Eat to the Beat Toronto 2013

Eat to the Beat 2013 | Toronto

On Tuesday October 22, 2013, sixty female chefs got together and joined forces for one worthy cause – women supporting women through the challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis. Over 200 food aficionados got together at Roy Thompson Hall to help raise funds for the Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada.

The Eat to the Beat Toronto event is a mecca for urban foodies who come to experience the best that Ontario’s culinary scene has to offer. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy savoury and sweet dishes at 60 stations along with wine, beer and a selection of non alcoholic libations from 20 of the finest beverage purveyors. And Foodies Inked was privileged to be a part of this fabulous event and enjoy the dishes, one bite at a time, with the objective to help bring awareness to an incredible cause and spread the word on why Eat to the Beat Toronto is an event like no other.

Eat to the Beat 2013 | Toronto

So why is it an event like no other? Because one literally “eats to the beat” of live jazz music that enchants and entertains guests as we savour and taste each dish from these talented female chefs. The dishes are canape-sized and each just as delicious as the other. The guests are dressed to impress and even fellow cancer survivors volunteer as corset models to help create the atmosphere of “class with bit of sass.” All inspired by food, these corset models embody the spirit of being feisty in the face of breast cancer.

Eat to the Beat 2013 | Toronto

The event offered all kinds of imaginable dishes that were so great, it was extremely hard to pick a favourite. These chefs poured their hearts out making the dishes that not one dish was short of perfect. Clockwise in the picture, chef Karina Jensen from Dufflet Pastries showed off with a Salted Caramel Cake Cup. The ladies from Madeleines came together with Flourless Chocolate Brownies with fresh raspberries; while Catherine O’Donnell from Willow Cakes and Pastries took home, in my books, the prize for most detailed and best presented dessert as she created an All-Canadian Maple Mousse with Old Fashion Butter Tart enrobed in Cocoa Barry Chocolate and Chef Lindsay Haddock, from Scaramouche, presented a Valrhona Araguani Chocolate Tart whipped with dulcey ganache, sesame snap and caramelized banana.

Eat to the Beat 2013 | Toronto

The evening also offered some savoury favourites. Chef Jen Mitschke from Inn on the Twenty offered a House-made Rye Bread Crostini with DJ Steak’s Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, based with a Niagara pear chutney and coronation grape glaze. Dare I say more?

Eat to the Beat 2013 | Toronto

My favourite, most complex, healthy, best presented and tasty dish was designed by Jayne Dunsmore from Jaynes Gourmet Catering. She crafted a Sous Vide Butternut Squash Terrine. For those of you that do not know, sous vide is a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times. The intention is to cook the item evenly, and not to overcook the outside while still keeping the inside at the same “doneness”, keeping the food juicier. This dish was so delish and fresh, and offered no struggle eating standing up, that it was the “it” item for me.

Eat to the Beat 2013 | Toronto

On the exotic side, I was privy to taste, for the first time, a Gnudi, which is a type of gnocchi made from ricotta cheese and a little bit of flour. The result is a dumpling that some describe as “nude” ravioli, or filling without the pasta. Chef Alexandra Feswick from Samuel J. Moore created a Gnudi with cream, mushrooms and peas. Making the bite of cheese and flour goodness light, fluffy and creamy.

So if you love food and fine beverages, this is the event for you and you should not miss it next year! You will leave with a full belly and a full heart knowing you have played a role in ensuring no one needs to face breast cancer alone.

A big thanks to my friends at Ashworth Associates PR for making me part of this event.

Until next time Foodies!

Buen Provecho,
Foodies Inked.


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