Easter and Passover are Spring celebrations that I look forward to each year. Mostly, it’s an excuse to pig out with friends and family, without the pressure of Santa’s appearance. With tables growing and bubbles bursting, I look forward to sharing a feast with my triple-vaxxed fam. But here’s the catch, I’m kind of out of practice. After a few years of should-we-or-shouldn’t-we I’m relying on restaurants, gourmet goodies and baked treats from Toronto’s finest.
Prefer to DIY? We have Chef Lynn Crawford’s showstopping Ham and Cheddar Croissant bake handy too.
OUR FAVOURITE EASTER AND PASSOVER EATS AND TREATS
They say it’s really all about the hunt. Replicate the real thing, without the backyard or neighbourhood park with Le Dolci. With stations set up to impress your flock, grab tickets to this event before they sell out! From Cookie & Cupcake Decorating, Hot Cross Bun Eating, and of course an Easter Egg Hunt, all the bases are covered, and your sanity is intact. From $59 per person.
Galerie au Chocolat‘s eponymous line of Made-in-Quebec chocolat blends fair-trade cocoa with creative gourmand inclusions. Milk and white chocolate carrot cake bars offer an adult take on the typical eggs. Decorative and colourful barks make sharing a snap. Also, look for their line of stevia-sweetened treats and gluten-free goodies. Order ahead through their online shop, or look for them at Sobey’s, Costco and Whole Foods.
Leave it to Lindt to expand on their already impressive Easter offerings. Bunnies and chicks are obvious choices but their recent vegan bars caught my eye. Available in Salted Caramel, Hazelnut and Original, Lindt’s lean into plant-based treats is a signal of preferences shifting. From $5.99.
Hearts broke when Apiecalypse Now shut their Bloor Street emporium of everything vegan during the pandemic. Now going on-line supplying her goods with tidy vac seal solutions, Jen’s built up an army of vegans who rely on her pizzas and more. In a nod to the season, snag one of her Baby Cakes, this month features a Pastel Goth Baby Cake made with a tri-colour marble sponge cake, topped with a vegan marshmallow buttercream. From $7.95 order ahead through their online shop.
Now on meal delivery apps, in my dreams and crusted into the corners of my mouth: Craig’s Cookies. Available in seasonally sexy Mini Egg, Carrot Cake, Toblerone, Toffee, Kinder Surprise and Pride varieties, basically, Craig wants in on your holiday hangouts. Get a kit for 6-pack: $16.50 or snag the elusive and daring Cadbury Crème Egg- 6 pack: $33.00.
DINNER IS SERVED
Our friends at Continental Noodles (lead photo) have a knack for making festive fun food. Their Easter offerings are dotted with colourful nods to everything eggs. We love their Easter Egg Cheese Ravioli, here reimagined as vibrant eggs. Voila! Also hunt down the adorable Mini Egg Gnocchi and their cookie and treat boxes. From $19.99.
If you’re in Toronto, consider booking into Marben for Chef Chris Locke’s take on a Sunday Roast. Top sirloin black angus beef should be the showstopper, but potatoes prove too tempting, as does the accompanying Yorkshire Puddings. For $36 per person.
Easter and Passover are truly effortless when you are in the capable hands of Toben at Home. You’ll be ready to impress with a signature Easter spread like Rack of Lamb and Confit Garlic Yukon Gold Potato Puree. Traditional Passover features include Matzo Ball Soup and Smoked Beef Brisket. From $30, order before April 15th.
We have a hunch that brunch will nestle in nicely between your egg hunt and afternoon nap. There’s no finer place in all of Toronto for either than the Four Seasons Hotel. Tuck in at Cafe Boulud for a smart and posh approach to eggs. With a two or three-course menu to tempt both savoury and sweet, we’re starting with the Croque Madame. Also on offer is the sumptuous Afternoon Tea at d|bar. Book ahead for the best availability.
Above all, enjoy your time with loved ones and embrace the holidays, on your terms.
All images by Libby Roach unless otherwise noted.