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Suresh Doss launches StreetEats Toronto


Toronto food writer Suresh Doss was at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts this week to promote his new book and celebrate its subjects: the people behind Toronto’s burgeoning street food scene, many of whom gather weekly at the Sony Centre to sell their wares.

Doss’s StreetEats Toronto is a guidebook to food that is available on the city’s streets, from the food trucks at the Sony Centre (including Caplansky’s smoked meats, Pretty Sweet Bakery’s sumptuous cupcakes, and the European dishes from Dobro Jesti, among others) to the monthly Toronto Underground Market to the city’s roster of pop-up restaurants.

The book gives you an idea of where to go for Toronto’s street food, be it truck-based, park-based, or pop-up-based, Doss tells Q&Q. And it lists their social media accounts so people can find them.

As the editor and publisher of the food website Spotlight Toronto and one of the founders of the Ontario Food Trucks Association, Doss is equal parts food writer and activist. Recently, Doss was appointed head of the new food truck pilot program in Toronto.

My objective is to find parks around the city that food trucks can park in, he says. It’s another way for us to get trucks in new neighbourhoods, to get around the by-laws and restrictions that are currently in place, and to get more visibility for street food in Toronto.

Doss says that there are currently five park locations across the city for food trucks (Woodbine Park, Sherbourne Common, Roundhouse Park, Canoe Landing, and Allan Gardens), but he hopes to see that number double in the next month.