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Rainbow Trout Tasting, Chayote Salsa On the Side

Stop by Snapper’s Fish Market on Sunday [April 18] between 1:30 and 4:30. 263 Durie Street, two blocks west of Runnymede, just north of Bloor I’m cooking up Laurie’s rainbow trout and serving it with chayote salsa. Recipes to go. Celebrate local food with this gorgeous Ontario fish, and come and say hola to Laurie […]

Tasting Menus: a sampling

Pan-Latino Spanish chorizo, olives, fennel & pine nuts Fried green plantain w/spicy shrimp & tomato sauce Tamarind roast pork tenderloin w/rice & red beans Chocolate chili truffles with berries French Celery root soup with caramized shallots & white truffle oil Pan-seared sea bream with fennel salad Beef tenderloin with duchesse potatoes, French beans & demi-glace […]

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s Gala @the AGO

From time to time I work for the AGO’s events team, and when Executive Chef Anne Yarymowich asked me to be part of the late Mexican’s painter Frida Kahlo and muralist Diego Rivera tasting menu before the gala dinner I couldn’t be more exited. We had our creative juices going; you see, I really love […]

Mmmm… Hallacas for the Holidays!

I was very excited when Toronto Life Magazine ask me to produce a dish for their special 2011 Holiday dinner ‘Outsourced’ section. I said to myself,  ‘ Finally, I get the change to showcase our Venezuelan traditional Christmas dish’, the Hallaca. This is the first time a South America Christmas dish is been featured on […]

An Extraordinary Alien Dinner

Back in February I got an invitation from Eduardo Lee of Arepa Cafe; Eduardo mentioned he was hosting an exhibition with the works of Carlos Raul Villanueva. Villanueva was one of the  most influential Venezuelan architects of the 20th century. Influenced by the Modernist movement, he played a major part in the development and modernization […]

Toronto’s Charcutiers

For the last four weeks I have been going around town talking to chefs to see who is making charcuterie in-house and tasting some incredible stuff. It got me thinking. Who started this charcuterie frenzy? If memory serves, we have to go back to 1998-99, my Xango days. I just moved here from Ottawa, and […]


From culinary events, charity and private parties. At the Romero House event in honor of GG Michaelle Jean Fruits of the world With Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and fellow chefs With AGO chefs Anne Yarymowich , Carlos Hernandez[center] Torito’s owner Veronica Laudes [right] at Second Harvest, Toronto Taste charity event With 500 chefs at the […]

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