On Sunday, Toronto’s foodie elite gathered at the Corus Entertainment building for Second Harvest’s 24th annual culinary fundraiser, Toronto Taste.
Since its inception in 1985, Second Harvest has become the largest food rescue charity in Canada, recovering excess food that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to more than 200 social service agencies in the city. Presented by The Daniels Corporation, Toronto Taste is the organization’s biggest annual event. In a city obsessed with food events, Toronto Taste is renowned as one of the absolute best and marks the kick off to a summer of culinary celebrations.
For $250, ticket holders gained access to 70 top local restaurant and beverage purveyors,
as well as entertainment and a cooking competition hosted by Food Network’s Bob
Blumer and James Cunningham. Guests also had the opportunity to test their luck in an
exclusive luxury-item raffle draw and a silent auction. There was also a riveting live auction that included prizes such as rare Rothchild fine wines, WestJet vacations, a private dinner by celebrity chef Roger Mooking and Electrolux kitchen appliances.
Dressed in their finest summer attire, attendees mingled through the labyrinth of vendors, juggling their wine glass with their cocktail style tasting plates, while also snapping shots of each expertly crafted dish.
And there was no shortage of tantalizing culinary delights to entertain guests or followers watching in envy at home. From the McEwan Group’s meatballs, to Carbon Bar’s Pork Tostada, to Buca’s wicked Panino Bagnato, guests made their rounds in between checking on their silent auction bids and watching Chef Eric Wood win the Taste cooking challenge on stage.
Not only did event-goers leave with full bellies and hopefully a few auction prizes, but
they also took in the satisfaction of knowing that each ticket price would help feed 500
Toronto adults, children and seniors. Nothing tastes better than Pizzeria Libretto’s Deep
Fried Pizza with a side of do-good.
For more information on how you can support Second Harvest and their crave-worthy
food events, including the next year’s Toronto Taste and the upcoming Taste of Toronto
July 24-27th—confusing, we know—check out their website.