Jack Astor’s Winter Fling Festival

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Over the last eight weeks, Jack Astor's has invited their customers to "have a fling" with craft beer. The idea is that Jack's drinkers are faithfully married to a national brand and would never leave (think of the kids), but they might want to branch out a bit. The chain of over three dozen bars… 

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Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Blend

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Like Kleenex and Saran Wrap, Mott’s Clamato has broken through the barrier between brand name and product category. When we order a Bloody Caesar I think we expect that it it will be made with it. A recently-found, small company out of Vancouver is hoping to change that ingrained expectation with the release of their… 

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Hudson Kitchen’s Private Dining Room

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I think most new restaurants in Toronto would love to snag a couple profiles on the usual-suspect sites, maybe a couple blog posts, and eventually a positive review or two in print. If this is where Hudson Kitchen was aiming, they well exceeded expectations when they opened in late summer 2013. The Globe & Mail… 

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LCBO Winter 2013 Beer Release

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Spotlight Toronto readers will, I bet, be more familiar with the LCBO's every-second-Saturday Vintages releases than with the once-a-quarter ones they do for beer. Not every beer enters the LCBO this way (most new local releases don't), but there are usually some international gems that have a strong seasonal focus. Compared to wine, these lineups… 

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30 Days of Ontario Wine – Day 17 – Draught Wine II

30 Days of Ontario Wine – Day 17 – Draught Wine II

Earlier this month, I took a look at the growing trend of draft service for wine in Ontario. From the customer perspective, kegged wine is mostly about the cost and quality of by-the-glass portions. Naturally, this technology also offers benefits (and challenges) for Ontario's wine producers.

30 Days of Ontario Wine – Day 3 – Draught Wine

30 Days of Ontario Wine – Day 3 - Draught Wine

Over the last ten years, the craft beer industry has picked up a few lessons from winemakers: bottle design matters, consumers like to collect dated releases, and suggesting some food to go with the beverage of choice is an appreciated gesture. That flow of information might now be going in both directions as Ontario winemakers… 

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StreetEats Toronto Launch

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He's one of the founders of the Ontario Food Trucks Association, the driving force behind the successful Food Truck Eats events, and the project coordinator for the current City of Toronto food truck pilot project. Our publisher, Suresh Doss, wrote the book on street food in Toronto. Literally. StreetEats Toronto, his own guide to finding… 

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