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Hands-on music & food at Hirut

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017

Although it’s possibly better known these days in the East York area as an entertainment room with a mix of eclectic genres featured several nights a month, cozy but elegant Hirut at 2050 Danforth Avenue a bit west of Woodbine should not be overlooked for its culinary attractions. Ethiopian-born namesake and chef Hirut was under the weather for a while earlier this year and the kitchen was actually closed for a couple of months so the entertainment was a life-saver. The roster includes monthly first-Thursday Jazz, last-Friday comedy, first-Friday Roots in-the-round and Pop and Jazz nights peppered throughout the month. The room’s anchor event is the delightful weekly Sunday 3-6 eclectic open stage with Nicola Vaughan, which has been running for six years now. There’s always a lot impromptu jam-style improvisational combos and that spirit also carries over somewhat...

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Agricultural projects to get 500K through Greenbelt fund

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017

Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts was on hand at Shoppers World Metro October 6 to announce new funding of $500,00 for 19 projects supporting local food investments, to be administered by the Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization supported by public and private sources. Burkhard Mausberg, the CEO of the Greenbelt Fund, was also on hand for the announcement along with a representative of the grocery chain excited about a initiative in partnership with the Grape Growers of Ontario organization.  It is receiving $20,000 from the fund to send Doug Whitty, “the “Grape King,” to ten Metro stores throughout the province to offer sampling and wine tips for VQA wines made entirely from Ontario grapes.  The Metro store at Shoppers World is the only store in the Toronto area involved at this time. The funding announcement is a continuation of...

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Local heritage root sunchoke is a less starchy alternative to potato

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017

\ BY MELANIE MILANICH \ In recent years sunchokes have become a popular addition at local farmers’ markets.  These tubers of a native sunflower species have the appearance of ginger but actually are a tasty alternative to potatoes with little starch. These edible roots of this sunflower native to North America were cultivated by our indigenous farmers along with corn, squash and beans as important sources of food.  By chance, as fate would have it, they can be seen growing wild along the Hydro path on the southern side of Taylor/Massey Creek where a Wendat/Huron agricultural settlement existed several centuries ago. They are also known as Jerusalem artichokes, a name derived from a misuse of the Italian word for sunflowers.  It is believed that the French explorer Champlain first sent samples to Europe.  The Italians had a liking for...

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New owner plans Sept. 15 “Grand Reopening” for Remarks

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

Longtime regulars and staff at Remarks Bar & Grill on Coxwell Avenue in the heart of “Olde East York Village” are excited about some changes that have been gradually taking place…

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The Tastes of East York & area 2017

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017

From fresh produce & meats to special dishes in cozy diners, east end TO has it all!

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East York resident to be honoured as King of the Grill Saturday

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017

East York resident and dad Frank Brezovsky has been selected from numerous entries to be this year’s “King of the Grill” by organizers of the eighth annual Thrill of the Grill

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