Toronto Taste – legendary culinary event takes a bite out of hunger

Press release

Second Harvest and top chefs tempt taste buds once again on June 12 in support of food rescue

Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity, is calling all food lovers and connoisseurs to Toronto Taste, Toronto’s legendary culinary fundraiser presented by The Daniels Corporation. Take a bite out of hunger on Sunday June 12 at Corus Quay, alongside the city’s top chefs and beverage purveyors in support of food rescue.

The event will feature sumptuous dishes and drinks from over 90 of the most sought-after restaurants and beverage purveyors. Guests will enjoy breathtaking lakeside views, the opportunity to uncover premium wines in the fine wine auction, the chance to win a trip to India in the raffle draw and more. New this year, Second Harvest will offer three individuals the opportunity to become sous chef during the Chef Challenge for one of the three competing Chefs Kaya Ogruce, Darby Piquette and Ivana Raca. Also, one top fundraiser will earn a coveted spot at the all-star judge’s panel alongside Cynthia Beretta, Chef Nick Liu, Chef Matt DeMille and Chef Juriaan Snellen.

“We’re looking forward to an unforgettable culinary experience at Toronto Taste. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever before and we are thrilled to host an all-star lineup of Toronto’s brightest and most celebrated chefs and beverage purveyors,” said Debra Lawson, Executive Director, Second Harvest.

Since 1991, the event has raised over $11 million to support Second Harvest’s food rescue program. This has enabled the organization to rescue enough fresh, surplus food to support hundreds of social service agencies across the GTA with more than 27 million meals for children, adults and seniors experiencing hunger in the city. “Twenty per cent of all of our fundraising comes directly from Toronto Taste, making this event critical for Second Harvest’s success.”

In its 26th year, Second Harvest is pleased to announce the 2016 Toronto Taste Chair, Neilesh Daji, as well as Honourary Chairs, Barbara and Franco Prevedello of Carbon Bar. Their steadfast commitment to food rescue and Toronto’s culinary community has helped support Second Harvest’s vision that no one needs to go hungry.

The Daniels Corporation has been a Presenting Sponsor of Toronto Taste for 21 years. “The opportunity to help support Second Harvest, an organization committed to working in our communities to feed people experiencing hunger, is a cause we hold close to our hearts,” said Don Pugh, Vice President, The Daniels Corporation. “Daniels is passionate about creating vibrant communities and we are proud to support an organization whose values align with ours.”

Toronto Taste guests will enjoy the summer season’s most exclusive bites and delicious offerings from the following restaurants and beverage purveyors:

Restaurants: 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence; ACE Bakery; Against the Grain; AGO; Antler; Aria; Baker Street Bakery; Barnsteiner’s; Beretta; Boralia; Buca; Café Belong; The Carbon Bar; Chiado; Cluny; Dufflet Pastries; El Catrin; Enoteca Sociale; Epic; Estiatorio Volos; The Fifth Grill; Fred’s Bread; Gelato Fresco; George Brown Chef School; Globe Bistro; Harvest Kitchens; JaBistro; Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse; Kristapsons; Linda Modern Thai; Little Anthony’s; Little Fin; Longo’s; Los Colibris; Maple Leaf Tavern; The McEwan Group; Mildred’s Temple Kitchen; Mistura; Nadège Madeleines; Noce; Paintbox Bistro; Patois; Petit Thuet; Pizzeria Libretto; Richmond Station; The Ritz Bar; Rodney’s Oyster House; Ruth’s Chris Steak House; Salt Wine Bar; Sanci’s Produce; Sassafraz; Scaramouche Restaurant; Sodexo Canada; Sotto Sotto; Sullivan & Bleeker Baking Co.; The Belgian Chocolate Shop; The Saint Tavern; Toca; Tundra; Twist by Roger Mooking; and Via Vai.

Beverages: Acqua Panna; Amsterdam Brewing Co.; Apparition Wine & Spirits; Beau’s All Natural; Brickworks Ciderhouse; Cave Spring Cellars; Churchill Cellars; Creemore Springs Brewery; Crystal Head Vodka; Family Wine Merchants; Flying Monkeys; Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery; Henry of Pelham Family Estate; JOIA® All Natural Soda; Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates; Konzelmann Estate Winery; Lifford Wine & Spirits; MCO…Interesting Wine & Spirits; Mill Street Brewery; Nespresso; Nyarai Cellars; Pure Leaf; Reif Estate Winery; Santa Margherita; Singha Beer; Steam Whistle Brewing; Strewn Winery; The Tea Emporium; The Vine; Victoria Spirits; and Woodman Wine & Spirits.

A limited number of tickets are now available at a cost of $260 each, with a $125 tax receipt. Every ticket sold enables Second Harvest to rescue and deliver enough food to provide 520 meals for adults, children and seniors in need in Toronto. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 416.408.2594.

About Second Harvest

Established in 1985, Second Harvest is the largest food rescue charity in Canada. Second Harvest rescues excess, fresh food that would otherwise go to waste, and delivers that food to more than 220 social service agencies in Toronto, feeding people experiencing hunger. Since 1985 Second Harvest has rescued and delivered over 100 million pounds of good food, thus preventing 50 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Second Harvest’s vision: No Waste. No Hunger.

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