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This Week in Food: Hawker Bar & Kenzo Ramen open, The Next Food Truck Event, Toronto Wing Festival add some spice, Scot Woods now consulting at Plenty Cafe

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

  • Hawker Bar (164 Ossington Ave) is now serving up Singapore Street Food for dinner (Tuesday to Sunday) with lunchtime hours promised for May.
  • Japanese, fast-food noodle house Kenzo Ramen has now opened it's fourth location at 4860 Yonge Street.

  • Souz Dal has announced plans to leave the College and Grace location it's occupied for 20 years. The cocktail bar will close at the end of April, only to reopen down the street on May 3rd after taking over the Sutra Tiki Bar (612 College Street).
  • Jamie Kennedy's grocery store, Provenance Regional Cuisine (800 Dundas Street West) quietly closed last week after only 9 months under the celebrity chef's wing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • The Last Supper on the Titanic goes down this weekend. On Friday, April 13th the Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill (100 Adelaide Street) features a first class menu for $135. Or partake in the 3rd class steerage menu for $50 on Saturday, April 14th at The Céilí Cottage (1301 Queen Street East).
  • The Quadruple Bypass dinner takes place at The Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur (1033 College Street) on Saturday, April 14th. This dinner might be sold out, but it's only a preview of what's in store from Jason Rees and the Pork Ninja team for the 2012 BBQ Competition Season.
  • Gabrielle Hamilton of NYC's Prune restaurant will discuss her new memoir, Blood, Bones and Butter at The Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday, April 18th at 7pm. Tickets are free and available online.
  • The Stop Community Food Centre's Food for Change at Wychwood Barns (76 Wychwood Ave) takes place Thursday, April 19th, featuring Chef Chris Brown (Perigee Restaurant) serving a local and sustainable five-course meal.
  • The premiere Toronto Wing Festival takes place on Friday, April 20th at Beverley Hall (206 Beverley Street) from 6pm to 11pm. The $30 ticket includes all-you-can-eat of T.O's best wings with proceeds going to Streets to Homes and STEP Cambodia.
  • The Culinary Adventure Company and Reel Eats will team up on Saturday, April 21st from 4pm to 10pm to bring you a Monsoon Wedding & Culinary Adventure to India. Tickets are $125 - $145 per person and include a walking food tour through Little India followed by a celebration of film and storytelling 'Monsoon Wedding' style with a vegetarian feast from Nettie Cronish (The Big Carrot) and Preena Chauhan of Arvinda's Spices.
  • Botany Floral Studios (626 College Street) is hosting an afternoon tea party for brides-to-be on Sunday, April 22nd. Reserve your space and enjoy an afternoon (12pm - 5pm) in the flower shop with finger foods from Richelle Hamilton.
  • 'The Next Food Truck' Event takes place at Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Blvd) on Monday, April 23rd from 7pm to 10pm. Billed as part food fair, part art installation, this event will invite guests to cast their votes for their favourite food vendor and art concept of the evening.
  • The Cookbook Store is hosting a Macarons Demo on Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm in the Rosemill Kitchen Studio (1 Yorkville Avenue). The $20 fee also includes a copy of Irresistible Macarons.

CHEFS

  • Scot Woods (Lucien) is now consulting chef at two-month old, Café Plenty at 250 Dundas West.
  • Chef Ron Stratton (Centro, Auberge du Pommier) is moving on after a brief stint at Habit's Gastropub (928 College Street).
  • Chef Chris McDonald (Cava) returns to Centro (2472 Yonge Street) for one night only on April 16th as part of the Alumni Dinner Series celebrating the restaurant's 25th Anniversary.

OTHER NEWS

  • Though not open yet, a sign for Paul's Churrasco has appeared in the newly renovated windows of 839 College Street at Ossington.
  • Party planners take note: Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West) is now offering catering services. The catering menu offers up gourmet street food like mac & cheese canapes and chef-manned taco stations.

Photo from Hawker Bar's Facebook page


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