Venue Menu: Treat yourself to Toronto-inspired beer with a classic Chicago touch at Goose Island Brewhouse


Goose Island Beer Company has collaborated with Bier Markt to build Toronto’s premier Goose Island Brewhouse; a Chicago-based craft brewery in Old Town Toronto. This venue is approximately 19 years old and has been revamped into a cozy brewpub on The Esplanade.

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The brewhouse is Goose Island Beer Company’s first endeavor into the Canadian brewery business. Premium beer is prepared at the state-of-the-art on-site brewery and is served from 12 taps. As you walk in, the well-lit space features modern wooden decor, complemented by rustic brickwork all throughout the venue. It also features very long bar, behind which sits seven fermentors.

Mains – Features

In the brewhouse, catch a full view of the brewery operations of head brewer Bernard Priest and his team, right from your seat. This casual, yet refined venue space has a capacity of 100 guests mingling and approximately 75 seated. It’s ideal for any social gathering such as a networking event, farewell party, or beer-paired dinner. The brewhouse also offers smaller dedicated sections for groups of 20-75. After your event, take home a Beer Growler (64oz) or Howler (32oz) of a brewed-in-house favourite! Do you have a bigger event? Book the brewhouse and Bier Markt Esplanade for a maximum of 700 guests mingling.


Enjoy al fresco dining at the Beer Garden. This outdoor space boasts a wall of homegrown hops climbing the surrounding four storeys of exposed brick. It’s an excellent space for a team building event or summer social. While enjoying craft brews paired with from-scratch cuisine, challenge a friend to Giant Jenga ® and Connect-4 ™.

Desserts – The Icing

The food menu was developed by Bier Markt Executive Chef Kevin Maniaci and Chef de Cuisine Shawn Jackson. The menu is seasonal, as the team uses fresh and local ingredients, with dishes designed to pair with the beers on tap.



Brewhouse: 100 mingling, 75 seated

Beer Garden: 60 guests

Front Patio: 60 guests

Bier Markt Esplanade + Goose Island Brewhouse: 700 mingling

Bier Markt Patio: 90 guests



70 The Esplanade, Toronto  ON M5E 1M1



Brewhouse: Sunday-Wednesday 11am-1am, Thursday-Saturday 11am-2am

Retail Shop: Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-7pm



Phone: (416) 862-7575

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Social Media

Facebook: @GooseIslandCanada

Instagram: @goosetoronto

Twitter: @GooseIsland

Snapchat: @goose-island

Sassafraz – A piece of France in Toronto

June 17, 2016 by  
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Sassafraz is a cozy, French restaurant in the heart of historic Yorkville, located at the corner of Bellair and Cumberland. Among the line of restaurants, the yellow restaurant grabs people’s eyes. Sassafraz is a great spot to have a special event. The atmosphere is perfect to relax and hang out, feeling as if you were in Paris!

Their menu offers Canadian cuisine with a French twist. Along with their indoor restaurant, they have a wonderful patio that can be enjoyed in warmer months.

Sassafraz is a great venue for your next event. Whether it is a wedding or a business event, Sassafraz fits well with all kinds of parties. You and your guests will all be satisfied with the relaxed atmosphere, great food and friendly service.

Big or small, Sassafraz is able to host your next private party with their variety of rental spaces. The largest space, located on the top floor, is separated from the main dining restaurant with its own entrance.

Private Event Space

On the top level of Sassafraz is the private event space. The venue is comprised of two separate rooms, the Bellair room and the Cumberland room. The rooms can be booked together or separately, depending on event requirements.

Capacities of the dining areas:

Bellair Room

Sit Down – 36 guests

Cocktail Style – 80 guests

Cumberland Room

Sit Down – 82 guests

Cocktail Style – 140 guests


Sit Down -110 guests

Cocktail Style -225 guests

Main Dining Room

The main dining room is a perfect venue for weddings as it is available for bookings seven days a week. With beautiful decor, big windows and a stunning living wall, book the main dining room for your next special meal.

Sit Down –150 guests

Cocktail Style –300 guests










For more information:

100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A6

(416) 964-2222


Nota Bene Offers a High-quality Dining Experience for your Next Event

October 13, 2015 by  
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Nota Bene opened in August 2008 and was quickly named “best new restaurant” by both Toronto Life and enRoute Magazine.
The Award winning Executive Chef David Lee uses local and seasonal ingredients. Formerly of Splendido and The Carbon Bar, he has moved over to create incredible menus at Nota Bene.  The restaurant is 7,000 square feet and located at the corner of Queen and University streets making it easily accessible by TTC and a short walk from the Financial District.


The atmosphere of the restaurant is worth noting. Nota Bene was designed by KPMB Architects which is one of Canada’s top architectural firms- and you can see why. Despite the precision and square angles, the space is very comfortable and inviting.

Nota Bene offers a high-end venue for your private event. The space can accommodate a business meeting for 12 guests or a cocktail reception for up to 200 guests. Nota Bene is a perfect venue and will customize every detail to suit your needs, their in house planner ensures the success of your next planned event. In addition, you have the choice between their semi private dining room or main dining room depending on your group.

Semi-private dining room can accommodate up to 36 people

Main dining room up to 200 people.

The menu features unique items such as a bresaola and fig salad and their Cumbrae Farms beef banquet burger. Chef Lee’s creative spin on Canadiana food is featured  by the unique plating of each dish. If you’re group is looking for a high-quality meal in Toronto or a venue for your next event, look no further than Nota Bene.


Address: 180 Queen St W, Toronto


Twitter: @NotaBeneToronto   


CoCo Lezzone “Rebirth” Summer Event

August 14, 2015 by  
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Our CityEvents team presented an amazing event at CoCo Lezzone, which is an essential Italian restaurant. Last night the theme was to create a “feel of summer in Italy”. Guests entered under an Italian flag and a red long carpet.  Guest were able to take photos on a red hot Honda Scooter courtesy of Motoretta.



Many bloggers and event planners joined in the showcase at CoCo Lezzones. Inside there were comfortable couch seating, a gorgeous bar and sophisticated music . Guest were greeted with a special Aperol spritzer and the owner was offering a taste of a number of their specialities including, amazing pizza, osso bucco, sol, shrimp risotto and tagliatelle and calamari.



CoCo Lezzone brought creative meals presented to guests one after another.  Many professionals were absorbed in the delicious Italian samples.  Everybody showed up with their smile and shared lovely evening in Italy.


We would like to thank Motoretta for the fabulous scooter and the sports cars (Ferrari) Exotic Lifestyle Luxury Rentals.


Photos from the event:


About Coco Lezzone:
CoCo Lezzone was established in 1994 in Little Italy.  They have now moved to a new place which is located in Yorkville at 137 Avenue Road. They offer traditional and modern Italian meals. The atmosphere is also cool.  They shows up black and white furniture also there are gorgeous chandelier. CoCo Lezzone is a perfect venue for dinner or a private gathering with family or friends.


If  you are looking for a place for your next private dinner or event contact:
CoCo Lezzone  416 975 1717

A King West style venue on the Danforth

August 13, 2015 by  
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The Forth is a state-of-the-art three-story building located at Pape and Danforth. The Forth serves food and drinks and is a great spot to enjoy Toronto’s nightlife.

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Executive Chef Zachary Albertsen has designed every dish ranging from devilled eggs to wild boar meatballs.The menu takes inspiration from classic Canadian dishes and infuses a contemporary spin using fresh and local ingredients. You will be able to have great time with your family or friends and is a great space to consider for your next event.


At The Forth there is a lounge that serves up a variety of speciality cocktails and food from a separate snack menu perfect for a date or a night out with friends. This space is also a great venue for both private and non-private events. When planning an event here, you have the option of choosing between the second floor dining room or third floor lounge or buying out the entire venue.

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The Forth boats 8000 square feet and can host up to 480 guests at a time. The venue has 3 floors and offers elevator service between floors. You can enjoy beautiful views of the Danforth which is a change in scenery from Toronto’s bustling city core.


This is an ideal venue for conferences, weddings, birthday parties and receptions of any kind. The Forth also offers one-on-one planning with their in-house event coordinator, sommelier and executive chef to ensure your guests will have the best experience.

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629 Danforth Ave Toronto, ON M4K 1R2








Written by

Takumi Kitajima


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