Just a few weeks ago I had a fantastic meal with Nicki from View the Vibe and Stella from Food Junkie Chronicles at Briscola Trattoria in Little Italy. During our meal they both raved about their recent Little Italy Tour run by Chef Scott Savoie at The Culinary Adventure Company. I immediately contacted him when I got home and was invited the following Tuesday to their meetup at L.A.B. (Live and Breath) on College Street.
I am so excited that Scott has started this company! I urge any food lovers in Toronto (or any of you planning on visiting Toronto from out of town) to sign yourself up for one of his monthly restaurant meet ups, culinary neighbourhood tours of Leslieville or Little Italy or his much raved about Canoe and Beach Dining Adventure on Toronto Island. Around 20 guests arrived at the restaurant for 7pm and as the evening progressed strangers quickly became friends over some of the best molecular gastronomy on offer in the city. Lots of oooh’s and ahh’s throughout the night with frequent pensive sensory expressions as people muddled their food in their mouths.
Each dish was prepared with care by Chef Jeremy Dyer and Sous Chef Alex Molitz under the direction of Executive Chef/Owner Howard Dubrovsky. As each course was whisked out of the kitchen Chef Howard Dubrovsky took a moment to demonstrate how the food was prepared and educated the crowd on his food philosophy.
Tuna Carpaccio with Edamame Cream & Ponzo Air
Game Pate Truffles with Crispy Duck Confit, Grape Moustada & Croustade
Smoked Trout Gnocchi with Arugula Pistou. Lemon Cream, Honey Cured Olives & Lemon Confit
Rabbit Cordon Blue with Sunchoke Puree, Mozzarella Balloons with Tomato Jam, Basil Oil & Rabbit Jus
Lamb Ricotta Ravioli with Rappini Puree, Porcini Foam, Balsamic Espresso Jelly
Hot Vanilla Ice Cream with Vincetto, Cookie Crumble & Carbonated fresh Raspberries
Ice Wine Tasting: Jackson Triggs Proprietors’ Reserve 2008 Riesling VQA , 2007 Cabernet Franc VQA
I don’t often rave about things but want to make myself clear here: I am raving about The Culinary Adventure Company! When I got back to my apartment I immediately emailed my mother to tell her about Scott’s Culinary Tours as she runs a Gourmet Group in Oakville that often seek out interesting food focused excursions. After taking a look through the menu and eying some of the pictures of our meal you will be happy to know that these experiences are an incredible value for your money: $49.00 plus HST! So instead of doing the same old tricks next week (insert: go to the movie theater followed by eating at bland restaurant chain #cough East Side Marios #cough Milestones #cough Jack Astors) sign up your friends for a Culinary Adventure with Scott.
I’ll be going on one of Scott’s Neighborhood Culinary Adventures soon. I hope to see you there! If not, stay tuned!
#212 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.