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You need only turn on the TV for a second to know how widespread the farm-to-table movement has become. Commercials follow the farm-to-table formula of acoustic music, natural environs and close-up shots of fresh produce. Even fast food juggernauts are getting in on the action. We can't deny it: agricultural awareness is hot.
The farm-to-table ethos is so engrained in the minds of Toronto chefs that whether you’re at a burger joint or sitting down to a high-end meal, you can be certain that most of what you’re eating was grown close to home. Still, we have moved past the days when chef knows best. Now the farmer knows best and Toronto is blessed to be near a number of incredible fruit and vegetable growers, dairy and animal farmers and artisan cheese makers. An hour’s drive outside the city in virtually any direction will lead you to farms supplying products to Toronto’s best farm-to-table restaurants. And with wine producers and craft brewers also dotting the local landscape, the circle between grower, producer and chef is a tight one in Toronto.
For rustic and fresh Italian fare like you’d find in Tuscany, try Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, with chalkboard specials and pasta with just the right amount of bite. If you don't like to waste anything, have a seat at Beast, which has established a strong reputation on the Toronto restaurant scene for creating a flavour-packed menu with a nose-to-tail approach.
Nose-to-tail or farm-to-table, let's get real: this is all about fork-to-mouth.