Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ride and Go Feast

On Sunday, July 29th, I joined a group of 20 or so foodies for Ride and Go Feast's (Twitter: @RideAndGoFeast, Facebook: Ride and Go Feast) very first bus tour. Hosted by The Culinary Adventure Company (@culinaryadvco) and View the Vibe (@viewthevibe), the roaming mystery bus tour for food lovers ("mystery" in that the day's theme and itinerary are both kept secret) takes place on the last Sunday of every month with a different theme each time. The tour makes various stops at restaurants around town, introducing you to some of Toronto's hottest chefs and the best places to dine as you enjoy dishes, cocktails and wines that have been specifically prepared for the tour. With so many great places to go and something new always popping up in Toronto, Ride and Go Feast helps guests discover all the amazing spots that our city has to offer. The most amazing part of Ride and Go Feast is that all proceeds from the tour go to the Daily Bread Food Bank (@DailyBreadTO)! If this is not the ultimate way to give back to the community while having fun, meeting new friends, eating delicious food, the whole time being chauffeured around town in a private bus, I honestly don't know what is.

The theme for Ride and Go Feast's first ever tour was "Hogtown". We started off at the first location for cocktails and hors d'oeurvers, then moved to the second spot for appetizers, third location for main course with the final stop for dessert. Check out View the Vibe's vlog to get an inside look of our adventure!

Ride and Go Feast: Hogtown Adventure from View the Vibe on Vimeo.

FIRST STOP: Rooftop patio of the Energy Xchange 

Starting things off right with wines from Sandbanks Winery (@SandbanksWinery)

Todd Lamswood and Erica Franklin from the Daily Bread Food Bank letting us know the good work Ride and Go Feast is doing for their organization

Here is chef Shahir Massoud (@chefshahir), corporate executive chef of The Culinary Adventure Company preparing sliders for us.

Chef Shahir made smoked tofu sliders with truffle mayo, homemade spicy tomato jam and arugula on fresh mini-buns.

As well as peameal bacon sliders (with the same fixins' as the tofu sliders)

Before our second stop, chef Scott Savoie of The Culinary Adventure Company gave us a little background of Little Italy.

Oysters for everyone :)

We also got shrimp and halibut cakes with spicy aioli...

....and house smoked brisket sandwich.


Welcoming us to CHEESEWERKS is owner, Kevin Durkee.

Cheese fondue to start. It was served with various fresh and pickled veggies (pickled veggies from The Bumpercrop) and bread from St. Johns Bakery.

We each received a generous serving of CHEESEWERKS' Beijing Mac n' Cheese which had asiago, BBQ Pork, hoisin, slivered green onion. 

And also CHEESEWERKS' London Grilled Cheese (a special for the Olympics) which had aged + horseradish cheddar, roast beef, parsnips and carrots, onion jam grilled on potato bread.

FOURTH STOP: Greg's Ice Cream

Look at those faces...we were all so ready for ice cream!

The crowd favourite went to Greg's "roasted marshmallow". It literally tasted like s'mores. Awesome.

I played tourist for the day and I had a blast. Thanks Ride and Go Feast!

With TIFF just around the corner, the 2nd Edition of Ride and Go Feast on August 26th will transport guests to a glamorous locale, all carefully selected by The Culinary Adventure Company and View the VibeFrom cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at history’s doorstep, to appetizers at a favourite celebrity destination, a main course in the heart of the city’s stage to a delicious dessert denouement, this special TIFF edition Ride and Go Feast is akin to an adventure flick of Spielbergian proportions. Click here for more information!