Love it or loathe it; Winterlicious is back for its eighth year as part of the WinterCity Festival, and it’s the biggest it’s ever been. Not only are 150 of Toronto’s upscale restaurants offering three-course prix fixe menus at lunch and dinner for as little as fifteen dollars (lunch) and twenty-five dollars (dinner), but this year, they’ve added ten new culinary events ranging from family cooking classes to elaborate tastings, featuring some of our city’s most respected chefs (Brian Morin of beerbistro, Brad Long of Veritas). The most affordable is the “Rising Chef Citrus Cook-off” at SCHOOL Bakery and Cafe in Liberty Village (thirty-five dollars) where students from Canada’s leading culinary schools will square off in a grapefruit challenge, and the priciest is a ninety-nine-dollar three-hour “Julialicious” seminar with the venerable Bonnie Stern, which includes a copy of Julia Child’s memoir (My Life in France) and a pound of Gay Lea butter.
Reservations for the prix fixe promotions open to the general (non-Amex) public on Thursday, January 14. If you’re having trouble navigating the gargantuan list, Torontoist reader Kevin Quan just sent us a link to his simple, elegant Winterlicious 2010 Google Maps Mashup, with every single restaurant location plotted, and filters available to narrow by price.
Happy eating, everyone.