15 enticing food events to check out in Toronto this January

Dec 20 2018, 8:17 pm

New year, same love for good food.

If your new year’s resolution is something along the lines of “stop kidding yourself with unsustainable diet plans and instead, embracing the joy of food and the experiences that go along with it,” then these events are right for you.

Here’s what’s up in Toronto’s food and drink scene this month.

Healthy Chocolate Making Workshop



Chocolate is indulgent, romantic and sweet. And now, it can also be healthy. Learn how to put a healthful twist on your favourite treat at this workshop and take home a bag full of nut-free, vegan and delicious goodies.

Where: The Mad Bean Cafe – 519 Eglinton Avenue West
When: Wednesday, January 9 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Cooking with Jackfruit

Pulled pork is yum, and this fruit fried up and smothered in barbecue sauce is equally yum. Learn the ins and outs, ups and downs of replacing meat with this funky fruit at this informative event.

Where: Ralph Thornton Community Centre – 765 Queen Street East
When: Saturday, January 12 from 2 pm to 4 pm

Opera and Fried Rice

The third instalment of this three-part series will offer a delectable meal alongside song that will make the hairs on your arm stand up.

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

Beyond the Daiquiri

Raising a glass to Hemingway, you’re about to know a lot more about navigating the back of the bar. Explore spirits and cocktail styles, and learn Hemingway history along the way.

Where: Famous Last Words – 392 Pacific Avenue
When: Sunday, January 13 from 4:30 to 6 pm

Savoury and Sweet Chocolate Workshop

Challenge the status quo! This workshop will teach you how to pair the classic sweetness of chocolate with unexpected flavours such as ginger, salt and balsamic vinegar.

Where: The Mad Bean Cafe – 519 Eglinton Avenue West
When: Sunday, January 13 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm




For cannabis-curious mamas, this event is a must-go. The panel will begin at 7 pm, but networking, food and drink, and joint-rolling 101 start at 6 pm. And of course, there will be tea.

Where: A secret venue in downtown Toronto. Check out the Eventbrite or scope out the MomsTO Instagram account to learn more
When: Wednesday, January 16 from 6 pm to 9 pm

Pizza Making Class

Now that’s what we’re talkin’ about. Learn how to stretch your dough, sauce up that gluten, load on that cheese and bring out all the flavours of your other delicious toppings in this class. *Kisses fingers*

Where: Cucinato Italian Culinary Studio – 1338 Lansdowne Avenue
When: Thursday, January 17 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm

Chocolate and Caramel Workshop

Learn how to combine these two delightful delicacies at this chocolate-making workshop. Create caramels enrobed in chocolate, truffle bites, dulce de leche truffles and caramel lollypops Yum.

Where: The Mad Bean Cafe – 519 Eglinton Avenue West
When: Friday, January 18 from 8 pm to 9:30 pm

Indian Cooking Class

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Spice up your life. Dive in to a range of beautiful flavours, fascinating techniques, learn about traditions and celebrate nutrition in this cooking class opportunity.

Where: Cambria Gallery – 91 Parliament Street
When: Tuesday, January 22 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Japanese Pickling and Miso Making

Learn how to preserve veggies in traditional methods such as koji and miso fermentation. Enjoy samples and light refreshments along the way! It’s good for your gut, and a mindful practice too… tap into your body and mind connection.

Where: Skippa – 379 Harbord Street
When: Wednesday, January 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm

Healthy Cooking Class

Learn how to make comfort food that is both nourishing and delicious, and then indulge in the finished product! You can have your health foods and eat them, too.

Where: 99 Yorkville Avenue, Suite 200
When: Thursday, January 24 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Women’s Wine and Cheese

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Classy and sassy, this is an interactive opportunity to learn more about how to pair wines of all kinds with cheeses of all varieties in an empowering, all-women environment.

Where: Cucinato Italian Culinary Studio – 1338 Lansdowne Avenue
When: Thursday, January 24 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm

The Art of Food Preservation

At this event, local farmers and food suppliers will share secrets about maintaining local and sustainable eating habits in Ontario’s often um… unforgiving winter months. Everyone who attends will go home with a fermented gift.

Where: Archeo Trattoria – 31 Trinity Street
When: Friday, January 25 from 6:30 to 10 pm

Chinese Takeout – A Hands-On Experience

We all know classic Chinese takeout to be a little bit of an indulgence… maybe not our healthiest meal of the week. But this event will teach you how to replicate those beloved flavours in your own kitchen, where you have control over the ingredients list. Hello, healthy indulgence!

Where: Aphrodite Cooks – 201 Weston Road
When: Wednesday, January 30 from 7 pm to 9 pm

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