Omi , one of Toronto's most celebrated sushi shacks, has been unexpectedly shuttered. Owner/chef John Lee had planned to move to Cabbagetown because of rapidly rising rents, but the deal for the new space fell through at the last moment. Since Lee had already sold the business on Church, he's now out of two restaurants. Look for Lee's return to the fish biz once he's secured new digs.
Local art provocateurs Alphabet City host a month-long self-described "idea's fest." Previous themes have included trash and social insecurity, but the focus of this year's events is food and its myriad cultural implications. The series kicks off Wednesday (October 3) with a $69 five-course dinner at the Drake (1150 Queen West, reserves at 416-531-5042) inspired by Queen Elizabeth II's whistle-stop tour of Canada in the late 1950s, followed by an après-dessert performance by Quartetto Gelato . http://alphabet-city.org/festival.
Also part of the fest, the Design Exchange (234 Bay, 416-363-6121) exhibits proposals entered in a design competition for street vendor food carts through October 16. And for those with a strong stomach, the Guerrilla Gourmet hosts an edible botanical tour of the lanes and alleyways of Kensington Market. Meet at the corner of Nassau and Augusta at 1 or 4 pm on Sunday (September 30). Our advice: don't go behind the fish stores.