JUNE 25, 2018

$150 four course dinner with wine

Chef Giovanna Alonzi, Terroni

Chef Ivana Raca, Ufficio

Chef Alida Solomon and Chef Tara Lee, Eastbound Brewery

Chef Paula Navarrete, Momofuku

Alida Solomon is one of only a few women chef/owners in Canada.

2017 marks Tutti Matti’s 15th anniversary. Since its opening in 2002, Tutti Matti has been hailed by critics and received both local and national awards, including the prestigious 2009 “L’Eccio D’Oro” for Osteria of the Year (an award previously won by Mario Batali and Alain Ducasse).

In April 2016, Chef Solomon was awarded a “Fellow of the Institute” at the 2016 Ontario Hostelry Institute’s Gold Awards.

Alida lived and worked in Montalcino, Tuscany, for 6 years, and was highly respected in the regional hospitality industry where she garnered acclaim for the hilltop restaurant Boccon di Vino, for whom she earned Michelin recognition. Tutti Matti has stayed true to its roots — serving food and wine that honours the spirit and culture of Tuscany.

Alida is also currently working on “Motherland”, a documentary filmed in Italy, that celebrates women in wine and food.

Chef Ivana Raca has already achieved unparalleled success in what has traditionally been a male dominated field.

The first female to hold the position of saucier in any of McEwan’s kitchens, Ivana received another promotion making her sous chef on the team that opened ONE Restaurant by the age of 24, Ivana was selected as the first female Executive Chef for the six million dollar food emporium McEwan Foods.

Looking for more challenges, in 2012 Ivana traveled to Australia’s Gold Coast where, for two years she worked under Two Star Michelin Chef Paul Froggatt at the Palazzo Versace.

Upon her return to Canada, Ivana entered one of the first Underground Chef Battles in Toronto and to no one’s surprise, made it to the final round. Her competitive spirit was most recently on view on the Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay”.

She is now a proud partner at Ufficio.

Chef Giovanna Alonzi

After spending her first 11 years in Lazio, Italy, Giovanna and her family immigrated to Toronto. When Giovanna Alonzi first walked into Terroni on Queen Street she was hoping to get the cooking position she saw advertised in a local Italian newspaper. Armed with a love of learning, Italian food and an extraordinary ability to recreate dishes from memory, she got the job & has called Terroni home since 2002. Since then, Giovanna has completed two degrees at York University, run eight marathons, had two children & can still find time for cooking lessons.  From humble beginnings spent grilling peppers and making biscotti she is now Executive Chef writing recipes loved by Terroni regulars & Sud Forno. 

Chef Tara Lee
Head Chef, Eastbound Brewing Company

Over 14 years of experience, from growing up in Thunder Bay to cooking school in Niagara’s wine country and on to Toronto restaurant scene in 2009. Proud to have worked in restaurants like Cowbell, Skin and Bones, and BarHop Brewco before opening Eastbound Brewing Company in early 2017.