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December 3, 2009
The perfect gift for foodies: Winterlicious culinary events on sale now
Toronto’s WinterCity Festival - a city-wide celebration of culture, creativity and cuisine - wouldn’t be complete without Toronto’s favourite winter gastronomic celebration, Winterlicious presented by American Express. Now in its eighth delicious year, Winterlicious offers two popular programs for foodies to savour.

In addition to the popular prix-fixe restaurant promotion, the Winterlicious Culinary Event Series features one-of-a-kind ticketed gastronomic experiences hosted by some of Toronto’s finest restaurants and venues. Just in time for the holidays, tickets for a mouth-watering array of unique culinary events go on sale Thursday, December 3, 2009.

Eats, Beats and Tweets @nyood
Nyood Restaurant, 1096 Queen St. W.
Food and technology collide as diners’ tweets are projected on Nyood’s walls as they enjoy a delectable tasting menu of nouveau Mediterranean cuisine conceived by Roger Mooking, Executive Chef of Nyood and Kultura and host of Food Network’s Everyday Exotic.
(January 29 & 30, 6:30 p.m & 9 p.m., $50 plus beverages, taxes and gratuity, 416- 466-1888 or,

A totally Toronto experience featuring Celebrity Chef Brad Long
The Market Kitchen, St. Lawrence Market, 93 Front St. E.
This experience will include a history tour of the St. Lawrence Market Complex, a personalized shopping excursion and an interactive cooking demonstration with celebrity Chef Brad Long, recognized for his appearances on Restaurant Makeover on Food Network. Chef Long will also prepare a menu that blends his elegant style of cuisine with locally-produced, healthy, nutritious food compliments of St. Lawrence Market. (January 30, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m., $75 including taxes, 416-860-0727,

Travel the Streets of Toronto
Rosewater, 19 Toronto St.
Celebrating the diversity of cultures and cuisines in Toronto, the Rosewater will feature a brunch highlighting the very best culinary offerings from the distinct neighbourhoods of the city. Join us for traditional brunch and breakfast fare featuring a variety of cuisines, including dishes from Peru, Italy and Brazil. (January 31, 11:30 am - 1 pm & 1:30 p.m. - 3 pm, $50 plus taxes and gratuity, 416-214-5888,

Ex-Communication by Chocolat
Moroco Chocolat, 99 Yorkville Ave
Experience a six course guided tasting dinner of sweet and savoury pleasures: three savoury courses and three Valrhona Chocolat dessert courses paired with the finest Champagnes, The Macallan & Highland Park Scotches, Canadian wines, followed by Courvoisier Cognacs as digestifs.
(February 1, 7 p.m. - 11 pm, $95 plus taxes and gratuity, 416-961-2202,

Making the Grade: Rising Chef Citrus Cook-Off
SCHOOL, 70 Fraser Ave
Top students representing some of Canada’s leading culinary schools will face-off in a grapefruit challenge to earn top spot in the “Rising Chef Citrus Cook-off”. Armed with their own tantalizing appetizer, entrée and dessert recipes, the contestants will create their sweet and savoury dishes for a judging panel of local food aficionados. Guests will watch the live grapefruit showdown unfold as they enjoy citrus-inspired samples created by Toronto’s own Chef Brad Moore of SCHOOL.
(February 2, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., $35 including taxes and gratuity, 416-642-7957,

The Bonnie Stern School of Cooking, 6 Erskine Ave
If you loved the film Julie & Julia, you must have been inspired to head right home, don your pearls and prepare Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon. After taking this delicious class with instructor Bonnie Stern, you’ll be able to do just that, as well as create other dishes for which Julia was famous. Guests will take home a complimentary copy of Julia Child’s My Life in France.
(February 4, 6:30 p.m. - 9 pm, and February 6, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., $99 including taxes, 416-484-4810

Guilty Pleasures VI: Fashion + Food = Fabulous!
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.
Start with a scrumptious brunch featuring fresh juice, blueberry scones, warm croissants, soft and sexy scrambled eggs and so much more. Browse through rack after rack of original Canadian designs, collect limited edition pieces and peruse one-of-a-kind accessories and never before seen jewellery. Take a break at the Beauty Bar for fashion tips and personalized make-up consultations, enter to win a fabulous door prize and don’t forget to grab your decadent swag bag on the way out.
(February 6, four seatings: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., $35 plus taxes and gratuity, 416-531-5042

The Feast of the Dragon
Spice Route, 499 King St. W.
Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Dragon, a creature of myth, legend and a symbol of good fortune.
Experience delicate hand crafted and exotic-flavoured dim sum as we pay homage to the New Year through an extraordinary passage to the Far East.
(February 7, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., $40 plus taxes and gratuity, 416-849-1808,

Pilsner Urquell and beerbistro present: A Celebration of Beer - Beer Dinner
Beerbistro, 18 King St. E.
This unique culinary event showcases and celebrates the diversity of beer as a beverage, as an ingredient and an accompaniment to fine food. beerbistro Chef de Cuisine and author of the critically acclaimed beerbistro cookbook, Brian Morin along with famed Brewmaster Ryan Johnson take you on a culinary journey highlighting Toronto’s unique gastronomic landscape and showcasing some of the world’s most respected specialty beers. Seven courses paired and prepared with seven beers, including the original pilsner, Pilsner Urquell and others brought in exclusively for this event that will change the way you think about beer.
(February 9, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Beer hour, 7 p.m. Dinner, $125 including taxes, 416-861-9872,

Winterlicious Getaways
Nella Cucina, 876 Bathurst St.
Escape for a few hours to another country and learn how to prepare delicious recipes from culinary destinations such as Morocco, Italy, China and more. Family Days are open to parents and kids, featuring classes on preparing Indian, Italian, Thai and Mexican cuisine. Around the World… On the Fly offers adults a chance to learn how to prepare a three-course meal with refreshments, healthy, simple, gourmet winter fare with exotic winter flavours from around the globe.
( for various dates and times)

The Culinary Event Series is part of Winterlicious presented by American Express. Winterlicious is part of Toronto's WinterCity Festival presented by RBC. WinterCity is three festivals in one: the WOW! Series at Nathan Phillips Square, the Warm Up Series at Toronto's cultural and tourist attractions, and the ever-popular restaurant promotion, Winterlicious presented by American Express.

For more information on all three streams of WinterCity programming and other events produced by Toronto Special Events, visitors can call 311 or visit
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Giannina Warren, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, City of Toronto:
416 395-7318,



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