Steak Tasting!

In a city overrun with food and wine events, it’s easy to become jaded and complacent. Why should I shell out money for tickets to all these dinners and do’s? What editor can I interest in a story on yet another gala, studded with the same chefs, same guests and the same menu featuring Soiled Reputation greens and Tamshire pork belly?

Terroir, which takes place in this, its 5th year, at Hart House in the University of Toronto, is different because Arlene Stein is different. Arlene isn’t satisfied with gathering her friends together to eat food from her favourite chefs and pat each other on the back over how artisanal they all are. Arlene wants to show Toronto the rest of the world and she wants the rest of the world to see Toronto. Just check out this video she did for last year’s Terroir.

entrance to Hart House

She’s proud of what we’re doing here in this city but she knows we can do better and the only way to get better is to look outward and learn from others, so she brings guests to Terroir that we can learn from.

Chef Fergus Henderson, photo courtesy of the Guardian

Guests like Michelin-starred Chefs Fergus Henderson and David Kinch, and Vice President of the James Beard Association, Mitchell Davis, to name a few.

Lauded leaders in this industry, who not only tell us what they’re doing but also get to experience what we’re doing. Let them taste the food and wine we have to offer and understand that we might be Canadian but we will never be milquetoast.

Right now you’re probably wondering what the heck is with the title we’ve stuck on this post. Right? You’re thinking ‘Wheres the Beef?”

Calm down. Now get excited:

There’s going to be a steak tasting at this year’s event with Mark Schatzker, the author of “Steak: One Man’s Journey for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef” and two of the city’s biggest carnivorous chefs, Parts & Labour‘s Matty Matheson and Matt Demille.

And it that isn’t enough to get your tastebuds jumping and your heart thumping, consider this:

Terroir is also an excuse to start drinking fine wine very early in the day. Get your tickets here.

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