40 Food and Drinks at Toronto Taste 2017

Canadian Bison Ribeye from Boehmer Restaurant at Toronto Taste 2017

In its 27th year of fundraising, Toronto Taste was hosted by Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity, on June 4, 2017 at Corus Quay.

This premier culinary event was presented by The Daniels Corporation with over 90 food and drink purveyors, a lot of which are among the best in the city.

Since 1991, Toronto Taste has raised over $12 million in support of Second Harvest’s food rescue program. Tickets went for $260 each, with a $150 tax receipt, for an all-inclusive evening of food and drinks.

Every ticket sold allows Second Harvest to rescue and deliver over 520 meals to people in need in Toronto.

To further support Second Harvest’s food rescue program, a variety of raffle draws and live auction happened that night including the opportunity to dine at Bob Blumer’s LA home or win a $10,000 USD in flight vouchers from Delta Airlines.

One thing I saw was the auction for “A Wild Evening with Michael Hunter” which went for $8,000. In total though, a whopping $925,000 was raised for Second Harvest!

A main feature of the night was the Chef Challenge, in which three talented chefs vied for the title of Toronto Taste 2017 Chef Challenge Winner.

Chefs Guy Rawlings (Montgomery’s), Anne Sorrenti (R&D) and Eric Chong (R&D) had to wow the judges by creating a dish from a box of mystery ingredients with 30 minutes to cook. The Chef Challenge Winner was Chef Guy Rawlings.

Chef Challenge at Toronto Taste 2017

I received a media pass to attend Toronto Taste which allowed me VIP access to the event.

This was my first time attending so I was very happy I got to do it since, according to Chef Mark McEwan, “Toronto Taste is the most important event of the year in this city”. It was such a fun night! Looking forward to next year already!

Following from my experience from Cuisine & Cuvée, I changed my strategy this time and ate as I took photos. It turned out better as I got to try from 40 food and drink stations!

My top 2 dishes were the Capesante Crudo from Buca and Lamb Shank Baklava from Bar Reyna. Check out all 40 items below, in the order I had them!

40 Food and Drinks from Toronto Taste 2017 in Corus Quay in Toronto, Ontario

The Spoke Club – Chef Robert Klunder
Chickpeas from The Spoke Club at Toronto Taste 2017

MCO… Interesting Wines & Spirits
Clarendelle White Bordeaux 2014
Clarendelle White Bordeaux from MCO Wines & Spirits at Toronto Taste 2017

Sodexo – Chef Michael Smith
Duck Taco Spoons – slow roast duck, cumin lentil smear, arugula chimichurri
Duck Taco Spoons from Sodexo at Toronto Taste 2017

Petit Thuet – Chef Marc Thuet
Louisiana Style Hog
Louisiana Style Hog from Petit Thuet at Toronto Taste 2017

Louisiana Style Hog from Petit Thuet at Toronto Taste 2017

Farina Plus – Chef Domenic Giambattista
Agnolotti filled with radicchio, roasted walnuts, caramelized onions and ricotta
Pasta Noodles from Farina Plus at Toronto Taste 2017

Agnolotti from Farina Plus at Toronto Taste 2017

Cafe Boulud – Chef Sylvian Assie
Salted Cod Croquettes with lemon aioli
Salted Cod Croquettes from Cafe Boulud at Toronto Taste 2017

JaBistro – Chef Koji Tashiro
Ebi Oshizushi (Pressed Tiger Shrimp Sushi) and Salmon Oshizushi (Pressed Atlantic Salmon Sushi)
Ebi and Salmon Pressed Sushi from Jabistro at Toronto Taste 2017

Salt Wine Bar – Chef Dave Kemp
King Crab Cake

Chiado – Chef Manuel Vilela
Cod Cakes
Cod Cakes from Chiado at Toronto Taste 2017

Carbon Bar – Chef Hidde Zomer
Korean Fried Cauliflower

Lavelle – Chef Romain Avril
Albacore Tuna Tartare

Boehmer Restaurant – Chef Paul Boehmer
Ontario Wilk Leek Marinated Canadian Bison Ribeye, Chive Potato Gnocchi, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Wild Leek Cream Sauce, Natural Jus
Bison Ribeye from Boehmer Restaurant at Toronto Taste 2017

Woodman Wines & Spirits
Beronia Tempranillo Rioja
Beronia Tempranillo Rioja from Woodman Wines & Spirits at Toronto Taste 2017

Enoteca Sociale – Chef Kyle Rindinella
Chicken Liver Mousse
Chicken Liver Mousse from Enoteca Sociale at Toronto Taste 2017

Hawthorne Food & Drink – Chef Ricky Casipe
Carbonara – hand-cut pasta, house smoked chicken, schmaltz, crispy chicken skins, raw yolk
Carbonara from Hawthorne Food & Drink at Toronto Taste 2017

George Brown Chef School – Chef John Higgins and the George Brown Chef School Faculty
Fresh Puffed Mozzarella on Cracker
Puffed Mozzarella from George Brown Chef School at Toronto Taste 2017

Boralia – Chef Wayne Morris
Pork Belly
Pork Belly from Boralia at Toronto Taste 2017

Le Select Bistro – Chef Laura Maxwell
Socca Provencal with Grilled Merguez
Grilled Merguez from Le Select Bistro at Toronto Taste 2017

Rodney’s Oyster House – Chef Rodrigo De Romana
Wild Shrimp Corn Dog and Malpec Oysters
Wild Shrimp Corn Dog from Rodney's Oyster House at Toronto Taste 2017

Malpec Oysters from Rodney's Oyster House at Toronto Taste 2017

Fabbrica – Chef Missy Hui and Chef Mark McEwan
Grilled Octopus
Grilled Octopus from Fabbrica at Toronto Taste 2017

Patois – Chef Craig Wong
Juicy Jerk Chicken Shawarma
Jerk Chicken Shawarma from Patois at Toronto Taste 2017

Bosk (Shangrila Hotel Toronto) – Chef Richard Singh
Smoked Salmon Tartar Canapés
Smoked Salmon Tartar Canapés from Bosk - Shangrila Hotel Toronto at Toronto Taste 2017

Bar Reyna – Chef Omar Ma
Lamb Shank Baklava – kataifi, lamb shank, saffron & burnt honey aioli
Lamb Shank Baklava from Bar Reyna at Toronto Taste 2017

Union Chicken – Chef Michael Angeloni
Buttermilk Fried Chicken with maple honey syrup, hot sauce and gravy
Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Union Chicken at Toronto Taste 2017

Beretta Kitchen – Chef Cynthia Beretta
Sweet Soy Braised Beef Cheek topped with Mango Salad
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Buca – Chef Rob Gentile
Capesante Crudo – Hokkaido scallop, whitefish caviar, smoked ginger, senape yogurt, squid ink salt

Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse – Chef Danny McCallum
Japanese A5 served on hummus with herbs & jalapenos
Japanese A5 from Jacobs Steakhouse at Toronto Taste 2017

Gelato Fresco – Hart Melvin
Spumoni Gelato
Spumoni Gelato from Gelato Fresco Inc. at Toronto Taste 2017

El Catrin Destileria – Chef Olivier Le Calvez
Sopes De Camaronilla
Sopes De Camaronilla from El Catrin Destileria at Toronto Taste 2017

Joia All Natural Soda
Orange Soda with jasmine and nutmeg
Orange Soda from Joia All Natural Soda at Toronto Taste 2017

Globe Bistro – Chef Daniel Sanders
Beeswax Poached Rainbow Trout with green strawberry & honey preserve, spruce tip powder
Rainbow Trout from Globe Bistro at Toronto Taste 2017

Pure Spirits Oyster House – Chef Jonathan Viau
Malpec Oysters and Bacon Wrapped Shrimps
Malpec Oysters from Pure Spirits Oyster House at Toronto Taste 2017

Against The Grain Urban Tavern – Chef Dave Isen
Parrot Bay Cocktail and Tuna Poke Nacho
Parrot Bay Cocktail from Against The Grain Urban Tavern at Toronto Taste 2017

Tuna Poke Nacho from Against The Grain Urban Tavern at Toronto Taste 2017

La Crema Winery
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from La Crema Winery at Toronto Taste 2017

Noce Restaurant – Chef Eron Novalski
Fresh Shaved Beef Carpaccio
Beef Carpaccio from Noce Restaurant at Toronto Taste 2017

Antler Kitchen and Bar – Chef Michael Hunter
Duck Yakitori
Duck Yakitori from Antler Kitchen and Bar at Toronto Taste 2017

Delta Sky Club Lounge
Aperol Spritz
Aperol Spritz from Delta Lounge at Toronto Taste 2017

Kanpai Snack Bar – Chef Trevor Lui
Braised Pork Belly, Beet Salad, Koji Radish, 5 Spice Chicken Skin & Micro Daikon
Pork Belly from Kanpai Snack Bar at Toronto Taste 2017

Oat & Mill – Candace Tierney
Coffee Biscotti Oats (Non-Dairy Ice Cream Alternative)
Coffee Biscotti Ice Cream from Oat & Mill at Toronto Taste 2017

Ufficio – Chef Ivana Raca
Risotto with spring vegetables finished with bottarga
Risotto from Ufficio at Toronto Taste 2017

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DISCLAIMER: Though I had complimentary media access to Toronto Taste 2017, all opinions are my own.