I went to Toronto Taste yesterday as a freind of mine decided to go to her cottage and enjor a day of good weather instead of using her ticket for this event. I have been to this event for several years starting when it was in Yorkville and this year while nothing really had changed and the weather was perfect the event did not seem to have any energy and by the feel of it I would say there seemed to be a lot less people and and the ones that were there did not seem very enthusiastic and basically cleared out by 9pm with a ton of food still left an many of the chefs tables.
I am wondering if people are just getting bored of these foodie events? Prices too high? Too much competition from other events? This tends to be a top event with the best chefs in the city turning out along with all you can eat and drink food and wine yet there was no energy yesterday...
Food highlights for me were:
Stew of braised veal tongue, cheeks, tripe, chorizo w/ white beans - Boulud
Cured duck yolk, Ottawa valley butter, cinnamon cap mushroom, scorzone truffle - Buca
36-hr braised Mennonite pork belly & beef tongue and also Fermented smoked bear sausage, and bear loin served with bacon jam - Thuet
Rabbit, stinging nettle , millet, asparagus - Le Sélect Bistro
BC Spot Prawn & Cucumber Popsicles - e11even
Grilled catfish in banana leaf, curry beef tripe in a corn taco with radish pickles - Lindas Modern Thai
And surprise hit of the evening:
Amaretto chocolate budino w/ hazelnuts, caramel, chantilly whipped cream - Pizza Libretto