Here's a quick little recap of last night's Toronto's Hottest Chef charity event, held at The Great Hall. In it's second year, the event raises funds for the winning chef's chosen charity, while providing delights for the palate and eye. I was there helping out Supicucu's Rossy Earle sampling and selling the official hot sauce of the event, Diablo's Fuego.
There's a new food delivery service in town doing some exciting things. Fresh Canteen offers up the novel idea, in Canada at least, of posting an assortment of recipes each week, and sending you all the ingredients you need to make the dish of your choice.
Making it out to Harbourfront Centre for the Pan American Food Festival yesterday was a very good idea. Not only did I get to learn about and sample some amazing chocolates made with a wide array of Latin American cacao beans, presented by Maricel Presilla, but I had my first taste of a traditional Colombian soup called ajiaco bogotano.
You've got a lot of events to choose from in a couple of weekends, Toronto. Allow me to suggest one more. Conceived as a companion event leading up to the 2015 Pan Am Games, Chair Francisco Alvarez and Director Daniel Garcia-Herreros brought a boatload of chefs, dancers, artists, vendors and musicians together to bring the inaugural Pan American Food Festival to our fine city.
In the words of the Beatles, it's been a long, cold, lonely winter. So with the first hint of sun and warmth, the ladies and I headed up to Rossy's pond to celebrate her birthday. The only plans we had were to eat, drink and be merry by the dock. And I had an idea for the drink.