Toronto’s culinary who’s who came together last weekend at Toronto Taste, now in its 24th year, to help support Second Harvest, a charity that rescues surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and uses it to provide meals to its network of vulnerable children, adults and seniors.

Seventy different restaurants, chefs, specialty food and beverage purveyors each had their own station, handing out delicious eats, fine wine and refreshing beverages to the event- goers.

Here’s a selection of tasty dishes that the crowd was served at this year’s event:

Scaramouche‘s dish of Parisienne gnocchi with white and green asparagus and porcini mushrooms

Cafe Boulud‘s crispy duck egg with jambon de Paris and asparagus

Drake One Fifty‘s crispy chicken fried oysters on milk buns with red cabbage slaw

Chilled asparagus soup with crab from George Brown College’s Chef School


The Cheese Boutique served this St. Honore triple crème cheese from Quebec on crusty baguette with Marcona almonds.


The Cheese Boutique also offered a 4-year old Parmigiano-Reggiano drizzled with a 25-year old balsamic vinegar.

Duck liver mousse pâté on brioche toast from Richmond Station



Pulled pork tostada with crema, pineapple, and coriander from The Carbon Bar


As we were indulging in too much good food, we ran into some familiar faces at Toronto Taste!

John Higgins, judge on Chopped Canada, represented George Brown College’s Chef School where he is the director.


Carl Heinrich, far right, won  Top Chef Canada season two. He’s pictured here with his staff from his restaurant Richmond Station.


James Cunningham (left), of Eat St., hosted the Chef Challenge competition where three chefs had to create an entree in 40 minutes using a mix of unknown ingredients, similar to what happens on Chopped Canada.  Bob Blumer, of World’s Weirdest Restaurants and Glutton for Punishment, hosted the live auction portion of the evening. These two worked the room together, getting laughs from the crowd and helping to increase donations for Second Harvest.