Photos by Yuli Scheidt
Eat to the Beat took place the other week and celebrated its 18th year raising funds and awareness for Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada at the Roy Thompson Hall.
Over 60 world class female chefs from the city of Toronto came out to prepare sweet, savory and sinful dishes for the thousands of foodies who attend the event. The annual Eat to the Beat event takes place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and helps attendees see that no one will ever face breast cancer alone.
Yuli and myself entered Eat to the Beat with one mission: try to test out as many food stations as possible. This is one of our favourite and most cherished food events. What we love is that patrons can become intimate and interactive with some of their favourite chefs, while supporting a great cause and eating great food.
The evening also included live music, a silent auction and these tempting grab bags you could purchase for $20, which had items ranging from $30-$1,000 in them. Plus some fabulous corset models, one of my favourite was dressed as Captain Crunch.
Some food highlights from the evening?
Trista Sheen, Crush Wine Bar – Duck Confit Agonolotti
The bite-sized pasta dish was savoury and smooth and delicious. As soon as we had one, we had to go back for a second bite. Currently, this is on the Crush Wine Bar winter menu.
Dufflet Rosenberg, Dufflet Pastries – Salted Carmel Cake Cup
I am not the biggest fan of sweets but this sweet/savoury concoction was everything that my little heart desired.
Jennifer Mooers, Hooked – PEI Oysters on the Half Shell
Oh my gosh, I think these may have been the biggest and most delicious oysters I have ever had in my life and trust me: I have had some oysters in my time. Juicy and fresh, it was the perfect refreshing bite.
Joan Monfaredi, Park Hyatt Hotel – Corned Beef Rubens on Marble Rye
How can you say no to a miniature Ruben sandwich? You really can’t and Joan’s taken on this classic was done to perfection.
Lili Sullivan, East & Main Bistro – Black River Cheddar Cheese with Rum Cured Bacon and Caramelized Onion Jam on Brioche
This was deemed an adult grilled cheese sandwich on the board and baby, if I could eat this grilled cheese every single night: you know I would have.
Alexandra Feswick, Samuel J. Moore – Gnudi with Cream, Mushrooms and Peas
Simple elegance in this one bite. I’ve always been in love with Chef Alex’s dishes and was looking forward to her gnudi when she told me about it. This did not disappoint.
Support Eat to the Beat in 2014 if you didn’t have the chance to this year.