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Its inaugural event will be launched at the beginning of October for the Toronto Food Film Festival, hosted by Quell. For that night, you’ll find a specially-curated three course menu by Chin that will be paired with cocktails, curated by beverage expert Evelyn Chick.
The menu is inspired by Chef Chin’s Chinese upbringing and is meant to be shared "Chinese banquet" style. On the menu for the night, you’ll find snacks to start like Youtiao, fried dough sticks, that will be served with chicken liver mousse, fried shallot, and marmalade. The Lo Mai Guen, a dim sum staple, is a sticky rice with lap cheong sausage and salted egg yolk.
Entrees will include a Drunken Poached Chicken with truffles and Yunnan morels. The steamed ling cod with shiitake, Iberico ham, abalone supreme sauce, fish skin dumplings and fermented black beans sound delectable. Patrons will also end the evening with double-skinned milk pudding with fall plums.
Beverage pairings will accompany the dishes, such as Grey Goose Apple Collins and Black Flower Cocktails.
“I want the Soy Luck Club’s true meaning to shine. I want to cook the food that bridges the gap between generations in our families. Food that tells the story of what our families have been through, how we got here, who we are, and where we are going to,” says Chin. The name of the dinner series, of course, is cleverly fashioned after Amy Tan's 1989 novel, the Joy Luck Club, which details the interconnected stories of a group of Chinese mothers and their daughters.
The inaugural dinner series will be located at Ahma at 1564 Queen Street West on Oct. 4., with a ticket price per person set at $158. The night will start off with the panel discussion at 6 p.m. and run through the night ending around 9 p.m. Be sure to get tickets now before they sell out.