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This Week in Food: Gourmet Bitches food truck, The Saint, La Carnita art party, TUM, Johnny Jackson, the Street Food Block Party, and other food news & events

This Week in Food rounds up the week's food news, restaurants openings and closings, chef movements and upcoming food events in Toronto. Find us here every Friday morning.

OPENINGS & CLOSINGS

  • Kanto by Tita Flips of TUM fame is now offering up fresh Filipino street food at Live Local Marketplace (707 Dundas Street West) in front of Scadding Court Community Centre.
  • Follow Gourmet Bitches for the whereabouts of Toronto's newest gourmet food truck, serving up gluten-free fare, street-side.
  • New local The Saint is finally set to open it's doors at 227 Ossington on Monday, April 9th.
  • Lamesa (669 Queen Street West) from Chef Rudy Boquila (ex Oyster Boy) is bringing Filipino flavour to Queen West this May in the space formerly occupied by The Rosebud.
  • Johnny Jackson (587 College St.) is opening this spring and promising to serve up $10 plates of pub fare and po'boys.
  • Check out Bellwoods Brewery (124 Ossington) for a sneak peak of this brewery cafe featuring a snack-focused menu from Chef Guy Rawlings. The soft opening happens this weekend, April 5th - 7th from 6 pm to 11 pm.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Drop-in to The Depanneur (1033 College Street) tonight (April 6th) from 6pm - 9pm for Sopa de Tarasca Night with Mexican epicure Margret Hefner. Eight dollars for creamy bean soup topped with crispy fried ancho chilis and tortillas plus a choice of 3 tostadas.
  • Caplansky's (356 College St.) is celebrating the yontif with a Seder Dinner on Saturday, April 7th. The traditional 7 course meal is $45 per person.
  • Be sure to come hungry to the 5th installment of the Toronto Underground Market from 6pm - 11pm on Saturday, April 7th at the Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue).
  • Also note, tickets for the Street Food Block Party (billed as a TUM / Food Truck Eats mash-up) will go on sale April 12th for $20.
  • Celebrate the Thai New Years Water Festival on April 11th & 12th at The 2012 Songkran Celebration hosted by Khao San Road (326 Adelaide West). For $55, take part in a 6 course tasting menu and water gun fight.
  • La Carnita presents Uno on Friday April 13. Feast your senses with street art royalty, live DJs and of course handmade La Carnita tacos. It all takes place at the Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue) from 7pm - 1am and admission is free.
  • The Wood Banquet hosted by House of Commons takes place April 13th - 14th at Gallerywest (1332 Queen Street West). Reserve a space to enjoy Chef Hans Vogel (BLD Restaurant Toronto) serving up a 3 course menu on Friday ($90) or a 5 course feast on Saturday ($125).
  • The ongoing Local Food Movement Dinner Series (PDF) takes place Monday, April 16th featuring an early spring menu paired with 13th Street Wines. Chef Jamie Kennedy showcases local artisans, producers, and wineries who will be in attendance to share their stories and products.
  • Dishcrawl is taking over Yorkville on Wednesday, April 18. Reserve your space ASAP to get in on the feeding frenzy.
  • Tickets are on sale now for Brewers Plate Toronto, happening at Roy Thomson Hall on Wednesday, April 18th. General admission is $125 and includes unlimited tastings from Master chefs and brewers.

CHEFS

  • Kevin Castonguay (Woodlot) is the new executive chef at Grace (503 College) taking over from former Top Chef Canada contestant Dustin Gallagher.
  • Fidel Gastro, the rebel without a kitchen, is kitchenless no more after reportedly investing in The Butcher's Son food truck.

OTHER NEWS

  • Word has it that Glory Hole Donuts is scoping out Parkdale store fronts, but if you can't wait, you'll be pleased to know you can now find these binge-worthy treats on weekends at Lit Espresso Bar (810 College Street and 221 Roncesvalles Avenue)
  • Friday, April 6th is opening day at Woodbine Racetrack (555 Rexdale Boulevard). Make an afternoon of it and grab a seat on the Champions patio in time for the 1pm post time.
  • Easter brunch options are plentiful this weekend, but consider going all out at The Boiler House (55 Mill Street) with a $35 all-you-can-eat Easter brunch buffet from 11am - 3pm.
  • The Easter edition of The Kensington Market Sweets Tour promises a leisurely market stroll including samplings and the history of sweets, from chocolates to churros. Two tours leave from the Butterfly Bakery (492 Dundas Street West) at 11:30 am and 2 pm.
  • If you haven't seen it yet, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is playing at the TIFF Bell Lighbox (350 King Street West). Check out this doc about 85 year-old Jiro Ono, acclaimed sushi chef and proprietor of a humble 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station.

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