Winterlicious (Jan 25-Feb 7, 2013) is coming and reservations start tomorrow (if you’re an Amex card holder, today’s your front-of-the-line opportunity). It’s my annual cue to dine at home more often. But if I want to get out, here are some events that might strike your fancy.

Group Of 7: Vegetarian Dinner (January 21)

For you veggie-lovers out there, the Group Of 7 Chefs are at it again with something right up your alley. Some G07 events are better than others (wait ’till I post their Hunter’s Feast!), but are generally decent. This is the first time I recall them doing a veg-only menu.

Australia Day In Toronto (January 25-26)

After last year’s successful Toronto Down Under meal, Plack and Hayes team up again to bring your their Oz-inspired dishes. Read my report on Toronto Down Under 2012 to see what it was like (fun and delicious).

Winterlicious (January 25-February 7)

Still set on Winterlicious? I did a quick scan of the participating restaurants and picked out what I think are your best bets:

  • Aubèrge Du Pommier – Lunch. They’ve been doing good things of late and it’s a good opportunity to check it out.
  • Canoe – Lunch or dinner. Always a good bet.
  • Chiado – Lunch. I haven’t been in a while, but this restaurant is still considered tops for seafood.
  • Colborne Lane. Only dinner is available and it’s a good opportunity to try this place out. More for interest, than eats.
  • FRANK – Lunch. The apps and dessert are most interesting for me.
  • Globe Bistro – Dinner. Lots of good mains to choose from and interesting dessert options.
  • Splendido. Dinner only and my top pick. A good chance to taste and experience my fave fine-dining restaurant in Toronto. Though I’d just opt to go so I have the full menu to choose from.
  • Starfish Oyster Bar & Grill – Lunch. Though they specify “lunch portions” Starfish is a great choice for a delicious meal.

Death Row Meals: Taco Throwdown II (January 26)

El Gastro Vagabundo’s eats

The popular event, take 2. I hadn’t attended last year, but I’d heard that it was a lot of delicious fun. Eyeing the roster, it yields some favourites like Rossy Earle (Supi CuCu) and Adam Hynam-Smith (El Gastronomo Vagabundo).

Tempered Beast (January 28-29)

Bertrand Alépée and Scott Vivian are teaming up to present a four-course tasting of their favourite dishes. Apparently, this is part of Winterlicious.

Room 203 (January 30)

Guy Rawlings’ new event space puts out its second(?) dinner with Geoffrey Hopgood. To be a 15-course menu and $100. A recent tweet puts this at 60% sold out. Though I have no idea what they’re going to do, this is probably the most interested in for the month.

Toronto Underground Market (February 16)

Tickets are still available for this all-inclusive TUM at the Steamwhistle Brewery. This is a good thing, as the Brickworks in winter isn’t a pleasant thing. Can’t make this one? Take note of their upcoming dates. Then read some tips.

In Other Ramblings

Been uploading to flickr like a fiend of late. Lots of photos. Also love the new flickr app. Have you tried it?