Event Details

At The Quay

Wednesday 1 November 2023 at 18:30 - 22:30

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This year, we’re celebrating an important milestone. To mark 40 issues of Foodism, we launched the Foodism 40, a list of hospitality professionals who are committed to bettering our industry. Supporting the local community has been a cornerstone of Foodism’s mission since we launched in 2016, and now it’s time to put the spotlight on those pushing it forward.

We’ve recognized 40 amazing individuals — from champions of diversity to sustainability superstars and culinary tourism titans. On November 1st we celebrated by bringing them all under one roof at The Quay at 100 Queen's Quay East, and giving them the official stamp of recognition they deserve.

Along with the Foodism team and a select few readers, the biggest players in the local culinary scene came out to honour the Foodism 40. The gorgeous event space was filled with guests mingling and sipping free-flowing wine and cocktails. Inniskillin served their beautiful Reserve Pinot Gris and Reserve Shiraz Cabernet. Beer drinkers enjoyed Great Lakes Brewery's Octopus Wants to Fight IPA and their Premium Lager.

When the Foodism 40 took to the stage to be recognized, everyone toasted their accomplishments and contributions to the industry with a glass of Mumm Napa Brut Prestige sparkling or The Glenlivet French 75, a delicious sparkling cocktail made with The Glenlivet 12 Year Old and champagne.

Martell VS Single Distillery at Foodism 40
Foodism 40 | The Glenlivet French 75, a cocktail made with The Glenlivet 12 Year Old and champagne
Foodism 40 | Serving The Glenlivet French 75
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige sparkling at Foodism 40
Rabbit Hole Cavehill Bourbon at Foodism 40
Pouring Rabbit Hole Cavehill Bourbon at Foodism 40
Inniskillin Reserve Shiraz Cabernet at Foodism 40
Willibald Farm Vodka at Foodism 40

The bar was stirring up Moscow mules made with Willibald Farm Vodka, a maple bourbon smash featuring real maple syrup and Rabbit Hole Cavehill Bourbon, and a sidecar starring Martell VS Single Distillery. For guests who wanted to enjoy the night without imbibing, the Ceder's Crisp Basil Smash, with the non-alcoholic spirit Ceder’s Crisp, was a hit.

Throughout the night, guests chowed down on delicious bites from Oliver & Bonacini, like sweet potato gnocchi in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce, a fully-loaded tuna poké bowl and tender cabernet-braised beef short rib with mashed potatoes.

The Truffle Kings dished out samples of their fragrant Black Truffle Cream spread on slices of fresh baguette. Meanwhile Eatable made things pop with their Rosé All Day (candied rosé wine with crisp notes of watermelon and strawberry) and Pop the Champagne (Belgian White chocolate with champagne-infused sugar crystals) popcorn flavours.

The St. Kitts activation literally transported guests to the tropics. Attendees entered to win a seven-day stay in St. Kitts for two people, including airfare for two with Air Canada and a $1000 resort credit — and one lucky guest took home the big prize.

At the Naples booth, flanked by two palm trees, guests were each given a mock Porter boarding pass. To celebrate a new direct flight from Toronto to Naples, one pass was chosen at random and the holder won a flight to Naples, Florida.

When the night came to close, each guest went home with a swag bag full of goodies including Inniskillin Vidal Icewine, The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve Single Malt Scotch, Sloane Tea, Pilot Coffee Roasters' Holiday Blend, small gifts from Naples and Inniskillin, and, of course, a copy of Foodism.

The Foodism 40 event was made possible through the contributions of our generous sponsors. 

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