Down in Chinatown, all-you-can-eat Celebrity Hot Pot (254 Spadina, at Grange, 647-748-3588) is about to open its doors. The room replaces the fatally flawed Laksa, though there's no word as yet which celebrities will be on the menu. We hear Kim Kardashian and Rob Ford make for some mighty fine eating.
Open 'n' shut
All things must pass - the hula hoop, Mike Harris's Common Sense Revolution, and molecular gastronomy, if the sudden shuttering last weekend of Colborne Lane is any indication. Owner/chef Claudio Aprile bids adieu to liquid nitrogen and all those exotic foams to concentrate on his far more accessible Origin and its spinoffs in Liberty and Bayview Villages.
After a 25-year run, Centro (2472 Yonge, at Castlefield, 416-483-2211, centro.ca) closes Saturday (March 2) for a needed makeover. Owner Armando Mano hopes a new name, more casual decor and mains costing no more than $26 instead of the previous $48 will attract a younger demographic. Might we suggest ramen?
Sisters for Sistering
Celebrate International Women's Day with a star-studded fundraiser for Sistering, an org supporting homeless and low-income women. This year's gala dinner on March 8 at Mildred's Temple Kitchen (85 Hanna, at Snooker, 416-588-5695, templekitchen.com) includes culinary contributions from some of Toronto's top toques - all not so coincidentally female - including Ruby Watchco's Lynn Crawford, Gallery Grill's Suzanne Baby, Frank's Anne Yarmyowich and Mildred's own Donna Dooher. The $500 ticket ($350 of it tax-deductible) gets you a preliminary cocktail, hors d'oeuvres, a four-course dinner with wine pairings and chances on door prizes. Reserve at sistering.org.