nordstrom Eaton Centre Opening Gala featuring Daniel et Daniel

    The gala opening epitomizes what Nordstrom is all about - great customer service and consistency of the brand. Hence why they partnered with Daniel et Daniel to be the official caterer of the Nordstrom Opening Gala, as both companies share the same ideals and business ethics.

  • [Food Post] Waterloo Food Tour

    The Region of Waterloo is home to many regions that inspire start-ups (such as Thalmic Labs), housing, and of course many restaurants. The Region is developing and propelling a movement alike many urban areas, by bringing innovative ideas and talented people together, whilst keeping the scenic and spacious rural landscape. Andrew Coppolino of www.waterlooregioneats.com (@WatRegionEats on Twitter) gave us a tour on behalf of Waterloo Region Tourism, with 4 set destinations in mind for the day.

  • [Food Post] Ebisu on Queen / Ebisu Toronto

    Ebisu Japanese Restaurant originated from Vancouver, as its first location opened in December of 2006. There are two locations in Vancouver and one in Richmond, along with two restaurants under the Kamei names. The brand itself is very well-known in Vancouver, and they hope to expand it in Toronto with this new outpost.

  • [Food Post] Dave and Buster's Oakville Grand Opening

    However, over the last two decades, much has changed, including the demise of arcade and game centers due the emergence of mobile phones and Netflix. The health movement over the last six years has also made Dave and Buster's traditional burger and fries menu far less appealing than what it was. With that being said, they have changed their food menu, and the options are now more diverse. The menu is rather extensive with items like shareable appetizers, side salads, beef steaks and ribs, pasta, sandwiches, and so much more.

  • [Food Post] Morals Village Mississauga

    Morals Village is a hot pot restaurant chain with over 600 locations in China. They opened their first Canadian location in 2015, and has since grown at a relatively rapid pace. About 1.5 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Morals Village Mississauga Grand Opening Event. The Mississauga location is their 5th Canadian location, and they have plans to open another in Ottawa. With that being said, Morals Village prides themselves in providing top-notch quality and Szechuan cuisine influenced flavour with their hot pot offering.

  • [Event] The Royal Dinner with Chef Michael Bonacini

    The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair is now open until November 13, 2016 at the Exhibition Place, Toronto. Start the holiday season early by attending one of the largest combined indoor agricultural fairs and international equestrian competitions in the world. The fair takes place every November in Toronto, and it is where guests can enjoy the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions from across the country. There are so many things to do, and see at this year's The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair.

  • [Food Post] CNE Media Preview 2016

    Every Sunday, Montecito offers a brunch buffet starting at 11 am to 3 pm. Brunch isn't new at Montecito, but they recently revamped their brunch buffet, and added several new items to the menu. The 12,000-square-foot Montecito opened up its doors late 2014, and is a partnership between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

  • [Travel] Satsuki and Mei's House from Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 animated production written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It's a childhood favorite of many people and I have seen many shops dedicated to selling Totoro merchandise while in Japan.

  • [Travel] Day #15 in Japan [Koyasan]

    A shukubo is an accommodation that allows you to stay in a Japanese temple or shrine for the night, and enables you to experience the culture. You are given your own personal room, and there are multiple washroom facilities throughout the temple.

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Akira Back Toronto

Celebrity chef Akira Back's first Canadian namesake restaurant is now open in the Bisha Hotel Toronto.  Located inside of the luxury boutique hotel, the restaurant offers a menu of Japanese cuisine with Korean flavors and Canadian twist. We had the pleasure of attending a media preview at Akira Back Toronto last week, where we were treated to a tasting menu of some of his best dishes. 


I was looking forward to the opening of his restaurant when it was announced earlier this summer. Akira Back has a growing reputation in the hospitality industry for the creativity that he brings to his culinary creations. Back's food is inspired by his passions for adventure, travel and culinary exploration. "Each of his restaurants features inventive menus that embody his life and travel inspirations throughout the world, representing the root of his culture and his culinary background in every dish. Akira Back is one of the most exciting names in the culinary world, growing rapidly across major international". (credit: press release) 


“Toronto is a cultural epicentre with a diverse and multi­cultural food scene, which is why I always hoped to have a restaurant here,” says Chef Akira Back. “The menu will feature a number of my signature dishes along with some new ones that were inspired by my time spent in the city.” - Akira Back
Throughout his career, he has many culinary successes, including being awarded the title of “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality (2008) and has had the distinct honor of hosting the prestigious James Beard House dinners (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, 2013 & 2014). Besides having restaurants in the USA, he has opened several overseas locations such as Akira Back Restaurants in Singapore, New Delhi and Jakarta.


Walking into the restaurant, I was in awe by the space as it paid homage to traditional Japanese culture with contemporary ornamentation. "Subtle nods to Japanese culture will appear through refined and intimate details which balance the central design feature, a full­-length cove ceiling showcasing a colourful custom graphic". The overall interiors contain several neutral elements with bold wooden decor, which creates an intimate yet classy environment that appeals to a wide range of diners.




The menu at Akira Back Toronto features a number of his signature dishes, along with several new ones that were inspired by his visit to Canada. The tasting menu that night consists of five courses with wine pairings that perfectly complement each specific dish. 


[First Course] 

Tuna & Mushroom Pizza - truffle oil, micro shiso


[Second Course] 

Jeju Domi - orange tobiko, red sorrel, chojang

Salmon Tiradito - roasted peaches, Kizami wasabi, spinach cilantro


[Third Course] 

Eggplant Miso - sweet miso sauce


Rock Shrimp - sriracha ranch

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[Fourth Course] 

Seared Halibut - mushrooms, soy beurre blanc,

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48 Hour Wagyu Short Rib - root vegetables, quail egg, braising jus


[Dessert] 

Black & White Sesame Matcha Cake - salted agave ice cream


Yuzu Citrus - sable crumble, strawberry gelato 



“Akira Back is an extremely talented chef on the cusp of exploding internationally and we’re excited that Bisha will be his first location in Canada. After interviewing many recognized chefs over a three­year period, I felt that Akira Back’s talent and uniqueness would be the perfect match for Bisha Toronto to make it a complete hospitality experience,” says Charles Khabouth, Chairman, ICONINK. (credit: press release) 


Akira Back Toronto is definitely a welcoming addition to the city of Toronto for its visionary dishes that encompasses the combination of Asian and North American cuisine.


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[Event Recap] Toronto Catering Showcase 2017

After last year's successful event, the food event came back bigger and better this year. Over 400 food enthusiasts came together to enjoy the 2nd annual Toronto Catering Showcase presented by EventSource.ca on October 15, 2017.


The Toronto Catering Showcase produced an amazing event this year with some of the city’s most talented culinary masters. The grand event once again 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. Upon entering the upstairs level of the Toronto Reference Library, we were warmly greeted by the front desk, and our tickets were scanned. Once inside, you'll notice that the room was filled with plenty of booths with a plethora of delicious cuisine for guests to enjoy.


This year's event was well-organized and I noticed that the arrangement of the venue differed greatly from last year's event. The bar was moved to the back of the room nearby where the Wellington Music group was playing. This provided a lot more walking space, and made the bar area less crowded. Additionally, the modern event space was given a more refreshed look with comfy leather couches and stand-tables giving guests more options for seating.

Ikonica
Photo Credit: Jackson Huang at Ikonica
Photo Credit: Ikonica
Photo Credit: Jackson Huang at Ikonica
The event was ideal for those looking for caterers for their next event, wedding, party, corporate planners, and those loving food. Each caterer prepared about 3 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.





The Toronto Catering Showcase allowed guests to enjoy an afternoon of pure epicurean indulgence (pictures below). 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 2017 below. For more pictures of the fun, please check out the hashtag #TOCateringShow on Instagram and Twitter.

10tation Event Catering

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Veggie Dish - arugula, kale, romaine, herbs, quinoa, beet hummus, roasted grapes, baby cucumbers, chick peas, bell peppers, shallot dressing & crispy lentils


 Veggie Option - arugula, kale, romaine, herbs, quinoa, beet hummus, roasted grapes, baby cucumbers, chick peas, bell peppers, shallot dressing & crispy lentils


Moist Ginger Cake - red wine caramel reduction, cinnamon gelato, sponge toffee and pomegranate seeds


Daniel et Daniel

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Smoked Sabelfish - pistachio picada, roast grape, carrot and veloute. For pasta-lovers, butternut squash Involtini with vegan ricotta, parsnip cream, sage, kale, cherry tomatoes, squash seed gremolata, and crispy kale


Deep Fried Cheesecake - salted honey, gourmet drizzles, and micro macaron
 


Butternut Squash Involtini - vegan ricotta, parsnip cream, sage, kale, cherry tomatoes, squash seed gremolata, crispy kale


Drake Catering

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Charred Octopus - smoked paprika aioli, pickled peppers, hazelnuts & basil


Leg of Lamb - celeriac-mussel mousse, chestnuts & dill


Wild Mushroom Toast truffle, coffee oil, tarragon mascarpone & hazelnuts


elle cuisine

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Southern Style Chicken - Asiago and cheddar grits served saucy-style in a smokey chicken jus with hot trinity salsa, Andouille sausage and a crispy chicken skin garnish


Encore Catering

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 Soy-Glazed Miami-Style Short Rib - soyglazed short ribs, jackfruit



Sticky/Spicy Forbidden Black Rice - forbidden black rice, banana leaf fried shrimp, bicol, Thai chilies and coconut milk


en Ville Event Design and Catering

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi - with brussel sprouts, onion, oven-dried cherry tomato, and preserved lemon


 Braised Ontario Lamb Shoulder - fall vegetable and lobster bisque


Food Dudes

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Fall Perogiesweet potato, celery root, Colby cheese, sage brown butter, smoke sour cream and chicken crackling


Kiss the Cook Catering

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Smoked Pasta Cacio e Pepe Style - cooked fresh on site, flambéed with brandy, tossed in Parmesan cheese


Pumpkin Cheesecake


MaRo Catering

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Green Tea Tiramisu



Passion Fruit Lemon Curd Tart


Presidential Gourmet

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Okonomiyaki - Japanese Pancake with candied bacon, Japanese BBQ sauce, Kewpie mayo, nori, bonito flakes, pickled daikon and daikon sprouts


Pâté au Choux “Croquant” - dark chocolate raspberry ganache and macaron top


Toben Food By Design

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Vietnamese Slaw - crispy Brussels sprouts, heirloom carrot, red cabbage, radish, mango, tomato, pickled chili, 5 spice peanuts, crispy shallots and rice noodles, mint, thai basil and nuoc cham-beet vinaigrette


Whole Roasted Peking Duck - served with fresh cucumber, scallions, pickled carrots & daikon, hoixin sauce, chili sauce, duck cracklings, served on Chinese five-spice savory crepes


Treeline Catering

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Redwine-Braised Oxtail - on a Sweetpea and Roasted Squash Risotto, garnished with microgreens and shaved Parmesan


Muskokan Maple Butter Tart  


Guests enjoyed live music from Wellington Music.


It was a great pleasure to attend this year's Toronto Catering Showcase 2017. From the space, the menu, drinks bar, the live music, EventSource.ca did a wonderful job putting together the event this year. It was well-organized and I had a lot of fun attending the food showcase. Following on this year's successful event, I'll bet that they'll be back again next year.

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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.


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