If the weather’s hot and sweaty, it must be time for Summerlicious. The annual food fest kicks off tomorrow (Friday, July 4) and runs through July 20.
The series is getting a bad rap. Customers complain that the best restaurants are booked solid well in advance, and the restaurateurs gripe that the ’Licious crowd is way cheap, never orders anything over and above the prix fixe and doesn’t tip properly.
Still, people love the bargains, among them $20 lunches and $35 dinners at David Chrystian’s Chez Victor in Hotel le Germain (30 Mercer, at Peter, 416-883-3431), Greg Couillard’s Spice Room & Chutney Bar (55 Avenue Rd, at Yorkville, 416-935-0000) in Hazelton Lanes and Jamieson Kerr’s revamped Crush gastro-?pub (455 King West, at Spadina, 416-977-1234). For more information: toronto.ca/special_events/summerlicious.
The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West, at Dufferin, 416-531-4635) launches the third season of its popular Harvest Wednesdays this week (Wednesday, July 9) with a cocktail party featuring wines from area vintners and hors d’oeuvres made with local farmers’ produce. Advance tickets are $15, available from the hotel.
Mark Cutrara’s Cowbell (1564 Queen West, at Sorauren, 416-849-1095) starts up another round of its wildly successful Farmers’ Nights August 19 with a five-course $90 prix-fixe predominantly vegetarian dinner featuring wild Ontario fish. Book now; this event always sells out way in advance.
Another guaranteed sell?out: Evergreen and Slow Food Toronto hold their second annual picnic at the Brick Works eco-site in the Don Valley September 14 from noon to 4 pm. Tickets for Toronto’s ultimate foodie event go for $90 before August 15, $110 after.
Babes-in-arms are invited to attend the rain-or-shine licensed function, but organizers request that you leave the kids and pets at home. For more information visit evergreen.ca or call 416-596-1495 ext 288.
Organic Advocates presents its 19th annual Feast Of Fields picnic a week earlier, September 7, at Everdale Farm in Erin, Ontario. Tickets are $100 and can be ordered from feastoffields.org or by calling 905-859-3609.