Lucky Dip – Monday, March 19th, 2012

In Toronto:

Roving chef Matt Kantor has announced plans to settle down, specifically at a space at 1256 Dundas Street West (at Dovercourt), where he’ll be cooking up Spanish-influenced cuisine. Plans are for Bakio to open in about 12 weeks, but maybe double that to allow for delays and a potential CUPE strike.

Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill at Bayview Village (2901 Bayview Avenue) is closed for 4 weeks starting today for renovations.

Angelo’s on King (791 King Street West) is no longer open for lunch but will continue to open for dinner.

The Golden Apple Confectionery (warning – flash and music!) is coming soon to Liberty Village. They plan to open in April at 171 East Liberty Street, unit #142 where they’ll be offering various types of caramel apples and chocolate delights.

Porchetta & Co. (825 Dundas Street West) brings back the uber-popular porchetta and waffle dinner, this Thursday and Friday after 5pm only.

You should go:

Don”t forget – tomorrow is Macaron day!

Beast Restaurant (96 Tecumseth Street) plays host to Olde Hunters Feast 2 on April 1st and 2nd. Featuring chefs Scott Vivian (Beast Restaurant), Tom Davis (The Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder), Steve Wilson (The Summit Golf & Country Club), Rossy Earle (Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre), Jason Bangerter (Luma) and guest chef Nick Benninger (Nick & Nat’s Uptown 21 – Waterloo), the dinners will be comprised of a surprise menu featuring various types of game. Tickets are $85 and can be reserved online.

The Stop holds its monthly Food For Change event on Thursday, March 22nd at the Wychwood Barns location at 601 Christie Street. Dinner is $75 per person, $120 with wine pairings, or work in the kitchen with Chef Chris Brown and dinner is $100. Advance reservations required.

In other food news:

In our concern about Toronto getting more food trucks, let’s not ignore the real issue, which is that existing food cart vendors are being pushed out of busy areas like Yorkville and now in front of Union Station. Do folks really think the city is going to do anything to make it easier for more vendors to exist when it seems to be trying to get rid of the ones who are here already? [Spacing Toronto]

It’s the 10th anniversary of the publication of Fast Food Nation. Has anything changed? [The Daily Beast]

Adventures with durian… don’t trust the macho foodie dick-wavers that you’ll get over the smell. Some people really can’t hack the scent OR the flavour of durian. [Eatocracy]

Obeseogens – chemicals from packaging and pesticides in food could be a factor in obesity. Food companies everywhere are scrambling. [Smithsonian]