2014 Auctions

Toronto Taste offers four auctions featuring exclusive experiences with your favourite celebrity chefs, rare and classic items and luxurious prize packages.

Live Auction

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

Value: $2,500+

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.

Value: $2,300

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.

Value: $6,700

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

Value: $4,898

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.

Value: $2,000

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.

Value: $7,000

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.

Value: Priceless

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.

Value: $9,600

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.


Fine Wine Auction

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.


Silent Auction

For an extensive list of our Silent Auction items visit our Twitter list. New items added daily.

Convection Oven 30" Slide-In Electric RangeElectrolux Convection Oven
Courtesy of Electrolux
Value: $3699




Trip for 2 to a Muskoka Experience Muskoka Experience Muskoka Experience
Oct. 17 - 20, 2014
Courtesy of The Divine Destination Collection
Value: $3611




Blue Jays Box for 18 people. Level 400 behind home plate. Blue Jay Game
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
Value: $3,500



Isabelle Chair and Custom Julian banquette Julian Bench
Courtesy of Silva Custom Furniture
Value: $3435



Five sessions of executive coaching.
Courtesy of Crosthwait & Associates
Value: $2,500


Private Scotch Tasting for 10
Hosted by Scotch Master Stuart Brown Scotch
Courtesy of The Scotch Experience
Value: $1,750




10 Day Overnight Camp Session Camp Wabikon
Courtesy of Camp Wabikon
Value: $1470




Wine barrel tasting & lunch for 8Norman Hardie Winery
Courtesy of Norman Hardie
Value: $1,000




S71 Medium Table LampTable Lamp
Courtesy of Eurolite Inc.
Value: $898





U of T Continuing Studies Course gift certificate
Courtesy of U of T School of Continuing Studies
Value: $700



One Year supply of CoffeeRenunion Island Coffee
Courtesy of Reunion Island Coffee
Value: $600




Tasting Menu for 4Aria Restaurant
Courtesy of Aria Ristorante
Value: $600