Be a Taster

An image from last year - gorgeous Canadian caviar - ah, the romance of the roes


Buy a $250 ticket for Toronto Taste on June 12 and you have just provided 250 Second Harvest meals for people in need. That’s the all-important bottom line, of course, but the event has also grown into so much more in its 21 years of existence. For foodies, it’s an opportunity to taste the work of 60 chefs and 30 wine or beer producers – and, even more alluring, to meet the chefs and their teams and chat with them face-to-face. For others, it’s a social affair, a charity gala for a good cause with the always amusing Bob Blumer (author of The Surreal Gourmet books) as master of ceremonies. This year, again, it’s being held inside and outside the ROM and I’m thoroughly looking forward to going. There are always questions to be asked. Will pork be the ubiquitous protein du jour again? Can I eat all 60 offerings? What if I run into any or all of my current nemeses?

Toronto Taste has raised over $4 million for Second Harvest. Auctions as well as ticket sales have made their contribution. This year the lots seem particularly interesting and include a Fiat 500 car and also a barrel of David’s Block Chardonnay 2010 donated by Tawse Winery. This unique prize will yield approximately 300 bottles of custom labelled wine.

Tickets are available for purchase for $250 each (with a tax receipt issued for $125) at or by calling 416.408.2594. For additional information and to see the impressive line up of chef and beverage participants, as well as details on the auctions and raffle, please visit

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