Here are the 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings I'm looking forward to this fall.
- The Delicious Food Show is on this weekend October 17 to 19 at the Direct Energy Centre. The three-day food fest will promises celebrity chef workshops and demos, cook-offs, food trucks and lots of exhibitors.
- Bro Appetit, a pop-up market at the newly opened restaurant Dear Jools (785 Queen St. West) takes place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, October 18. Admission is free and food items will be $5.
- Drake One Fifty (150 York St.) hosts Montreal chef Emma Carderelli of Nora Gray for a collaborative dinner on Tuesday, October 21. The special Italian menu will feature a variety of a la carte options like farro salad, meatballs, calamari, and rosemary ribs; choose four dishes at a time as a $70 prix five.
- Eat To The Beat returns for its 19th year on Tuesday, October 21 from 7pm at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St.). Tickets for are $175 (with proceeds going towards Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support) for this food fest fundraiser featuring the talents of 60 female chefs.
- There's still time to make reservations for Restaurants for Change happening this Wednesday, October 22 at participating Toronto restaurants. Richmond Station, Ruby Watchco and The Saint Tavern (to name just a few) will donate proceeds from the evening's dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada.
Here are my picks for the top upcoming food events and festivals taking place this fall in Toronto.
- The much-anticipated Buca Osteria & Bar is finally open at the Four Seasons (53 Scollard St.) in Yorkville. Distinguishing itself from the original King St. location, the new restaurant offers a broader selection of fresh seafood, including house-made salumi di mare, in addition to their much-loved pizzas and pasta dishes.
- Dear Jools (Thai-Tanium was just the latest diversion, and seriously, I can't believe I fell for it again) finally opens its doors this weekend following a one day pop-up market dubbed Bro Appetit happening this Saturday, October 18.
- Prenup Pub is now open at 191 College St. across from UofT, boasting 70 beers on tap.
Even those not directly caught in the crossfire of competition between these downtown restaurants have been prompted to step up their game, resulting in destination-worthy Thai restaurants where status-quo pad thai is hardly the main attraction.
Here are the best Thai restaurants in Toronto.
See also: The Best Pad Thai in Toronto
Read my profile of Mr. Flamingo in the restaurant section.