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Fort York Food Bank & Matthew House

Here at Le Dolci, we work with local charities to support those in need. Read below about the two amazing organizations that we are proud to contribute to.
 
Fort York Food Bank:
FYFB’s Food Program provides low-income individuals and families living in our community with a three-day supply of groceries. FYFB is a member agency of the Daily Bread Food Bank and our assigned service area covers the Westside of downtown Toronto, from Yonge to Dovercourt, Lake Ontario to Bloor. Many low-income individuals and families struggle to receive adequate nourishment. Working with registered dieticians, FYFB’s Food Program provides groceries that are consistent with the Canada Food Guide.
 
Matthew House:
Matthew House grew out of the vision of its founder and current director, Anne Woolger, who had worked for many years at a city-run shelter for refugees in Toronto. There her eyes were opened to the plight of refugee claimants who were arriving in Canada seeking asylum as refugees but had no place to stay. Recognizing the need for caring shelters geared specifically toward the unique settlement needs of refugee claimants, Anne approached her denominational leaders and shared her vision of establishing a Christian-based reception home that would provide a warm welcome for refugee claimants in a caring home-like setting.
 
Visit Fort York Food Bank and Matthew House to learn more about the work they do and how you can give back to your community.

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NEW CLASS: FOOD PORN, PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING

We are super excited to announce a new class – Food Porn: Photography & Styling with Brilynn Ferguson. Students will style and stage photographs with Le Dolci treats and there will be a food stylist, Michelle Rabin, present.

Michelle Rabin is one of those lucky people that wakes up and does not believe she gets paid to do what she does. She has married her two passions: Cooking and art. What does that make her? A food stylist, of course. Michelle comes from a culinary background and has worked in some of the best restaurants in both Toronto and New York. She now works as a full time food stylist and recipe developer. Her work can be seen on the hit TV show Masterchef Canada, on Canada AM, in Chatelaine Magazine and if you’re lucky enough to be invited to her house… on her kitchen table. When she is not in the kitchen Michelle can be found in her ceramics studio or in her garden.

Get to know Brilynn Ferguson.

Class Dates:
Sunday, May 31st – 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 27th – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 25th – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost  $129 for 3 hours, everyone is encouraged to bring their DSLRs to learn from the pros.

Call 416-262-3400 or e-mail orders@ledolci.com to reserve your spot in Food Porn: Photography & Styling. Book now!

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March 15th #SelfCareSunday

This past Sunday, the #SelfCareSunday event hosted by Fat Girl Food Squad & P.S. You’re Beautiful was a fabulous success! The afternoon was spent with beautiful ladies making chocolate truffles, getting chair massages from Epione Massage Therapy and hair touch-ups by Small Talk Barber Shop and Salon, drinking Fresita mimosas and spritzers, and more!
 
All attendees left with a gift bag including a self-care guidance booklet and more. Thank you to all the amazing and inspiring ladies who came out to this event. 
 
Fat Girl Food Squad aims to provide a safe, positive space for all bodies, while showcasing those who label and identify themselves as fat and endeavouring to breakdown the stereotypes and barriers that surround such a controversial three letter word.
 
P.S. You’re Beautiful is a community of strong women with loud voices who have something to share, from beauty and body image to pop culture commentary and everything in between.
 
Check out a few of the snaps from #SelfCareSunday by Geeky Girl Photography.
 
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The Rainbow Plate & Le Dolci Collaborate for Nutrition Month

Rainbow Plate is coming to Le Dolci for children’s workshops – exposing children to fresh, real food in a relaxed and interactive setting. Read below about Nutrition Month, and contact us to book your child’s birthday party with Rainbow Plate and us.
 
This March, as Dietitians of Canada launches its annual Nutrition Month, food education program Rainbow Plate kicks its growth plan into high gear. With Statistics Canada reporting that 31% of Canadian children are overweight or obese, the timing is critical. The subsequent health risks and healthcare costs arising from poor eating habits during childhood and adolescence underscore the need to counteract the problem with nutrition education.
 
Throughout the month of March, Rainbow Plate will be sharing its food and nutrition expertise and serving up hands on programming to kids and adults to combat negative interactions around food at home or at school.
 
The Rainbow Plate’s top tips to create positive interactions around food:
• Make food an adventure with your family. Discover the fun and fascinating side of food. Encourage your child to use their senses to explore and describe colours, textures and tastes.
• Eat together with your child as often as you can. Make the goal to create relaxed and pleasant mealtimes.
• Play the long game – children need to learn to like new foods. Did you know that the average child needs 15 tries before they will like something new?
• Bring your kids shopping. Try to involve them in meal and snack preparation, and they’ll be more likely to eat what they’ve prepared.
 
Visit Rainbow Plate and learn more on how you can inspire your child to embrace real food.
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Michelangelo’s Supper; An evening of food, wine and conversation.

Michelangelo’s Supper;

An evening of food, wine and conversation

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This fall the AGO presents Michelangelo: Quest for Genius and will feature dozens of the artist’s exquisite drawings. As the city of Toronto prepares for Michelangelo, we take perhaps his simplest sketches and turn them into inspiration for an unforgettable feast.

 

We are hosting a special evening to celebrate the art and food of Michelangelo. On September 12, chefs will prepare a delicious five-course meal inspired by the 16th century drawings of Michelangelo. They take the artist’s sketched shopping list filled with Renaissance ingredients and update them into a cohesive meal of Italian classics with wines to match. Michelangelo’s list is typical of his time…and includes requests such as tortelli, fennel soup, loaves of bread, and of course “un boca di vino” (a quart of wine). We use these ingredients and a little anachronistic license for an unforgettable meal.

 

Guests will dine on traditional panzanella salad, homemade stuffed pasta, traditional porchetta, semifreddo and a cheese course with some of Michelangelo’s favourites. Guests are encouraged to come and eat, drink and share in their love of good food and conversation.

 

Date: Fri Sept 12, 2104, 7pm

Location: Le Dolci’s Culinary Studio, 1006 Dundas Street West

Cost: 129pp.

 

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Things we love: Dec 29 – New Year Cupcake Decorating class

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frosty, jack frost, cupcake, custom cupcake topper, cupcake class toronto, winter, holiday, new yearLooking for a fun winter holiday activity to welcome in 2014? Do something different this year by taking our New Year Cupcake Decorating class.
 
This two-hour session will teach you to work with fondant and buttercream to decorate your cupcakes with 2014-inspired shapes. Learn to make cupcake toppers like champagne bottles, clocks, streamers & more.
 
Be a star when you bring your cupcakes to the New Year party and share them over a bottle of champagne.
 
Date: Sunday, Dec. 29
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Cost: $55pp (regular $80) Call us to book this special deal at 416-262-3400. Come with a friend for twice the fun!

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Things We Love: Ottolenghi – London, UK

Freshly back from some foodie research in London, England we stumbled upon our favourite little place!

Ottolenghi is, undoubtedly a gastronomic sensation capable of providing an unforgettable dining experience for their customers. Based in London with four outlets consisting of a full restaurant and cafes for quick grab-and-go items, Ottolenghi is being talked about worldwide. Their food is described as bold, vibrant, and surprising – food that is uncomplicated yet creative at the same time. Many dishes are inspired by the Mediterranean, resulting in daring and distinctive flavours. Ingredients are sourced locally, are always fresh, and no colouring or preservatives are ever added to their food (we luv!)

Two of the talented people behind Ottolenghi, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, also put together a fabulous cookbook in 2008, sharing 140 recipes that reflect what they do at their restaurant. We have this cookbook so stay tuned for any recipe experimenting we may be doing. Recipes range from light salads and roast vegetable salads, to meat and poultry dishes, to both savory and sweet pastries. This cookbook allows you to understand their food philosophy in an accessible, straightforward way, stepping into the wonderful world of Ottolenghi.

Dining at the Islington branch is always impressive and every experience is memorable! Their food is unexpected, inventive, and elegant. Every dish is beautifully plated and their combination of ingredients are mind-blowing. If you have the chance to visit Ottolenghi, you must taste their desserts, as they will leave you speechless! Every dessert is so decadent and lovely, you will be dreaming about them for days after.

Who knows? We might even hold a foodie event in London one day. That is definitely something to look forward to!

For information about the wonderful and innovative Ottolenghi, please visit their website http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/