Eat to the Beat 2014

Tuesday October 21, 2014, marked the 19th year of Eat to the Beat’s biggest female culinary gala in Toronto. 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. Food aficionados got together at Roy Thompson Hall to help raise funds for Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support Organization.

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 while listening to the tunes of jazz. Event attendees had the opportunity to enjoy dishes from 60 of the most talented female chefs in Ontario. Stations were blossoming with canape-style ensembles ranging from savory to sweet and everything else in between. Wine, beer and a selection of non alcoholic libations from 20 of the finest beverage purveyors were also up for grabs.

Understanding there were 60 different, tasty dishes to choose from, and knowing I could not pass the opportunity of indulging in such selection, I made it a point to try at least half of them, all in the name of this great cause. Though I managed to eat only 28 of the bite-sized pieces of art, I felt I was lucky enough to have tasted some of the favourites that night. Pants were a bit tight the next day but the smile the dishes put on my face, priceless.

The ladies from Baker and Scone opened up my appetite with their cheddar chive scones with caramelized onions and bacon jam. I mean, bacon jam! The Patria crowd smoothly picked-up the spice tunes where a potato and herb torta with serrano ham and spicy piquillo pepper sauce were the centre pieces.

The folks from Skin and Bones created a terrific “surf on surf” with their version of stuffed mussels beautifully plated on a boat (get it?). Meanwhile Rose Reisman Catering ventured into a delicious Ontario lake trout over Autumn quinoa pilaf topped with crispy kale chips. The perfectly cooked sea creature melted like butter in one’s mouth.

Chef Jo Lusted from the Cooking Channel was probably the winner that night with a dish that stood out on its own. Calling it the Dish Do-Over chicken tostada, the team managed to combine sweet, savory, crunchy and smooth all in a bite-size dish. Folks sitting at my table couldn’t stop talking about it. A close second contender was Jayne’s Gourmet green garden gazpacho with toasted hazelnuts and strawberry. So smooth, I wish I had opened the night with it; that, and the roasted artichoke and lemon Orzo from Bite Catering, a delicious rice combo enveloping black olives, sundried tomatoes, Macedonian feta cheese and fresh basil.

Onto more sweet and desserty notes, Inn on the Twenty excelled with a tempting flourless dark chocolate cake with Frangelico cream (aka hazelnut and herb-infused liqueur), and competed head-to-head with the Valrhona cream puff with white chocolate ganache from Scarmouche. Other favourites included the silky coconout mango panna cotta from the Sweet Escape and the chocolate nutella crunch cream cake from Willow Cakes and Pastries. What a way to end the night!

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. A big thanks go out to Ashworth Associates PR for making me a part of this fabulous cause. Can’t wait for next year’s event!

Until next time Foodies!

Buen Provecho,
Foodies Inked.

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