Centro Restaurant is celebrating 25 years of rocking Toronto's culinary scene by hosting a unique alumni dinner series.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a media luncheon at Centro to celebrate a significant milestone in the culinary icon's history; a milestone for the restaurant as well as for Toronto. When restaurateur Franco Prevedello opened the doors to Centro back in 1987, there were very few restaurants like it in in the country. Centro's upscale fine dining that featured Ital-Cal cuisine with an ambitious wine list quickly took the city by storm.
Aside from its reputation for luxurious fine dining and meticulous details to wine service, the restaurant also has a reputation for being the proving grounds for a number of current top chefs in the city: think Chris McDonald (Avalon and Cava), Marc Thuet (Thuet, Conviction Kitchen), Frank Parhizgar (Frank's Kitchen), and Michael Bonacini (O&B).
We were treated to a multi-course lunch showcasing some of the restaurant's historical signature recipes. We started with oysters rockefeller from Frank Parhizgar. The oysters were topped with a tabasco hollandaise sauce and crowned with an herbed bread crumb mixture. Marc Thuet showcased a trio of tataki: tender slices of lamb, tuna, and swordfish.
Chef Bruce Woods (Modus Ristorante) presented a wonderful squid ink tagliatelle with butter poached lobster and leeks.
Centro's Alumni Dinner series runs once a month until October and is sure to be a very unique dining series, bringing back some of the chefs that have come to define cooking in the city. Personally, I'm having a tough time choosing which dinner I want to attend.
Centro Alumni Dinner Series events
Monday May 14th with Michael Bonacini
Monday, June 11th with Marc Thuet
Monday, July 16th with David Lee
Monday, August 13th with Bruce Woods
Monday, September 17th with Frank Parhizgar
Monday, October 15th with Jason Carter
For tickets and reservation, contact Jeremy Geyer at 416-483-2211.