The 21st annual Eat to the Beat fundraising event presented by KitchenAid® is back and will be happening on November 1, 2016. This is a fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation that will showcase 60 chefs who are supporting the charity. Tickets are $189 each (a tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount) and will allow ticket holders to sample an array of savoury and sweet dishes.
I got to attend the event last year and it was fantastic. You can click here to check out my post along with photos of the scrumptious dishes that were offered.
Photos provided by ETTB
To support this amazing charity event, you can purchase tickets on their website: www.eattothebeat.ca
Restaurant: Paese Ristorante Address: 3867 Bathurst St. Phone: 416-631-6586 Operating Hours: Lunch 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Dinner 5:30 - 11:30 PM Website: www.paeseristorante.com
Paese Ristorante is a pleasant high-end Italian restaurant located in Wilson Heights. It's not in a location where you would typically find other fancy restaurants therefore stands out on its own. It's attached to L'eat Catering, the original parent company that provided food to local businesses since 1983. Afterwards, Paese Ristorante was created in 1989. L'eat Catering is one of the top 5 catering companies within Toronto,
I had the pleasure of sampling some items off of Paese's menu with my cousin. I tried one of their cocktails, which was the Paloma Italiana with pink grapefruit. I really liked it because I am a huge fan of sweet girly drinks. So it was a great choice for my preference. My cousin picked up their Bellini but found that the prosecco overwhelmed the taste of the peach nectar.
I highly recommend one of their appetizers, the Grilled Octopus. We absolutely loved the dressing mixed with the vegetables that came along with the octopus. It was a perfect blend of taste. Afterwards, we got to try a couple of their pizzas. We had the Pollo and Laabroni. I think their Pollo, which consisted of roasted chicken, smoked cheddar, eggplant, sliced tomato and basil, to be the best of the two. It had the best combination of toppings since I'm a huge fan of cheesy pizza and eggplant.
We tried pasta next. My cousin got one of their basic spaghetti dishes (I don't think it's on the menu) and I tasted their Ricotta Gnocchi. I liked the gnocchi in my dish but not so much of the chicken that was mixed in with it. The chicken was quite bland and was out of place in terms of taste. My cousin wasn't a fan of the spaghetti either. The two pasta dishes we tried were a missed for us.
Lastly, we made room for dessert. I got the Butterscotch Pudding and my cousin chose the Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait. When I took the first bite of the Butterscotch Pudding, it was perfect. The more I ate though, the sweeter it became, As someone who no longer craves super sweet desserts, it got overwhelming for my taste buds. I recommend this dessert, but only if you share it with someone else.
Paese has great customer service if that is what you are looking for in a dining experience. They also do private bookings.