Wednesday, February 2, 2011

BEAST ME

Organized my first ever Tweetup last Thursday at Beast Restaurant (BEAST ME was the name of the Tweetup, #BeastTO was the hashtag). It was a success as everyone had a good time (or I hope everybody did because I certainly did haha). I finally got to meet several foodies who I've interacted with on twitter for awhile now, so that was great =) and of course, it's always nice to see my usual group of foodies~ It was a night of great food, great company, and great conversation. Actually, to be honest, conversation could've been better; I didn't get to chat with a few tweeps as much as I wanted to. Our group of 13 was split into two tables - although the tables were side by side, it was hard for me to engage in conversation with people sitting at the other table. This is precisely when I miss those big round tables at Chinese restaurants.


#BeastTO wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for Chef Scott and Rachelle Vivian, owners of Beast (@BeastRestaurant on Twitter). Thanks for for taking the time to organize this Tweetup with me (believe me, there were plenty of emails going back and forth between us LOL). So thank you again =) And I also wanna say thanks to all the foodies that showed up at #BeastTO ^_^


You can probably tell from that picture below that Beast is a small place; our group alone took up almost half of the restaurant. From the left: Mack (@M3foods), Chris (@chrisim), and Sandon (@sandviper). Sorry about the blurry head >_<



From the far left, starting from below the window: Matt (@mattmark), Gizelle (@TorontoEats), John (@jchant), Alexa (@alexaclark), Jennifer (@jylui) and Sandon (better shot this time).


Happy Hour Menu - This ends at 7pm. My half of the table ordered one of everything to share (everything above the Beast Burger).


I missed pics of two dishes *sadface* - the Hushpuppies and the Poutine =( But here goes!

Marinated Olives and Spiced Almonds


Rachelle's Bread and Butter


House-Made Charcuterie - Rabbit and carrot terrine, pate de campagne, mortadella, duck bresaola, foie gras “pastrami”


Duck Hearts Risotto - Mushrooms, farro, scorn squash


Beet Salad - Fennel pickles, candied pecans


Fried Pig's Ears - bbq salt


Braised Pork Pasta


Dirty Rice Fritters


Tasso Ham Sliders 


Lamb Ribs - Carolina bbq sauce, cornbread, coleslaw


After the happy hour appetizers, those that were still hungry (me included) ordered mains too.

Southern Fried Sweetbreads - Celery root, collard greens, hot sauce


Grilled Italian Sausage - Puy lentils, hazelnuts, gremolata, verjus


Cassoulet - Duck confit, chorizo sausage, poached duck egg


Oven-Roasted Bone Marrow - Parsley salad, paprika crust, grilled bread

Photo credit: @jchant

I was really full after all that food and was seriously contemplating about not getting dessert. I was also recovering from the flu so my appetite was not up to par that night. But surprise surprise, I couldn't resist at the end anyway *shakes head*


Before the desserts came, a few people ordered coffee. There were timers on all of them =)


Sticky Toffee Pudding - Toffee sauce, clotted cream <-- THIS IS TO DIE FOR!


Brownie - Chocolate sauce, salted peanut butter ice cream


Ice cream - Lemon verbena, chocolate buffalo, spiced butter pecan


This was an astronomic Tweetup and only possible with a big group of people. Why? Well it is not everyday that you can say the following at a restaurant:

"We will take one of everything on the menu"

Being able to say that is just soooo awesome! Then the anticipation of all the food, the waiting, and finally seeing the dishes being brought to the table, one after another after another, on and on and on...the feeling is... MARVELOUS!

Here are the tweeps that made it all possible! Pictures courtesy of Sandon~

Mack & Chris


Alexa & Troy (@_TheOakley)


Sandon & me, Jason (@LO_TEK)


Flora (@oneglance) & Chris (@chrisunagi)


Love Mack's face here haha! Bet he's on twitter.


Didn't get pics of Matt, Gizelle, Jonathan, and Jennifer. Sorry guys =( But just the same, thanks so much for coming out to #BeastTO !

I will end this post by saying what I say at the end of every Tweetup post: 

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT TWEETUP!

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7 comments:

@sandviper said...

Was definitely an awesome time!
Food, people, convos and many laughs were all amazing!
Too bad we didn't have the Chinese round table to really get to know everyone betta! haha

Thank u Stella for organizing the Tweetup!
Whens the next one ;) ???

Sandon aka @sandviper

Alexa Clark said...

Great post, wonderful tweetup and lovely evening!

Sandon and I have been discussing the need for a dim sum tweetup... any chance you'd take that one on too?

kiki's B.F.F said...

Wow, Beast have been on my watch-out list for a while... so how was it, you didn't say much about everything... but I guess the Toffee Pudding had me there =P

The Food Junkie said...

@sandviper - Thanks for coming! That night was great fun, huh? :) When's the next one? Hmmmm I think it's Mack's turn to organize something LOL

@Alexa - Thanks for coming! Too bad we didn't get to chat much :( I'm IN for dim sum tweetup! Basically any tweetup pertaining to food I'm interested hehe

@kiki - You should go try out Beast =) I didn't comment much because of a few reasons:

1) Although we ordered a lot of dishes, we had a lot of people too so I did miss out on trying some dishes, and if I did try out something it was only like a fraction of it. I'm pretty sure the happy hour dishes were also smaller in size than normal;

2) This is my personal doing but because I'm so keen on taking pictures of everything and making sure the pic turns out ok, by the time I was ready to eat the food got a bit cold already so I felt it wouldn't be fair to comment on it; and

3) I was still recovering from the flu that night so I can't trust my taste buds :(

But that toffee pudding? OMG...everyone who tasted it was speechless! And I knowwww for a fact that you love warm, gooey, chocolate dessert thats why I know that Vicky, you would LOVE it, I guarantee it. I had it in my mouth and I couldn't say anything but just smile =D

justinbaisden.com said...

I want that Cassoulet NOW! OMG!

What was your impression of the marrow? Looked interesting and I've never heard of a dish like that.

The Food Junkie said...

@Justin - LOL I didn't get to taste the cassoulet but Mack did say it was very good ^_^

I didn't taste the bone marrow either since it wasn't my entree (my entree was the sweetbreads). I did have bone marrow at Black Hoof before but with a different cut (you can check out my Black Hoof post for pictures of it). I looove the fattiness of marrow lol~ Another tweetup I went to at Biff's Bistro also had bone marrow, you can check that post out too ^^

The Food Junkie said...

@Justin - LOL I didn't get to taste the cassoulet but Mack did say it was very good ^_^

I didn't taste the bone marrow either since it wasn't my entree (my entree was the sweetbreads). I did have bone marrow at Black Hoof before but with a different cut (you can check out my Black Hoof post for pictures of it). I looove the fattiness of marrow lol~ Another tweetup I went to at Biff's Bistro also had bone marrow, you can check that post out too ^^

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