Toronto Weekender: October 10 through 13, 2013

It’s time for your weekly fix of what’s goin’ down in the city mix… albeit, a slow mix this weekend because of Thanksgiving. With that in mind, we’re going a bit more culinary for this edition of the Weekender… 

Now this is cool. One King West Hotel has partnered with the team behind “The Night Of The Living Dead Live!” to come up with the “Night Of The Living Dead Package.” Available today through Sunday inclusive, and at a price of only $149+tax, the package gets you: Two tickets to “Night Of The Living Dead Live!”; 1 night accommodation at One King West Hotel; Wi-Fi access (to update Facebook on the zombie apocalypse); local calls (to warn friends & family of the impending doom); and a Zombie Survival Kit. Now that’s notable!

It can be a total drinking night for you today. Start over at Osteria dei Ganzi on Jarvis, you know the beautiful spot in the heritage building? Why there, you ask? Simple: Ganzi recently launched an Afterwork series, and tonight focuses on craft beer barons Hogtown Brewers. 

Over at The ROM tonight, sip and savour your way through our gloriously gourmand province at VINTAGES’ Taste Ontario Walk-Around Tasting. For only $65, attendees will get to taste over 80 wines from 30 wineries while meeting the passionate winemakers that are tirelessly proving that good things, like grapes, do indeed grow in Ontario. 

If you’re planning on making a trip to Lucien for dinner, you might find yourself a bit confused by the new moniker. Olde Towne Oyster Bar is the new incarnation of the restaurant, which sports a seafood-centric menu, perfect for after-work drinks and networking thanks to tapas-style dishes. Check it out Friday for apres-work fare. 

When it was announced earlier this year that Hoof Raw Bar/Hoof Cafe would be no more, foodies were in an uproar. That was quickly quieted, however, with the announcement of a new Jen Agg-helmed spot, Rhum Corner. Inspired by her husband’s island heritage, Rhum Corner is a Haitian-style resto-bar with a small but special menu, and, of course, rum cocktails. Head here afte Olde Towne for more snacks and stiffer drinks. 

In Cabbagetown you’ll now find The Scullery, a cafe/bistro hybrid that’s serving up delectable bites of bliss. The small new spot has an equally small menu of rotating dishes, ranging from soups to sandwiches to salads and mains. On Saturday, pop by for a tasty brunch menu with offerings like huevos rancheros and house-made scones.

The Toronto Indie Arts Market is back at The Gladstone Hotel this Saturday, bringing with it artisanal awesomeness of epic proportions. Snatch a coffee and meander around, checking out local artisans’ wares and making some one-of-a-kind purchases. 

Celebrate the long weekend club kid-style over at UNIUN on Saturday night. Tons of cool peeps will be bumpin’ and grindin’ to hot beats, getting down ‘n dirty on Friday night 2.0. Best part? Sunday’s Thanksgiving, so you’ll get the best hangover food. Ever. 

Objects of Desire starts this weekend at TIFF Bell Lightbox, celebrating the films of French auteur Claire Denis. Renowned for her sensual, erotic and formally daring cinema, the French auteur receives her first TIFF Cinematheque retrospective in more than a decade. Films like Chocolat, Beau Travail, and I Can’t Sleep will be running over the next couple weeks, so snatch up some tix and check out this awesome filmmaker’s career.

Want to chow down in holiday style without worrying about the cooking and cleanup? Restaurants like EPIC at the Royal York, O&B Cafe Grill, Globe Bistro, and The Old Mill are offering up Thanksgiving eats of traditional (and contemporary) fare.

Top photo courtesy Royal York