The sounds, sights and Taste of Little Italy

August 1, 2017 by  
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The Mastro and San Daniele Taste of Little Italy food festival took place last month, June 16 – 18. My eyes were busy, my ears were buzzing and my stomach was full of delicious Italian food.

 

The sights of the Taste of Little Italy were plentiful. From the vendors up and down the streets to the authentic Italian restaurants, I really was immersed in the Italian culture. I was able to see some of the renowned restaurants serving the community, despite the rain. I enjoyed the sights of many restaurants extending their patios. Trattoria Taverniti embraced their Italian heritage by simply decorating their extended patio with the classic red and white checkered table clothes. This, coupled with the old brick exterior and the beautiful Italian entry door, provided the perfect visual for the festival.

 

If the sights weren’t enough, there was a combination of musical performers adding to the culture. Italian performers from the community lined the streets on almost every corner, while acclaimed electric violinist, Dr. Draw, played a memorable show right outside the CHIN building. The variety of music and the sound of Torontonians enjoying the festival made the trip in the rain all worthwhile.

 

And of course, the reason everyone goes to street festivals – the FOOD!

 

The night started off at Hogtown Pub and Oysters with prosecco – a delicious Italian white wine, paired with oysters. The two complemented each other well and made for a nice light treat to converse over. The owner shared with us his commitment to not only the Taste of Little Italy, but the community as well. He would be spending the night at his restaurant all weekend shucking oysters to ensure everything was ready each day to serve their guests – if that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is!

 

Once the rain let up we enjoyed some traditional Italian food, cosy enough for the wet evening. There was arancini, ravaioli, spiducci, and we can’t forget about gelato; the sweet, delectable gelato from Sicilian Café.

 

Café Diplomatico did not disappoint with their savoury snacks and rich history. As the first licensed patio in Toronto, Café Diplomatico continues to satisfy their customers. All of the dishes complimented each other well. The sauce on the arancini and raviolis was to die for. Nonna’s tomato sauce recipe drizzled over the freshly made arancini and raviolis made it feel like I was really in Italy.  For years guests have flocked to Café Dip for their infamous barbecued spiducci skewers during the festival. Since the very beginning of this traditional event, the Dip has sold nearly 250,000 spiducci and are looking to reach that record milestone this year.

 

The stories shared by the owners of Café Diplomatico added to the evening and brought some old-time Italian culture to light. When Café Diplomatico first opened, there was no kitchen and only hot plates. The owners at the time would make the food at home and bring it down to Café Dip to serve. In the end, Café Dip has held true to their Italian roots and continues to serve the community – which includes some high profile names like Sophia Loren and Nelly Furtado!

 

We finished off on a high note with a massive gelato dessert from Sicilian Café. It consisted of four flavours of gelato, strawberries and freshly made waffles. Sicilian Café, the oldest gelato shop in Toronto, was the first to develop tartufo and has many gelato flavours to choose from, which made it so difficult to decide which dessert to have. I will definitely be going back to try some more! As Maria Galipo says – “a lot can happen over a bowl of ice cream.”

 

There really was a little bit of everything from the sights, to the sounds, to the tastes. This was a festival to remember!

 

For some of our photos visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityeventstoronto/albums/72157682259269674

 

THE WICKET

July 10, 2017 by  
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THE WICKET

 

THE WICKET : The wicket is the best place for a friendly moment or just an after work for relax yourself.

You can find food, drink and a games rooms (Games Room, Pinball, Billiards, Darts, Ping Pong). The second floor is the perfect spot to book a private party up to 70 people. This place will give you a good time

 

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Website https://www.thewicket.ca/daily-specials

Hours Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Address The Wicket 1671 Bloor St W Toronto, ON (647) 349-6025

For Private Bookings Nigel – 647-286-1721 nigel@thewicket.ca or click here

Barque Butcher Bar, the best BBQ experience in town!

June 29, 2017 by  
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Barque Smoke House presents its extended new bar Barque Butcher Bar. This wooden space is perfect for social and corporate dining. You can buy some fresh products from the restaurant. Bar suggest special food with gluten-free and dairy-free or for vegetarian and vegan people.

Their specialty is Smoker’s Choice Family Style Meat, this special menu is a large platter for sharing. You will live a refined BBQ experience. For only $44 per person, you can have wings, salad, one side, you can choose 3 types of meat on 9 different types of meat and day’s dessert. Don’t miss it! For groups of up to 10, hands-on cooking sessions reveal the secrets to achieving BBQ perfection in an over or a smoker.

Barque Butcher Bar suggests a lot of meats, from poultry to seafood, everyone can find what he likes! Between $5 and $16, it’s totally accessible. Plus, you can take fresh salad, fries or poutine. And don’t forget to taste their daily cupcakes. The maximum capacity is 40 private seats, 25 semi-private seats, and 60 standing.

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By Kevin Hewitt Photography.

Venue:

Barque Butcher and Bar

287 Roncesvalles Avenue

Toronto, ON M6R 2M3

 

Hours:

SHOP HOURS:

Monday – Thursday: 12PM – 10PM

Friday: 12PM – 11PM

Saturday: 10AM – 11PM

Sunday: 10AM – 9:30PM

KITCHEN HOURS

Monday – Thursday: 5PM – 10PM

Friday: 5PM – 11PM

Saturday: 12PM – 11PM

Sunday: 12PM – 9:30PM

By Kevin Hewitt Photography

 

In order to register you:

416.532.7700

butchers@barque.ca

 

For private event, register you at:

events@barque.ca

Social Media:

Website: https://barque.ca/pages/butcherbar

Twitter: @barquebutchers

Instagram: @barquebbq

Facebook: @barquebutchers

By Kevin Hewitt Photography

Boxcar Harbourfront : A Vibrant Home for the Culture of Our Time

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Boxcar Harbourfront : A Vibrant Home for the Culture of Our Time

 


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The boxcar harbourfront opened in 2016. The Boxcar is located in the Harbourfront Centre, on Toronto’s waterfront. The Harbourfront is an innovative not-for-profit cultural organization that creates events and activities of excellence that enliven, educate and entertain a diverse public. You can find restaurants and coffee shops, it’s a great place to stay.

 

The boxcar is a coffee shop they offer pastries, breakfast, charcuteries, lunch and dinner food,  also you can find good wines, beers or whiskeys for the lovers of spirits.

 

Capacity of 200 and a patio overlooking Lake Ontario

Contact :

Website : http://www.boxcarsocial.ca

Email questions to: info@boxcarsocial.ca

Event inquiries: events@boxcarsocial.ca

Twitter : https://twitter.com/boxcar_social

instagram : https://www.instagram.com/boxcar_social/

 

Where :

BoxCar Harbourfront

235 Queens Quay West

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5J 2G8

 

 

805 STUDIO : The best place to impress people for your event

June 28, 2017 by  
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 805 STUDIO : The best place for your event


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805 studio offers studio space for your next event, the space also hosts many special events like Weddings, Baby and Bridal Showers, Milestone Birthdays, Social/Networking, Family Gatherings, Studio Space, Corporate Events, Meetings, Fundraisers, Concerts Workshop/Seminars, Filming, Engagement Parties, Release Parties and Holiday Parties. You can also customize your budget for your special event and work with the 805 studio team.

 

The  805 Studio offers Studio Space bookings by the hour, Monday through Friday. From noon until 9:00pm

 

Studio Space : The open space is ideal for private classes, workshops, seminars and meetings. This comfortable venue comes equipped with an in house AV system and video display, allowing you to offer a full production experience and additional visuals and sounds for your guests. You can find more information about this open studio space on the website.

 

Services you can incorporate into your special event :

  • DJ Services  
  • Video
  • Event Planner
  • Specialty LED Lights  
  • Podium
  • Staging  
  • Draping
  • Dining Tables  
  • Wait Staff  
  • Coat Check

 

 

Capacity : The capacity of The 805 Studio is 150 standing.

The venue has lounge banquette seating for the comfort of guests without affecting the standing capacity. Sitting capacity is a maximum of 80 people.

 

Address : 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON M6H 2X4

 

Website : https://www.the805studio.com


Instagram : 805studio

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