WHAT WE DO
The Fidel Gastro’s Street Food Co. is a Toronto-based full-service catering and events company that prides itself in creating unique and different food experiences. But unlike most standard food service providers who SAY they offer this type of service but then ACTUALLY offer the same old, same old… we’ve been doing things differently in the food biz since day one. It’s part of who we are and what we believe in.
Whether it’s amazing styles of Mac and cheese for an office lunch, a fried chicken tasting menu for a wedding, or California smash burgers for a company golf tournament, an intimate 10 person dinner or a 1000 person gala – just know that if we’re cooking, then you’re eating something awesome and made from scratch.
Matt Basile is the founder of the Fidel Gastro's Street Food Company. In less than 10 years he went from underground sandwich popup to internationally recognized food brand. With a growing business of food trucks, festival booths and a massive catering division, Matt is always trying to be different in an industry steeped in tradition.
Matt is the author of the Canadian Bestselling, Street Food Diaries and in September 2018 launched his second cook book "Brunch Life" which has been nominated for a Taste Canada Award and a World Gourmand award. He has also hosted two seasons of his internationally sold television show "Rebel Without A Kitchen" which appeared on Netflix.
The Fidel Gastro’s brand celebrated 6 phenomenal years with their brick and mortar gastro pub, Lisa Marie which has been featured on various TV series such as You Gotta Eat Here! and Chef In The City and was ranked as the 9th best brunch spot in Canada by OpenTable magazine.
Matt currently collaborates with brands and food personalities on his popular YouTube channel and participates on numerous advisory board speakers sessions. In 2017, Matt helped launch June’s eatery, the world’s first popup restaurant where the chefs were all HIV+ in an effort to smash HIV/AIDS related stigmas. The project received global praise within the health community and news coverage.
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2019 Gourmand Cookbook Awards National Winner, Street Food Cookbook and Breakfast Cookbook
For lazy days off or mid-week cravings, Brunch Life brings that bigger-than-brunch restaurant experience home with mouth-watering recipes that will ensure every day gets off to a great start.
Leisurely weekend brunches have become the most anticipated meal of the week, and no two people know that better than Matt Basile and Kyla Zanardi. With their token humour, Matt and Kyla share their passion for this midday spread and showcase indulgent and creative takes on their favourite dishes. Sometimes, brunch is a comforting routine, where simple ingredients are whipped into fuss-free OG Buttermilk Pancakes, a Mascarpone Soft Scramble, or Good ol' Hash Browns.
Featured throughout, Matt and Kyla share their travel adventures in six cities across North America--San Francisco, New York, Nashville, Seattle, Vancouver, and Toronto--and explore how this epic meal is enjoyed far and wide. Brimming with over 70 delectable recipes and gorgeous photography, it's time to serve up a fresh take on this favourite weekend tradition that will inspire you to gather around your table any chance you get.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
CAT & NAT
Best Seller Authors of Mom Truths
[...] After collaborating with him [Matt] in different aspects of business we started hiring him and his catering company for not only our very first live show, but also for every party we ever host. Holiday parties, family gatherings, and birthday parties. Every single time the food is outstanding but in addition Matt and his team really bring a fun energy to the room. They always exceed expectations and everyone always raves about the catering and after the parties we always get emails asking for his info for a future party of theirs. Everyone also loves the food truck - such an interesting addition to every party. We look forward to our next event with Matt.
Owner/Principal Planner Shealyn Angus Weddings & Events
Matt & the Fidel Gastro's team are nothing short of food wizards. Of all the weddings I’ve done, people to this day still talk about how epic the food was from the weddings that Matt has catered. Not only is the food fantastic, working with the FG team is always a pleasure; Professional, reliable, and extremely fun to be around. If you are after a food experience out of the ordinary leaving your guests craving more, nothing will top FG.
Long term client
Every time I have worked with Fidel Gastro's has been absolutely incredible. Everything from the planning stage to the actual event is flawless and, most importantly, it is ALWAYS the one thing I don't need to worry about for a weekend-long corporate event - I know they'll handle everything and it's out of my hands. The basic things you would expect like timeliness, prep work, delicious food are all there, but it's the friendly demeanour and attitudes of the staff that really set Fidel Gastro's apart from the rest!
Have you seen our cookbooks?
Street food Diaries
Bring the street food movement into your kitchen and make the easiest, tastiest, and most original street food at home!
There’s simply nothing tastier than homemade food cooked from scratch. And these days, the street is where you’ll find the best homemade dishes you’ve ever tasted. Whether he’s serving up outrageously delicious sandwiches from his popular Fidel Gastro’s food truck or across North America on the hit reality TV show Rebel Without a Kitchen, Matt Basile is always looking for inspiration to create amazing food that is simple enough to be mobile, different enough to make you talk about it, and awesome enough to make you crave it!
Street Food Diaries features over 85 irresistible and original street food recipes plus mouthwatering photography and stories of the food and people at the core of street food culture. Matt’s recipes are fun, outrageously delicious, and totally inspired by the most vibrant food movement on the planet. So, try your hand at making Peanut Butter Cookie Fish & Chips Sandwiches, Philly Cheesesteak Tostadas, Maple Habanero Turkey Wings, Pad Thai Fries, or the infamous Alabama Tailgaters. If it’s on a stick, in a bun, or covered in bacon (a lot of bacon!), then it’s in Street Food Diaries!
CATCH US ON screen
YouTube; all the kids are doing it. We love producing our own content with our partnering production company, Benson & Oak and we make food videos that are as different as the food itself. Recipe videos that are themed or just tasty and sometimes branded, Vlog style travel videos or our very popular Chefs In Cars Getting Takeout series… ironically a series about chefs… sitting in cars… getting takeout … and talking food. Have a watch, subscribe to the channel and stay up to date on all our awesome videos. Aka binge us!