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This bar serves up grilled cheese on the dance floor

Posted by Guest Contributor / February 4, 2013

Grilled cheeseAt Crawford, for a little cheddar you can get a lot of cheese. On the first Saturday of every month, the College St. bar hosts a party on the lower level where grilled cheese sandwiches are being made (and served) on the dance floor. Entry is free before 11pm and $5 after that. The grilled cheese is always free.

The evening's MC, Fundament, organizes the event and loves to surprise the crowd when he starts handing out the freshly made sandwiches.

"Most people don't realize we're doing it," he said. "It's easy. And the novelty of grilled cheese is amazing."

The event originated in Montreal by two local DJs known as the "Moustache Men." Fundament was introduced to the idea and decided to bring it to Toronto two years ago.
Now, Crawford is the regular home of the party, featuring a guest DJ alongside DJ James Redi who spin a motown/hip hop/reggae sound.

Grilled cheeseThe grill is set up at the front of the room that usually gets fired up around midnight. As soon as it does, there's a wafting smell of grilled cheese that fills the air. Sandwiches start popping up in the crowd on the dance floor.

Grilled cheeseFundament always starts the night with six loaves of bread and "a ton of sliced cheese." But with a 24-hour Metro across the street, the grilled cheese never runs out. Crawford's got people saying "cheese" for more than just photo ops.

Grilled cheeseGrilled cheeseGrilled cheeseWriting by Amanda Cupido. Photos by Jessica Goebell.



vandy / February 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm
seems like a desperate move…
yumm / February 4, 2013 at 02:01 pm
whaaaat, i guess Vandy & Jimmy aren't hungry....how is FREE GRILLED CHEESE a desperate or dumb move
joe mama replying to a comment from yumm / February 4, 2013 at 02:20 pm
Ultra-hipster douchebag says: A venue worth going to doesn't have to work for you, you have to work for it ;)
MOFO / February 4, 2013 at 02:21 pm
I bet it wouldn't seem dumb when you're half in the bag and jonesin for food at 2am. Sure would beat foraging for street meat in the cold after the bar closes.
becca / February 4, 2013 at 02:22 pm
This is not a dumb idea — this is the best idea ever. WHO DOESN'T WANT A FREE DELICIOUS GRILLED CHEESE WHEN YOU ARE SUPER DRUNK AND HUNGRY FROM DANCING?! ARE YOU SATAN?! Get out, Jimmy and Vandy, and don't come back.
Hilary replying to a comment from becca / February 4, 2013 at 02:28 pm
hahaha, DIDO! sounds like a party and a half to me. whoever doesn't agree this is great lives a sad life.
James / February 4, 2013 at 02:38 pm
Only in this comment section could free grilled cheese be deemed "Desperate" and "Dumb". Jesus, how sad and miserable are you people?
Kat / February 4, 2013 at 02:46 pm
The only thing wrong with this is that now it's not a surprise. There is nothing I want more than to be at the bar and all of a sudden smell grilled cheese, and have one handed to me. Pure magic.
Erti / February 4, 2013 at 02:51 pm
gj jess on the pics
Jmons / February 4, 2013 at 03:28 pm
Are they serving kraft singles on those sammiches?
Adam / February 4, 2013 at 03:39 pm
That lead image is amazing.
Rob / February 4, 2013 at 03:58 pm
Can't see how free grilled cheese sandwiches can be considered a bad thing. Don't want it? Don't eat it! They could definitely help towards sobering ppl up before heading home
Sarah / February 4, 2013 at 09:24 pm
If you've never been, don't be so quick to deem it a "stupid idea".
Fundament / February 4, 2013 at 09:38 pm
Thanks for the support! Make sure to come through March 2nd at Crawford as alwayzzzzzzzz!

n fuk u intanet trolls :)
loool / February 4, 2013 at 09:39 pm
Seems gross to make out with someone with cheddar cheese breath.
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Simple but very accurate information… Many thanks for sharing this one.
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