I joined Chef Scott on the Riverside/Leslieville tour with five other guests in April, 2012. This was my first trip to Toronto and I wanted to see an area beyond downtown. I love food and history – this tour combined both. We took a leisurely walk around the area, making five or six stops to different small stores and restaurants with welcoming proprietors. We learned about sustainable seafood, sourdough bread, and olive oils. We walked through wonderful small neighborhoods and felt welcome.
Chef Scott, although claiming himself not a tour guide, had great stories about the history of the area. He understands the dynamics of a group and let us get to know each other without feeling uncomfortable. Scott is an affable “fat chef” (his words, not mine), who has a passion for food and the food area of Toronto. Being a foodie myself, I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him about food and getting some tips from a professional. Well done Cheffy!
After the tour is over we adjourned to a local pub, had a few local beverages, and talked more about food. We met some of the local folk in the area and kept the party going. Yes, Scrappy is a real person, a jewel of a lady – pleasure to meet her.
As luck would have it, Chef Scott’s girl was out of town for the evening. He suggested the tour continue. He secured a great table at Salt Wine Bar where the Chef and I met up with some of our other tour mates. The tapas were some of the best food I had in the city. The confit chicken wings and lobster ceviche were especially outstanding.
The night continued on, more special Toronto establishments were shown to us. We met bartenders who were like great chefs themselves, but with alcohol. It was truly a wonderful experience. Thank you Chef Scott – I’ll be back!
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