Last year for Summerlicious, my boyfriend and I went to Madeleine’s for dinner. I had intended to write a blog post about the meal, but I felt underwhelmed and kept putting the post off until it was obsolete.
The year before, I had tried desperately to get a reservation at Canoe (like so many others), but to no avail.
This year, I was pleased to see that reservations could be made using Opentable, which ups the convenience factor. However, in looking over the restaurants on the list, I wasn’t particularly excited about any of the selections.
This lead me to wonder what the criteria was for Summerlicious/Winterlicious. In looking at the City of Toronto website, it indicates that restaurants who wish to participate must:
- be an existing restaurant
- be located in the City of Toronto
- possess a current Dine Safe Green Pass issued by Toronto Public Health
- demonstrate that the average price of a 3-course meal on the restaurant’s regular lunch and/or dinner menu meets the minimum requirements
- complete the Winterlicious / Summerlicious Application Form
And that’s it.
Because of the previous participation of high-caliber restaurants, I’d always thought there was some prestige associated with Summerlicious.
Nay. It turns out it’s just an excuse for restaurants to cram patrons into their establishments under a thin guise of a ‘deal’ then offer them mediocre service and sub-standard food because of the restaurant’s overwhelming busyness. I'm not a conspiracy theorist (no, scratch that -I kind of am), but I'd say that this is all part of some Toronto tourism revenue-generating scheme.
What do you think of Summerlicious? Will you be participating in this year’s hype?