Late last fall posters popped up around Kensington Market advertising an event called “Guerrilla Gourmet.” What was it? A vegan restaurant? A new store selling organic foods? A gang of vicious foodie/freedom fighters bent on wreaking havoc on the fast food industry?
In reality, Guerrila Gourmet was a series of Sunday-night dinners put together by Jesse Archibald and Maria Solakofski. Through November and December the pair held dinners in secret locations. If you wanted in you called them up, reserved a seat and were told where to go.
Torontoist loves the Fight Clubesque/Speakeasy nature of the whole thing. We love the duo’s approach to food even more. Archibald and Solakofski felt that far too many of us had become distant from the food we eat; we no longer had a connection with the people that grow it, the land where it’s grown, or how it gets from farm to table. The duo tries to get us back in touch with these rhythms. They scour farmer’s markets like the one at Dufferin Grove Park and stick to locally grown, organic foods for their dinners. Meaning ingredients change from meal to meal depending on season, weather and availability.
This Friday, the duo will hold the first Guerrilla Gourmet session of the new year. You can reserve a seat by calling 416-897-7443. At $60 a head the dinner is comparable to a night out at one of Toronto’s finer restaurants and without the snooty service. Torontoist knows you’ll also feel a lot better knowing that your meal isn’t just tasty and nutritious, but helping out farmers right here in the city.