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This Week in Food: Dr. Augusta's Samitorium, Kimchi Korean House, Horno BBQ, Rakia Bar, Lobstahpalooza and a new food truck from the Food Dudes

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.


  • Catering and food-driven entertainment company, the Food Dudes launched a new food truck this week. Check their twitter feed for updates.
  • Serbian chain Rakia Bar has opened its first Toronto location at 1402 Queen Street East in Leslieville offering a taste of Balkan cuisine. They're still awaiting their liquor license, but are open for lunch and brunch.
  • Horno BBQ is now open in Kensington Market. On the take-out menu are BBQ chicken, braised beef, pulled pork, grilled veggie and fried calamari sandwiches as well as baby back ribs. They can also be enjoyed on-site on their front patio.
  • The Kimchi Korean House is under construction near Dundas West and Bay St. The sign promises Authentic Korean cuisine.
  • A sandwich and soda spot billed Dr. Augusta's Samitorium is coming soon to the corner of Augusta and Dundas West where the Super Convenience Store once stood.
  • As of last week The Toasted Tangerine food truck is no longer in service. R.I.P.


  • Jamie Kennedy's ongoing culinary series takes place tonight (Friday August 17th), with a focus and celebration of Indigenous Cuisine in the Terrace Room at the Gardiner Museum (111 Queen's Park). Tickets are $100 (or $135 with wine pairings) and include passed hors d'oeuvres and a 3-course menu from chefs Jamie Kennedy and Ken Steele.
  • The Caledonian is hosting a $20 lobster dinner this weekend (August 18th and 19th). Reservations are required.
  • The Stop's Beer Garden is back from 1 to 5pm at the Green Barn (601 Christie St., Barn 4) this Sunday, August 19th with beer from Black Oak and food by Rock Lobster Food Co.
  • Jamie Kennedy hosts the 2nd annual Kenapalooza from 3 to 8pm on Sunday, August 19th. Taking place at Gilead Cafe (4 Gilead Place), this event will feature live tunes, booze and snacks under $5.
  • Matt Dean Pettit from Rock Lobster Food Co. and Food Network Star Kevin Brauch present Lobstahpalooza on Sunday, August 19th at 99 Sudbury Street from 1 to 6pm
  • Church Aperitivo Bar (1090 Queen Street West) is celebrating a "Taste of Lombardia" on Wednesday, August 22nd with a $50, 5-course meal including a glass of wine.
  • Tickets for awesTRUCK are available now. The event which takes place at the Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue) on Sunday, September 9th will recognize the very best of Toronto's flourishing street food scene.
  • Tickets are on sale now for The 2nd Annual Competition Backyard BBQ happening on Saturday, September 1st from 3 to 7pm in the private backyard of pop-up restaurateur the Royal Tree Beaver. Tickets to judge/eat are $40, with proceeds going to charity, or you can sign up to compete against 30 home chefs in an intergalactic themed cook-off.



  • The Depanneur (1033 College Street) celebrates its one year anniversary with a Garage Sale and Garden Party from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, August 18th, and a BBQ on Sunday, August 19th.
  • Registration is open now to host a dinner for The World's Fare on Friday, October 5th at 7pm. The event, presented by New York's The Feast, has a goal of inspiring participants around the world to take on social initiatives locally.

Photo courtesy of The Food Dudes

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