Address: St. Lawrence Market, South Building, 92-95 Front St. E, Toronto, ON
When I attended: Nov. 12th, 2015 7-10pm
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could try every food vendor at St. Lawrence Market? I did. It would cost a fortune to try out the best dishes in one visit. The cost of the event was worth it.
The “Evening at the Market” was a phenomenal event where it allowed guests to try unique offerings from more than 65 merchants. For $75, guests were able to sample the foods not just once, but as many times as they liked, and enjoy beverages such as beer and wine with it. I went with my friend and fellow blog contributor Waleed (http://waleedhafeez.com/) and we enjoyed every minute of the evening. On top a fun and delicious night out, it felt great to know that all the proceeds went to Foodshare. Foodshare is a non-profit organization that works with communities and schools to delivery healthy food and education.
The atmosphere was buzzing with happy and hungry guests, while we were were entertained by circus performers from Zero Gravity Circus , The Yonge King Jazz band and pumping beats by DJ Amalia. There were beautiful strings of lights and chandeliers above us to add to the ambiance.
Other highlights include live cooking demonstrations from Chef Lynn Crawford and Lora Kirk. Lucky me, I was able to grab Chef Lynn’s attention at the start of the event.
As much as I love to eat…and I can eat a lot, I couldn’t eat everything. There was so much variety and the portions were generous! At Yip’s Kitchen on the bottom level, the menu guide we received mentioned they would be serving mini spring rolls. They ended up serving dim sum, noodles, char siu, hot and sour soup and tons of other dishes.
Here were my favourites dishes of the evening:
Oysters from ‘Seafront Fish market’ and ‘Mike’s Fish Market’. At Seafront Fish Market, I enjoyed East Coast oysters shucked by Guinness World Record holder Patrick McMurray.
Chicken liver mouse on a purple potato chip with pomegranate mustard and radish seedlings from ‘Urban Fresh Produce’.
Caviar with creme fresh on a potato crisp from ‘Caviar Direct’. I went back a few times for this, and closed my eyes to savour each bite. It was amazing!
Eggplant parmigiana and pasta with meat sauce at ‘Uno Mustachio’. Apparently, the sauce is the owner’s nona’s recipe.
Peameal bacon on ciabatta bread from ‘Carousel Bakery’. I often get this sandwich when I visit the market, and couldn’t miss out on having it again.
Risotto served inside a carved out Parmesan wheel from ‘Scheffler’s Delicatessen and Cheese’. The Parmesan risotto was rich and creamy.
Ravioli with pesto sauce and tomato sauce from ‘St. Lawrence Pizza and Pasta’. That sauce was incredible!
French macarons from ‘Eve’s Temptation’. The lemon macaron was the last item of the night, and it was memorable.
I leave you with more mouth-watering pictures!
*Disclosure: Thank you to Foodshare and the St. Lawrence Market for the invitation and the ticket to attend. The opinions in the post are entirely my own.