Café Boulud interior

Two top Toronto chefs are teaming up for a collaboration dinner at Café Boulud this month

The four-course dinner will focus on seasonal, foraged fare with whiskey cocktail pairings

Toronto chef Michael Hunter is partnering up with Café Boulud’s chef de cuisine Nicholas Trosien for a special seasonal dinner on Sept. 30.

Aptly dubbed By the Books, the event menu will draw inspiration from chef Daniel Boulud’s respected cookbook DANIEL, as well as Hunter’s upcoming book, the Hunter Chef, which will be available in early October.

Hunter’s Dundas West restaurant Antler is known for its focus on wild and foraged foods. It therefore comes as no surprise that this collaboration dinner will highlight local, seasonal fare.

“I’m so excited to be cooking alongside chef Nicholas and the Café Boulud team,” said Hunter in a press release. “Fall also happens to be my favourite season for Ontario harvest vegetables and game.”


Café Boulud interior
Café Boulud interior

Bison striploin with raisin steak sauce and rabbit ballotine with black truffle celeriac and chestnut ravioli are among the dishes guests can expect on the four-course menu.

Tickets for By the Books are priced at 120 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), which includes a whiskey cocktail pairing with each course.

“Our team has always been committed to partnering with local talent and celebrating seasonality and culinary creativity. By the Books is a perfect example of this,” said Trosien in the release.

Café Boulud reopened on Aug. 5 after several months of closure amid the pandemic. Guests will receive a temperature check upon arrival at the restaurant.

The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. Reservations are required and can be made online or by phone.

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