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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Come and get it! Delishish time again

   One-Tank Trip for Jan. 23/16

   By Jim Fox

   Bon appetit!

   It’s that delicious time of the year for fine-dining aficionados wanting to try new eating places at a fixed price that’s just right.

   This is a bonanza for foodies who can try this, that and the other at culinary events across southern Ontario.
Quinn’s Steakhouse and Irish Bar at the Sheraton Centre has bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin for Winterlicious.
    These include Winterlicious in Toronto, Niagaralicious, Tastes of Oakville and Burlington, Savoury Celebrations in Cobourg and Port Hope’s Winter Meal Deals.

   So, get set to take part in this gastronomical romp and enjoy your lunch or dinner.

   Delish dishes in TO

   Diners can indulge in creative cuisine from around the world whether new, exotic or traditional at Winterlicious in Toronto.

   This extremely popular culinary celebration runs from Jan. 29 through Feb. 11.

   The “prix-fixe” promotion at more than 200 restaurants includes some special culinary events.

   Three-course, fixed-price lunch menus are $18, $23 or $28 while dinners are priced at $25, $35 and $45.

   “In its 14th year, Winterlicious continues to be Toronto’s favourite foodie event,” said Justine Palinska of the Economic Development & Culture department.

   Eleven “one-of-a-kind” culinary events, at a higher price, include a culinary journey through Canada, the art of charcuterie and curing, a savoury Azorean-style dinner, an evening inspired by the Chinese New Year and a tantalizing twist on a traditional Indian feast, she said.
Carrot cake is a popular Winterlicious dessert at the Carbon Bar.

The ticketed event features A Culinary Journey on the Canadian Palais Railway at the Palais Royale Ballroom; High Tea at Casa Loma; A Demonstration of Charcuterie and Curing at Rosewater; and Bangkok Nights at Bangkok Garden.

   There’s also Date Night at Gossip Restaurant; Uptown Abbey at Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre; Wok ‘n’ Roll at Spice Route; and An Evening Inspired by Song Dong at Frank at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

   Sold out are Savour Sao Miguel at Malaparte; Pasta Making with Chef Saverio Macri; and Four-Hands Dinner with Chefs Vikram Vij and Miheer Shete.

   Toronto Tourism has its list of 10 “must-try dishes” at Winterlicious:

   Boeuf bourguignon at Auberge du Pommier; luckee duck at Luckee; buttermilk pancakes at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen; chicken and waffles at Harlem; pork sausage bun platter at Momofuku Daisho; flan de cafe at Los Colibris; John’s burger at Marben; smoked salmon at Nota Bene; porchetta schiacciata at Bar Buca; and South Indian fish curry at Pukka.

   Since Winterlicious and Summerlicious were started in 2003, restaurants have served 5.6-million meals.

   Dining reservations are recommended and should be made at the participating restaurant. toronto.ca/winterlicious

   Yum, yum

   Falls Avenue Resort offers a “culinary journey in the heart of Niagara Falls” with the Niagaralicious dining and hotel experience.
Taking part in Niagaralicious is Milestones Restaurant at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls Hotel.

   From now through Feb. 11, there are “specially crafted, three-course, prix-fixe menus at some of the city’s most exceptional restaurants.”

   The dining opportunity involves dinner specials at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy and Milestones, all at $45.

   Fallsview Buffet, Hard Rock Cafe and Niagara Brewing Co. offer their specials for $30.
The Sheraton on the Falls, where some rooms have views of both falls, offers packages with dining during Niagaralicious.

   There are overnight packages at the Sheraton on the Falls and Crowne Plaza Fallsview that include one of the dining options. fallsavenueresort.com/niagaralicious

   Come and get it

   - A Taste of Oakville, Jan. 26 to Feb. 11, features 26 top restaurants offering signature prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus in the downtown and Bronte Village.

   Participating restaurants say the menus offer “amazing value and vast culinary selections.” atasteofoakville.com

   - It’s winter dine time at Taste of Burlington with the “eclectic styles and flavours of the world.”

   Twenty-three restaurants will offer fixed-price menus from Feb. 21 to March 13.

   Lunch and dinner menus include an appetizer, entree and dessert. tasteofburlington.ca
Beef crostini can be enjoyed during Savoury Celebrations in Cobourg.

   - Savoury Celebrations in Cobourg feature prix-fixe offers at six restaurants from now through Jan. 24.

   Dinners are $35 and include an appetizer, entree and dessert at El Camino; Harden & Huyse Chocolates (also a $12 lunch); Marca on the Wharf; Oasis Bar and Grill; The Woodlawn Inn; and Ricco's Bar and Grill. www.cobourgtourism.ca
    - Port Hope’s Winter Meal Deals, Jan. 25 to Feb. 7, are called “a culinary adventure for the food curious.”

   Sixteen restaurants are taking part by offering special menus at a fixed price and dining promotions. porthopetourism.ca/events/delectable-winter-meal-deals


Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com

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