Toronto Weekender: March 1st through 4th, 2012

OK, so it’s 5pm Thursday night. You’re waiting anxiously to see your superior pack up and head out so you can be sure to take the subsequent elevator and look like the busy bee you’ve so carefully cultivated as your personality. Then it dawns on you: What in the Sally May am I to do tonight? Another revelation: I’ll read the Notable Weekender! Read on, dearest YPs… 

Once you’ve tip-toed out of the office and planned a meetup with the buds via a back-and-forth BBM’ing that took way too long to co-ordinate, join the crew at the newly opened Thirsty and Miserable and down a few pints in the trendy space.

There’s a food-tastic fundraiser tonight called Recipe for Change, featuring creations from the chefs at restaurants like Torito, Cafe Belong, Keriwa Cafe, Enoteca Sociale, Local Kitchen and Wine Bar and more. Tix are $125 and proceeds go to raising money for Foodshare. The ‘food with purpose’ event takes over the St. Lawrence Market’s North Building from 6pm through 9pm.

Also tonight is the Cold Tea DJ Throwdown at, wait for it, Cold Tea in Kensington. This spot is just plain cool. Nuff said. And with amazing drinks to whet your palate, great tunes supplied by DJ Dr. Mom and DJ Kay Dee Spears, and your most notable company, how could you go wrong?

And for the, er, ‘sports’ enthusiasts, there’s a pretty rad bowling tournament at The Ballroom aptly named Gutterball 2012. The tournie starts at 6pm sharp, and entry includes some nibbles, networking (it’s put on by ARIDO’s GTA Chapter), and a signature drink.

On Friday night, hit up the fantastic Canadian Cuisine by Jamie Kennedy as part of the Gardiner Museum‘s culinary series. Sure, the tix aren’t cheap, but you get hors d’oeuvres, three amazing courses, and wine pairings to boot.

If you’re looking for something a little less opulent, but still completely and utterly notable, try to nab a spot during Friday’s opening night of Chef Rob Rossi’s Bestellen. The menu for the new spot was leaked and includes dishes like chorizo stuffed squid, orecchiette with rapini and chicken brodo, and 32 oz cote de boeuf for two.

The 11th Annual Meagan’s Walk Gala is Friday night at the Fermenting Cellar, raising funds for this NFP that sends proceeds to SickKids and brain tumour research. It’s an inspiring story to be sure, and an organization that is worthy of all the support. As YPs, is there any better way to do so than with a stylish and classy gala…?

Friday night also marks the One Year Anniversary for Winchester Kitchen and Bar, and they’re, not surprisingly, hosting a big bash to celebrate the monumentous occasion. The food has some all-stars, the drinks deliciously concocted, and the vibe quite old school cool. Check it out.

Ah, Saturday brunch…is there anything better? Nah. Why not saunter about and land at Queen Mother Cafe for some stuffed french toast? Or how about some spicy Italian sausage hash and eggs? Or maybe a little roasted tomato, spinach and Asiago tart? Hmm…?

For your Saturday trip du jour, hop the tram and get thee to thine Exhibition Place. “Why, the Ex isn’t until summer,” you ask? The Artist Project is showcasing over 200 Canadian talents through Sunday in the Queen Elizabeth Building. Mosey about, talk with the artists, get inspired to pull out your wallets, and enjoy some cultural awesomeness.

There’s a rather interesting ‘garden party‘ event going on Saturday night at The Great Hall. Recycling the old time tradition of summer garden parties, ‘promise’ has decided to host an indoor version to celebrate the end of winter. (Yeah, it’s not quite over yet, but it still sounds like the makings of a unique event.)

Supposedly The Federal is set to open this weekend, so for Sunday brunch take a tour over to the location at 1438 Dundas West. We’ve heard the menu is very egg and sandwich heavy, but with some twists and gourmet inclinations…even we’re intrigued.

The latest Toronto Underground Market hits up Evergreen Brick Works Sunday evening starting at 8pm. It’s a great gathering of Toronto home cooks showcasing their craft for hungry patrons…as opposed to the family at the dinner table.

Sunday night also has Les Coquettes‘ latest Speakeasy for the more risque-loving YPs. Grab a seat at Revival and watch some classy yet scandalous burlesque show dancing while sipping back cocktails and having a hearty end to your notable weekend.