New Cat Café
Kitty Cat Café (www.kittycatcafe.ca), Toronto’s very first cat café, is opening this fall! As if enjoying the company of cats while sipping on coffee isn’t wonderful enough, all food served at the café will be 100% vegetarian! “Kitty Cat Café will be a space where animal lovers can get their caffeine and kitty fix all at once. You can hang out with friends (two legs or four), work, study, enjoy free WiFi, or just relax…all in the company of furry felines.” All cats at the café will be from TEAM Cat Rescue, a Toronto-based non-profit, volunteer and foster based cat rescue organization. The goal of the café is not only to provide cat-lovers with the perfect hang out spot, but to also be another route to adoption for Toronto’s cats in need of a loving home. “Our city is also overflowing with kind, generous people who would love nothing more than to spend time enjoying the company of some sweet cats. Kitty Cat Café wants to bring them together, in what will be one of the most exciting new ventures to hit Toronto’s already-vibrant café culture.” Kitty Cat Café will offer special events “like Cat’s Pyjama’s movie nights, talks by veterinarians and animal nutrition and behaviour specialists, and Litter-ature nights through the Dundas West Animal Hospital, where kids can read books to cats!” Follow Kitty Cat Café on Facebook and Twitter, and go to their website for more information. Donations to help fund the start up costs of the business are welcome! Stay tuned to Directory Updates to find out about the opening day.
New Veg Butcher Shop Opening Soon!
YamChops (705 College St. (at Montrose), 416-645-0117, www.yamchops.com) is officially open for business on Monday, June 9! The shelves are being stocked with delicious vegetarian and vegan goodies as we speak and staff are eagerly preparing for your arrival. Stop by for fresh and frozen prepared meals, sauces, soups, burgers, grains, salads, pasta, chili, soups, and much more, prepared in their in house kitchen. “Our recipes appeal to all types of eaters: flexitarians, those who are choosing to reduce their meat consumption, vegetarians and vegans. We have a lot of fun and take some creative license when we turn a commonly understood animal protein on its head by substituting a plant-based protein instead. A great example of this is our Carrot Lox (pictured)… made with organic carrots cured in our own secret marinade. Top it off with capers, red onion, dill and cashew sour cream…” The shop will also feature tons of brands of veggie “meats” and other protein and dairy replacements, as well as canned goods, sauces, pickles, etc. from some of the finest local food artisans. View the menus online, from which you can order lunch delivery to your office, like the Grilled Indonesian Tofu box, or the Korean BBQ Empanada Box. “YamChops boxes make the perfect lunch. Delicious, filling and made with really good stuff.” A dinner menu for home delivery is soon to come. Also available in store and online for morning delivery and cleanses are organic, raw, cold-pressed juices from AuJus by YamChops. With so much to look forward to in one little shop, this is guaranteed to be a food experience like no other! Open daily from 11-7. Follow YamChops on Facebook and Twitter for updates, and go to their website for more details and the complete menus.
Vegan Barbecue is Back!
Brixton Grill (Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market, 875 Dufferin St., S of Bloor), Toronto’s only vegan barbecue is back to serve up the tastes of summer! “Brixton Grill is here to dispel the myth that Vegans and Vegetarians can’t enjoy a good Barbecue! We’ll be at The Dufferin Grove Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm, serving up organic, local and affordable vegan meals. Our menu includes a variety of homemade veggie burgers such as Tex-Mex Bean burgers and Smoked-Tofu patties, and also weekly specials such as Peanut Satay Tempeh, Buffalo Seitan Wings or Tofu Tikka Masala. We also have seasonal salads such as Grilled Asparagus with Greens, Kale N’Beet with Maple Dijon dressing or gluten-free Pesto pasta with roasted veggies.” Follow Brixton Grill on Facebook.
Another New Location
Rawlicious (718 Belmont Ave, Kitchener, 416-519-7150, rawlicious.ca) will be opening their newest location in Kitchener’s Belmonte Village this summer! The widespread success of this organic, raw-vegan restaurant is a great sign that the movement to eat clean, healthy, high quality food is in full swing. See the Rawlicious website for full location details, and follow Rawlicoius Kitchener on Facebook.
The new cookbook, Rawlicious At Home, by Angus Crawford and Chelsea Clark is hot off the press! “Rawlicious is delighted to announce the release of “Rawlicious At Home” – a cookbook full of the delicious & nutritious recipes that are featured in our restaurants. We are hosting our Toronto Launch Party at our Bloor West Village location and invite you all to join us where you can pick up your copy of the book!” The party will be Thursday, June 19th from 7-9pm at 2122 Bloor St. W. Interested in attending? The RSVP now at email@example.com. If you are a customer living outside Toronto, there will be launch parties at other locations as well:
Guelph – Friday June 20th from 5pm-7pm
Markham – Saturday June 21st from 12pm-2pm
Newmarket – Saturday June 21st from 3pm-5pm
Whitby – Sunday June 22nd from 1pm-3pm
Rawlicious At Home will also be available in Rawlicious locations and at book retailers on June 17th.
Grasshopper Restaurant (310 College St., 647.340.3666, grasshopperrestaurant.ca) now offers delivery! Now you can order delicious comfort food like “Pulled Pork” Banh Mi, delicious veggie burgers, Quinoa Mac ‘n Cheese, and some of the best “Chick-un” nuggets you’ll every taste. See their delivery/take-out menu on their website, and order by phone, or on JustEat, Hurrier, or Orderit.ca. For complete details and links to delivery sites, see Grasshopper’s listing in the Vegetarian Delivery Guide on veg.ca. Follow Grasshopper on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and specials.
Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar (504 Adelaide St. W., 416 777 2343, www.sadiesdiner.com) now has an outdoor seating area with several picnic tables so you enjoy your favourite comfort foods outside in the beautiful summer weather. Stop by and choose from an all-vegetarian menu (all menu items can be made vegan), fair-trade, organic coffee and a wide range of fresh juices and smoothies made with real fruit and available with protein boosts. And don’t forget to grab a Through Being Cool vegan donut while you’re there. Follow Sadie’s on Facebook and Twitter.
New Veg Cooking Rental Space
Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio and Lifestyle Shop (510 Eglington Ave. W, www.marniwasserman.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 647-477-8131) is offering her studio space in Forest Hill for individuals or groups to use on a rental basis for workshops, parties, and other events. The space holds up to 40 people and is brand new with quartz counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The rates are $75/hour for the use of the space, and a sliding scale may be available for non-profit groups. Email or call for more information.
New to the Directory this month: Comfort to Raw Catering Service, Kitty Cat Café, Kristin Light, RHN – Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Not So Hollow Farm