Over the past weekend, Torontonians were invited to come down to Virgin’s Mod Club, to participate in an Iron Chef-esque food competition known as ‘Abbeys Kitchen Stadium.’ With 4 prominent chefs from Toronto’s food scene, paired with 4 food authorities as celebrity judges, participants were eager to dive into a new culinary experience. The proceeds of the event are donated to a local food initiative, My Food My Way; at $10/ticket.
The atmosphere was buzzing and vibrant as participants strolled around the venue, sampling eats & treats from local food establishments like Fidel Gastro’s, Rock Lobster Co., Pizzeria Libretto, and Woods Restaurant. Throughout the conversation and the competition, our host Abbey was sure to remind us of other unique attractions, such as the local Limonana crew supplying their new drink - or even which Forty Creek whiskey would go best with each dish.
A close up view of Rock Lobster Co.’s ‘Cowboy Corn’ – topped with potato chips!
As with every competition or contest, there had to be a surprise, and Abbey’s Kitchen was no different! Chefs had to use a secret ingredient with their recipe, no matter what it was. Keep in mind the food offerings here ranged from cowboy corn to Himalayan marrow mash - it was going to be difficult finding an ingredient that could work with all of these offerings! And if that wasn’t enough - Abbey revealed potato chips! The chefs had to include potato chips in their meals to be judged. Needless to say all the dishes were amazing, we were simply blown away by the chefs creativity and final execution.
Throughout the event, you could always find a lineup at the FG booth!
But possibly the greatest realization of the event came towards the end, when we learned that this was just the first of 4 Kitchen Stadiums to come! YUM. Overall, the food was delightful; the audience was engaging, and the experience unparalleled! We know the Uniiverse team is looking forward for Round 2!
The winner of Round 1 was Woods Restaurant, led by Chef Bruce Woods, they took the crowd by storm with their candied bacon & poached quail eggs. A fantastic victory for this up and coming restaurant, and a delectable treat for the rest of us!
*All photos of the event graciously provided to us by Angelina Earley @Anzi
Food-TrottingTO: A week of tastebud tourism in Toronto
Hey Toronto! Are your tastebuds in desperate need of a gastronomic getaway? Are you looking to meet new people who share your love of international foods? Join Uniiverse and Death Row Meals for Food-Trotting-T.O., a week of tastebud tourism from May 27 - 31. No passports necessary! Here’s where we’ll be traveling….
Movember Toronto Food Week: 5 nights, 5 food events, one cause
The first ever Movember Toronto Food Week (MOTOFO) will cook up 5 unique food events in the final week of November, guaranteeing fun, food, and full moustaches for everyone in attendance!
Organized by our team at Uniiverse and Joel Solish of Death Row Meals, MOTOFO will include one food event each evening, from Monday, November 26 to Friday, November 30, hosted by some of Toronto’s top food talent. A great cause, with great food. Who could ask for more?? Event proceeds will be donated to Movember.
Monday, November 26: Amanda Ford’s Fall Cooking Demo. City Girl Chef wants to teach us all a little bit about cooking for fall. Venison, cocktails, snacks, and a gorgeous woman - we can’t think of a better way to spend a chilly evening in Movember! There will also be an appearance from bee keeper Fred Davis of Fred D’s Bees. 7pm – 8:30 pm Cost: $40
Friday, November 30: Uncorked Wine Tasting:Come and discover the world of local VQA wines with Allison Slute, the official sommelier at Death Row Meals and Pillitteri Estates Winery. Allison will present some great fall choices for buying local, and talk about these wines informally, but in depth. 7pm – 8:30pm Cost: $25
When is the last time you got your hands messy? Have you stepped out of the box to try something new lately? Uniiverse can help you do something different and exciting. Escape the mundane and enjoy life.
It’s easy to sit around and think of all the things you want to experience. Perhaps you want to learn a new language, become a photographer, cook an exotic dish, paint on a giant canvas, take a road trip to a new city, or meet new people in your community.
Life is all about experiences and the time we spend.
Last week, ten friendly strangers booked a Uniiverse listing called “Michal’s Gnocchi Making Class.”
Michal loves to cook and wanted to share her passion for food by teaching others how to make a popular Italian dish. Attendees enjoyed a unique outing at the end of the day, instead of sitting on the computer, or watching television. The results were pretty tasty - amateurs became experts, new friends were made, and hands got messy! Check out some photos from the class.
Feeling inspired? Offer or discover something unique on Uniiverse today.
Get out of your routine and start exploring what the Uniiverse has to offer.