Toronto Weekender: April 11 through 14, 2013

Book a table at Brockton General tonight, as their prix fixe menu this week is stellar. For only $28, choose from duck rilette or cabbage, bacon and caraway soup, ricotta and beet stuffed agnolotti or sirloin and short rib burger, olive oil cake or chocolate mousse and so much more.

The 4th annual wine-centric fundraiser for Women’s College Hospital, Grape to Glass, is pouring itself into the chalice that is The Fifth Social Club (225 Richmond Street West) tonight. With a tasting of select wines, gourmet food, and a phenomenal silent auction that includes some of the world’s rarest wines, Grapes to Glass is one event you won’t want to miss.

Get there before the masses take it over: Carmen on Queen West recently opened in the space left in the wake of Caju. Owned by the same folks who brought us Kensington mainstay Torito Tapas Bar, Carmen’s big draw is their paella. Don’t pop in for a quick bite, though. The paella is a 45-minute wait as it’s made fresh to order for each table. 

The hot ticket Friday night is The Pink Party in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This event has grown from a small backyard bash to a major fundraiser at the Capitol Event Theatre, headlined by the Sam Roberts Band. Paul Etherington (motionball) launched The Pink Party in his backyard in 2010 with 80 friends and an iPod dock. Fast forward a couple years, and now the event will see more than 650 pink-clad YP guests enjoy a 70-minute performance by the Sam Roberts Band, live music by Enriquez, sets by DJ Efsharp and DJs Pump and Hedspin, an open bar and a pink candy buffet.

Start Saturday off special at Splendido‘s new brunch. For $35 a head, their brunch offerings are oh-so-luxe. A Croque Madame shares menu space with a braised beef short rib burger, a flank steak with eggs, classic eggs benny with brown butter bearnaise, and other extremely satisfying options. Start with the spread, then dig into some amazing mains. 

Friday through Sunday, visit the eco-conscious mecca that is The Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place. With hundreds of green vendors and exhibitors alongside world class speakers discussing innovation and sustainability, the Green Living Show is North America’s largest consumer show dedicated to workable solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Head over to the Comedy Bar on Saturday night for Monkey Toast, the award-winning comedy talk show. This week’s guests include Fidel Gastro, star of the new Travel+Escape reality show Rebel Without a Kitchen, and Ethan Cole, co-host of The Project, who join host Ron Tite and the Monkey Toast Players for an evening of laughs. 

Get your grub on Sunday morning at the continuous Sunday brunch pop-up at Northwood bar. This week’s prix fixe sees a mix of Persian and Japanese influences imbuing the multi-course meal. Rice tacos or Haleem, fresh feta, and the list goes on for the coolest new pop-up brunch in the city.

Celebrate something great and head over to Lou Dawg’s Sunday night for their 4th anniversary party. Featuring live music, free jambalaya, bottles of Jack, and more, this event will party the night away in true Southern style.

Top photo courtesy Splendido (Nikki McKean)