Restaurants and culinary venues across Toronto are already gearing up for this years Winterlicious festival. As in past years, Winterlicious is a celebration of Toronto’s culinary scene and features over 220 restaurants offering fixed-price lunch and dinner plates. Also as in past years, a set of nine unique cooking and dining experiences are taking place across the city. Unsurprisingly, the fact that 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday has inspired several of these establishments to craft celebratory or commemorative events.
The great thing about Winterlicious is that any Toronto-based restaurant can participate—all it takes is filling out an application with the city. Doing so is a great opportunity to show off your culinary contributions to Toronto’s foodscape, draw in new customers, and have a lot of fun overall. You don’t necessarily need to put on a special dining event to participate, but doing so can be an amazing way to mix culture and cuisine to craft a memorable and delicious evening for customers. Here are some examples of this year’s dining events to help spur those creative juices for 2018.
Casa Loma’s event is “Celebrating 150 years of Canadian Cuisine,” a buffet-style assortment of locally sourced dishes from across Canada. Among the offerings will be an Italian antipasto bar, Canadian seafood, plenty of maple syrup, Quebec poutine, and the Sunday roast beef favored by mid-18th century British prime minister Henry Pelham. The fact that the colony of Canada was not ceded to the British until nine years after Pelham left office should, fortunately, not detract from the tastiness of the roast beef. Admission to Casa Loma proper is also included, so attendees will be able to enjoy the historical castle as well.
FUSE is taking a more specific approach to its celebration of the big 150. The focus for this establishment’s “Elements of Soul” event is 150 years of Caribbean influence on Canada’s soul food and music scenes. To that end, a three-course dinner will be available that offers options like warm corn bread, slow-roasted barbecue ribs, and Jamaican-style snapper dishes. For the musical half of the celebration, there will be performances by Juno- and Grammy-winning R&B/soul singer Liberty Silver with gospel vocals provided by Juno-winning Patricia Shirley.
The Palais has taken a novel approach to its “Happy 150th! A Decadent Taste of Canada” event and will be mixing a five-course meal with a coast-to-coast tour of Canada. The event features a cross-Canada tour of 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each one of which has been tied to part of the menu. Salivating dishes like Evangeline bouillabaisse (Nova Scotia), bison filet with wild mushrooms and oxeye daisy capers (Northwest Territories), and a foraged salad (Rocky Mountains) await diners.
Whether you’re participating in the Winterlicious festival, MVR Cash & Carry can be your one-stop-shop for everything you need. We stock the best, most popular brands, all the top equipment and utensils, and even a full assortment of water from Eska, one of the Winterlicious sponsors.
What makes MVR Cash & Carry the best choice for being your wholesale Winterlicious supplier is that we are not open to the public. Our membership is reserved exclusively for business owners, and we have tailored our inventory to meet all of their professional needs. That means we offer the prices, volume, and top brands that every business wants.
Come by our Toronto warehouse store at any point from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and pick out the best brands, ingredients, and products for your business. If you have special requests or specific needs, feel free to look for any of our managers (or even the owner!) on the floor and we will be happy to do the utmost to satisfy your needs.