To Eat Is An Art: Seven Chefs & A Five-Way

Although Winterlicious wins in forcing much needed get-togethers during the coldest time of the year, I knew our love affair was over when I began being seduced by the main menu, never to look another Prix Fixe in the eyes again *sigh*. Yes, it’s a great way to test a restaurant on a budget, but I have found that the portions are small and the dishes are never perfect.  Of all the Winterlicious’ dinners I have been to, FRED’S NOT HERE on King West is by far the best food and menu combination. All hail Fred (seriously). Canoe is good too, as they f*cking should be.

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As most Torontonians don’t know, a handful of private food events take place during Winterlicious that stay under the radar thanks to the many underwhelming 3 course menu’s offered at over 100+ restaurants around the city.  Yes, they are more expensive, but it is the experience that counts.

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This year, $75 / ticket later, I opted for a 5 course dinner put on by Toronto’s very own Group Of Seven Chefs. This was my second Group Of Seven Chefs experience, and it was awesome.

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The dinner took place at Parts & Labour and was cleverly called #DinnerFiveWays. Five of the Seven chefs would prepare a 5 course meal for 20 attendee’s. The catch: you have no idea which menu you will be served until you take your seat. Brilliant, right? The five menu options were : Nose to tail, Hunter’s feast, Italian family style, French gastronomy and Contemporary Chinese. I would have been content with any of the options, however Nose to Tail was at the bottom of my preference list.

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Of course, I got the Nose to Tail menu, and embraced it whole heartedly by slinging back two bottles of wine and almost ordering my date and I another. Our chef for the evening was Matty ‘Deathbro’ (Matty Matheson), the owner and head chef of Parts & Labour. We offered for him to come have a drink with us to which he exclaimed, “I can’t drink anymore, I’m pregnant”.

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The restaurant was set up in family style tables so you got to discuss and clink glasses and cheers with complete strangers every 5-10 minutes. This the proper way to experience a restaurant, and to get the real firsthand culinary experience that the chef cooking for you wants you to have. This is a gallery of his art that only you and 19 others get to view.

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My favourite dish was the celeriac 3 ways, but I wish i had 4x the amount. The beef dish was also a showstopper. It was so simple and clean, but the beef, which was way undercooked for my usual liking, was phenomenal.

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Each ingredient was unveiled as is, no need for heaps of sauce or seasonings or sodium (oh my). Divine.

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The Group Of Seven Chefs has a foodie event like this at the end of every month, so keep your eyes peeled!

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This is not a prix fixe you want to miss.

See my review of A Tavern- Style meal put on by the Group Of Seven Chefs @ The Saint Tavern:

https://thetorontonian.ca/2013/10/02/ignorance-is-bliss-never-trust-a-chef-without-a-beard/

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