Winterlicious Foodie Experiences Beyond The Prix Fixe Menus

We look forward to Winterlicious each and every year. It’s a chance for us to revisit our favourites as well as discover new ones all over the city.  As food lovers, we are seriously obsessed with the additional culinary events that happen during the two weeks. One year we were able to nab that last two spots at one of these events that involved chefs Scott Vivan (The Beast)  as well as Betrand Alepee (The Tempered Chef). It was a memorable evening that I’m still talking about!!!!!

So, this year don’t miss out!  There are several ticketed events on the list but here are the ones I’m keeping my eye on and if you’re interested as well, tickets are now on sale at the official site for Winterlicious 2016 (January 29 to February 11) 

An Evening Inspired by Song Dong

Frank Restaurant, Art Gallery of Ontario (February 10)

A unique event inspired by the Chinese New Year and contemporary artist Song Dong’s birthplace, Beijing.  Chief Curator Stephanie Smith introduces the evening and then guests are led on a guided tour of Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard, made up of 100 vintage Chinese wardrobe doors arranged into a series of oval ‘rooms’ or ‘corridors’, evoking a walk in a dense urban space.  Guests will be seated to a specially-designed, five-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Renee Bellefeuille and Chef de Cuisine, John Romick including traditional favourites like suchong duck breast, pork belly with dark vinegar and whole fried snapper. 

Four Hands Dinner with Chefs Vikram Vij & Miheer Shete

Arcadian Studio & Arcadian Loft, 401 Bay Street (January 30)

Join Vancouver-based Chef Vikram Vij and Oliver & Bonacini’s Chef Miheer Shete for a collaborative dinner showcasing traditional Indian cuisine with a modern Canadian twist.  Guests will be tantalized at a reception in Arcadian Studio including a welcome cocktail, passed canapés, rangoli (traditional sand art), an interactive spice station, and a cooking demonstration by the chefs followed by a four-course dinner with wine in Arcadian Loft. The menu, inspired by Indian cuisine with Canadian influences, reflects the chefs’ culinary journeys, from birthplace to current home.  The chefs will guide guests through each dish, discussing the spices, flavours, ingredients and cooking styles of each course and where they originated from.

Savour Sao Miguel

Malaparte, 350 King Street West, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Chef Jamie Meireles invites guests on a culinary tour of his family’s homeland, São Miguel, Portugal.  This special evening starts with a cocktail reception, where guests will sip on sangria, sample Azorean-inspired canapés, and enjoy the sounds of a traditional fado band. Next, guests are seated at two beautifully decorated harvest tables to indulge in a four-course, family-style dinner with wine. The menu will highlight traditional cuisine from São Miguel while Chef Meireles guides guests through the elements of each dish, connecting them to his roots. The evening ends on a sweet note with the popular Portuguese dessert, malasadas, and a few lucky winners will go home with exciting prizes!

Bangkok Nights

Bangkok Garden, 18 Elm Street (February 4 and 11)

Enjoy a complimentary cocktail and explore Bangkok’s exciting street food scene during this celebration of the senses!  Visit food stations where every vendor offers dishes that stimulate the five taste sensations of sweet, sour, hot, salty and neutral.
Savour a warm soup from the noodle bar as one would in Thailand, enjoy aromatic curries, scintillating stir-fries and satay, grilled meats, house-made sweets, and fresh tropical fruit while moving to the sounds of a DJ. Guests will receive a $25 dinner card from Bangkok Garden, a $25 promo card from Elmwood Spa, and the chance to win an Exotic Escape package from Bangkok Garden & Elmwood Spa. 

Date Night

Gossip Restaurant, 50 Prince Edward Island Cres.  (February 4, 5, 6, 11)

Unleash your culinary senses and experience the ultimate date night with a three-course menu featuring the decadence of chocolate.  Executive Chef Colin DeJonge and his team will prepare two courses with guests joining in to create three different chocolate-based sauces. Later, guests will hand-craft their own dessert – chocolate truffles. All will take home treats!  Each of the evenings will present unique date night entertainment including a film screening, DJ, live music or an entertainer.

There are a few more events so please visit the website!



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