Terroir Symposium - Canada’s leading hospitality industry symposium, which brings together the elite of Canada’s culinary industry – has added a new feature this year that you don’t want to miss.
A bespoke series of six collab dinners with six of Toronto’s best restaurants and exceptional international guests and chefs has been curated to deliver completely unique, knock-your-socks-off experiences.
On Tuesday May 12 and Wednesday May 13, be one of the few to attend these interactive, innovative experiential dinners where you can:
- Listen to renowned author Mark Schatzker discuss his new book, The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor at Jump. You’ll never look at food the same again.
- Be transported to the seaside thanks to a team of Newfoundland and Labrador chefs, from Chinched Bistro, Oppidan, Grates Cove Café, Bonavista Social Club and Five Brothers Cheese at Beast. You’ll practically hear the ocean in this one.
- Be taken through a Taiwanese tasting menu by critically acclaimed New York City based food journalist, Jim Poris of Food Arts.
- Not only meet Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff of Big Gay Ice Cream, but play Big Gay Bingo! Bingo doesn't get more epic than this.
This is your chance to see your heroes at work, to meet chefs and authors you wouldn’t have the chance to otherwise. Save yourself traveling to the airport, airfare and hotel costs and taking time off work. Take advantage of attending these one-of-a-kind events. All held for your convenience in top Toronto restaurants.
No doubt they are going to rock your world.
Tickets are now available online. You’d better get them fast, because these masterfully curated events are bound to sell out in a hot minute.
Tuesday, May 12th, 6 p.m. to 8 – p.m. - Lisa Marie
Matt Basile of Lisa Marie hosting Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff of Big Gay Ice Cream
Come celebrate the release of Big Gay Ice Cream's debut cookbook, Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Desserts, with a fun night of Big Gay Bingo! Join us at Lisa Marie from 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, as owners Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff throw out the traditional trappings of a book signing event and replace it with a night of burgers, beer, ice cream, and bingo! New York City-based Big Gay Ice Cream is known for taking an inventive and playful approach to classic soft-serve ice cream. Tickets are $45 per person, which includes a signed copy of the book and tax (food and drink extra). Lisa Marie's full dinner menu, led by chef/owner Matt Basile, will be available, as will a plated dulce de leche and a complimentary treat created by Big Gay Ice Cream specifically for the night.
$45 per person + tax, includes. ice cream treat & signed copy of the new book
Tuesday, May 12th, 7 p.m. An Ode to Grassfed Beef – The Saint Tavern
Chef Jesse Vallins of the Saint featuring Chef Richard H. Turner of the Hawksmoor
Prepare for a carnivore’s feast, Tuesday May 12th, as Toronto’s Chef Jesse Vallins of The Saint Tavern teams up with British chef Richard H. Turner of London’s the Hawksmoor. With special guest Matthew von Teichman from Grandview Farms in Thornbury, speaking about the importance of raising traditional cattle breeds and the humane animal welfare, along with exclusive beef sourcing from Grandview Farms, this will be a totally immersive experience. Collaborating on this incredible dinner is the team from the Hawksmoor; a group passionate about bringing diners the world’s best steak and The Saint Tavern, Toronto’s destination for North American classics.
$85.00 per person + taxes + gratuities
4 course tasting menu all Canadian grass fed beef with beer pairings from Samuel Adams
Tuesday, May 12th, 7 p.m. – BEAST Restaurant
Newfoundland Rock Stars at BEAST Restaurant
Join us on a culinary exploration of Canada's fiercely independent province of Newfoundland and Labrador, without ever leaving Toronto. On Tuesday May 12th, a team of celebrated Newfoundland and Labrador chefs, from Chinched Bistro, Oppidan, Grates Cove Café, Bonavista Social Club and Five Brothers Cheese, will bring their fresh coastal flavours to Scott Vivian’s restaurant, Beast. Taste the unique flavours of wild Newfoundland.
$90.00 per person + taxes + gratuities collaborative tasting menu plus Samuel Adams beer & artisan cocktail samples
Wednesday, May 13th, 7 p.m. – Actinolite
The New Nordic Dinner
Chef Justin Cournoyer of Actinolite featuring Chef Anders Selmer and Jamie Lee of Fiskebaren, Copenhagen Denmark
Actinolite is known for its simple and paired down courses, using only hyper-fresh ingredients, while Fiskebaren is a champion of serving and preparing the highest quality seafood sourced sustainable without harming the environment. The dinner will be a seven course tasting menu with a Nordic theme. The menu will be an expression of the season and the Ontario landscape infused with Fiskebaren’s specialty for preparing the best quality fish and shellfish. Ticket includes a wine pairing with a focus on natural wine.
$150.00 per person + taxes + gratuities
7 course tasting menu with wine pairings by Anders Selmers from Fiskebar, Copenhagen
Wednesday, May 13th, 7 p.m. - JUMP!
Chef Anthony Walsh and Chef Luke Kennedy of Jump Restaurant featuring Chef Jair Tellez of MeroToro & Mark Schatzker, Author of The Dorito Effect.
In a fresh and seasonal menu, Toronto’s Jump will be joined by Jair Tellez of Mexico’s MeroToro with Writer and journalist Mark Schatzker will explain the crucial and overlooked link between the flavor of the food we eat and health, the subject of his latest book, The Dorito Effect.Guests will taste a revolutionary ultra-nutritious variety of lettuce along with a signed copy of Mark Schatzker's book.
$120 per person + tax + gratuities
4 course tasting menu with beer samplings from Samuel Adams and a singed copy of Mark Schatzkers’ The Dorito Effect
Wednesday, May 13th, 7 p.m. - Kanpai Snack Bar
Chef Ike Huang & Trevor Lui (La Brea Food) hosting Chef Nuit Regular (Pai, Sukho Thai & Sabai Sabai), and Chef Tawfik Shehata (The International Centre & Foodland Ontario)
Kanpai, translated as “bottoms up,” is a common term when dining on xiaochi (small eats) in the bustling night markets of Taiwan. These sites and sounds are memories, inspirations and personal experiences which will be the theme of this unique dinner experience. Kanpai Snack Bar resident chef/owners Ike Huang & Trevor Lui (La Brea Food) will play host with special guest collaborators Chef Nuit Regular (Pai, Sukho Thai & Sabai Sabai), and Chef Tawfik Shehata (The International Centre & Foodland Ontario) drawing creativity and inspiration from journeys eating and experimenting with various types of Asian street-style cuisine through the years. A celebratory evening of flavour, story-telling and celebration through food and drink. This 6-course tasting menu will be hosted by critically acclaimed New York City based food journalist, Jim Poris of Food Arts.
$50.00 per person + taxes & service charges
6 course collaborative tasting menu plus Samuel Adams beer & artisan cocktail samples