TORONTO — The Drake is celebrating the best Canada has to offer in honour of the country’s 150th, with a focus on food, art, music and all things Canadian throughout a year-long series of special events, dinners and exhibitions.
Among these special events is the first-ever Barn Burner Chef vs. Chef hockey game on Feb. 4, in Prince Edward County, Ont., featuring special guests and former NHL players. Through the sponsorship of Lot 40 Rye Whiskey and Moosehead Lager, all proceeds from the game will benefit Community Food Centres Canada — a charitable organization focused on addressing food security in communities across Canada.
The hockey game will pit chefs from Toronto and Montreal against each other while spectators enjoy complimentary bites from Bar Isabel, DaiLo, Beast, Flock, Cheese Boutique, The Drake and more. The game will be followed by a special one-night-only dinner at the Drake Devonshire Inn created by the participating chefs.
Participating chefs include:
Ted Corrado (The Drake)
John Horne (Canoe
Carl Heinrich (Richmond Station)
Cory Vitiello (Flock)
Jamie Kennedy (Jamie Kennedy Kitchens)
Afrim Pristine (Cheese Boutique)
Grant Van Gameren (Bar Isabel)
Nick Liu (DaiLo)
Scott Vivian (Beast)
Brent Maxwell (NAO Steakhouse)
Jeremy Charles (Raymonds)
Cassady Sniatowsky (Nora Gray)
Derek Dammann (Maison Publique)
Chuck Hughes (Le Bremner, Garde Manger)
Antonio Park (Park)
Anthony Walsh (Oliver & Bonacini)
Marc-Alexandre Mercier (Hôtel Herman)
Nick Giambattisto (Liverpool House)
Chris Merrick (Garde Manger)
Mitch Laughren (Le Bremner)
Anthony Benda (Café Myriade)
Dave McMillan (Joe Beef)
Emma Cardarelli (Nora Gray)
Beginning this month, The Drake also launched a Sunday Nights in Canada dinner series, prepared by the chef teams at The Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty and Drake Devonshire Inn. Each dinner features a signature ingredient from a province, region or territory across the country. The series’ January menus focus on Northern Canada; February will focus on Quebec; March will go east to the Maritimes; April will bring it to the Prairies; May celebrates the abundance of British Columbia; and June will lead up to Canada’s actual birthday by celebrating the best that Ontario has to offer.
More information about these special events is available at thedrake.ca/blog.