Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Grid TO Presents Burger Week

It’s no secret that Toronto is known for being the home of an amazing variety of delicious foods - from restaurants out on King West to cafes on College, there are great places to dine throughout the city. And from May 30 - June 3, The Grid TO presented an event that collaborated with local eateries to offer a unique dining experience featuring a classic meal: the burger. Taking a typical burger and adding their own twists, more than 20 restaurants participated in Burger Week - a majority of them offering $5 burgers, while the rest were Black-Tie Burgers ($5 from each goes to The Stop Community Food Centre).

The iChannel team and I visited three restaurants to see the different creations and we even got to go into their kitchens to see how they’re made. The first stop was Brassaii (461 King Street West) where we met up with Chef Chris, who walked us through the making of his Black-Tie lamb burger, topped with wild leek aioli, heirloom tomatoes, house-made pickles, and feta cheese. It was a great start to the day and my mouth was already watering.

My favourite photo...future food photographer right here!

Next up was Utopia Cafe, at 586 College Street, and it was packed. As soon as we got there, we noticed how crazy and hectic it was - not surprising though, since it was lunch time. We got a behind-the-scenes look at the Ultimate Bacon Burger (another Black-Tie Burger). And so the mouth watering continued. We also spoke to Darrell Ball from Muskoka Brewery. Utopia Cafe was just one of the restaurants offering a beer-and-burger combo that featured Muskoka Brewery products; they even threw in a special Burger Week glass with each purchase!

Our last stop was Hrvati Bar, a Croatian-styled restaurant at 690 Euclid Avenue. We went into the kitchen and got the rundown on their signature hamburger, or “pljeskavica” - we all definitely had troubles pronouncing that one. After the interview, we got to taste it ourselves and I thought it was incredibly delicious. Our iChannel host Kalen also spoke with Karon Liu, a food writer from The Grid, who gave us some background of Burger Week itself.

This was definitely a fun event to cover with the iChannel team. I mean, anything with food involved has to be good, right? Right.

To find out more about Burger Week, visit

- Christina
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