If you’ve been finding the Toronto winter a little bleaker in the absence of the city’s much-loved annual Winterlicious event, a new initiative is here to fill the prix-fixe meal void. LocalLicious sees more than 100 restaurants across Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan offering special three-course menus from today until March 7.
The 10-day event organized by the independent restaurant coalition Save Hospitality aims to encourage diners to support their local restaurants. Participating restaurants are invited to offer a three-course prix fixe meal for dine-in or takeout (depending on their own local protocols), with $1 from each meal sold donated to a charity of their choice.
More than 75 Toronto restaurants are participating in the event and each is free to set their own price for their menu, which means there is a range of options for diners with various budgets. Choices span from casual Pizzeria Du, which is offering any 12-inch pizza, your choice of appetizer or salad and a pint of M!LK Gelato for $34; to high-end O&B restaurants like Auberge du Pommier, which is offering two $70 menu options featuring dishes like canard terrine with wild mushrooms and beef tenderloin with truffle pomme purée.
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Smokeshow BBQ and Brew, La Palma, Enoteca Sociale and the Dirty Bird are among the many other participating restaurants. Margaret’s #FullPlates Initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, Covenant House and the Toronto Vegetarian Association are just a few of the charities that Toronto restaurants are choosing to support through the initiative.
You can see a full list of Toronto restaurants participating in the event on the Save Hospitality website and find menus on the Instagram or website of your chosen restaurant.