Can’t believe that Tdot Culinary MixTape Vol 1 has come and gone! We had a truly amazing time getting to know these two through their food:
If you haven’t already RSVP for this stellar event… well why that heck haven’t you? Need a little encouragement? Here’s a sneak peek of their Hip Hop Inspired Menu:
Make sure to follow Squiggy and Friday on their social profiles and make sure to RSVP for this awesome event!
Every week, Toronto has a myriad of foodie events happening in the city. Some of them are big sponsored events and many are just people wanting to cook and share great food. In some sense, the meals are like mixtapes, their very own mash-up of what inspires, what they love most and in this case, dedicated to the both polarizing and fascinating city that we live in.
Introducing Tdot Culinary Mixtape Vol. 1
MAY 14, 2014 from 6pm-9pm
782 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5V1N6
An event that throws together two cooks and their passion for Food, Music, Poetry and Toronto.
Meet Chef Joe Friday
Born in North Carolina and raised in Okinawa, Japan, he trained in French Cuisine and enrolled at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Friday has travelled the globe working under notable chefs such as Chef Martin Yan (from “Yan Can Cook”) and Disney’s Executive Chef, John State before becoming an Executive Chef at Giovani’s in Honolulu.
Friday came to Canada to train under renowned Canadian Chef Jason Bangerter. In 2011, he joined the team at Bar Mozza (part of the Alimento Fine Food Emporium) downtown Toronto, as Executive Chef.
Meet Robin Dutt
You already know about our friend Robin Squiggy Dutt. Lighting Designer turned cook, he took a break from the theatre scene to take George Brown’s one year chef certificate program and never looked back. He started a dinner series called “Squiggfeast” with themes challenging himself with themes like ExtraVEGANza and Hunt for Red Meat October. Until recently, Robin could be found cooking in the Drake Hotel kitchen but always willing to push the envelope he’s now headed to the Arctic to learn and get inspired by local cuisine. And to get up and close to a narwhal.
I recently had a chance interview the masterminds behind this event:
How Did the MixTape and your collaboration come about?
Friday: I’ve wanted to work with Robin for a while now I love his passion for food and the arts that’s a great mix.
Squiggy: We finally sat down and a couple ciders later, we had hatched something that is going to be off the hook.
Friday: Toronto has so many cultures like a mix tape has different styles and we both love hip hop.
Squiggy: We both enjoy old school rap and wanted to put that spin into our cooking and still have a lot of freedom to play around.
I love the idea of musically inspired cuisine. Do you cook with music ? What are you favourite jams to cook to?
Squiggy: If it’s not Netflix, I’m into anything with a beat. Right now, Eminem and Rhianna’s Monster does it for me
Friday: Well now I’m really into the T.G.I.F mix tape
If you could cook for any of your favourite musician who would it be and what would you make them?
Friday: Nas and I’d cook something really thoughtful
Squiggy: Avril and based on her current music trends, something asian fusion.
More information on their upcoming event on Facebook. Make sure to reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Hallowe’en is a pretty big deal with my group of friends. Celebrating the spookiest evening of the year at my place has been a tradition that has been 4 years running now.
My festivities have a recipe for awesome. It’s not 100% mission accomplished until you have all of the following elements…
Tradition #1 Costumes!
Don’t come without a costume. A pretty simple rule and I’m slightly sad that I haven’t had the chance to enforce the “or we’ll make one for you” threat. We’re just too busy trying to outdo ourselves from the year before. This year we had a pretty great mix of people, animals, food and internet memes!
Tradition #2 The Hallowe’en Ham
I always have lots of snacks and this year I added homemade Squiggy Salsa to the feast! At midnight we bring out the amazing honey glazed ham. I’ve turned many a non-ham eating person over to the dark side with this ham – yes it’s that good! I ordered it a few days before from St. Jamestown Steak and Chops. And lucky me, I still have left overs!
Tradition #3 Haunting Fran’s
To cap off our evening we always head over to Fran’s Restaraunt. Their College St location is 24 hours which means breakfast is only a 10 minute walk away. Where else can you get a perfect eggs benedict at 3 AM in Toronto?
But is it really about convenience? What is it that really keeps me coming back to Fran’s? I think the secret must lie in their excellent home fries. They’re never cold and they have that perfect amount of crunch. This is how I know I’m home in Toronto.
I hope your Hallowe’en weekend was fabulous! And believe it or not this was just the start of my weekend fun! Up next a little brains for breakfast never hurt anyone…