Cheek-to-cheek with tropical fish stores and discount nail salons, ex-Café Belong pastry chef Andrea Mut has just opened an eponymous bake shop (635 Gerrard East, at Broadview, 416-465-4567) in Chinatown East. Look for retro maple syrup butter tarts ($3) and the same wild blueberry cheesecake made with Monforte Dairy goat cheese that built her rep at her former employer's. An odd fit for Chinatown, no?
"The rent is very reasonable for the amount of foot traffic."
Its questionable grasp of spelling won't keep offbeat wine bar Mavrik (676 Queen West, at Euclid, 416-214-9429, mavrikbar.com) from throwing a "mrkt" in its backyard on Saturday (August 11) from 11 am to 4 pm. Local vendors offering homemade treats and snacks are promised, though there's no mention of an appearance by Mr. KT.
Enfant terrible of the local culinary scene (80s division) Greg Couillard teams up with former sous Laura Prentice for a series of dinners at the Playpen (842 Gerrard East, at Carlaw, 416-907-9761, theplaypen.ca) from Thursday (August 16) to August 18. The dates mark the first time the two have cooked together since the New Avec in the early 90s.