Toronto Taste 2019 – New Venue, New Chefs, Same Amazing Charity

It’s starting to feel like summer and that means Toronto Taste is coming fast! Time to get your tickets to Toronto Taste 2019.

I’ve attended Second Harvest’s Toronto Taste regularly for over 10 years. Usually I’m there as a volunteer, one of the hundreds of people there supporting Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity, by pulling together Toronto’s premier culinary extravaganza. Occasionally, I’ve just dolled myself up and gone with friends to enjoy the great food and drink on offer and schmooze with top name Chefs.

What is Toronto Taste?

Toronto Taste is a gourmet fundraiser in it’s 29th year serving the best tastes of the season from over 50 chefs and restaurants in the GTA along with wineries, breweries and distillers. Each donating their time, food, drink and staff to raising funds for Second Harvest’s work in food rescue.

From caviar and champagne to foie gras and craft brews, Toronto Taste is an annual glimpse into what is on-trend in the food and beverage industry.

Guests can sample and sip all evening long while meeting the Chefs and teams that run award-winning, celebrated restaurants that top Canada’s Best Of lists.

Chef Ivana Raca of Ufficio

The Chefs have an unspoken competition to see who has the best dishes and it’s great to see them joking with each other and checking out each other’s plates.

In addition to an evening of fine food and top quality beverages served one bit/sip at a time, Toronto Taste includes a live culinary competition, a silent auction, a live auction. It is a fundraiser after all.

The Toronto Taste Fine Wine Auction has a wide selection of surprising bottles for anyone from someone starting to explore new wines to collectors.

What’s New at Toronto Taste 2019

Another feature of Toronto Taste is that every couple of years it changes venues to give guests a new Toronto experience. This year, for the 29th annual Toronto Taste, we’ll be enjoying the Evergreen Brick Works with over 50 chef and beverage stations.

Here’s a sneak peak at a couple of the dishes that will be served at Toronto Taste 2019:

Kabavaki Glazed Octopus from Miku & Chef Michael Acero

Kabavaki Glazed Octopus from Miku & Chef Michael Acero
will be served at Station #41

Fois gras éclair with red pepper jam from Cluny Bistro’s Chef Andrew Wilson

Fois gras éclair with red pepper jam from Cluny Bistro’s Chef Andrew Wilson
will be served at Station #20

Brie and Spiced Fig Jam Grilled Cheese with Pickled Pear from Bar Sybanne’s Chef Howard Dubrovsky

Brie and Spiced Fig Jam Grilled Cheese with Pickled Pear from Bar Sybanne’s Chef Howard Dubrovsky will be served at Station #26

What You Can Expect from Toronto Taste 2019

2019  Toronto Taste

Here is a quick video of some of the food and people from past Toronto Tastes. (don’t worry, I turned off the sound)

Warning: watching this will make you hungry! and give you FOMO, so get your Toronto Taste 2019 tickets NOW so you don’t miss out.

What is Second Harvest?

Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue charity, providing the essential service of rescuing fresh, perishable food to 373 social service organizations throughout Ontario.

Second Harvest created and runs which allows any business to donate any surplus food to local charities. This nutritious food is available to programs that serve after-school snacks to children, meals for women and families in shelters, nourishment for seniors on fixed incomes, and many more. I’ve been doing work with over the last year, spreading the word and encouraging food businesses and charities to register and participate in this innovative project.

Second Harvest also published The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste An important and detailed report on the state of food waste in Canada and recommended actions to address it. By reducing avoidable food waste, we help keep our planet and people healthy and strong. Last year alone, Second Harvest helped reduce unnecessary environmental damage by preventing 58 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from entering our atmosphere.

Come to Toronto Taste 2019

It’s a wonderful evening where you can indulge yourself while doing good. Support Second Harvest and food rescue by:

  • attending Toronto Taste 2019 on June 9th. Tickets are $260 and include a $150 tax receipt Buy your ticket here
  • bidding on the silent auction pries
  • bidding in the Fine Wine auction for some amazing wine
  • bidding in the live auctions for exceptional experiences.

If you can’t attend Toronto Taste 2019 you can help by:

I hope to see you there!

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

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