Kanida Chey: Come participate in the Estrella Damm Tapas Journey, August 12th – 21st

From my perspective as a chef, nothing is more exciting about Toronto than the sheer variety of cuisine the city offers. Toronto is truly a food city in every sense of the word. And being a food city, Toronto not only offers an abundance of extremely fantastic restaurants and talented chefs, it also offers plenty of food and restaurant-inspired events.

One event I want to highlight - and that is in fact happening right now - is Toronto’s Estrella Damm Tapas Journey.

What’s Estrella Damm Tapas Journey?

The Estrella Damm Tapas Journey is a celebration of tapas, the Spanish tradition of serving small portioned appetizers, a tradition many of us know very well. Today, the tradition of tapas is known in most areas of the world. And it’s one that still thrives in Spain, where you can enjoy a wide variety of tapas in plenty of bars in cities like Barcelona. It’s also a tradition that’s been adopted by other major food-loving cities, like Toronto.

Interesting to know, some believe that serving tapas dates back to the Middle Ages, when a king in Spain was sick and had to take several sips of wine every day. In order to weaken the effects of the wine, the king ate small appetizers, or tapas, in between his meals. The king then made it mandatory in Castille that bars serve tapas with every drink, so that people would not get as drunk as easily. The tradition grew from there.

The Estrella Damm Tapas Journey happens from August 12th to the 21st. This is the second year of the event, and this year 38 restaurants around Toronto are participating. That means that at any participating restaurant, you can ask your waiter for a tapas passport and then enjoy 3 delectable tapas, along with a Estrella Damm beer, all for the price of $20.

For a complete list of restaurants participating in this year’s Estrella Damm Tapas Journey, you can visit the event’s website here.

I’m proud and fortunate to have our restaurant, Branca, participating in the Estrella Damm Tapas Journey this year. Personally, not only do I love creating (and eating) tapas, as a chef I also like the concept of trying many different, small-portioned appetizers. I spent time in Madrid and the southern coast of Spain and that’s where I first discovered the tradition of serving tapas; it’s also where I first had a chance to taste Estrella beer.

Needless to say, having the opportunity to highlight the Spanish tradition of tapas here in Toronto and at Branca is extremely exciting.

Branca also serves an Argentinian-based, live fire style of cooking, which, in my view compliments tapas nicely. To learn a little more about other restaurants participating in the Estrella Damm Tapas Journey, as well as Branca’s participation, check out this great write-up.

All to say: come out, have a beer and enjoy this year’s Estrella Damm Tapas Journey!