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December 15, 2005
Soup’s On! at Toronto’s WinterCity Festival
  
The third annual WinterCity Festival, presented by the American Express Philanthropic Program, Toronto’s city-wide celebration of the world's coolest winter city, debuts a steamy new festival highlight. “Soup’s On!,” presented by Liberty Tax Services, offers cooking demonstrations and soup tastings from Toronto’s top chefs matched with live performances from some of Toronto’s most diverse bands.

The world of soup is vast and sophisticated. There are thick soups such as bouillabaisse that nearly cross the line from soup to stew, thin clear consommés, and everything in-between. Nearly all cultures have their own soup specialties: hearty Russian borscht, garlicky Spanish gazpacho, and Pot-au-Feu, a French clear soup made from boiled beef and vegetables.

Featuring soups from Spain to China and Jamaica to Greece, the “Soup’s On” pavilion will have something for everyone. Hosted by food enthusiast Marty Galin, chefs from Toronto-area restaurants will provide live cooking demonstrations in a heated pavilion on Nathan Phillips Square with the public able to taste-test the results while listening to music from the themed country.

Saturday, January 28:

Time Country Chef / Restaurant Soup Music
Noon West Indies Chef Naren Singh Belle Eden Specialty Foods Caribbean Split Pea & “Purple Sweeties” Sweet Potato Soup  
1–2pm Ukraine Chef Galina Cycz What A Bagel Ukrainian Borscht Soup Andrei & Valeri
2:30–3:30pm India Chef Nipun Sharma Rasoee/The Indian Kitchen Mulligatawny Soup autorickshaw
4 – 5pm Peru Chef de Cuisine Jonaton Lome Azure Lobster Chupe Rodrigo Chavez & Cassava
5:30 –6:30pm Greece Chef Kathy Mavrakakis Christina’s on the Danforth Greek Island Seafood Soup Jayne Brown Ensemble


Sunday, January 29:

Time Country Chef / Restaurant Soup Music
Noon   Africa Chef Neil Wilkinson The Devil’s Advocate African Soup  
1-2pm Jamaica Chef Albert Regent Wiggan Albert’s Real Jamaican Foods Jamaican Chicken Soup Acoustic Reggae Rhythms
2:30-3:30pm USA Chef Jess Ostlund Ruth’s Chris Steak House Louisiana Seafood and Sausage Gumbo The Loco Zydeco Trio
4 – 5p.m. Austria Chef Robert Mayer Richtree Market Restaurants Potato-Mushroom Soup with Marjoram Austrian Music
5:30-6:30pm Spain Chef Mike D’Alessandro Posticino Ristorante  Kidney Bean Soup with Ham and Manchego Toma Que Toma


Saturday, February 4:

Time Country Chef / Restaurant Soup Music
Noon   Canada Chef Neil Andrew Siomra Pallucci Restaurant Curried Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Puree  
1-2pm Hungary Chef Marco Dalla Fontana The Big Raju Hungarian Goulash Julius Nemeth Band
2:30-3:30pm USA Chef Anthony Mair Mardi Gras Bistro Jambalaya The Loco Zydeco Trio
4 – 5p.m. Portugal Chef Robert Mills Tundra Portuguese-style soup with Fire Red Pepper Aioli “15” Catarina Cardeal and Mike Siracusa
5:30-6:30pm Morocco Chef Esther Benaim Great Cooks on Eight Harira Soup Beyond the Pale


Sunday, February 5:

Time Country Chef / Restaurant Soup Music
Noon   Thailand Chef Philip Rejante The Green Mango Chicken Lemongrass  Soup  
1-2pm Mexico Chef Cesar Rios-Bailon Bandido’s Azteca Chicken Lime Soup Jorge Lopez & Mexico Amigo
2:30-3:30pm Italy Chef Massimo Capra Mistura Restaurant Genoa Style Chickpea Soup Angelica Di Castro
4 – 5pm China Chef Alan Lau Bright Pearl Seafood Restaurant Hot and Sour Soup Hua Yin Ye Fu
5:30-6:30pm Egypt   Chef Christopher Perera Signatures at the InterContinental Toronto  Lamb Mulikia Soup Maryem Tollar Ensemble


The WinterCity Festival is an award-winning 14 day city-wide celebration of Toronto’s culture, creativity and cuisine. WinterCity runs from January 27 – February 9, 2006 and offers three distinct areas of programming: the WOW! (Wild on Winter) Series featuring free outdoor spectacle shows, live music and performing arts at Nathan Phillips Square; the Warm-up Series with dazzling performances and discounts at some of Toronto’s leading cultural and tourist attractions; and the return of the hugely popular restaurant promotion Winterlicious, presented by American Express.

Admission to WinterCity’s WOW! series at Nathan Phillips Square is FREE. Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West. Take the TTC Queen Streetcar (501), the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station) or the University Line (exit Osgoode station).

For more information on WinterCity and other events produced by Toronto Special Events, the public can call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events.


Media contact:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7318
gramsay@toronto.ca


 

 

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