Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This just in: Thirty in Twenty

I don't normally post about events, but this is a good one, a unique one, and after seeing the photos and sampling some of the goodies and meeting Toni and Ria Harting, I can almost guarantee you'd have a great time.

Thirty in Twenty is a photo exhibit of shots taken during the couple's 1973 trip to France, where they ate in as many Michelin rated three star restaurants as possible in three weeks, while living out of an old VW. "Thirty" refers to the combined total stars consumed in twenty days.

Taking place at The Department Gallery Mainspace on Dundas St. in Toronto, while the photo exhibit runs until September 26th, and is a free event, it's the delectable receptions that you should really attend. That's because some of Toronto's most celebrated chefs will be preparing food inspired from the original menus offered in 1973 at Maxim’s, Paul Bocuse, La Pyramide, and L'’Oasis.

Tickets are $60 per single event or $150 for all three Thursday receptions and are available for purchase here.

All events run from 7-10pm and are stand-up, passed around, generous hors d'oeuvres.

Thursday, September 10 – Chefs Bertrand Alépée and Jason Inniss (of Amuse Bouche) will prepare food from the menu of L'OASIS in La Napoule.

Thursday, September 17 – Chefs Tawfik Shehata (of Vertical) and John Lee ( of Chippy’s, Hilton Garden Inn) will prepare food from the menu of MAXIM'S in Paris.

September 24 - Chef Donna Dooher (of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen) will prepare food from the menu of PAUL BOCUSE in Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or.

Jamie Drummond (my sommelier/friend; worth the price alone) will preside as sommelier for all scheduled functions. What's more, Toni and Ria Harting will be in attendance at each event to meet guests and speak briefly about their dining extravaganza. They'll definitely get you thinking about your next European holiday...

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