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This Week in Food: Jimmy's Coffee goes to Kensington, Pulp Kitchen re-locates, Lobster Love dies, Piola hosts gnocchi eating competition and TUM tickets go on sale

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.


  • Jimmy's Coffee is coming to Kensington Market. The popular Portland St. coffee shop is aiming for a January 2013 opening at 191 Baldwin Street. What this means for the fate of current tenant Hot Box Cafe is unclear. The building has been sold but Hot Box owner Abi Roach tells us that she's hoping to stay and has been assured by the new owner that they want to keep the Hot Box there. Controversy brewing?
  • Pulp Kitchen is now open at their newest location at 717 1/2 Queen St. East near Broadview. Their usual assortment of juices, smoothies and super shakes are on the menu along with a short list of food items including vegan grilled cheese sandwiches.


  • The 2012 Food Awards will celebrate the success of Food Forward members and great food, with appetizers, drinks, music and mingling on Saturday, August 11th at 7 p.m. at Bento Miso, Suite 300 (862 Richmond St. W.). Get your ticket here.
  • Join Canadian Chef Stadtl채nder and French landscape artist Jean Paul Ganem at Eigensinn Farm in support of the Singhampton Project. This installation will offer 7 courses moving through 7 gardens that match each dish. Between August 10th and August 26th, reserve a seat here. Tickets are $275, with wine-pairings available for $75.
  • Foodies on Foot is organizing a Roncesvalles Village Food Tour starts Saturday, August 4th from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It includes tastings at several shops, a brief history of Roncesvalles, and a stroll through one of Toronto's greatest neighborhoods.
  • In celebration of the Canadian blueberry, Ivy Knight's popular 86'd Mondays series (August 6th from 7pm to 9pm) is focusing on the unlikely pair of blueberries and bourbon (ah, alliteration). There'll be wild blueberry pies, and a wild blueberry and bourbon cocktail courtesy of Drake bartenders.
  • ESA joins Tasty Thursdays at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday, August 9th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Down some food for under $10, and enjoy free tunes courtesy of JUNO award-winning guest Dominic Mancuso.
  • Mavrik Wine Bar is hosting their first-ever community market on August 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market will feature products from local vendors such as Snackery and Yummsies, in tandem with the unveiling of their new backyard space.
  • The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival will be taking place August 11th & 12th from noon to 6 p.m. at Roundhouse Park (255 Bremner Blvd.), serving craft beer from stellar breweries, and mouth-watering grub fresh off of Toronto's finest food trucks. Get your sample mug for $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.
  • The Depanneur (1033A College St.) plays host for an evening with the Rusholme Park Supper Club on August 12 at 7:30 pm. Curated by Emily Zimmerman, the evening will feature her vegan cooking crafted with fresh, local ingredients. Reserve your spot in advance by purchasing a membership here.
  • Tickets go on sale today (August 3rd) for the Toronto Underground Market taking place August 25. Check out TUM's website for details.
  • Piola has announced a gnocchi eating contest. It all goes down on August 19th with the winner taking home a vintage 1963 Vespa. Professional eater Furious Pete will be hosting, and you can sign up via Piola's Facebook page.


  • Lobster Love is calling it quits. The poorly organized lobster event that took place at the Brick Works last month was originally conceived as a regular series of lobster dinners to capitalize on the record low lobster prices this summer. Long wait times and less than stellar management seems to have killed the event before it really got started. The web site has now been taken down.
  • The Emmet Ray is now serving a selection of English-inspired goodies on their new "mess hall"-style food menu.
  • Banh Mi Boys is now open on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Photo from Pulp Kitchen

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