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This Week in Food: Porzia, Queen Margherita Baby Point, Blankets & Brews, Hunt Camp, Hoof Cafe brunch

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.


  • Porzia finally opened this week in Parkdale. The much anticipated Italian eatery that got in just before the moratorium takes reservations (woot!) and is currently cooking up octopus, sweetbreads and fresh baked cookies. Check out the sample menu here.
  • Queen Margherita Pizza will opening its newest Baby Point outpost on Monday, February 4th at 785 Annette Street.
  • Banh Mi Boys have announced that their highly anticipated second location at 399 Yonge Street is set to open in February.
  • Prague European Kitchen has already shut its doors, only five months after re-modeling and re-opening under new ownership.


  • Frank Restaurant at The AGO (317 Dundas Street West) presents An Egg and A Crust of Bread on Saturday, January 26 from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Starting with breakfast hors d'oeuvres and a cocktail reception, a guided tour will take in the Josef Sudek exhibition and follow with a prix fixe brunch at Frank.
  • Scott Vivian (Beast) and chef Bertrand AlĂŠpĂŠe (formerly Amuse-Bouche) share their favourite dishes when they present The Tempered Beast on Monday and Tuesday, January 8th and 29th. The four-course tasting dinner takes place at Beast Restaurant (96 Tecumseth Street) at 7pm. Tickets are $60 and available directly through the restaurant.
  • The Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur (1033 College Street) hosts A Garlic Lovers' Dream with Kerri & Ashlee Cooper. The theme ingredient will be featured in a soup and salad as well as the main; an 88 Clove Lamb & Cardamom Pot Pie. Even dessert will see some candied garlic in play. Tickets are $40.
  • The Sunday, January 27th edition of The Stop's Beer Garden has been cleverly renamed Blankets & Brews. Taking place at The Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St., Barn 4) between 1 and 5 pm, this event promises $5 beers and bites from Amsterdam and K-Song Taco, plus there will be a fire and marshmallows. BYOBlanket.
  • The first edition of Farmhouse Tavern's new Hunt Camp takes place on Wednesday, January 30th. This intimate dinner series from Chef Alex Molitz focuses on fish and game meats and includes wine pairings. Hunt Camp will run on Wednesdays until April 24th, but tickets should be purchased in advance as seating is limited to only 6 per evening.
  • The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) partners with the Toronto Fashion Incubator to present the ninth annual Guilty Pleasures Brunch taking place on Saturday, February 2nd. Enjoy mimosas with a three course brunch ($38), then browse pop-up shops stocked by local apparel and accessories designers.
  • Midfield Wine Bar is celebrating the tastes of the Piemonte region in Northern Italy this Sunday (the 27th) with a sampling of wine and food from the area. Featured producers include Elvio Cogno, Castello di Verduno, Produttori del Barbaresco, Maurizio Ponchione, and Cordero di Montezemolo. You can choose from a $39 prix fixe menu with a 3 x 3oz wine flight or go a la carte for both wine and food. More details here.


  • The Harbord Room team is set to take possession of nearby restaurant Messis in March, and will re-open the space following renovations with Harbord Room's Curt Martin at the helm.
  • Brunchers rejoice: the Hoof Cafe's beloved brunch is permanently "popping up" at the Hoof Raw Bar as of last weekend, according to Black Hoof owner Jen Agg (permanently being Thursday-Sunday).

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