Toronto Taste offers four auctions featuring exclusive experiences with your favourite celebrity chefs, rare and classic items and luxurious prize packages.
Hosted by Food Network’s Bob Blumer and supported by auctioneer Stephen Ranger.
Lot 1 - Date Night!
Have dinner and a movie, every month, the Toronto Taste way. Enjoy a gift certificate to a different Toronto Taste restaurant every month for a year. Plus, a TIFF family membership and 4 TIFF Bell Lightbox screening tickets. 12 months of culinary excellence and cinematic entertainment awaits you!
Courtesy of Buca Osteria & Enoteca; Cibo Wine Bar; Crush Wine Bar; Oliver and Bonacini; Enoteca Sociale; Globe Bistro; Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse; Mildred’s Temple Kitchen; Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; Sotto Sotto Ristorante; TIFF; The Carbon Bar; The Saint Tavern
Lot 2 – Weekend Away in Montreal
Spend a weekend away in Canada’s cultural capital, Montreal. You and a guest will fly round trip from Toronto to Montreal on WestJet. Spend 2 nights at the Hilton Hotel, downtown Montreal and enjoy dinner at Apollo restaurant.
Courtesy of WestJet; Hilton; Tom Brodi. WestJet flights valid until June 8, 2015. Blackout dates apply.
Lot 3 – Roger Mooking Takes Over your Kitchen
You and 11 friends will spend an afternoon in your backyard with Food Network Chef and recording artist Roger Mooking. Roger will create a customized, exclusive summer menu and then prepare that meal as he breaks in your brand new Electrolux stove.
Courtesy of Roger Mooking; Electrolux. This package expires on June 1, 2015 and the date of the dinner will be based on a mutually agreeable date between Roger Mooking and the winner. Second Harvest will arrange delivery of the stove within the GTA.
Lot 4 – Cruise the Amazon
Discover the Amazon with a 9 day cruise for 2. Explore Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, dine on food fresh from the jungle, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, interact with members of the local community, learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife.
Courtesy of G Adventures. Expiry: Travel before June 1, 2015. Does not include taxes
Lot 5 – Private Patio Party at Cork’s hosted by Chef Herbert Barnsteiner
Host a private patio party for 12 at Corks by Longo’s, with local, seasonal food prepared and celebrated by Chef Herbert Barnsteiner, prestigious former chef of The Corner House. Chef Barnsteiner will prepare an array of appetizers, main course and dessert paired with wine.
Courtesy of Longo’s; Chef Herbert Barnsteiner. Party to be held at Cork’s Leaside location by June 1, 2015. Date of party will be based on a mutually agreeable date between Chef Herbert Barnsteiner and the winner.
Lot 6 – Let Your Heart Decide
Fly anywhere WestJet flies in North America with 2 round trip tickets. Use your $1000 Marriot Hotels gift card to rest your head, wherever your heart takes you.
Courtesy of WestJet. Taxes not included. Marriott Hotel gift card redeemable anywhere in America.
Lot 7 – Pizza on the Grill with Bob Blumer
Food Network Canada host and 7-time Guinness World Record holder Bob Blumer will come to your home, and prepare a dazzling array of grilled pizzas from his best-selling cookbook Pizza on the Grill, (expanded edition) for you and 7 guests. You get to pick the pizzas from Bob’s book (along with some salads and bevies)—and when Bob leaves, the brand new Weber Genesis EP-330 Gas Grill stays behind for you to keep!
Courtesy of Bob Blumer; Weber Grills. This package expires on June 1, 2015 and the date of the party will be based on a mutually agreeable date between Bob Blumer and the winner. Second Harvest will arrange delivery of the BBQ within the GTA.
Lot 8 – A Chef’s Dream
Electrolux wants to elevate your kitchen with a new Electrolux stove, fridge and freezer. Fill your new fridge and freezer with groceries you pick up on your shopping spree at the McEwan grocery store. Then take a break from all the cooking you’ll be doing on your new appliances, with dinner and wine for 6 at North 44.
Courtesy of The McEwan Group; Electrolux. Second Harvest will arrange delivery of the appliances within the GTA.
Lot 9 – Food for Thought
40% of Second Harvest food recipients are children or youth. Even in a city with so much excess food, many children in Toronto start their days on an empty stomach. You can connect young students with nutritious, excess food. Bid $2,500 and help Second Harvest rescue enough excess food to provide breakfast for 25 kids each day before school for an entire year.
Sun Life Financial will match, dollar for dollar, funds raised from personal donations at Toronto Taste 2014, up to a total maximum of $15,000.
Value: This donation is tax receiptable, although its true value is priceless.
A best-kept secret among wine collectors attending Toronto Taste, the Fine Wine Auction features a global selection of exclusive and rare vintages sourced from private collections for drinking, cellaring and investment.
A few samples of the fine wines on offer this year:
- 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche
- 2000 Lafite Rothchild
- 1986 Château Lafite Rothschild
- 1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard, 1.5 L
- 1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon
- 2011 Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage Port
- Organic Ontario Red Fife Whiskey, Batch No. 1
All fine wines are curated and appraised by Tom Wilson.
For over 20 years, Tom Wilson was Vice President, VINTAGEs, the fine wine and premium spirits division of the LCBO. During his stewardship, VINTAGEs annual net sales increased from $25 million to $425 million. Following VINTAGEs, he worked at the Trialto Wine Group, a national wine agency focused on premium wines as Vice President, Business Development. Tom has a business degree from York University and the upper certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. He has also judged wine internationally.
For an extensive list of our Silent Auction items visit our Twitter list. New items added daily.
Convection Oven 30" Slide-In Electric Range
Courtesy of Electrolux
Trip for 2 to a Muskoka Experience Muskoka Experience
Oct. 17 - 20, 2014
Courtesy of The Divine Destination Collection
Blue Jays Box for 18 people. Level 400 behind home plate.
Suite menu specially created by Executive Chef Kevin D. Birch.
Choice of 1 game either Wed. June 25/14 or Mon. July 1/14
Courtesy of Aramark
Isabelle Chair and Custom Julian banquette
Courtesy of Silva Custom Furniture
Five sessions of executive coaching.
Courtesy of Crosthwait & Associates
Private Scotch Tasting for 10
Hosted by Scotch Master Stuart Brown Scotch
Courtesy of The Scotch Experience
10 Day Overnight Camp Session
Courtesy of Camp Wabikon
Wine barrel tasting & lunch for 8
Courtesy of Norman Hardie
S71 Medium Table Lamp
Courtesy of Eurolite Inc.
U of T Continuing Studies Course gift certificate
Courtesy of U of T School of Continuing Studies
One Year supply of Coffee
Courtesy of Reunion Island Coffee
Tasting Menu for 4
Courtesy of Aria Ristorante