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Winterlicious – Sassafraz

Winterlicious – Sassafraz

Toronto is definitely a food mecca and if you’re a foodie like myself, you will be in heaven. Every year Toronto has two food festivals happening: Winterlicious and Summerlicious. The festivals began in 2003 and have steadily increased in popularity thanks to the three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners at affordable prices. Currently the prices are $23, $28 or $33 for lunch and $33, $43 or $53 for dinner, with drinks and gratuity extra. If you’re in the Toronto area, you can check out the Winterlious website and choose from over 200 restaurants.


This time for lunch, I ordered escargots and bacon skillet for the appetizer; Paccheri Pasta with smoked chicken and oyster mushrooms for the entree; and cheesecake with chocolate ganache. Rather than drown out the escargot flavour with cheese, the dish was made with simple ingredients: bacon, heirloom tomatoes and garlic butter sauce. I rather enjoyed the simplicity of the escargots with the butter garlic sauce. The bacon enhances the flavour of the escargots. I could do without the sage hazelnut pesto on the grilled baguette though. I thought the Paccheri Pasta with smoked chicken was divine. The portion was just right and I enjoyed the rich mushroom flavour of the porcini cream enhanced by the herbed ricotta. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and admired the elegant presentation of all the dishes.

Winterlicious is indeed a foodie’s paradise. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s something for everyone.