A Taste For Life 2016 - Wednesday, April 20th


Hope Made Delicious


On Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, Torontonians will be invited once again to take part in A Taste for Life simply by dining out at a Taste restaurant. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their gross proceeds from the evening to support Fife House and people and families living with HIV/AIDS. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the restaurants directly.

A Taste for Life is a restaurant-based fundraiser and one of Fife House's signature events. Last year, A Taste for Life raised more than $105,000 in support of Fife House with more than $130,000 in sales at participating restaurants and attracted over 3,500 diners. Now in it's 16th year, we hope to bring together 60 restaurants and raise $110,000. Due to the nature of the event and the commitment of volunteers, 93% of the money raised goes directly to programs and services at Fife House.

Taste diners are able to participate in our raffle the night of the event as a thank you for particpating. Our 2016 prizes include:

First Prize: Rainbow Cinemas VIP Pass. Unlimited entries for two people. (Value: $2500+)

Second Prize: Six person private dinner catered by The Food Dudes. (Value: $1200)

Third Prize: Round trip ticket for two on VIA Rail from Toronto to Montreal. (Value: $700+)

Volunteer hosts are an integral aspect of this event. They invite their friends, family, coworkers and networks to dine at a restaurant at the event, helping us support the participating restaurants. If you are a volunteer host or are interesting in being one this year, you can access our 2016 Host Manual here.

Following are photos from some of the participating restaurants during the evening.


Join Pride at Work for the official pre-dinner reception on April 20th
The 519 Community Centre from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. 

Featuring signature cocktails, canapes, music, unique networking opportunities, fabulous prizes and much more - all of this for a great cause! 100% of the proceeds of this event will be donated to Fife House.

Tickets are $20 - CLICK HERE to purchase yours now!

Then book a table at one of the participating restaurants for dinner after the reception.



If you own or manage a restaurant, and would like additional information on participation or you would like to become a volunteer host this year, please contact Sam Katz at skatz@fifehouse.org.

2016 Participating Restaurants

(As of April 18, 2016)


120 Diner

120 Church Street     Tel: 416.792.7725     Website: www.120diner.com      Comfort

7 Numbers

Hosted by: Brad Thomas & Dwaine Elder
307 Danforth Avenue     Tel: 416.469.5183     Website: www.sevennumbers.com     Italian

A La Carte At The Gardiner *FOR LUNCH SERVICE*

111 Queens Park     Tel: 416-586-8086     Website: www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/     Contemporary

Acqua Dolce (Formerly Gossip Restaurant)

Hosted by: TD Canada Trust: Dimitra Hartsias, Branch Manager, Liberty Village
50 Prince Edward Island Cresent (CNE Grounds)     Tel: 416.596.6492     Website: www.gossiprestaurant.com     Mediterranean/International


Hosted by: Ange Valenti
                    Tom Reynolds & Tom Sparling
143 Danforth Avenue     Tel: 416.463.3086     Website: www.allens.to     Fresh Irish Fare

Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar                                                                                                

2409 Yonge Street     Tel: 416.481.6865     Website: www.alleycatz.ca/    Mediterranean

Aviv Mediterranean Restaurant                                   

Hosted by: Leanne Koczka
328 Dupont Street     Tel: 416.922.2433     Website: www.avivrestaurant.ca   Mediterranean

Basso Pizzeria

320 Queen Street E.     Tel: 647-348-3200     Website: www.dine.to/basso-pizzeria    Pizza

The Beverley Hotel

Hosted by: Royal Bank of Canada: Eric Turner & Terry Greene
335 Queen Street W.     Tel: 416.493.2786     Website: www.thebeverleyhotel.ca     Contemporary Canadian

The Blake House

Hosted by: The O.H.T.N: Sean Rourke, James Watson & Lori Chambers
449 Jarvis Street     Tel: 416.975.1867     Website: www.theblakehouse.ca     Comfort/Contemporary

Braised Restaurant & Bar

Hosted by: Dan Newport & Paul Dawson
896 Queen Street E.     Tel: 416-519-6280     Website: www.braised.ca    Contemporary

Butter Chicken Factory

Hosted by: Jim Billing
556 Parliament Street     Tel: 416.964.7583     Website: www.butterchickenfactory.ca    Northern Indian Cuisine


Hosted by: Dr. Kevin Russelo + Associates
                     TD Canada Trust: Rupert Hon, Group Manager Associate, Markham
499 Church Street     Tel: 416.922.3859      Website: www.byz.ca     Contemporary

Café California Restaurant

Hosted by: Gail Flintoft
538 Church Street     Tel:416.960.6161     Website: www.cafecalifornia.ca     Contemporary

Cafe La Gaffe

Hosted By: Julie Klein
24 Baldwin Street     Tel: 416-596-2397     Website: www.cafelagaffe.com     French & Mediterranean

Casa Barcelona!

2890 Bloor Street W.     Tel: 416-234-5858     Website: www.casabarcelona.ca    Spanish

The Churchmouse A Firkin Pub

Hosted by: David McClure & Robin Rhodes
475 Church Street     Tel: 416.927.1735     Website: www,firkinpubs.com/pubs/churchmouse-and-firkin  Casual/Pub Fare

Church Street Garage

Hosted by: Garth Patten
477 Church Street     Tel: 647.352.5508      Website: www.churchstgarage.com/     Contemporary

The Corner House Irish Pub

1801 Gerrard Street E.     Tel: 416.901.6750      Website: www.cornerhousepub.com    Irish Pub Fare

Edward's 1290

Hosted by: Sylwia Bednarek
1290 Queen Street E.     Tel: 416.465.3600    Website: www.edwardlevesque.com    Contemporary


227 Church Street     Tel: 416.623.7300    Website: www.ethiopiques.ca/     Ethiopian

Eulalie's Corner Store

Hosted by: Carrie Moody
1438 Gerrard Street East     Tel: 647.350.6263     Website: www.eulaliescornerstore.com    Pubfare


Hosted by: Jill Robinson
519 Church Street    Tel: 416.355.6781    Website: www.fabarnak.com     Contemporary


Hosted by: Scott Blodgett
17 Hayden Street     Tel: 416.323.0179     Website: www.focacciarestaurant.com      Italian

Globe Bistro

Hosted by: Tove Fynbo
124 Danforth Avenue     Tel: 416.466.2000     Website: www.globebistro.com     Local

Gorkha Palace

Hosted by: Mac Ragulan
1855 Dundas Street E.     Tel: 905.593.2059     Website: www.gorkhapalace.ca     Indian, Chinese, Nepali

Hair of the Dog

Hosted by: Andre Ceranto
425 Chruch Street     Tel: 416.964.2708    Website: www.hairofdogpub.com    Modern Canadian

Hawthorne Food & Drink

Hosted by: Zoltan-Shani Ashkenazi
60 Richmond Street E.     Tel: 647.930.9517     Website: www.hawthorneto.ca     Canadian

Hey Lucy

Hosted by: Alan Norman & Joanne Nicolson
229 Carlton Street     Tel: 416.901.9777      Website: www.heylucy.ca     Italian

Jump Restaurant

Hosted by: John Mountain & Greg George
18 Wellington Street W., Commerce Court East    Tel: 416.363.3400     Website: www.jumprestaurant.com   Canadian

Kanpai Snack Bar (Reservations online only!)

Hosted by: Tyler Ennis
252 Carlton Street     Tel: 416.968.6888     Website: www.kanpaisnackbar.com   Taiwanese

Ki Modern Japanese + Bar

Hosted by: The Women's Alliance at Xerox: Samantha Mah
                    Gail Poskitt
181 Bay Street     Tel: 416.308.5888     Website: www.kijapanese.com   Modern Japanese + Sushi

Le Montmartre French Restaurant

911 Sheppard Avenue W.    Tel: 416.630.3804     Website: www.lemontmartrerestaurant.ca   French

Leslie Jones

Hosted by: David Currah
1182 Queen Street E.    Tel: 416.463.5663     Website: www.lesliejones.ca  Canadian

Lolita's Lust

513 Danforth Avenue     Tel: 416.465.1751      Website: www.lolitaslust.ca      Mediterranean Cuisine


791 King Street W.     Tel: 647-748-5464      Website: www.lucerestaurant.net/    Italian Cuisine

Magic Oven

1450 Danforth Avenue     Tel: 416.462.0333      Website: www.magicoven.com     Organic Pizza & Pasta

Magic Oven

347 Keele Street     Tel: 416.868.6836      Website: www.magicoven.com     Organic Pizza & Pasta

Midi Bistro

Hosted by: Charles Shamess
168 McCaul Street     Tel: 416.977.2929     Website: www.midibistro.ca     French Bistro

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

469 Church Street     Tel: 647.980.7990     Website: www.northofbrooklyn.com     Pizza

Pan on the Danforth

516 Danforth Avenue     Tel: 416.466.8158     Website: www.panonthedanforth.com     Mediterranean

Peartree Restaurant

Hosted by: Colleen Kearney
507 Parliament Street     Tel: 416.962.8190      Website: www.peartreerestaurant.ca/      Fresh & Diverse

Quattro 4 Ragazze Ristorante

Hosted by: Bruce Mayhew & Chris McGrath
1792 Danforth Avenue    Tel: 416.463.2655     Website: www.quattro4ragazze.com    Italian

Queen Mother Cafe

Hosted by: Natalie Preddie
208 Queen Street W.     Tel: 416.598.4719     Website: www.queenmothercafe.ca     Global Comfort

Rasa by the Food Dudes

Hosted by: Michael Blair, Lori Lucas & Julian Munsayac 
196 Robert Street     Tel: 647.350.8221     Website: http://rasabar.ca/   Canadian

Rendez-Vous Restaurant Bar & Cafe

Hosted by: Adam Avrashi & Sam Katz
1408 Danforth Avenue     Tel: 416.469.2513     Website: www.dine.to/rendezvous     Ethiopian

Sambucas on Church

Hosted by: Hollie Devlin
489 Church Street     Tel: 416.966.3241     Website: www.sambucas.ca      Italian


100 Cumberland Street     Tel: 416.964.2222      Website: www.sassafraz.ca     French inspired Canadian Cuisine

Sawasdee Thai Cuisine

895 Yonge Street     Tel: 416.962.2825      Website: www.sawasdeethaicuisine.ca   Thai

The Shore Club

155 Wellington Street W.     Tel: 416.351.3311     Website: www.theshoreclub.ca     Steak & Seafood


Hosted by: Harvey Malinsky, Ross Harrison & Shana Malinsky
558 Yonge Street     Tel: 647.350.7446     Website: www.signsrestaurant.ca     Canadian

Smith Restaurant

Hosted by: HSBC Pride Network
553 Church Street     Tel: 416.926.2501     Website: www.smithrestaurant.com     Contemporary American

Spacco Restaurant & Billiards

2415 Yonge Street     Tel: 416.489.4163     Website: www.spacco.ca   Italian

Tabülè Middle Eastern Cuisine

Hosted by: Lynne Patterson & Megan Sheppard
810 Queen Street E.     Tel: 416.465.2500     Website: www.tabule.ca    Middle Eastern

Tabülè Middle Eastern Cuisine

Hosted by: Kanwaljeet Biln & Justin Madhany
2009 Yonge Street     Tel: 416.483.3747     Website: www.tabule.ca    Middle Eastern

The Thai Room

Hosted by: Destiny Autumn & Jordan Katz
243 Carlton Street   Tel: 647.352.8424     Website: parliament.thairoom.ca    Thai

Wish Restaurant

Hosted by: CIBC Pride Network: John Vieira & Barry Dion
3 Charles Street E.     Tel: 416.935.0240     Website: www.wishintoronto.com     International/Contemporary