Jan 19, 2023
By Christine Ross
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Get your reservations in now for Toronto’s popular two-week culinary event that begins January 27th.
From $20 bucks to $75, enjoy a fixed menu lunch or dinner from over 220 participating restaurants.
BlogTO Food editor Renée Suen says this year’s two week culinary event Winterlicious has expanded in the number of participating restaurants and price points. At the top end, some are charging $75 for per person for dinner before tax and tip.
“So $75 dollars yes, it is the higher price point but those are also the finer dining restaurants,” says Renée.
Chef Miheer Shete is owner of Curryish Tavern that opened six months ago on Queen West.
“I still feel Toronto has a great energy and people will still come out,” says Chef Shete. “People kind of hibernate the first couple of weeks of January and Winterlicious just brings people out.”
Like many in his industry, Miheer was laid off during the pandemic but it gave him the opportunity to pursue his dream to open an Indian restaurant. When it comes to the food industry, Miheer says we’re in a “new normal.”
“We are offering $55 dollar dinner menu and I feel pre pandemic, this would have been $35 or $45 dollars, so after the pandemic, a lot of things have changed like staffing issues, the pricing has gone up.”
Since it’s inception in 2003, the bi annual events – Summerlicious and Winterlicious – have brought in $353 million in economic activity for the city’s restaurants.
“We’re all coming out of a very serious long term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” adds Renée. “Many restaurants are struggling to get by, so something like this does give the opportunity to hopefully encourage a lot of diners to come out to support but also have a good time.”
Reservations are now open for the event that runs January 27th to February 9 and Renée has some advice for diners – be understanding and patient.
“The service industry is either understaffed or things or slower, or might take a little more time than normal and that’s especially the case when we’re talking about full dining rooms.”
Visit blogTO for the complete restaurant list along with their top picks for new and notables restaurants, cheap and cheerful and much more.