12 food events to check out in Toronto this week: January 6 to 12

Jan 4 2019, 4:46 am

Welcome back to reality.

Hopefully, these fun and tasty activities will make easing out of the holidays a little bit easier.

From chocolate making (a lot of it!) to jackfruit cooking classes, here’s what’s happening in Toronto’s food scene this week.

Free Fried Chicken


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Gdous Juicy Chicken House is celebrating the grand opening of their second location this weekend. Starting Friday and going through to Sunday, the first 100 customers each day will receive a piece of free fried chicken. Choose between the BA chicken leg or a crispy chicken steak… either way, you’ll leave satisfied.

Where: Gdous Juicy Chicken House Bloor – 495 Bloor Street West
When: Runs until Sunday, January 6 from 11:30 am

Eat Famous French Pastry

Nadege is bringing back a limited-edition favourite. The Galette de Rois is filled with a rich and velvety almond pastry creme… and a small trinket called the fève. The trinket is hidden in one of the tart’s slices, and the person who finds it gets to keep it! The pastry will be available for three weeks at all locations starting from January 5. 

Where: 780 Queen Street West; 1099 Yonge Street; Richmond Adelaide Centre – 120 Adelaide Street West
When: For three weeks starting January 5

Yoga, Beer and Brunch

Start your 2019 off right with 60 minutes of Vinyasa Flow yoga led by Becki Charles, followed by a well-deserved flight of People’s Pint beers with a tutored tasting with owner and Prud’homme Master Sommelier Doug Appeldoorn.

Where: People’s Pint Brewing Company – 90 Cawthra Avenue (Unit 101)
When: January 6 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Bootcamp + Beer

Bootcamp + Beer

Working out and beer? This sounds like a bootcamp we could get used to. Junction Craft Brewing is hosting this fun workout that combines strength, conditioning and motivation to work off the calories you’ll consume after class. Post-workout you’ll raise a pint to all the hard work you just put in.

Where: Junction Craft Brewing – 150 Symes Road
When: January 6 from 11 am to 1 pm

Paint Pouring with a Pint

Get your creative juices flowing this Sunday as you sip on a pint at this fun abstract art workshop. During the workshop, you’ll develop and refine your paint pouring skills and incorporate wax to add details using negative space. No experience required!

Where: Fresh Paint Studio (Danforth East), 1849 Danforth Avenue
When: January 6 from 12 pm to 2 pm

Classic Chocolate Making

Learn about the history of this delectable, romantic treat and make your own truffles at this hands-on event. You’ll get to learn about tempering and moulding decorate a lava cake, and take home a box of delicious truffles. Which you can share… or savour all for yourself. We won’t tell.

Where: The Mad Bean Coffee House – 519 Eglinton Avenue West
When: Sunday, January 6 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Healthy Chocolate Making

If the holiday sugar rush upped your sweet cravings and you’re looking for an alternative way to curb them, try this healthy chocolate making workshop. Raw cacao and chocolate have phenomenal health benefits, including being high in magnesium and anandamide… which is literally a “bliss chemical.” Find your own bliss making chocolatey, vegan, nut-free goodies infused with superfoods.

Where: The Mad Bean Coffee House – 519 Eglinton Avenue West
When: Wednesday, January 9 from 8:30 pm to 8 pm

Beer and Cheese Pairing


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Forget wine and cheese, not really though because it’s amazing, but anyway how about beer and cheese? Yeah, that’s right. Each of the pairings you try at this evening event will be different. They’ll include some interesting and sometimes challenging cheeses, served alongside five of Rorschach Brewing’s current beer creations.

Where: 1001 Eastern Avenue
When: Thursday, January 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm

Dumpling Crawl

This foodie series is happening every Friday in January. You’re going to be able to try all sorts of different eats from all over Toronto. This week, you’ll be visiting five restaurants in Chinatown, all serving a different style of Chinese dumpling. Savour soup dumplings, potstickers and dim sum favourites while hiding from the cold.

Where: Asian Legend – 418 Dundas Street West
When: Friday, January 11 from 2 pm to 5 pm

Rolling Hops Beer Tours: East End

You know that what you need this winter is an extensive tour of Toronto’s East End beer scene. Try samples at each brewery you visit and stroll through the Greenwood – Coxwell neighbourhood, revelling in how lovely the city can be in the winter time. Bring friends, because this is bound to be a beautiful bonding experience.

Where: Greenwood Station
When: Saturday, January 12 from 12 pm to 4 pm

Cooking with Jackfruit


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This stuff is like magic. Want the flavours of a pulled pork sandwich without the heaviness of meat? Or a fresh take on a pulled chicken taco? If it’s prepared right, jackfruit mimics the flavours and textures of your favourite pulled meat dishes, and it helps you to sneak a little extra fruit and fibre into your meal. Learn the ins and outs of cooking with this sweet (but not really sweet) stuff at this event.

Where: 765 Queen Street East
When: Saturday, January 12 from 2:30 pm to 5 pm

Opera and Fried Rice

The third part of a three-part series, this evening will offer a delectable meal alongside song that will make the hairs on your arm stand up. Even if you didn’t experience parts one and two, you’ll be blown away by the talent and delicious food served.

Where: The Depanneur – 1033 College Street
When: Saturday, January 12 from 6:30 pm to 11 pm

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