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Tourism Toronto FAM – Gastronomic Gold

Enjoyed a superb Tourism Toronto FAM Nov. 12-14, which gave me the deliciously welcome opportunity to be a food tourist in my own city.


November 16, 2010

Great Cooks on Eight offers cooking classes for corporate team-building.

Great Cooks on Eight offers cooking classes for a wide variety of corporate team-building events.

Enjoyed a superb Tourism Toronto FAM Nov. 12-14, which gave me the opportunity to explore new gastronomic experiences – a food tourist in my own city!

Things got off to a delicious start on Friday night, with a reception in the BlackBerry Lounge adjacent to sleek Luma restaurant, in the brand-new TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Worked our way through a selection of tapas-sized dishes from Luma’s menu. My faves were a buttery scallop sashimi freshened with a bright-tasting ginger vinaigrette; pillowy ricotta gnocchi in a sweet tomato sauce; seared tuna with chickpeas; and an opera cake with the thinnest, most delicate layers.

Saturday afternoon, as part of a fascinating art and design tour of the Ossington / Queen West area, we lunched at Union restaurant. Hoovered the house-made charcuterie; the juicy pork and shrimp sliders; greaseless haddock cakes; and carrot risotto made earthy with shavings of truffle.

Saturday evening, as our group explored Toronto success stories at Teatro Verde, Town Shoes and Sephora retail stores, we were treated to the handiwork of Presidential Gourmet. Not to be missed were the miso-sweetened black cod; the crepes stuffed with cream-enriched mushrooms; and the creamy polenta with beef bourguignon.

For the weekend’s finale, we ended up at Great Cooks on Eight, for a group cooking class (corporate team-building available). We were divided into seven groups and each produced a small dish that we then served to each other. Particularly good were the prosciutto wrapped around cheese, toasted pistachios and a whole date; baby spinach salad with pan-seared pears and pecans; and orange cornmeal cake with vanilla-roasted plums and crème anglaise.

Kudos to Julie Holmen, Catherine Dawson and the whole Tourism Toronto crew for putting together this lip-smackingly good FAM-tastic weekend in T.O. !

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