There’s nothing I love more than an event that showcases the great culinary finds within our city. Toronto’s gastronomic scene is constantly involving and refining our collective palette as we grow together. Whenever I get a chance to taste a multitude of eateries within the same night without the need to teleport, I get overly excited and blissful. Eat to the Beat is one of my favourite events and it has a special place within my heart as it showcases all the amazing female chefs and their dishes. This year, 60 female chefs came together to cook in support of the Canadian Cancer Society at Roy Thompson Hall and it was truly a night to remember and savour.
The dusky light casts on to Eat to the Beat's venue, Roy Thompson Hall.
The bright and beautiful corset models. These ladies embody a fun and feisty spirit in the face of breast cancer.
More of the food inspired corsets worn by ladies who have experienced breast cancer.
The venue, packed with attendees, ready to eat, drink and dance to support the Canadian Cancer Society.
Chef Veronique and team from Crepes a Go Go.
Vanessa Baudanza and Isabelle Loiacono of The Rolling Pin and their cute donut wall display.
Dufflet Rosenberg and team member from Dufflet Pasteries.
Rossy Earle from SupiCucu with their Pozole verde soup.
Renee Bellefeuille of Art Gallery of Ontario and team with their birria-spiced beef brochette and cashew chili salsa.
A close up of the birria-spiced beef brochette and cashew chili salsa.
The offering from East & Main Bistro, an applewood smoked duck breast with mushroom risotto.
Andrea Nicholson from Butchie's and and Killer Condiments prepping her offering.
Alexandra Feswick and team from The Drake Hotel and their baba ghanoush offering on naan bread.
The colourful rice salad from Pai Northern Thai Kitchen / Kiin.
Nuit Regular and team from Pai.
A fun way of presenting spiced chicken crackling and cucumber mint slaw by Chef Christine Ostiguy of Yorkshire Pudding Catering.
Chef Elaine Wong of Omni King Edward Hotel's creation of torched beef tartar with pickled vegetables and black rice.
A selection of freshly shucked oysters by Chef Felicia Derose of The Chase Fish and Oyster.
Chef Emma Beqaj of Emma's Eatery Catering and her offering.
The preparation of Elle Cuisine's shirmp and grits.
George Brown College Chef School's offering of chipotle quinoa and cornmeal muffins.
Los Colibris and El Caballito's offering of different tacos.
A built your own crostini station by Ace Bakery.
And finally, our collectively favourite savoury bite of the evening. The Japanese Hokkaido Bay scallops on half shells from Hooked by Chef Jennifer Mooers.
Chef Catherine O'Donnell and team from Willow Cakes and Pastries and their peanut butter pate with raspberry snow.
A selection of tartlets from Wanda's Pie in The Sky.
A selection of different petit fours from Victor Dries, popcorn panna cotta and pumpkin spice hats.
Chocolate mousse cake from Victor Dries.
Chocolate coconut cake from George by Chef Tiffany Miguel.
And the best for last, our favourite sweet bite of the night, definitely the apple of our apple, the perfectly balanced apple tart tatin from Chef Stephanie Duong of Roselle.
Here's a capture of my beautiful mom from the event. Taking her photo at the event is quickly becoming our annual tradition.
Thank you to Eat to the Beat for featuring these amazing chefs. It was an amazing experience sampling all the dishes that these chefs have created in support of Canadian Cancer Society.
In coming weeks I will be putting together a video of the event to give you an even closer look into the event.