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Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Time: 6 PM


Price: Members: $108
            Guests:    $125

Venue: Faculty Club, Univ. of Toronto,

         41 Willcocks Street
         Toronto, Ontario
         M5S 1C7  - 


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An Evening of Tapas and Fine Wines at Cava Restaurant

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Cava Menu



In June TVC presents a unique opportunity to enjoy some rare fine wines with an extensive variety of delicious tapas (see menu below) at Cava Restaurant. Cava, a Spanish tapas restaurant in downtown Toronto, was voted Best New Restaurant by Toronto Life magazine in 2007 and most would agree that it has only got better with time. Head chef and co-owner, Chris McDonald, with his years of experience brings a unique twist to Cava's Spanish tapas menu. Chris is one of Canada's most respected chefs, having worked in Italy, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Some of his past endeavours in Toronto include chef/executive chef at Avalon, Zocalo, Centro, Jump, Stadtländer amongst others. To read about a recent interview with Chris Macdonald, check out this link.

Since opening in 2006, Cava has continued to generate positive buzz, with Joanne Kates recently including the restaurant as #3 on her Second Annual 100 Best Toronto Restaurants list – up from #6 in 2010. Kates enthuses about the restaurant, stating "Cava is the closest Toronto gets to a tapas bar in Barcelona." Here are a few more rave reviews of Cava:

"Cava is a wine and tapas bar featuring more than two dozen small plates, whose eclectic
flavours reflect the culinary breadth of renowned Chef Chris McDonald's current interests,
ranging from Spanish, Italian and French with occasional Mexican flourishes
." – Dine.TO

"This jewel of a dining room is hidden in an alleyway, so the trick is finding it. But the effort is
worth it since Cava offers exquisite tapas like plates and sparkling wines at prices that won't
break your budget
." – Frommer's


Of course this would not be a TVC event without some fantastic wines. Along with our meal, Cava will be serving an assortment of fine bin-end reds from our own cellar and some Spanish wines from their wine list. This is a unique opportunity to taste some great wines you may have missed at past tastings along with some of the restaurant's favourites. This is definitely an event not to be missed. Capacity is limited to 56 people, so be sure to sign up early.

For even more decadence be sure to stop by Xococava, Cava's chocolate shop – voted Toronto's Best Chocolatière by Toronto Life magazine.

Note: Cava is located one block north of St.Clair, just south of the intersection of Yonge Street and Heath Street in the Delisle Court.


Cava Menu

Chipotle-Caramel Popcorn
Papas Fritas
Pincho of Gamay-Poached Foie with Pomegranate and Onion
Cava Charcuteria
Bruschetta of Edamame, Green Onion, Black Olives, and Sicilian Tomato
Watercress and Roasted Beet Salad, Valdeon Blue, and Marcona Almonds
Smoked Kingfish Ceviche, Frisée Salad, and Tortilla
Fried Japanese Eggplant, Queso Fresco, Honey, and Tomatillo Sauce
Grilled Squid, Fingerling Potatoes, Hazelnut Romesco, and Green Onion
Line-Caught Albacore Tuna, Jamon Serrano, and Oyster Mushrooms
Asparagus a la Plancha, Lemon-Pepper Aioli
Venison Anticucho, Warm Red Cabbage Salad
Wild Mushroom and Sweet Corn Tamal, Pasilla Chile-Wild Plum Sauce
Roasted Quail, Pozole Rojo
Cauliflower and Kabocha Squash Tagine, Medjool Dates, Spanish Saffron
Grilled Flank Steak, White Vegetable Purée, and Chimichurri
Swiss Chard, Pine Nuts, and Currants
Churros Con Chocolate

(Final menu subject to change.)



The Wines

Cava (reception wine)
Various bin-end, fine reds from TVC's cellar:
E.g., 2004 Bodegas Castano, Casa Cisca (Spain), 2006 Clos De La Siete (Argentina), 2004 Nicolas
Catena, Alta Cabernet (Argentina), 2004 Poesia - Bodega Poesia (Argentina), 2004 Cesca Vicent -
Abat Domenech (Spain) and more!


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